Professor Nayfeh was born in Shuwaikah, a small village near Tulkarm in Palestine, on Dec. 21, 1933. He entered Stanford University in 1959 as a freshman and graduated 5 years later with his doctoral degree. He received a B.S. degree in Engineering Science in 1962 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1963 and 1964, respectively. His graduate research work laid the foundation for his seminal work in perturbation techniques, and especially, the Method of Multiple Scales, which he developed in great depth.

In his next phase, Dr. Nayfeh first worked in the aerospace industry (Heliodyne Corporation, Richmond, CA and Aerotherm Corporation, Mountain View, CA) for 7 years, while at the same time developing further perturbation techniques and applying them to various fields in physics and engineering. Dr. Nayfeh then started a long association with Virginia Tech, where he was a faculty...

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