Alumni Spotlight

Featured Alumnus/Student: Wissam Alobaidi

Middle-aged man of Middle Eastern descent with greying hair, wearing aviator sunglasses and a black t-shirt with a grey sweater.

Wissam Alobaidi earned his bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering in 2002 from the University of Technology in Baghdad, Iraq, as well as a postgraduate higher diploma in refrigeration and air conditioning engineering technology from the Technical College- Baghdad in 2006. During his time in Iraq, he worked with the U.S. Corps of Engineers. He then travelled to the United States to pursue at master’s of science in systems engineering, completed in 2013 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). Upon completion of the program, he was accepted into the Ph.D. program in engineering science and systems at UALR, where he is currently a candidate for the degree under his advisor, Dr. Eric Sandgren. His study focuses around computed-aided analysis and design, as well as nondestructive testing technology.

In 2015, Alobaidi had his works published in four different journals, including the International Journal of Scientific and Engineering Research, the American Journal of Operations Research, Energy and Power Engineering, as well as in the proceedings from the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, hosted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). In 2016, he will present at conferences in Canada and Germany.


Alobaidi, Wissam, et al. “A Survey on Benchmark Defects Encountered in the Oil Pipe Industries.” International Journal of Scientific and Engineering Research 6 (2015): 844-853.

Alobaidi, Wissam M., et al. “Applications of Ultrasonic Techniques in Oil and Gas Pipeline Industries: A Review.” American Journal of Operations Research 5.04 (2015): 274.

Alobaidi, Wissam M., et al. “Enhancing Production Efficiency of Oil and Natural Gas Pipes Using Microwave Technology.” Energy and Power Engineering 7.10 (2015): 440.

Alobaidi, Wissam, et al. “NDT Applied to the Detection of Defects in Oil and Gas Pipes: A Simulation-Based Study.” International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition. Houston. N.p.: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2015. N. pag. Print.