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Abdelfattah Zebib, Active Faculty, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, died on December 10, 2009. Professor Zebib was a member of the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.

Abdelfattah Zebib, Professor II in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Rutgers University, will be honored by family, colleagues, students, and friends at a memorial service at the Fiber Optics Auditorium, Busch Campus, on Thursday, February 11, 2010, from 12:00 Noon to around 1:00 PM. Professor Zebib died on December 10, 2009, at the age of 63.

Speaking at the memorial service will be faculty from the department, other colleagues, and the Dean of Engineering. Other speakers will share their special recollections. A reception will follow the service.

Professor Zebib joined Rutgers University in January 1977, after his doctoral and post-doctoral work at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado. He was a distinguished researcher in fluid mechanics, a field to which he made many seminal contributions. He was a true scholar and had extensive collaborations with researchers from around the world in areas such as microgravity flows, instability, and buoyancy-driven flows. He also spent a sabbatical at Stanford University and interacted extensively with Bell Labs on cooling of electronic systems. He was active in the Fluid Dynamics Division of the American Physical Society (APS). He was a Fellow of APS, a distinction bestowed on only a select few. As an academic, Professor Zebib wrote and lectured extensively. He guided the research of a large number of doctoral students.

Abdel also served extensively in administration. He was the Chairman of the Department from 1989 to 2000, and was the Deputy Dean of the School of Engineering from 2000-08. As Chairman, his influence lives on in the many young faculty members he recruited and in the research and academic standards he nurtured. As Deputy Dean, he was responsible for a wide array of duties and had a very substantial impact on the School. In November 2009, the department dedicated the MAE Computer Laboratory for Analysis and Design (CoLAD) to Professor Abdel Zebib, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the department and his leadership and vision over many years

Professor Zebib is survived by his three sons, Adam, Neil and Tarik. Neil is a graduate of the School of Engineering, Rutgers University, and Tarik is presently a student at Rutgers. He is also survived by his mother, brother, sister and other family members in Cairo, Egypt.

Special Requests

The department is establishing the Abdel Zebib Memorial Fund, which will support activities relating to his scholarly interests, particularly seminars and student research. Donations to the Memorial Fund should be made out to the Rutgers University Foundation, with a notation that the donation is for the Abdel Zebib Memorial Fund, and mailed to the Deanís Office, Rutgers School of Engineering.

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