Dr. Muhammad Kehnemouyi holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from The George Washington University and a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Tehran Polytechnic Institute. He is a registered professional engineer (PE) since 1988. In 1983, he joined Montgomery College's Department of Physics, Engineering, and Geosciences. He became the chair of that department in 1999. He is currently interim dean for Science, Engineering, and Technology.
Kehnemouyi has brought national recognition to the engineering program at Montgomery College. Under his leadership, there has been considerable growth in engineering enrollment during the past several years. His leadership has contributed significantly to the articulation agreements in place with many of Montgomery College’s regional receiving schools of engineering. He helped developed memoranda of understanding with Montgomery County Public Schools, Georgia Institute of Technology, and George Washington University. He has served for five years as the Academic Program Director of the Johns Hopkins University Summer Program for Engineering, further demonstration of organizational and project management skills.
Kehnemouyi has considerable experience as a process engineer (chemical) for the Iran aircraft industry, as consulting engineer in the private sector, as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, and George Washington University, and as curriculum and materials developer, focusing on modifying and revising Montgomery College’s engineering courses to reflect changes at University of Maryland College Park, Georgia Institute of Technology, and other four-year universities. He routinely conducts presentations about engineering to MCPS students and science teachers in an effort to attract students of color and women to the field of engineering; He is an active member of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), conducting numerous presentations at the ASEE national and international meetings.
A recipient of the NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) Excellence award and the Montgomery College outstanding faculty award, Kehnemouyi was a nominee for the 2005 David R. Pierce Faculty Technology Award sponsored by American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and Cisco Systems and has been recognized by MCPS several times for outstanding volunteer service. He has taught most of the engineering courses including: Introduction to Engineering Design, Statics, Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat transfer, Numerical Analysis, and Engineering Physics sequence.
Kehnemouyi is the author of several publications in the field of engineering education. He is currently serving a five year term as member of advisory board of Journal of Engineering Education (JEE). He has been a project team member in an ASEE initiative to promote broad-based discussions on the role and importance of engineering education within the society. The report entitled ”Creating a Culture for Systematic and Scholarly Engineering Education Innovation” is currently posted on the ASEE website.
Kehnemouyi helped to obtain $406,720 in federal funding from U.S. Department of Education to equip six set up of wireless mobile classrooms to serve the engineering and computer science programs both on and off campus. He served as the principle investigator for the Fund for Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE) grant. This $471,142 grant from U.S. Department of Education focused on increasing the number of underrepresented students in engineering. The project was highlighted in the FIPSE Newsletter, a national newsletter published in August 2010. Kehnemouyi's leadership, as co-principle investigator, also helped to secure a four-year, $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) for “ACCESS Engineering” (Achieving Community College Excellence, Success, and Scholarship in Engineering). Each year, this scholarship program supports over fifty promising engineering students at Montgomery College as well as a select group of MC transfer engineering students.
The focus for the Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) area is on providing instruction and support services for students enrolled or majoring in SET courses. SET engages in the following activities that contribute to student enrollment, retention, and success:
- provides high quality instruction in transfer, general education, and developmental courses to enable students to achieve their educational goals
- advises students effectively
- encourages the continued development of professional and support personnel in the unit
- evaluates programs and operations to ensure that they meet student and community needs
- creates and maintains an environment in which institutional objectives can be achieved
- develops partnership with business, industry, Montgomery County Public Schools, and transfer institutions
- pursues grant opportunities to support new area and college initiatives