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Najmus Saqib, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
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Najmus Saqib, Ph.D.


Dr. Najmus Saqib joined Marian University in Fall 2023 as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He has been teaching in his field since 2017. Saqib is passionate about student learning and is excited to be a part of the E.S. Witchger School of Engineering. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, focusing on "Optical Diagnostics of Lithium-Sulfur and Lithium-Ion Battery Electrolytes using Attenuated Total Reflection Infrared Spectroscopy". At Mines Saqib was a member of the MODES Lab, led by Dr. Jason M. Porter. His work on Li-S batteries was the first of its kind to use quantitative infrared spectroscopy for operando polysulfide measurements. He has also applied operando spectroscopy to improve the understanding of electrolyte decomposition mechanisms in Li-ion batteries. In addition to his current research interests of developing diagnostic tools for electrochemical storage of renewable energy, Saqib is also interested in the Scholarship of Teaching of Learning (SoTL) and Engineering Education in particular.

Prior to joining Marian, Saqib was one of the founding faculty members of the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Indianapolis. He served as the program coordinator, undertaking major curriculum development, and led the program through a successful initial ABET accreditation review. He received multiple research grants, he coordinated the campus-wide Research Fellows programs, and his dedication to teaching was recognized through the UIndy Teacher of the Year nomination in 2023.

In the classroom, Saqib likes to challenge his students to tackle real-world engineering problems. He likes to use innovative pedagogical techniques and Entrepreneurial-Minded Learning (EML) to facilitate student learning. Beyond the classroom, he has a passion for mentoring students and helping them achieve their educational and professional goals.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Interests and Expertise

Lithium-ion batteries, lithium-sulfur batteries, quantitative spectroscopy, operando spectroscopy, fuel reforming, catalyst coking, heat transfer, computational chemistry, engineering education

Selected Publications

  • N. Saqib, A Visual Heat Transfer Exam Review Activity, ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition 2023.
  • Griesinger, T.; Olawale, D.; Saqib, N.; Reid, K. Assessing the Reactionary Response of High School Engineering Teachers Offering a Novel Pre-College Engineering Curriculum: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Educ. Sci. 13, 427, 2023.
  • MRH Sarker, N Saqib, GD Ricco, MA Hammond, AQ Ruble, B Faton, JT Emery, K Reid, Development of a Low-Cost, Compact, and Portable Experimental Kit for Online Engineering Statics Course, ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition 2021.
  • Meyer, L., Saqib, N; Porter, J., Review - Operando Optical Spectroscopy Studies of Batteries, J. Electrochem. Soc. 168 (9), 090561, 2021.
  • N. Saqib, C.M. Ganim, A.E. Shelton, J.M. Porter, On the Decomposition of Carbonate-Based Lithium-Ion Battery Electrolytes Studied Using Operando Infrared Spectroscopy, J. Electrochem. Soc. 165 A4051, 2018
  • Saqib, N; Ohlhausen, GM; Porter, JM, In operando infrared spectroscopy of lithium polysulfides using a novel spectro-electrochemical cell, J Power Sources, Vol 364, 266-271, 2017.
  • N. Saqib, C.J. Silva, C.M. Maupin, J.M. Porter, "A Novel Optical Diagnostic for In Situ Measurements of Lithium Polysulfides in Battery Electrolytes," Appl. Spectrosc. 71, 1593-1599, 2017.

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Professional Activities

  • Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) Engineering Unleashed Faculty Development
  • National Effective Teaching Institute
  • Design for Six-Sigma
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME)
  • The Electrochemical Society (ECS)
  • Tau Beta Pi

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