Beshr, Mohamed Ph.D. 2016

Research Topic: 

"Develpment of Vapor Compression System Simulation Tools"


Story by Francesca Pascual

When he came to the University of Maryland in 2012, Mohamed Beshr’s initial focus was on the lifetime climate performance of vapor compression systems, including air conditioning and refrigeration systems. He worked on developing a modular, open-source framework for LCCP-based design of vapor compression systems. This tool helps to design vapor compression systems with environmental impact as one of the main performance criterion.

Although the topic interested him, his focus is now on developing vapor compression system simulation tool with improved aspects, such as speed, flexibility, and feedback, to allow for an in-depth analysis of HVAC systems.

Course work done, now to wrap up the dissertation

He hopes that this research will provide the industry with validated tools that can be used to predict the performance of their systems, allowing them to achieve optimum performance.

An international student from Egypt, Beshr chose to attend the University of Maryland for his Ph.D. mainly because of its reputation. “It’s one of the top schools in its field,” he said. The University is also well-situated; its proximity to Washington, D.C. and to a number of environmental engineering companies appealed to Beshr.

"Professor Beshr" has a nice ring to it

After graduation, Beshr hopes to work in academia. Ideally, he would like to work at a university where he can conduct his own research while teaching classes on topics, such as heat transfer, thermodynamics, vapor compression systems, and renewable energy. As a back-up plan, he would also be interested in working in a research lab, or working in an industrial setting, as a researcher for a private company.

Beshr considers his involvement with the CEEE extremely valuable. “The CEEE combines scientific research with the opportunity to meet members of the industry, especially during events like consortiums,” says Beshr. He believes that he has grown as a researcher, as well as developed relationships with industry members; both are beneficial for pursuing his interests.

Appreciates the feeling of community and support

Beshr has found a very special community in the CEEE, “There is a real feeling of community that you find in the CEEE that my friends in other programs haven’t found,” he says.  

He has felt that support in his career, as well as in his personal life. When his daughter, Amira, was born to him and his wife, Radia Eldeeb (who is also a CEEE Ph.D. student), in January, Beshr felt like everyone in the CEEE readily offered him any assistance and advice that he and his family needed. “We waited for Amira for a long time, she really does feel like a bundle of joy,” he explains.


Beshr and Eldeeb want to live for a while in the Washington D.C. area, or move to another, similarly inviting, part of the United States. “D.C.’s cultural diversity provides a welcoming environment to people of other nationalities and ethnicities. You will always be able to find a place where you belong,” he said.

Beshr also enjoys the weather in Maryland. After spending time in Canada as a teaching assistant in 2011 at the University of Saskatchewan, a three-month winter seems manageable. “Canada was always very cold. There was at least a foot of snow on the ground for almost six months,” he said jokingly.

The more temperate weather allows the young family to do more outdoor activities. In their free time, they like to visit parks and have barbecues. Beshr and his wife read stories to Amira regularly, hoping to instill a love of knowledge from an early age. Though he is mostly busy with his paternal duties, sometimes Beshr also goes shopping or plays videogames with friends.