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UT Tyler Professor Elected Chair of National Engineering Ethics Board

October 30, 2023

Dr. Nael Barakat, professor and chair of mechanical engineering at The University of Texas at Tyler, has been elected board chair of the National Institute of Engineering Ethics for the 2023-24 year.

“We congratulate Dr. Barakat on his recent accomplishment. The college is privileged to have an internationally recognized leader in engineering ethics amongst its faculty,” said Dr. Javier Kypuros, dean of the UT Tyler College of Engineering.

Barakat holds a long record of service as an elected member and vice-chair of the NIEE board. A U.S. Fulbright Specialist and fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Barakat served on the executive boards of both the ASME Technology and Society and Engineering Management Divisions. He previously served as chair of the Engineering Ethics Division at the American Society of Engineering Education as well as in multiple leadership positions with ASME and other professional organizations.

He also is an active consultant who collaborates with international teams of professionals from academia and industry to build capacity and education programs in various areas including engineering leadership/ethics, professionalism, societal impact of technology and curriculum development.

Barakat joined the UT Tyler engineering faculty in 2018. His expertise and research areas include engineering education, mechatronics, robotics, energy harvesting and nanotechnology. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from Canada’s Concordia University and McMaster University in Ontario, respectively.

The National Institute for Engineering Ethics was founded in 1988 as part of the National Society of Professional Engineers to advance the understanding and practice of ethics within the engineering  profession. For more information, visit

With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT Tyler offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 10,000 students. Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education, cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.

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