Amal Esawi is a professor of mechanical engineering and the associate director of the Yousef Jameel Science and Technology Research Center at the School of Sciences and Engineering at The American University in Cairo.
After completing her BSc in Mechanical Engineering (1989) and an MSc in Materials Engineering (1990), both from The American University in Cairo, Professor Esawi joined the University of Cambridge in the UK from which she obtained her PhD. in the field of materials and manufacturing process selection (1995). Upon completion of her PhD, she was appointed as a post-doctoral research associate at the Engineering Design Center of Cambridge University Engineering Department working under Professor M.F. Ashby until 2000. The research methodologies she developed during both her PhD and her post-doc were implemented in the Cambridge Engineering Selector – the world leading teaching resource for materials in engineering, science, processing and design used by over 600 universities worldwide. In 2001, she joined the mechanical engineering department at The American University in Cairo.
Esawi has been one of the founding members of the Yousef Jameel Science and Technology Research Center and was its assistant director during the first years of its operation. In addition to teaching and research, Esawi has served on the University Senate and is currently serving on several university, department and school committees. She is a chartered engineer - currently the first and only female chartered mechanical engineer in Egypt - and a member of the British Institute of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of mechanical engineers and the Egyptian Syndicate for engineers. Esawi was the co-chair and technical chair of the ASME 2nd Multifunctional Nanocomposites and Nanomaterials Conference and Exhibition which was held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt in 2008. She is also a reviewer for several international journals in the field of nanocomposites.