Morkos, Beshoy

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Aerospace Engineering

[CURRICULA VITAE]

Personal Overview

Beshoy Morkos is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology where he directs the STRIDE Lab (SysTems Research on Intelligent Design and Engineering). His engineering design research focuses on developing computational representation and reasoning support for managing complex system design. The goal of Dr. Morkos’ research is to fundamentally reframe our understanding and utilization of system representations and computational reasoning capabilities to support the development of system models which help engineers and project planners intelligently make informed decisions at earlier stages of engineering design. On the engineering education front, Dr. Morkos’ research explores means to integrate innovation and entrepreneurship in engineering education through entrepreneurially-minded learning, improve persistence in engineering, address challenges in senior design education, and promote engineering education in international teams and settings. Dr. Morkos’ research is currently supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).


Dr. Morkos received his Ph.D. from Clemson University in the Clemson Engineering Design and Applications Research (CEDAR) lab under Dr. Joshua Summers. In 2014, he was awarded the ASME CIE Dissertation of the year award for his doctoral research. He graduated with his B.S. and M.S in Mechanical Engineering in 2006 and 2008 from Clemson University and has worked on multiple sponsored projects funded by partners such as NASA, Michelin, and BMW. His past work experience include working at the BMW Information Technology Research Center (ITRC) as a Research Associate and Robert Bosch Corporation as a Manufacturing Engineer. Dr. Morkos was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Engineering & Science Education at Clemson University performing NSF funded research on engineering student motivation and its effects on persistence and the use of advanced technology in engineering classroom environments. Dr. Morkos’ research thrust include: design automation, design representations, computational reasoning, systems modeling, engineering education, design education, collaborative design, and data/knowledge management.

Educational Background

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University - 2012                                                                                        

Ph.D. Dissertation: Computational Representation and Reasoning Support for Requirements Change Management in Complex System Design [PDF] - Receipient of ASME Dissertation of the Year Award. Thesis advisor: Dr. Joshua Summers

M.S., Mechanical Engineering,  Clemson University - 2008

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University - 2006

Recognition & Awards

2014 ASME Dissertation of the Year Award

2014 ASME Student Chapter Young Professor Award

2010 ASME Student Chapter “Rookie of the Year” Professor

2009 ASME Graduate Teaching Fellowship

2009 Arch T. Colwell Merit Outstanding Paper Award recipient for SAE paper, # 2009-01-0593, “Conceptual Development of Automotive Forward Lighting System Using White Light Emitting Diodes,” 

Current Courses

Current Teaching Assignment (Fall 2016)

MAE 4193 - Mechanical Engineering Design I

MAE 5890 - Special Topics in Automotive Engineering: Design for Manufacturing

Previous Teaching Assignments

MAE 2082 - Dynamics

MAE 3090 - Design of Machine Elements

MAE 4190 - Design Methodologies and Practice

MAE 4193 - Mechanical Engineering Design II

MAE 5680 - Advanced Manufacturing Processes 

SYS 5315 - Model Based Systems Engineering

Professional Experience

BMW Information Technology Research Center, Research Associate, 2008 - 2009

Robert Bosch Corporation, Manufacturing Engineer, 2005

Current Research

The goal of Dr. Morkos’ research is to fundamentally reframe our understanding and utilization of system representations and computational reasoning capabilities to support the development of system models which help engineers and project planners more intelligently allocate resources, configure development teams, and make informed decisions at earlier stages of engineering design.

Dr. Morkos' research is currently funded by:

National Science Foundation

Office of Naval Research

Kern Entreprenuerial Education Network

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 

Selected Publications

Morkos, B., Mathieson, J., Summers, J.D. (2014), Comparative Analysis of Requirements Change Prediction Models: Manual, Linguistic, and Neural Network, Research in Engineering Design, 25(2), pp. 139-156. DOI 10.1007/s00163-014-0170-z

Morkos, B., Summers, J., Thoe, S., (2013). A Comparative Survey of Domestic and International Experiences in Capstone Design, International Journal of Engineering Education, 30(1), pp. 79-90.

Morkos, B., Summers, J. D., (2013), A Study of Designer Familiarity with Product and User During Requirement Elicitation, International Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology (IJCAET). 5(2/3), pp. 139-158. DOI: 10.1504/IJCAET.2013.052934

Morkos, B., Shankar, P., & Summers, J. D. (2012). Predicting Requirement Change Propagation Using Higher Order Design Structure Matrices: An Industry Case Study. Journal of Engineering Design. 23(12), pp. 905-926, DOI: 10.1080/09544828.2012.662273

Shankar, P., Morkos, B., Summers, J. D., (2012), Reasons for Change Propagation: A Case Study In An Automotive OEM, Research in Engineering Design, 23(4), pp 291-303, DOI:10.1007/s00163-012-0132-2

Morkos, B., Taiber, J., Summers, J., Mears, L., Fadel, G., (2012), Mobile Devices within Manufacturing Environments: A BMW Applicability Study, International Journal on Interactive Design and Manufacturing. 6(2), pp. 101-111. DOI: 10.1007/s12008-012-0148-x.

Morkos, B., Shankar, P., Teegavarapu, S., Michaelraj, A., Summers, J.D., (2009), Conceptual Development of Automotive Forward Lighting System Using White Light Emitting Diodes, SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars – Electronic and Electrical Systems, 2(1), pp. 201-211.
(Selected as a best paper at the 2009 SAE Congress with the Arch T. Colwell Merit Award)