Mahmoud Farag received a BSc degree in mechanical engineering from Cairo University (1959) and a M.Met. (1962) and PhD (1965) from Sheffield University, UK. He was assistant professor (1965-1971) at Ain Shams University, he joined The American University in Cairo in 1971 as associate professor (1971-1975), and became full professor in 1975. Farag was appointed as the first chair of the Engineering Department when it was first created in 1984 and served as vice provost from 1992 to 2005. He is currently director of engineering and science services unit, which was established with the objectives of serving and developing the industrial communities in Egypt and the Middle East.
Farag's area of academic interest is in engineering materials and manufacturing and has published five engineering textbooks, edited one book, and written several engineering book-chapters. He has also authored and co-authored more than 100 papers in academic journals and conference proceedings on issues related to the effect of microstructure on the behavior of engineering materials. His current research interests include studying the behavior of nano-structured materials, with emphasis on NiTi alloys, natural fiber reinforced biodegradable composites, and using quantitative methods in selecting materials for engineering applications. In addition to his academic work, Farag has a wide industrial experience and was a member of the board of directors, El-Nasr Company for Refractories and ceramics "SORNAGA" from 1992 to 1999.
Farag has more than 45 years of teaching experience and has taught a variety of materials courses on different levels ranging from introductory overview to sophomore/junior students to advanced topics to masters’ degree students. He also taught manufacturing courses with heavy emphasis on how processing affects the properties of materials.
Farag was visiting scientist/scholar at the University of Sheffield (UK), MIT and University of Kentucky-Lexington (USA), Aachen Technical University (Germany), and Joint Research Center, Commission of the European Communities (Ispra , Italy ). He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (USA), the Materials Information Society, ASM International (USA), the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (UK), and the Egyptian Society for Engineers. He is listed in Marquise Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and Who's Who in Finance and Industry. Farag is a recipient of the Egyptian State Award for promotion of Science and the First Order of Merit in Arts and Sciences.
Book and Book Chapters
Farag, M.M., Design and Manufacture of Biodegradable Products from Renewable Resources, Chapter 5, pp 111-131, Handbook of Composites from Renewable Materials, Volume 2: Design and Manufacture, Editors: Vijay Kumar, Manju Kumari Thakur, and Michael R. Kessler, Scrivener Publishing LLC, ISBN: 978-1-119-22365-8. 2017
Sherif Mehanny, Lamis Darwish, Hamdy Ibrahim, Mohamed Tarek El-Wakad and Mahmoud Farag , High-Content Lignocellulosic Fibers Reinforcing StarchBased Biodegradable Composites: Properties and Applications, Chapter 3 in "Composites from Renewable and Sustainable Materials", book edited by Matheus Poletto, ISBN 978-953-51-2794-9, Print ISBN 978-953-51-2793-2, 2016, Pp 45 - 64
Farag, M.M., Materials and Process Selection for Engineering Design, 3rd edition, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, Fl, USA, ISBN 978-1-4665-6409-1, 2014
Amal M. K. Esawi and Mahmoud M. Farag, Polymer Nanotube Composites: Latest Challenges and Applications, in Polymer Nanotube Nanocomposites: Synthesis, Properties and Applications, Second Edition, Vikas Mittal (editor), M M Scrivener Press, MA, USA, 2014.
Journal Conference Papers
Mahmoud M. Farag, Design and materials selection for biodegradable products, Keynote address, 1st International Symposium on Product Development and Innovation, Ain Shams University, Cairo. May 3, 2016.
H. Ibrahim, M. Farag, H. Megahed, and S. Mehanny, “Characteristics of starch-based biodegradable composites reinforced with date palm and flax fibers,” Carbohydr. Polym., vol. 101, no. 1, pp. 11–19, 2014.
Lamis Darwish, Mahmoud Farag, Mohamed El-Wakad, Mohamed Emara, Improving the properties of cornstarch based green composites reinforced with banana fibers by incorporating polycaprolactone for maxillofacial bone plates fabrication, Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Applications of Information Systems Engineering and Biophysicis, Gdansk, Poland, May, 15-17, 2014, ISBN: 978-960-474-381-0, pp 193-201
- Materials and process selection for engineering design: using multi-criteria decision making processes and expert systems.
- Nanostructured NiTi shape-memory alloys: preparation, characterization and applications.
- Carbon nanotube reinforced composites: preparation, behavior and potential applications.
- Quality assurance in higher education and research.
- Natural fiber and carbon nanotube composites.
- Natural fiber reinforced plastics: preparation, behavior and potential applications.