Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Department
Daytona College of Engineering
Daytona Beach campus

Office Hours

By appointment

Dr. Barsoum is a full professor and program coordinator with the department of mechanical engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He received both his doctorate and masters in engineering structures from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 1996 and 1993. He joined Embry-Riddle in 2005 from United Technologies-Hamilton Sunstrand. 

After receiving his Ph.D., he spent more than 10 years in various industries gaining unparalleled impressive experience in a variety of tasks and multiple management structures. His professional experience includes: evaluating the effect of the Space Shuttle lift-off on structures, designing and analyzing explosive resistant structures for DoE, developing a fully parametric CAD model for GM small vehicles to be used for functional simulation, business analysis for new software product development and management, approving structural reports of engine components for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program, using acoustic emission for early detection of helicopter gearbox failure for the Navy, design and analysis of the three-story steel ground supporting structure for Orion Spacecraft assembly for the NASA-KSC.

During his service as a program coordinator, he has helped, along with his colleagues, in building the mechanical engineering department from inception, to grow the program to become the second largest program on campus, in less than 10 years. 

His research experience covers a wide scope of problems from applied engineering to fundamental aspects. He received funding from serval funding agencies. His research areas include structural health monitoring, fatigue, computational methods for simulation, structural dynamics and vibration, and signal processing. His research has been published in several respected journals and professional societies conferences. In particular, his research has been instrumental in addressing several real life problems.

His academic and professional accomplishments have been recognized by several awards including: The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Research Faculty Fellow, Embry-Riddle Outstanding Teaching Award, UCF Department of Sponsored Research Fellowship, UCF College of Engineering Hubbard Scholarship, UCF College of Engineering McLellan Scholarship, ACI Scholarship, and Alexandria University Excellence Award. 


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering, University of Central Florida
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Engineering, University of Central Florida

  • ME 410: Advanced Machine Design
  • ME 436: Advanced Machine Design

At ERAU (2005 - Present)

ME 595Z Finite Element Analysis with ANSYS 

ME 495A Computer Aided Engineering using Pro/E and Pro/MECH

ME 304 Machine Design

ME 399 Special Topic in Mechanical Engineering

ME 410 Advanced Machine Design

ME 599 Special Topic in CAE

ME 700 Graduate Thesis

ES 201 Statics

ES 202 Solid Mechanics

ES 204 Dynamics

CIV 304 Structural Analysis

CIV 320 Soil Mechanics

CIV 320L Soil Mechanics Lab

CIV 370 Computational Methods

CIV 421 Geotechnical Foundation Engineering


At UCF (1992 - 1996)

CES 4130L, Structures Laboratory

EGN 3310, Engineering Analysis-Statics

EGN 3331, Mechanics of Materials


Short Courses

Taught more than 25 short courses on Modeling and Simulation using the Finite Element Analysis and Pro/MECHANICA (Structure, Thermal and Motion) for design validation and optimization to practicing engineers, analysts and designers through out North America.


  1. F.F. Barsoum, “Fatigue Crack Growth Analysis from Acoustic Emission Data on the Navy H-60 Seahawk Helicopter Tail Gearbox”, Proceeding of the Symposium on Fatigue in Materials: Fundamentals, Multiscale Modeling, Life Prediction and Prevention, 2015 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Orlando, Florida, March 15-19, 2015.
  2. F.F. Barsoum, R. Baum, V. Patel, A. Timmons, J. Cox and W. Hardman, “Early Damage State Detection in Gearbox Components via Acoustic Emission”, Proceedings of The Acoustic Emission Working Group 55 Meeting (AEWG-55), Garden Grove, CA, June 11 -12, 2013.
  3. F.F. Barsoum, A. El Safty and L.K. Phillip, “Using Finite Element Analysis to Evaluate the Performance of Cracked Bridge Decks with Sealing Fill”, Proceedings of the 2012 Structures Congress in Chicago, IL, March 29-31, 2012.
  4. F.F. Barsoum, E. Hill, N. Leung, J. Shishino, P. Selvadorai and M. Fogliani, “Fatigue Crack Growth Analysis from Acoustic Emission Data on the Navy H-60 Seahawk Helicopter Tail Gearbox”, Proceeding of the Symposium on Fatigue and Corrosion Damage in Metallic Materials: Fundamentals, Modeling and Prevention, 2012 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Orlando, Florida, March 11-15, 2012.
  5. El Safty, V. Vargas, F. Barsoum, A. Abdel-Mohti, L., and N. M. Jackson, “Investigating The Problem of Transverse Cracking of Bridge Decks”, Proceedings of The Thirteenth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing and CSC2011: The Second International Conference on Soft Computing Technology in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Chania, Crete, Greece, 6-9 September 2011.
  6. F.F. Barsoum and Y. Zhang, “Residual Life Prediction using Acoustic Emission Monitoring”, Proceedings of the International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring 2011, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, September 2011.
  7. F.F. Barsoum and E. Hill, “Using Acoustic Emission Monitoring and Artificial Neural Networks for Fatigue Life Prediction”, Proceedings of Structural Engineering Institute’s 2011 Structures Congress, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2011.
  8. F.F. Barsoum, E. Hill, J. Suleman, A. Korcak, and Y. Zhang, “Neural Network Fatigue Life Prediction in Notched Steel I-Beams from Acoustic Emission Amplitude Data”,  Journal of Acoustic Emission, Vol. 29, pp. 251-259, 2011
  9. F.F. Barsoum and Y. Zhang, Residual Life Prediction using Acoustic Emission Monitoring, International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring 2011, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, September 2011.
  10. F.F. Barsoum and E. Hill, Using Acoustic Emission Monitoring and Artificial Neural Networks for Fatigue Life Prediction, Proceedings of Structural Engineering Institutes 2011 Structures Congress, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2011.
  11. Korcak, F.F. Barsoum, E. Hill and Y. Zhang, Acoustic Emission Monitoring of Florida Mast-Arm Poles Susceptible to Fatigue, Proceedings of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing NDE/NDT for Highways and Bridges Structural Materials Technology (SMT), New York City, New York, August 2010.
  12. Korcak, F.F. Barsoum, and E. Hill, Acoustic Emission Monitoring of a Florida Steel Girder Bridge During a Load Test, Proceedings of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing NDE/NDT for Highways and Bridges Structural Materials Technology (SMT), New York City, New York, August 2010.
  13. Korcak, J. Suleman, F.F. Barsoum and E. Hill, Steel beam fatigue life prediction using acoustic emission amplitude histograms and backpropagation neural networks, Proceedings of The Fifth International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 2010
  14. F.F. Barsoum and Y. Zhang, Optimizing Dynamic Performance of Light Poles Subject to Wind Loads Using Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire, PTC User 20th Anniversary World Event, Orlando, Florida, June 2010.
  15. F.F. Barsoum, A. Fam and Y. Zhang, Testing of New Optimized Concrete-Steel Composite Tubular Monopoles Designed for Fatigue, Proceedings of Structural Engineering Institutes 2010 Structures Congress, Orlando, Florida, May 2010.
  16. F.F. Barsoum, A. Fam and Y. Zhang, Vibration Control of Tubular Mono-Poles Using a New Optimized Concrete-Steel Composite Design, Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Applied Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering, Cairo, Egypt, May 2010.
  17. Korcak, F.F. Barsoum, and E. Hill, Acoustic Emission Monitoring and Neural Network Fatigue Life Prediction in Steel Members, Proceedings of The 51st AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, Orlando, Florida April 2010.
  18. F.F. Barsoum, J. Suleman, A. Korcak, and E. Hill, Acoustic Emission Monitoring and Fatigue Life Prediction in Axially Loaded Notched Steel Specimens, Journal of Acoustic Emission, Vol. 27, pp 40 -62, 2009
  19. F.F. Barsoum, A. Fam and Y. Zhang, Dynamic Performance and Optimization of GFRP Poles with Partial Concrete Filling, Proceedings of Asia-Pacific Conference on FRP in Structures 2009, December 2009.
  20. J. Suleman, A. Korcak, F.F. Barsoum, and E. Hill, Fatigue Life Prediction in Steel using Back-propagation Neural Networks based on Acoustic Emissions, Proceedings of The Acoustic Emission Working Group 52nd Meeting (AEWG-52), October 2009.
  21. J. Suleman, A. Korcak, F.F. Barsoum, and E. Hill, Acoustic Emission Monitoring and Neural Network Fatigue Analysis of Steel Bridges, Proceedings of Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion Annual Technical Symposium 2009, August 2009.
  22. F.F. Barsoum, Structural Design Reports for JSF-35 Engine Components: Contents Guidelines, Technical Report to Structures and Dynamics Department, Hamilton Sundstrand, August 2004.
  23. F.F. Barsoum, Comparison of Spin Softening capabilities of Pro/MECHANICA, ANSYS, ABAQUES and Rolls-Royces Software Packages, Parametric Technology Corporation, February 2001.
  24. F.F. Barsoum, Verification Models for Phase Varying Loads in Pro/MECHANICA, Parametric Technology Corporation, August 2000.
  25. F.F. Barsoum, Introduction to Finite Element Analysis, Chapter edited for the Pro/MECHANICA Training Guide, Parametric Technology Corporation, January 1999.
  26. F.F. Barsoum, Analysis of the JDS Uniphase 200V Laser Tube, Parametric Technology Corporation Report to JDS Uniphase, San Jose, California, July 1999.
  27. F.F. Barsoum, Modeling Laser Beam Weld and MIG Weld Connections in Pro/MECHANICA, Report to General Motors Corporation, Technology Center, Warren, Michigan, June 1999.
  28. F.F. Barsoum, Developing a Fully Parametric Vehicle Model for Pro/MECHANICA Analysis, Report to General Motors Corporation, Technology Center, Warren, Michigan, December 1998.
  29. W.F. Carroll and F.F. Barsoum, Dynamic Excitation of Structures from the Space Shuttle Liftoff, Technical Report to the NASA-KSC, Grant No NAG10-0128, March 1996.
  30. F.F. Barsoum and W.F. Carroll, Evaluating the Serviceability of the Cracked Reinforced Concrete Space Shuttle Crawlerway Tunnel, Computers and Structures: An International Journal, Vol. 60, No. 2, pp 173-179, 1996.
  31. F.F. Barsoum and W.F. Carroll, Analysis of Damped and Undamped Systems Using DFT, Proceedings of the 11th ASCE Engineering Mechanics Conference, May 1996.
  32. F.F. Barsoum and W.F. Carroll, Stability of Beams in an Elastic Foundation, Proceedings of the 11th ASCE Engineering Mechanics Conference, May 1996.
  33. F.F. Barsoum and W.F. Carroll, Dynamic Effects from the Space Shuttle Liftoff, Proceedings of the Space 96: The 5th International Conference and Exposition on Engineering, Construction, and Operation in Space, Vol. 2, pp 1190-1196, June 1996.
  34. W.F. Carroll and F.F. Barsoum, Dynamic Excitation of Structures from the Space Shuttle Liftoff, Interim Report to the NASA-KSC, January 1995.
  35. W.F. Carroll and F.F. Barsoum, A Finite Element Approach for a Beam on an Elastic Foundation and its Application to the Crawlerway Tunnel at the Kennedy Space Center, Technical Report to the NASA-KSC, August 1993.



Professor & Program Coordinator, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2012- Present

Senior Structural Engineer, Lockheed Martin/Kennedy Space Center, FL, 2015 - 2015

Research Fellow, US Naval – Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, MD, 2010 – 2010

Associate Professor, MCE, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, DB, FL, 2005 - 2012

Consultant Engineer, JSF, Hamilton Sundstrand, UTC, Windsor Locks, CT, 2003 - 2004

Business Analyst/Product Manager, ITWorx, Burlington, MA, 2001 - 2002

Senior Engineer, Simulation R&D, Parametric Technology Corporation, San Jose, CA, 2000 - 2001

Consultant Engineer, Simulation, Parametric Technology Corporation, San Jose, CA, 1997 - 2000

Structural R&D Engineer, Karagozian & Case, Glendale, CA, 1996 - 1997

Structural  Design Engineer, Dr. Hausner Structural Engineers, Cocoa Beach, FL, 1993 - 1993

Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, 1991 - 1996



US Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research (ONR) Research Faculty Fellow (2010)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Outstanding Teaching Award (2008)
UCF Department of Sponsored Research Enhancement Fellowship (1993/1994 and 1994/1995)
UCF College of Engineering Frank Hubbard Scholarship (1995/1996)
UCF College of Engineering Waldron McLellon Scholarship (1994/1995)
UCF College of Engineering Frank Hubbard Scholarship (1992/1993)
American Concrete Institute Scholarship (1992/1993)
National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi