Loyola University Chicago

Engineering Science


Ashraf Omran, PhD

Title/s:  Full-time Instructor

Office #:  310 Cuneo Hall



Dr. Omran received his BS and MS Aerospace Engineering degrees from Cairo University. He received his PhD Aerospace Engineering Science degree from Old Dominion University (ODU), Virginia. During his PhD he worked on two projects as a research assistant:

  • Developed a Matlab-based nonlinear numerical simulation for EMS Maglev vehicle accounting for the interaction between the vehicle and girder.
  • Developed a technique to identify the aircraft aero-propulsive coefficients in flight tests based on design of experiments methodology.

After that, he worked as research scientist and collaborated with NASA and Lockheed Martin, working on enhancing the NASA Langley Research Center’s “Airspace and Traffic Operations Simulation” (ATOS) and “Aircraft Simulation for Traffic Operations Research” (ASTOR) software frameworks. He also worked with Metron Aviation and NASA to develop several up-gauging scenarios of the fleet-shifts as a trial of the JPDO to design a NextGen system that would accommodate future passenger demands, while mitigating challenging environmental aspects.

He worked in industry from 2011 to 2017 as a senior control engineer at Case New Holland Fiat Industry in Burr Ridge, Illinois. His chief responsibility was to design and analyze control systems for transmission and vehicle dynamics.

In 2018, he returned to academia at Texas A&M University teaching Dynamics, Robotics, Control, Kinematics of Machines, Vehicle Powertrain Systems and Flight Dynamics. In 2019 he joined the Loyola faculty as an Instructor in Engineering Science. He has authored 19 U.S. patents in the field of transmission control systems, 41 journal and conference papers in the field of dynamics, robotics and control and is in the midst of writing his Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines textbook, which Springer will be publishing.


BS and MS Aerospace Engineering degrees from Cairo University

Research Interests

Research Interests

  • Flight Dynamics, Simulation and Control
  • Nonlinearity Index Theory Applied to Dynamical Systems and Control.
  • Applying Linear and Nonlinear Control to Automotive Systems.
  • Applying MIL, SIL and HIL to Automotive and Robotic Systems
  • Volterra Nonlinear Dynamic Approximation.
  • Parameters Identification and Estimation using Design of Experiment (DoE).

Selected Publications

Selected publications:

1. Omran, A. and Hartman, B., Systems and Method Of Determining PTO Transmission Gear Ratio, U.S. Patent 10094470.

2. Omran, A., Bulgrien, G. and Hartman, B., Automotive Productivity Manager for Power Shift Transmissions, U.S. Patent 10196066.

3. Omran A. and Newman, B., Nonlinearity Index Theory for Aircraft Dynamic Assessment, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2013.

4. Alberts T., Hanasoge A., and Omran A., On the Influence of Structural Flexibility on Feedback Control Stability for Magnetically Suspended Vehicles, ASME-Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control Vol. 1333, No. 5, 2011.

5. Ghareeb M. and Omran A., and El-Bayoumi, G., Optimal Vibration Control for Structural-Acoustic Coupling System, Journal of Vibration and Control, 2012.