Meet Dr. Marwan Zabdawi

Faculty Spotlight

Meet Dr. Marwan Zabdawi, Professor of Mathematics and Regents’ Engineering Pathway Program Coordinator.

Zabdawi earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from Michigan State University. He earned another master’s degree in applied mathematics, as well as his doctorate in engineering science, from the University of Toledo. He says that the field of mathematics particularly interests him because it is the “ultimate in intellectual freedom; the sky is the limit.”

Zabdawi joined the Highlander family in January of 2003. Originally from East Lansing, Michigan, Georgia’s beauty and weather drew him to the South. He always wanted to be a professor, so some of his proudest moments at Gordon include achieving that goal and gaining his tenure. A testament to his love for teaching, he lists over half the courses he instructs as his favorites. Some of these include calculus, introduction to engineering and differential equations. Through his classes, he wants to help students believe in their potential, learn to teach themselves, set goals and achieve those goals.

According to Zabdawi, being at Gordon enabled him to settle down and find his role in the world. He loves guiding and advising his students to a successful career in engineering. To him, being a Highlander means achieving the EDGE, which includes being an Engaged Innovator, a Dedicated Scholar, a Gifted Communicator and an Ethical Leader.

Before coming to Gordon, Zabdawi worked in a fluid-lab research facility in Michigan for three years and he oversaw the fluid and energy labs at the University of Toledo for five years. When he is not working, he enjoys a variety of hobbies, including photography, fishing, swimming and playing backgammon. He also works on his lawn and plants a variety of Azaleas.