Associate Professor of Practice
School of Sciences and Engineering
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Brief Biography

Fady Morcos is an Associate Professor of Practice at the American University in Cairo, with joint appointment at the School of Sciences and Engineering and the Center for Learning and Teaching. He is currently the course director for Scientific Thinking, a freshman core course focusing on critical thinking, scientific literacy, and the scientific human endeavor of understanding our origins. He has over 7 years of multidisciplinary higher education teaching experience, having taught in physics, aerospace, critical thinking, design thinking, game design and entrepreneurship, at the University of Texas at Austin, The American University in Cairo and Zewail City for Science and Technology.

Morcos is a huge advocate of human-centered design, with particular application to education and social innovation. His teaching philosophy is a student-centered approach, focusing on student engagement and active learning. He is a designer and facilitator of faculty professional development workshops on various teaching and learning themes, focusing on Learning Experience Design, Teaching Innovation, active learning and Instruction Technology. He also provides teaching consultations to faculty members, and work with them to design a student-centered approaches to teaching.

Morcos holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Southern California, in Astronautics and Space Mission Design, and a PhD. in Astrodynamics from the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a recipient of NASA JSC Exceptional Software Award, and NASA Space Act Award for Innovative and Creative Development.

  • Sobh, K, K. El-Ayat, F. Morcos, A. El-Kadi, “Scalable Cloud-Based LEO Satellite Constellation Simulator”, International Journal of Computer, Electrical, Automation, Control and Information Engineering Vol:9, No:6, 2015: 1467-78

    Morcos, F., C. Ocampo, “Optimal Low-Energy Transfers in the Concentric Circular Restricted Four-Body”, Advances in Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 135, 2009: 2249-68.

  • The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

    Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering [Astrodynamics], December 2010

    University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

    M.Sc. Aerospace Engineering [Astronautics], August 2003

    B.Sc. Aerospace Engineering [Aerospace Engineering], December 2001

Research Interest

Behavioral Economics

Human-Centered Design

Learning Experience Design

Active Learning and Instructional Technology

Other Research Interests

Orbital and Spaceflight Mechanics

Spacecraft Trajectory Optimization

Spacecraft and Space Mission Design