Nassif Rayess

Nassif Rayess received his Bachelor's and PhD in Mechanical Engineering form Wayne State University and joined the University of Detroit Mercy in 2001. Currently, he is an associate professor whose areas of interest include acoustics, noise and vibration as well as design and entrepreneurship. He teaches dynamics, senior design, innovation and entrepreneurship, mechanical measurements, and NVH. His current research is focused on experimental work in the area of noise and acoustics. Dr. Rayess has been very active in recent efforts to bring entrepreneurship to engineering and other technical programs at the university.

Nassif Rayess has applied for and been awarded 1 grant

  • Development of the Interdisciplinary Design, Entrepreneurship and Service (IDEAS) Course

    Began May, 2006 and ended September, 2007

    This proposal advocates the creation of the Interdisciplinary Design, Entrepreneurship and Service (IDEAS) course at the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM). This is a junior year project involving student team members from architecture, business, digital media and engineering that will address critical needs of the people of Detroit. The course will emphasize creativity, interdisciplinary cooperation, entrepreneurship and community service. Eight faculty members and two administrators will participate in the course, providing a diverse set of perspectives on such topics as creativity and design and knowledge of areas like teamwork, business planning, engineering, etc. This course has been enthusiastically supported by the faculty involved and by their respective chairs and deans. The community based projects will ensure strong and lasting commitment from UDM and will enable it to better serve the students and the community. The course will be piloted in the fall of 2006 with subsequent offering every fall thereafter. The groups will be called E-Teams, given ownership of their work and required to create a business case at the end of the semester. Strong teams with novel technology will be encouraged to apply for an Advanced E-Team at the end of the semester (December deadline).

    With the team:

    • Nassif Rayess
    • Dr. Barbara Schirmer Provost and Academic V ice President, University of Detroit Mercy
    • Dr. Michael Jenkins Professor and Chair, Mechanical engineering, University of Detroit Mercy
    • Dr. Leo Hanifin Dean of the College of Engineering, University of Detroit Mercy