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Maher Amer

Dr. Maher Amer

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Mechanical Engineering
  • Office Location: Building 4, Room 137
  • Campus: 850.474.2970


Dr. Maher Amer holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University with a focus on bio-medical devices and bio-manufacturing.  After his Ph.D., he worked in the Dermatology Department at the University of Pittsburgh, developing medical devices for cutaneous drug delivery such as microneedle arrays and microparticles.  His work involves utilizing 3D printing and additive manufacturing to fabricate complex medical device solutions.  Before his Ph.D., he earned an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  He also earned an M.T.M (Master’s in Technology Management) from Southeast Missouri State University.  He earned his B.S. in Mechanical engineering from The American University in Cairo.  At UWF, Dr. Maher Amer teaches Machine Design and Engineering Statistics.  He is involved in the NASA Rover and Microneedles Arrays for Drug Delivery student projects.

Degrees & Institutions

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering. Washington State University
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering.  The University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • M.T.M., Technology Management.  Southeast Missouri State University
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering.  The American University at Cairo


Dr. Maher Amer’s research is involved in designing, fabricating, and testing medical devices such as microneedle arrays and microparticles for drug delivery.  Other pillars of his study are 3D printing, additive manufacturing, machine learning in medical devices, wearable medical devices, and cutaneous drug delivery.

Current Courses

  • EML3500 Machine Design
  • EGS3441 Engineering Statistics
  • EGN3914L Junior Engineering Design II


  1. M. Amer, X. Ni, M. Xian, and R. K. Chen, “Photo-Responsive Hydrogel Microneedles With Interlocking Control for Easy Extraction in Sustained Ocular Drug Delivery,” J. Eng. Sci. Med. Diagn. Ther., vol. 5, no. 1, Oct. 2021, doi: 10.1115/1.4052627.
  2. M. Amer and R. K. Chen, “Self-Adhesive Microneedles with Interlocking Features for Sustained Ocular Drug Delivery,” Macromol. Biosci., vol. 20, no. 6, p. 2000089, 2020, doi: 10.1002/mabi.202000089.
  3. M. Amer and R. K. Chen, “Hydrogel-Forming Microneedle Arrays for Sustained and Controlled Ocular Drug Delivery,” J. Eng. Sci. Med. Diagn. Ther., vol. 3, no. 4, Oct. 2020, doi: 10.1115/1.4048481.