eCenter Director Biography
Peter E. Raad, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor Peter Raad is the Linda Wertheimer Hart Director of the Linda
and Mitch Hart eCenter at SMU. The Hart eCenter aims to stimulate, facilitate,
and support innovative interdisciplinary activities that enable the creative
and responsible development and use of interactive network technologies.
These activities include research, education, and incubation of ideas,
products, and ventures. Since 1998 and up to his appointment as Director
of the Hart eCenter, Professor Raad served as Associate Dean of the SMU
School of Engineering.
Peter received from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK) the
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Honors in 1980, the
Master of Science in 1981, and the Doctor of Philosophy in 1986. While
attending UTK, he was a student member of the American Society of Mechanical
Engineers (ASME) and was inducted into Tau Beta Pi in his junior year.
Between 1982 and 1986, he taught as a lecturer, teaching assistant, and
Visiting Assistant Professor. He received the Chancellor's Graduate Teaching
Assistant Award in 1983, the Chancellor's Citation for Excellent Professional
Promise in 1984, and the Tau Beta Pi, Tennessee Alpha Chapter, Recognition
Award in 1985.
In June 1986, Dr. Raad joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at
SMU, where he currently holds the rank of Full Professor. Between 1990
and 1993, Professor Raad held the J. Lindsay Embrey Trustee Professorship
in Engineering, an endowed chair for an outstanding junior faculty member.
He has received three times the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, twice
the Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Award, once the Delta Delta Delta
Sorority Outstanding Faculty Award, and the Sigma Xi Faculty Research
Award. In 1999-2000, Professor Raad received the Engineer of the Year
Award from the North Texas Section of American Society of Mechanical Engineers
in recognition of his contributions to the profession and to ASME.
Dr. Raad is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Professor Raad has published 27 journal articles and over 70 conference
and invited talks. He has received over $2M in funding and support from,
among others, the National Science Foundation, Texas Instruments, Raytheon,
TriQuint Semiconductor, Chrysler Technologies, Isonics, and Marlow Industries.
His current research interests are in adaptive thermal modeling and laser-based
measurements of submicron electronic devices, and tsunami mitigation and
fluid wave interactions with solid structures.
Between 1990 and 1994, Professor Raad served as Faculty Advisor to the
ASME SMU Student Chapter, and College Relations Committee Chairman for
the ASME North Texas Section. He is currently a technical associate editor
for the ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering. He is a member of ASME, IEEE,
APS, ASEE, and Sigma Xi, the National Research Society. In 1998-99, he
served as President of the SMU Chapter of Sigma Xi.
Peter and his wife Jocelyne live in Dallas with their four children:
Nathalie, Johanna, Jennifer, and Simon. During 1989-99, he coached regularly
girls and boys teams in the Lake Highlands Soccer Association. He enjoys
soccer, racquetball, and snow skiing in his abundant spare time.