Dr. Ala Qattawi is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial, & Manufacturing Engineering at The University of Toledo. She attended and received a Ph.D. in Automotive Engineering from Clemson University, South Carolina, in 2012 and become the first woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. degree in Automotive Engineering. Before joining the University of Toledo, Dr. Qattawi worked as a post-doctorate fellow at the International Center for Automotive Research, South Carolina between 2013-2014.
Dr. Qattawi’s research interests include advanced manufacturing: additive manufacturing and sheet metal forming, design for manufacturing, intelligent manufacturing and Origami-inspired metal structures as well as applications to vehicles body-in-white design. Her work as an educator also includes engineering education research with a focus on understanding students’ engagement and academic performance for remote teaching. She is the director and the principal investigator at the Integrated Design and Manufacturing (IDM) Laboratory at the University of Toledo. Government agencies and industries have funded Dr. Qattawi’s research. She was awarded the Hellman Faculty Award in 2016, the Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from SME in 2018, and the Ralph Teetor Education Award from SAE in 2021. She published 32 journal papers, 26 conference proceedings, and over 20 industrial and academic presentations.