Dr. Nabih E. Bedewi dedicated his entire professional career of over 22 years to serving the U.S. government, corporations, and the world with his innovative and disciplined research. The underlying theme of his career was to help people, either through improving their way of life, enhancing automotive and highway safety, combating terrorism, providing better military capability, or creating innovative solutions for transportation and environmental problems in developing countries. During this career, he personally touched the lives of over 1,000 engineering students by providing them with the best education possible, and by being a role model. His past accomplishments have been recognized with numerous awards.
Dr. Bedewi held several research positions while studying at the University of Maryland. His first outside position was in 1984 as Electronic Message Analyst in the U.S. Postal Service in Washington DC during his masters degree studies. The following year, he joined the Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center at the Federal Highway Administration as a Doctoral Research Fellow.
After obtaining his doctorate degree, Dr. Bedewi joined Advanced Technology and Research Corporation in Laurel, Maryland. During the nearly five years at ATR, he managed projects for several federal government agencies, including NSWC, NAVAIR, Wright Patterson AFB, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, DOT, and U.S. Geological Survey. The results of these projects were published in over 30 technical papers and reports. In light of his engineering competence and unique skills, he was called upon to solve difficult and diverse problems, saving the government millions of dollars in testing and program development, as well as lives of astronauts, fighter pilots, military personnel, and civilians.
In August 1990, Dr. Bedewi joined the faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at George Washington University. His expertise and endless capacity for hard work made GW an internationally respected center for engineering research. On top of his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Bedewi personally obtained over $40 million in government and corporate funding for GW, and because of his reputation, he enabled GW to attract additional funding estimated at no less than $10 million.
In his position as Technical Director of the NASA-GSFC/GW Program for Research and Education in Space Technology, Dr. Bedewi headed several research projects. When the multi-billion dollar Hubble Space Telescope’s sensors failed, he was called upon to develop a control system that could maintain the telescope in orbit while NASA planned its repair mission. Along with his graduate students and NASA engineers, they developed the Zero- Gyro, Zero-Wheel Controller. In addition, Dr. Bedewi contributed to other programs at NASA dealing with space shuttle launch loads and advanced composite materials.
In 1992, Dr. Bedewi turned his attention back to automotive and highway safety with the establishment of the FHWA/NHTSA National Crash Analysis Center (NCAC). While the center was initially simply intended to house the FHWA and NHTSA crash test film library and to conduct a limited amount of research, it was Dr. Bedewi who had the vision and commitment to expand the center to become one of the leading and most internationally respected research organizations in automotive and highway safety. Over the following years, he proceeded to build an exceptional organization at GW, which had as many as 60 researchers and graduate students by 2004.
The center addressed some of the world’s most complex safety problems. The research initially focused on problems of particular interest to DOT. However, the success of the research and the analysis and testing technologies led to the expansion of the research sponsors to include the Department of State, the US Secret Service, and a number of automotive and OEM supplier companies. Prior to leaving GW in 2004, Dr. Bedewi was leading projects dealing with vehicle safety, highway safety, physical security anti-ram barriers (including the barriers installed around the White House today and around US embassies all over the world), and injury and biomechanics. His pioneering work resulted in the real saving of lives and significant economic benefits.
In October 1995, Dr. Bedewi founded a private company, New Generation Motors Corporation (NGM), in response to the growing need for new technologies in environmentally friendly transportation. The company was incorporated in 1995 along with a number of former GW students and staff, based on an innovative electric motor technology which was licensed from Dr. Dean Patterson in Northern Territory University in Australia. NGM is a privately held company established by environmentally concerned shareholders and employees to address global issues with environmental impact of transportation by promoting electric, hybrid electric, and fuel cell drive technologies.
NGM embarked on several projects for the U.S. government including the Army Research Lab, DARPA, and the USAID, as well as international agencies such as the UNDP, the Global Environment Facility of the World Bank, and the Egyptian Ministry of Environment. Dr. Bedewi focused much of NGM’s projects on developing countries with need for cleaner transportation including India and Egypt.