Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering


Office: Engineering A103N
Phone: 970.491.7425

Dr. Mohammad Abutayeh

Assistant Professor of Practice

Mechanical Engineering

Mohammad Abutayeh is from Tampa Bay, Florida and is originally from Kafr Sur, Palestine: a small West Bank village approximately thirty miles north of Jerusalem and thirty miles south of Nazareth. He is a FL-licensed professional engineer with a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of South Florida. He wrote a MS thesis on thermodynamic bounds of phosphate extraction from mined rock and a PhD dissertation on passive vacuum solar flash desalination. So far, he has published over 45 journal articles and conference proceedings. His corporate experience includes designing control systems, optimizing unit operations, employing renewable energy, administering US patent laws, and other duties. His academic experience includes teaching thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, energy conversion, control systems, and other courses. His academic experience also includes conducting research in the thermal fluids area, with emphasis on concentrating solar power.


  • 2010: PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

  • 1999: MS in Chemical Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

  • 1997: BS in Chemical Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL


Research Interests

  • Water desalination

  • Energy system integration

  • Concentrating solar power

  • Electrolyte thermodynamics

  • Process modeling and control

  • Environmental chemodynamics


  • 2020: Method to stabilize power generation of concentrating solar power plants – patent pending

  • 2018: Development of Azeotrope™ physical property calculator – Microsoft Excel add in

  • 2016: Industrial Control workshop manager for the 44th International WorldSkills Competition

  • 2014: ASME Performance Test Code committee member for concentrating solar power plants – PTC52

  • 2012: President cup award for best six sigma black belt project – NextEra Energy Resources

  • 2010: Chemical engineering professional engineer with the Florida State Board of Professional Engineers