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Saleh M. Sbenaty
Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Studies

Dr. Saleh M. Sbenaty, a professor of Engineering Technology, earned his Ph. D. and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Tennessee Technological University and his BS degree in electrical engineering from Damascus University, Syria.

Dr. Sbenaty has presented numerous public presentations and short courses about Islam and Middle East politics, engaged in several interfaith dialogue groups, and participated in several TV, radio, and newspaper interviews. He served for 12 years on the Board of Masjed Al-Iman (Mosque of the Belief) in Murfreesboro. He is currently serving on the Steering Committee of the Middle East Center and co-developed an “Introduction to Middle East Studies” course. He is the current faculty advisor of the Muslim Students Association, MSA, at MTSU.

Dr. Sbenaty joined MTSU in 1993 and has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses and actively engaged in curriculum development and assessments for technological education. He has authored and co-authored several industry-based case studies and participated in three major NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education grants over an eight-year period. He also served as the Coordinator of the Computer Engineering Technology program for more than six years.

Dr. Sbenaty published and presented over 30-refereed national and international articles and attended/conducted over 60 workshops in curriculum development, assessments, using technology in the classroom, case-based learning, problem-based learning, Corporate Scholar Solution-based learning, just-in-time learning, and modular-based learning. He is also conducting research in the area of mass spectrometry, biosensors, electrical characteristics of concrete, and instrumentation.

Dr. Sbenaty has several years of industrial and research experiences with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Lockheed-Martin, TVA, and the Syrian Networks. He is the past Chair of the Robert G. Quinn Award for Excellence in Engineering Education and served as a Division Chair and Program Chair of the Instrumentation Division, American Society for Engineering Education. Dr. Sbenaty served as a Guest Editor and on the Editorial Board, Journal of SMET Education: Innovations and Research. He is currently serving as a program evaluator on the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, ABET, Inc.

Dr. Sbenaty’s list of awards and honors include: The MTSU Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award in 2006; Outstanding Classroom Teacher, CBAS, in 2001; Faculty Achievement Award, CBAS in 1996; and Who's Who Among the Students in American Universities, Tennessee Technological University, in 1988. Top Graduating Student, College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Damascus University, 1980. Dresden University Scholarship, Summer 1978, Dresden, Germany. He is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the National Honors Engineering Society of Tau Beta Pi, the Electrical Engineering Honor Society of Eta Kappa Nu and the International Honorary Society for Professionals in Technology, Epsilon Pi Tau.