Dr. Omar is an associate professor at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research CU-ICAR. His research and teaching interests are in the area of Manufacturing, Materials and Design; specifically, knowledge based manufacturing systems and light-weight design, non-destructive testing of materials and structures. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards fincluding; the SME Richard L. Kegg Manufacturing award, the SAE Foundation Leadership in Manufacturing award, and the Murray Stokely Excellence in Engineering Education award. Dr. Omar is an active participant in several engineering societies; he hosted and chaired the ASNT topical conference series in 2009, was on the organizing committee of the NAMRC 37, and the SAE World Congress in 2009 and 2010. Prior to joining Clemson, he served as a visiting scholar at the Toyota Motor Company Measurement and Instrumentation Engineering Division, in addition to serving as a Post-Doctoral scholar at the University of Kentucky Center for Manufacturing.