Dr. Nabeel Yousef, an associate professor in Daytona State College’s School of Engineering Technology, has been selected for a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to Jordan this fall.
Yousef was chosen for the renowned teaching scholarship based on a successful learning module he developed at Daytona State. The module serves as the capstone project for students in the college’s Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology program. He will share the teaching and learning model with faculty and students during his five months as a visiting professor beginning Sept. 1 at the University of Jordan’s School of Industrial Engineering in Amman, the nation’s capital.
The project, “Integrating Project Management and Engineering Senior Design Courses,” calls for students to turn a conceptual idea into a working prototype for them to present to a potential client or investor. Along with market research and product development, the students are required to create technical and user manuals for the presentations.
The capstone project at Daytona State involves collaboration among students in various disciplines. “We try to simulate a real-life experience,” he said. “When our students graduate and go to work in industry, they are not just working alone or with other engineers. There are those who handle the business side of things, for example – accountants, those who manage the project and those who implement the design. All have to work together to move the project forward.”
Yousef earned his bachelor’s degree from Yrmounk University in Jordan, his native country, and was recommended for the scholarship by his former professors there. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Central Florida. He joined the faculty of Daytona State College in 2010.
As a Fulbright scholar, he joins the ranks of nearly 300,000, including 43 Nobel Prize winners, who have participated in the U.S. Department of State-sponsored program since its inception more than 60 years ago.