In memory: Joseph Saleh | Aerospace Engineering | Georgia Institute of Technology

Professor Joe Saleh

Beloved professor, mentor, colleague and researcher Joseph Saleh passed away on April 12, 2022. Professor Saleh was known for his unique teaching style and wisdom, but his dedication and mentorship to students was unparalleled.

“Joe was a beloved member of our AE community for 15 years. He was a wonderful instructor who cared deeply about his students,” said Professor William RT Oakes and Principal of the school. Marc Costello.

Professor Saleh has received numerous awards for his teaching and mentorship, including the Outstanding Faculty Award, the Lockheed Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Georgia Tech’s Most Valuable Teacher Award. On April 25, the Georgia Tech chapter of Sigma Gamma Tau — a national aerospace engineering honor society — will award Saleh the posthumous Most Valuable Teacher Award for “outstanding teaching and impact on AE students.” , share Anonto Zamansection president.

Saleh joined the AE School in 2007 as an associate professor, bringing his expertise in spacecraft systems and risk prevention. His research has focused on spacecraft reliability and analysis, programmatic systems engineering, accident causation, and system safety, which have been used in different industries and disciplines. In the fall of 2021, Saleh launched a national accident and injury prevention competition for undergraduate and graduate students, challenging them to address system safety issues in society.

His genuine curiosity and exceptional talents have led him to write numerous publications shared around the world. Saleh is the author of two books, 120 technical publications, including two articles in the Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering (Wiley) and 60 journal articles, a dozen of which have been included in the Top 25 most downloaded publications on Science Direct. One of his 2019 publications, “Statistical Reliability Analysis for a Most Dangerous Profession: The Roman Emperor“, was dubbed “the cheesiest study of 2019” by fast business magazine.

The AE School sends its deepest condolences to Dr. Saleh’s family, friends, colleagues, Georgia Tech community, and students during this time. Students who would like to speak to someone or find support resources during this time are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Engagement and Wellbeing. health, wellness and recreation website. Georgia Tech Suppliers advice center also made themselves available to students who needed help and support. Georgia Tech staff and faculty can find help through the Employee Assistance Program at

Memorial services:

Monday April 25 | 11am EST
St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church
6025 Glenridge Dr, Atlanta, Georgia 30328


Professor Saleh was such a beautiful and brilliant soul and kindred spirit – he lit a fire inside each of his students to go out into the world and make our own marks. His true and authentic memory lives with us and he will be dearly missed. Thanks for letting him share his fire with us at Georgia Tech..

Professor Saleh had a passion for teaching students that is rare to see. Despite his many years in academia, he still came to every class with such enthusiasm and dedication to teaching the next generation of aerospace engineers. I was so blessed to have known Dr. Saleh and learned from him over the past year, and look forward to one day becoming a teacher who embodies his spirit.

He was truly a good man who treated his students with great care and consideration. He broadened our horizons and encouraged us to think differently. Sure, he was brilliant, but we loved him mostly for his kindness.

Joe was a thoughtful and profound scholar both in his field of expertise and outside it. I fondly remember many conversations between us about history, classics and photography. Joe’s photography book on Lebanese architecture has been one of many high-profile conversations we’ve had over the years. He will be deeply missed here.


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