Makhlouf is RGV STAR Professor in the Dept. of Manufacturing & Industrial Engineering, UTRGV. He is the Founder of Surface Engineering Laboratory and a leading faculty of the Rapid Response Manufacturing Center. As a Professor recruited under the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) initiative of the University of Texas Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention (STAR) program, Makhlouf is responsible for providing research leadership in a critical area through his deep experience in the field, maintaining a high standard of quality in graduate and undergraduate teaching in a region in need of educational support for more STEM graduates, and connecting the University’s research activities to industry applications.
Dr. Makhlouf is a multiple-award winner for his academic excellence: He received several prestigious awards in Germany (Humboldt Research Award for Experienced Scientists at Max Planck Institute); USA (Fulbright Visiting Scholar, NSF Fellow, and Dept. of Energy Fellow); Belgium (Belgian Federal Science Research Fellowship); Arab League (Arab Youth Excellence Award in Innovation 2013), Jordan (Abdul Hameed Shoman Award in Engineering Science 2012); Egypt (National Prize of Egypt in Advanced Science and Technology 2006; Egyptian Prize of Excellence in Surface Technology and Corrosion 2006; and Egyptian Prize of Excellence and Innovation in Materials Science and their Applications 2009); and Palestine (An-Najah Prize for Research 2014). Makhlouf’s biography was selected to be included in Who's Who in the World® 2015, 2007 and 2006.
Dr. Makhlouf was able to make breakthroughs in several highly important areas of materials science and engineering. His publication list (+170) includes studies and review papers authored in journals from top publishers. He is the editor of 11 books, and 20 book chapters. One of his articles has been ranked the second among the Top 25 Hottest Articles in Materials Science, Elsevier, 2006. He has made significant contributions to the field of materials science, and manufacturing engineering, all of which place him among the top scientists working in his field. In fact, when performing a Google Scholar database search using the keywords “silica conversion coatings aluminum”; “corrosion aluminum composites”; “corrosion niobium stainless steels”; “smart coatings materials protection”; “Electroless Ni–P alloy coatings”; “self-healing coatings magnesium”; or “nano-particle aluminum coating”, his articles on these subjects appear among the top 1st-7st out of >100,000 scholarly articles on these highly-specialized research topics. Thus, his publications are among the most important and influential articles. Dr. Makhlouf’s book “Handbook of Nanoelectrochemistry: Electrochemical Synthesis Methods, Properties, and Characterization Techniques”, published by Springer, 2016 has been featured in the website of the International Society of Electrochemistry.
Makhlouf has gained invaluable experience by working in coatings and corrosion laboratories in USA, Italy and Germany, and by collaborating on a multitude of int’l projects with American, French, Romanian, Saudi, and Korean institutions among others. His career has spanned appointments and invitations to work with other scientists in the top 1% of material engineering across the globe, and he has been called upon exhaustively to report his expert opinion on scientific panels, conference keynote addresses, and to government and industry committees. He is a Consultant for Innosquared GmbH, and for Covestro, Germany. He has organized and served as a head speaker at numerous highly prestigious international symposiums and conferences over 30 times.
Makhlouf is a persistent journal reviewer, advisor, and judge of the work of his peers. He is a referee for over 30 int’l journals of a high caliber, and a continued board member of over 22 journals. He is also an experienced Editor with board titles at journals published by Springer and Elsevier, an Expert Evaluator for the EU’s FP7, with an estimated budget of over €50.521 billion, expert for the German Ministry of Education and Research, reviewer for the German Academic Exchange Service, and expert for the German Aerospace Center. He is a reviewer/panelist for the NSF programs: MME, MEP, and CREST; with an estimated budget of over $7.6 billion. He is a reviewer for the US Fulbright Commission, the Qatar National Research Fund, and the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences.
Makhlouf has a very high teaching evaluation. He contributed to curriculum and course development and effectively mentored and supervised students. He created three courses at UTRGV for master engineering students. His work as a professor has also brought him acclaim, with numerous appointments at outstanding institutions and universities in the US, Germany, Italy, Egypt, and Asia, and a record of having supervised and graduated 11 PhD and Master’s students, and 5 postdoctoral fellows.