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Diab, Nadim

Assistant Professor
Rafik Hariri University


Nadim Diab is an assistant professor in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Department. He received BE (2003), ME (2005), and PhD (2013) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut. Dr. Diab has worked for a few years on modeling rarefied gas dynamics using the Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method. His work in this field focused on understanding the gas dynamics around a micro RF switch oscillating at very high frequencies (GHz).

Research Interest

His recent research interests are focused on mechanisms design, optimization techniques, and numerical methods. Dr. Diab implemented several optimization techniques (Tabu, Genetic, Ant) in the design of rigid body mechanisms. His current research work is concentrated on the design of compliant mechanisms (size, shape, and topology optimization) that has wide applications in the industry at both macro and micro levels (MEMS).


  • Diab N. and Lakkis I., 2013, “Investigation of the Dynamics of Squeeze Film Under a Harmonically Oscillating Micro Cantilever Beam”, TSEST Transaction on Control and Mechanical Systems, Vol. 2, No. 4.

  • Diab N. and Lakkis I., 2014, "Modeling Squeezed Films in the Vicinity of High Inertia Oscillating Micro-Structures, ASME Journal of Tribology, 136(2), doi:10.1115/1.4026588.

  • Diab N. and Lakkis I., 2015, “Investigation of the Squeeze Film Dynamics underneath a Micro Structure with Large Oscillation Amplitudes and Inertia Effects”, ASME Journal of Tribology (under review).

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