Dr. Louay M. Chamra
Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science
Dr. Louay M. Chamra is dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Oakland University. He is responsible for shaping academic priorities and programs, attracting and supporting outstanding faculty, recruiting undergraduate and graduate students, and providing global education for students.
He oversees the development of collaborations with industry through research initiatives, technology transfer and commercialization. Chamra promotes a diverse and enriching culture within the School of Engineering. Chamra leads an ambitious strategic plan, which resulted in increased student enrollment, faculty, and student advisors. Chamra was featured in DBusiness journal “The Faces of Detroit” recognizing the School of Engineering and Computer Science for their efforts to advance the economic strength of Southeast Michigan and to grow businesses, accelerate innovation, and prepare tomorrow’s leaders through leveraging resources and building relationships.
He is a strong advocate of the community, and he believes that higher education should contribute to the prosperity of the communities it serves. He is a member of the American Society of Engineering Education, Engineering Society of Detroit, and the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. He initiated robust outreach opportunities that encourage young children of all backgrounds to pursue college study in the STEM fields.
Prior to joining Oakland University, He was the PACCAR Chair and Head of the Mechanical Engineering department at Mississippi State University (MSU) where he also served as the Director of the Micro-CHP and Bio-Fuel Center and Co-Director for the Southeast CHP Application Center. Dr. Chamra has been deeply involved in teaching, research, and service activities focused on the enhancement of engineering education.
Throughout his career, he received numerous awards such as the Pi Tau Sigma award, which recognizes excellence in higher education. He has also been recognized for outstanding leadership and contribution to promoting diversity in higher education. Additionally, Chamra received the 2013 Oakland University International Service Award for his efforts to recruit international students.
He is the author of more than 70 archival journal articles and conference papers, a book, and 5 textbook chapters. Chamra earned his bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Portland and Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.