Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
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.
Lithium-ion batteries, lithium-sulfur batteries, quantitative spectroscopy, operando spectroscopy, fuel reforming, catalyst coking, heat transfer, computational chemistry, engineering education
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