Ahmed Al-Ghandoor, an Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering alumnus, was recently honored in his native country of Jordan as one of the Jordanian Stars of Science by King Abdullah II at the World Science Forum.

Video: Ahmed Al-Ghandoor appears at the Jordanian Stars of Science awards ceremony just after the two-minute point.

With Professors Patrick Phelan and Rene Villalobos as his co-advisors, Al-Ghandoor earned his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from the Fulton Schools in 2005. He had received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Jordan and a master’s degree from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

A co-founder of ETA-max Energy & Environmental Solutions in Jordan, Al-Ghandoor is now the company’s chief technical officer. He is also a professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at The Hashemite University in Jordan.

In his doctoral research, Al-Ghandoor examined energy efficiency in manufacturing. He applied decomposition analysis to the aggregate energy intensity of the manufacturing sector in the United States, Phelan says.

The research revealed how structural shifts in the U.S. economy helped to reduce manufacturing energy consumption. Al-Ghandoor also helped to develop a model to forecast future manufacturing energy consumption, and predicted reductions in both electricity and natural gas usage.

In addition, he applied thermodynamic energy and exergy analysis to various manufacturing industries to demonstrate the operating and embedded efficiencies of these sectors.

Al-Ghandoor also served as the lead student in the ASU Industrial Assessment Center, participating in energy-use assessments of more than 35 local manufacturing plants. 

Phelan says Al-Ghandoor remains highly active in energy research, spanning the fields of energy efficiency, energy policy, energy economics and energy management.

He established the Mobile Energy and Environment Clinic to improve the efficiency and productivity of the Jordanian industrial sector and has designed and conducted energy-efficiency training programs.

He has also conducted research programs to evaluate manufacturing and application of photovoltaic solar energy technologies and systems in Jordan, and is engaged in improving the sustainability of the Jordanian transportation sector. 

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