Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Mohamed Samir Hefzy

Mohamed Samir HefzyProfessor and Graduate Program Director

Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department

Nitschke Hall 4006-D
Phone: 419-530-8234 
Fax: 419-530-8206 






Mohamed Samir Hefzy served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research Administration of the College of Engineering (COE) at The University of Toledo (UT), Toledo, Ohio for 14 years from 2004 to 2018.  He is a tenured Professor of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME) and served as Graduate Program Director of the MIME department from 2000 to 2007, and again from 2018 to the present, and also was the first to hold that position during the 1994-95 academic year.  Additionally, he serves as the Director of the COE Biomechanics and Assistive Technology Laboratory at UT. He has been on the faculty of The UT since 1987.  He graduated from Cairo University, Egypt, with a BE (Honors) in Civil Engineering in 1972, and a BSc in Mathematics from Ain-Shams University in 1974.  He earned his MS in Aerospace Engineering in 1977 and his PhD in Applied Mechanics in 1981, both from The University of Cincinnati.  He then received training as a Postdoctoral Research Associate for two years in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at The University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine.  In 1983, Dr. Hefzy joined the faculty of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan as their first engineering faculty.  He then returned to the University of Cincinnati as a Research Assistant Professor in 1985. 

 In December 2003, Dr. Hefzy was elevated to the Grade of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fellow in recognition of his outstanding contributions to research and development, to education and leadership in the Engineering Profession.  Dr. Hefzy has published with his students more than 35 peer-reviewed journal papers and 100 peer-reviewed national and international conference papers and co-authored more than 19 book chapters in his research areas: Orthopedic Biomechanics and Assistive Technology.  Dr. Hefzy has secured more than $6.9 million in funding as a PI, CO-PI, and CI to support his research program, with sponsors including the OBOR, the NSF, and the NIH.  He has supervised two postdoctoral fellows and has served as the primary graduate adviser to 30 masters and doctoral students.  In addition, he has supervised more than 130 undergraduate senior design projects at UT.

Dr. Hefzy is the recipient of many awards, including the 2011 Distinguished Service Award from the ASME, the Edith Rathbun Award for Excellence in Outreach and Engagement from The University of Toledo in 2006, the University of Toledo Outstanding Faculty Research Award in 2004 and the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Teacher Award and the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award in 1999 and 2001, respectively.  His engineering experience and familiarity with recent educational practices led to his selection by the ASME as a Mechanical Engineering Evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).  At UT, he continues to serve on many committees, including the Graduate Council.  He has served on the Research Council and on many other committees including the University Committee for Academic Personnel whose duties include reviewing all UT tenure and promotion applications.  He has also served on the faculty senate (as well as the senate’s executive committee), the MIME Department Personnel Committee, and the College of Engineering Constitution and By-Laws Committee.  On a national level, Dr. Hefzy has served two consecutive three-year terms as the Treasurer and member the ASME’s Executive Committee of the Bioengineering Division (BED) (2010-2013 and 2007-2010).  He has also served as a member at large on the ASME’s Executive Committee of the BED from 1999 to 2002 and as Chair of the BioSolids Technical Committee of the BED from 2004-2007.  He has also served a two-year term on the basic Engineering Group Operating Board (BEGOB) as a representative to the Committee on Administration and Finance of the ASME (2011-2013) and a two-year term (2013-2015) on BEGOB as a rep. to the strategic planning committee. He has been serving on the ASME Scholarship Committee since March 2016.

Research Interests

  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics,
  • Rehabilitation Engineering,
  • Finite Element Methods


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Dr. Hefzy's Biomechanics and Assistive Technology Laboratory


Last Updated: 7/15/24