Sari Kassar embraces failure because it makes for better research.
“With every failure, you develop further understanding, and research becomes an exciting part of your life,” he said.
His interest in complex systems started with airplanes. And while he moved from aeronautic aspirations, his passion for analytical thinking and problem solving prompted him to study mechanical engineering.
Kassar, who is earning his master’s degree in mechanical engineering, has served as a graduate student research assistant to Assistant Professor Georges Ayoub. Focused on automotive research, they are working to develop “developing numerical predictive tools to model the mechanical properties of ductile alloys under large deformations, relevant to sheet metal stamping.”
Driven to become an expert in mechanical engineering and automotive technologies, he said he has been strategic about selecting academic courses.
“As a researcher, I have become highly selective about my courses so that I maximize my research benefit,” said Kassar, who is also an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Outside of his research pursuits, Kassar has an interest in creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students on campus. He serves as treasurer of the student organization Globally United Students and has helped plan several on-campus events to promote cross-cultural engagement, including a week-long multi-cultural event where students had an opportunity to share cuisines, music and traditions.
He also has worked with leadership at The Union at Dearborn to improve rapport and cultural understanding on behalf of the international population.
“Mr. Kassar embodies the spirit in which the Difference Maker award was created,” said Randy Dillard, international admissions and recruiting coordinator. “He is an academic researcher with a drive to be a catalyst for change. Sari is collaborative and has a globalized-centric view toward student leadership.”