Fred A. Akl, Widener University School of Engineering Dean

Fred A. Akl, PhD

  • Dean of School of Engineering
  • Professor


  • PhD, Civil Engineering (1979)
    University of Calgary

About Me

I have more than 30 years of academic experience as a teacher, researcher, and administrator. Prior to coming to Widener University, I held various faculty and administrative positions at Louisiana Tech University, Ohio University, California Polytechnic State University, and Cairo University. My professional career includes research collaboration with NASA's Glenn Research Center and Johnson Space Center. I have been a consultant to industries, government agencies, and universities and serve on a number of civic and professional boards. I also enjoy travel and hiking.

Research Interests

My research interests include: structural dynamics, vibration control, computational modeling, and finite element analysis.


  • Akl, Fred A. "Plenary Session on Middle States Accreditation." Presentation hosted by MSCHE Self-Study Institute, University of Delaware, 2007.
  • Omara, Abdel-Aziz, M., Leslie K. Guice, W. Thomas Straughan, and Fred A. Akl. “Instability of Thin Pipes Encased in Oval Cavity.” Journal of Engineering Mechanics (ASCE) 126, no. 4 (2000): 381–388.
  • Jong, I.C. and Akl, F.A., (Eds.). Developments in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Vol. 17. Louisiana Tech University: Ruston: Louisiana Tech University, 1994.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Omicron Delta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi


  • Engineer of the Year, Delaware County, Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (2001)
  • Outstanding Civil Engineering Instructor, ASCE Student Chapter, Department of Civil Engineering, Ohio University
  • Killam Scholars Who's Who, J.J. Smith (Editor), McCurdy Printing and Typesetting, Ltd., Halifax, Nova Scotia

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