Aglan, Heshmat

Interim Dean and Professor

  Heshmat A. Aglan, Ph.D., P.E.
Interim Dean and Professor
College of Engineering
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 36088
Phone: (334) 727- 8857
Fax: (334) 727- 8090
Professional Preparation        
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering,
University of London, England 1982 


  • Interim Dean, College of Engineering, Tuskegee University                                                          2015
  • Associate Dean, College of Engineering, Architecture and Physical Sci., Tuskegee Univ.              1996
  • Professor, College of Engineering, Architecture and Physical Sci., Tuskegee University                 1993
  • Associate Professor, College of Engineering, Tuskegee University                                               1989
  • Senior Research Associate, Case Western Reserve University                                                    1987
  • Assistant Professor, Steven's Institute of Technology, International Program                                 1983

Honors and Awards

  1. John R. Sheaffer award for excellence in flood-proofing, Association of State Floodplain Managers for the project entitled “Flood Damage Resistance of Building Materials and Systems,”  June 2007
  2. Russell W. Brown Distinguished Scientist Research Award, Sigma XI, Tuskegee Univ., April 2007
  3. Long-term Contribution to the 1890 Land-Grant Mission of Teaching, Research and Service, 61st Professional Agricultural Workers Conference, Tuskegee Univ., Dec. 2003
  4. Sustained Performance by an HBCU, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, (ORNL) March 2003
  5. Outstanding Minority Institution of the Year Award by the ORNL, February 2001
  6. Who's Who in Engineering Education, 2001
  7. USDA group award of Excellence for contribution to the nations space program, June 1996
  8. Faculty Achievement Award, 2001 Tuskegee University
  9. Registered Professional Engineer in States of Alabama and Ohio
  10. Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Elastomers and Plastics, Sage Publishers Ltd
  11. Associate Director Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Education Coalition (AMSTEC)
Publications (A total of 150 publications including more than 100 in refereed journals)

Selected Publications
  1. Evaluation of the corrosion barrier properties of nano-reinforced vinyl chloride/vinyl acetate coatings, M. Calhoun1, A. Ludwick1, M. Mahmoud2 and H. Aglan1,*, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Volume 119, Issue 1, pages 15–225 January 2011.
  2. Effect of micro-silica loading on the mechanical and acoustic properties of cement pastes, S.S. Shebl, H.S. Seddeq and H.A. Aglan, Construction and Building Materials 25 (2011) 3903–3908.
  3. Microstructure-Fracture Behavior Relationships of Slot-Welded Rail Steels, Aldinton AllieHeshmat Aglan and Mahmood Fateh, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A 2011, pp. 1-10.
  4. Mechanical and fracture analysis of welded pearlitic rail steels, A. Allie, H. Aglan and M. Fateh, Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2010.
  5. Effect of mechanically induced ventilation on the indoor air quality of building envelops, T Paul, D. Sree and H. Aglan, Energy and Buildings 42 (2010), 326-332.
  6. Influence of natural inhibitor, pigment and extender on corrosion of polymer coated steel, A. Abdel-Gabera, B. El-Nabeya, E. Khamisa, O Abdelattefa, H. Aglan, A. Ludwick, Progress in Organic Coatings 69 (2010) 402–409.
  7. Temperature and power consumption measurements as a means for evaluating building thermal performance, D. Sree, T. Paul and H. Aglan, Applied Energy, V. 87, Issue 6, June 2010, Pages 2014-2022.
  8. Usefulness of raw bagasse for oil absorption: A comparison of raw and acylated bagasse, A. Said, A. Ludwick and H. Aglan, Bioresource Technology 2009, 100, 2219-2222.
  9. Strength and Toughness Improvement of Cement Binders using Expandable Thermoplastic Microspheres, Aglan et al., Constr. and Build. Mat., Vol. 23, No. 8. (2009), pp. 2856-2861.
  10. "Mechanical behavior of activated nano silicate filled cement Binders", S. Shebl, A. Allie, M Morsy and H. Aglan, J Mater Sci. (2009) 44:1600–1606.
  11. Evaluation of Fiber Reinforced Nanostructured Perlite-Cementitious Surface Compounds for Building Skin Applications, Constr. and Build. Mat. Journal, Aglan et al., 23 (2009) 138.
  12. Nanostructured Zonolite-Cementitious Surface Compounds for Thermal Insulation, M. Morsy, H. Aglan, and M. Razek, Constr. and Building Materials Journal, 23 (2009) 515–521.
  13. Degradation behavior of nanoreinforced epoxy systems under pulse laser, M. Calhoun, A. Kumar and H. Aglan, J. of Applied Polymer Science, V 113, Issue 5, 2009, pp 3156-3164
  14. Processing orientation — Fracture resistance relationships of V–5Cr–5Ti alloy, H. Aglan, Materials Letters, 62 (6-7) (2008), 865.
  15. Effect of UV and hygrothermal aging on the mechanical performance of polyurethane Elastomers, Aglan et al., Journal of  Applied Polymer Science  108 (1) (2008)  558-564.
  16. Evaluation of Nanosilicate Filled Poly(vinyl chloride-co-vinyl acetate) and Epoxy Coatings, Allie, L., H. Aglan, J. Thornton, Corrosion Science, 50 (8) (2008), 2189-2196.
  17. Predictive Model for CO2 generation and decay in building envelopes. H. Aglan. J. of Applied Physics, 93 (15) (2003) 1287-1290.
Synergistic Activities
  1. Develop an Affordable-Energy-Efficient-Healthy House. This affordable, energy efficient healthy house has received national recognition and featured on the website.
  2. Develop structural lightweight cementitious surface compounds with high thermal resistivity and mechanical properties for building skin and other applications. These compounds incorporate both light weight particulates on both micro and nano scales. 
  3. Develop Flood Field Test Facilities for Residential Envelope Systems. These facilities are probably the only outdoor test facilities in the nation, which simulate the impact of floods on actual envelope systems. Many building envelopes with different materials and construction techniques have been tested in the Tuskegee flood test facilities.
  4. Develop Proton Conductive Membranes for solid-state devices and fuel cells. The developed PCMs have the most desirable properties such as high temperature capability, high proton conductivity, mechanical strength and water retention at high temperatures. This work has been funded by Raytheon and in collaboration with Johnson Research and development. 
Research activities and projects in the last five years
Dr. Aglan has been responsible for many funded projects at the local, national and international levels. During the last five years alone, Aglan has directed many grants and contracts. Some of these projects include “Multidisciplinary Educational, Research and Training (MERT) Program,” funded by the Department of Energy; “Johnson Thermo-Electrochemical Converter as a Solar Powered Engine,” a Phase II SBIR/STTR Project; “Nanostructured Polymeric Proton Conductive Membranes,” funded by Raytheon Corporation; “NUCOR - Education and Research Center,” funded by Nucor Steel Corp.; “Fracture and Fatigue Studies of Rail Steel,” funded by Federal Railroad Administration; and “Impact of Mold Contaminated Floodwater on Select Home Building Materials,” funded by the Dept. of Energy/Oak Ridge National Lab., Composite Insulated Panels for Building Skins, NSF, Curriculum and Scholarship Program, John Deere Foundation, New Low Toxic Paint Formulations for Corrosion Control” with Alexandria University, Egypt, funded by USDA. 

Thesis Advisor and Postgraduate Scholar Sponsor
Dr. Aglan has supervised more than 30 Ph.D. and M.S. students.

Postgraduate scholars
Dr. Aglan has supervised more than 20 postgraduate scholars.