Dr. Syed P. Kalim


Mechanical Engineering

Stark Learning Center
(570) 408-4827

In each of the past two years, more than 150 area high school students have come to Wilkes to compete in the University's annual Engineering Olympics. And, thanks to Dr. Perwez Kalim, coordinator of the event, the Engineering Olympics is a learning experience for both the high school students who compete in the areas of bridge building, parachute toss, and airplane simulation as well as for Wilkes engineering majors who serve as judges to test the products for design and functionality.

“I work behind the scenes with the students to make sure it happens smoothly and that everyone enjoys the experience,” said Dr. Kalim. “It’s a student affair...I only started it. They (students) are the lawmakers.”

Due to the Olympics’ increasing popularity, it was recently featured as a Making the Grade segment on WBRE-TV, the local NBC affiliate.

An associate professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Kalim is a member of several scientific and professional organizations including: the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Society of Computer Simulation (SCS), the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and the Institute of Engineers. For his many professional achievements and for his love of teaching, Dr. Kalim’s students have nominated him for the Outstanding Teacher Award for the past three years.
Degrees with fields, institution, and date

Ph.D.      Mechanical Engineering      University of Kansas      1985

M.S.      Mechanical Engineering      University of Kansas      1982

B.S.      Accounting (in progress)      Wilkes University

Years in academia, date of original appointment, and date(s) of promotion

·       26 years
·       Appointed August , 1988
·       Promoted to Professor 2008
Other related experience

·       Professor - Division of Engineering and Physics, Wilkes University - 2008
·       Associate Professor - Division of Engineering and Physics, Wilkes University – 1993
·       Assistant Professor - Engineering Department, Wilkes University – 1988
·       Assistant Professor - School of Engineering & Technology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), Little Rock, AR. 1995-98
·       Regularly Teach Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Review Course - (Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Combustion, Air Conditioning, Dynamics, and Strength of Materials Sections).

 Expertise - Thermal Sc., Aerodynamics, FE Applications, Energy Systems, ABET Assessment

·       CAD & Finite Element Systems AUTOCAD, ANSYS, PRO-WILDFIRE
·       Energy systems analysis FEDS, TRACE, DOE 2.1A, TANSYS
·       Quality control TQM, PROCESS QUALITY SIMULATOR
·       Manufacturing systems SIMFACTORY, SLP, CRAFT, CPM, GANTT


·       CoordinatorABET activities
·       Coordinator Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics Combustion Engines Labs – 1990 – to date
·       Coordinator Mechanical Engineering Program, 2005-2007
·       Faculty Liaison to Dean of CASPS, Wilkes University, 2000-2002

Consulting, patents, etc.

·       Consultant to ABET assessment activities – 2007-08, 2008-09
·       Consultant, POZ Environmental Inc., Pittston, PA. – 2005-06

Scientific and professional societies

·       Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), NY
·       Member, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), MD
·       Senior Member, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), MI
·       Member, Society of Computer Simulation (SCS)

Professional development activities in the 2008-2009

2008-09 Work with ARDEC (Armament Research Development & Engineering Center) Picatinny, NJ on development of next generation hybrid projectiles - continuing

2007-08       Experimental Investigation of the Transient Forced Convection Heat Transfer in a corrugated pipe - continuing

2006-07       Condensation Heat Transfer in Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Applications

Institutional and professional service

·         Various departmental and university wide committees
·         Coordinator, ABET Self Study Report

Percentage of time available for research or scholarly activities" Personal time allocated

Percentage of time committed to the program: 100% mechanical engineering          

In Dr. Kalim's words...

“I love my students, and I love working with them. Teaching at Wilkes allows me to work individually with them, and get to know their names, their backgrounds and, in most cases, their personal lives. It is very enjoyable. This environment creates camaraderie between me and my students.”

"Our students are here to study. They are very hardworking and are willing to be molded.”


Principal publications of last five years

            Book and Manuals

·         "Fundamentals of the Finite Element Method with Engineering Applications." Book Publication Proposal submitted to Taylor and Francis/CRC Press, 2007

·         "Heat Transfer - Laboratory Manual." Wilkes University, Revised -2006

·         "Fluid Mechanics - Laboratory Manual." Wilkes University, Revised -2006

·         "Introduction to Manufacturing- Laboratory Manual." Wilkes University, Revised 2000


·         “Effect of coolant temperature on the condensation heat transfer in air-conditioning and refrigeration applications.” M. H. Al-Hajeri, A. M. Koluib, R. Alajmi, and S. P. Kalim, Accepted for publication in the Journal of Experimental Heat Transfer, 2008

·         "Heat Transfer Performance during Condensation of R-134a," paper # AC 2008-91, ASEE Conference and Expo, Pittsburgh, June 2008.

·         "Improving Retention by Implementing Outcome based Design Experience in a Sophomore Course," paper # AC 2007-558, published and presented at the ASEE Conference and Expo. Hawaii, June 2007.

·         "Design of A Pump Setup for Fluid Mechanics Laboratory," paper # 2006-264, published and presented at the ASEE Conference and Expo. Chicago 18-21 June 2006.

·         "Fire Propagation in Abandoned Anthracite Mines," (with William Toothill, and Emanuel T. Posluszny) Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs (NAAMLP), Bristol, VA, September 18 - 21, 2005.

·       Nominated for Outstanding Teacher Award 2004-2005, not awarded

·       Outstanding Teacher Award (2000-2001).

·       Nominated for Carpenter Teaching Award (1991-92), not awarded