CEN Research Hub | American University of Sharjah

Welcome to the CEN Research Hub

At the College of Engineering, our exceptional faculty actively engage in innovative, cutting-edge and high-impact research that not only inspires our students but also serves society and impacts the world.

Research Clusters

As part of our commitment to excellence, CEN has established six groundbreaking research clusters, each focusing on specific research themes closely aligned with the expertise of our esteemed faculty members. Groundbreaking ideas converge in these dynamic hubs, fostering collaborative efforts that drive pioneering solutions to real-world challenges.

By creating these research clusters, our aim is twofold: to showcase our areas of research strength within CEN and to forge impactful partnerships with industry collaborators and endowments, further enriching our research endeavors. These strategic collaborations will not only propel our institution's growth but also stimulate innovation and drive economic development.

Our research themes within these clusters not only reflect CEN's commitment to pushing boundaries but also align with the strategic national agendas of the United Arab Emirates. By addressing crucial societal and technological challenges, we contribute to the development and progress of the nation, while elevating our own research agenda and enhancing the visibility, ranking and branding of CEN on a global scale.

We invite you to explore these research clusters and learn more about the transformative work being conducted by our faculty members and students. Join us on this exciting journey as we continue to push the frontiers of engineering research, innovation and education.

Research Stories

Transforming carbon credits trading: AUS' innovative Blockchain solution for a sustainable future
Sustainable concrete solutions: AUS faculty research aligned with UN goals
Sensor technology research by AUS faculty envisions a safer and healthier tomorrow
Catalyzing sustainable innovations: AUS professor's work amplifies UAE's green agenda and global transformation
AUS professor’s research endeavors contribute to sustainable transformation and innovation
AUS researcher harnesses the power of robotics and AI for a better tomorrow

Experts List

Chemical and Biological Engineering
Dr. Amani Al-Othman
  • Renewable Energy
  • High Temperature PEM Fuel Cells
  • Nano-composite membranes
  • Solid Proton Conductors
  • Solar Cells
  • Implantable Electrodes
Dr. Ghaleb Husseini
  • Polymeric and liposomal drug delivery
  • Ultrasound
  • Surface modification
  • Tissue culture
  • Biomaterials
Dr. Nabil Abdel Jabbar
  • Advanced control
  • Modeling
  • Simulation
  • Optimization of petrochemical and environmental chemical processes
  • Water desalination and wastewater treatment plants
  • Drug delivery systems
  • Heat integration processes
  • Ionic liquids and its applications
Dr. Naif Darwish
  • Vapor-liquid equilibria
  • Computational thermodynamics and separation processes
  • Refrigeration
  • Modeling and Simulation of Chemical and Environmental Processes
  • Water and Membrane Technology
Dr. Paul Nancarrow
  • Ionic liquids technology for renewable energy and sustainable processing
  • Nanomaterials processing
  • Pharmaceutical process development
  • Predictive modeling of liquid systems
Dr. Rachid Chebbi
  • Interfacial fluid mechanics
  • Boundary layer theory
  • Entrance region problems
  • Wetting and dewetting
  • Oil spills hydrodynamics
  • Sedimentation
  • Blood flow dynamics
  • Nanofluids
  • Evaporation
  • Chemical reaction engineering
  • Natural gas liquids recovery
  • Process synthesis and optimization
Dr. Rana Sabouni
  • Synthesis of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs)
  • Carbon Dioxide Adsorption by MOFs
  • Drug Delivery
  • Micro-pollutants Removal by MOFs
Dr. Sameer Al-Asheh
  • Water Disinfection
  • Microbial fuel cell
  • Membrane bioreactor
  • Biofuel/Bioenergy
  • Adsorption of heavy metals, phenols and dyes using biological materials activated by different methods
  • Effect of salt on vapor-liquid equilibria
  • Effect of salt on liquid-liquid equilibria
  • Sorptive storage of natural gas- Electroosmotic Dewatering
  • Separation of azeotropic systems using adsorptive distillation
Dr. Yassir Makkawi
  • Waste to energy via gasification and pyrolysis
  • Computational fluid dynamic modeling of multiphase flow
  • Hydrogen production
  • Solar thermochemical conversion
  • Production of biochar
  • Applications of fluidized bed reactors
  • Biofuels
  • High value products from algae and adsorption/desorption processes
Dr. Zarook Shareefdeen
  • Biofiltration
  • Modeling of Chemical and Biological Reactors
  • Air Pollution Control
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Waste to Energy Technologies
Civil Engineering
Dr. Adil Tamimi
  • 3D Concrete Printing
  • Green Buildings
  • High Performance Concrete Design & Applications in Harsh Environment
  • Sustainability/Green Buildings Design
  • Safety, Composite Materials
Dr. Farid Abed
  • Computational Solids and Structural Mechanics
  • Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • Constitutive Modeling
  • Damage Mechanics
  • Impact
  • Composites
Dr. Jamal El-Din Abdalla
  • Computer-aided analysis and design of structures
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Structural dynamics and materials
Dr. Magdi El-Emam
  • Geosynthetics behaviors and its applications in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Static and seismic analysis of reinforced-soil retaining walls and embankments
  • Static and dynamic tests for soil properties and behaviors
  • Numerical and experimental modeling of Geomaterials and composites
  • Analysis, behaviors and testing methods of saturated and unsaturated soils
Dr. Md. Mortula
  • Water Distribution systems
  • Water Treatment
  • Recycling of Solid Waste Management
  • Water Quality Management in Coastal Water
  • Water Infrastructure Management
Dr. Mohammad AlHamaydeh
  • Nonlinear Structural Dynamic Response Analysis and Modeling
  • Passive Control and Supplemental Damping Devices
  • Computer-Aided Design and Simulation
  • Nonlinear Finite Element Methods
  • Soil-Structure-Interaction
  • Structural Optimization
  • Experimental Analysis of Full-Scale Structures as well as Components and Materials
  • Development of New Materials in Seismic Design and Retrofit
  • Fiber-Reinforced Concrete
Dr. Mousa Attom
  • Soil behavior
  • Soil erosion
  • Soil stabilization
  • Expansive soil
  • Soil testing
Dr. Rami Hawileh
  • Structural and Computational Mechanics
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Seismic Analysis and Design of Hybrid Precast/Prestressed Concrete Frames and Walls
  • Composite Structures
  • Strengthening and Rehabilitation of Structures
  • Structural Fire Resistance
  • Nonlinear Thermal Stress Analysis and Fire Performance of Structural Members
Dr. Salwa Beheiry
  • Best Practices for Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Project Planning and Performance
  • Project and Program Benchmarking
  • Engineering Education and Leadership
  • Women in STEM
Dr. Sameh El-Sayegh
  • Construction & Project Management
  • Project Time & Cost Control
  • Construction Contracting
Dr. Sami Tabsh
  • Structural reliability
  • Finite element modeling
  • Bridge engineering
  • Experimental testing of structural steel
  • Reinforced concrete elements
Dr. Serter Atabay
  • River engineering
  • Catchment flood management plans
  • Strategic Flood Risk Management
  • Channel resistance
  • Boundary shear stress distributions
  • Overbank flow
  • Flood hydraulics
  • Sediment mechanics
  • Hydraulic structures at high flow, e.g. bridges
  • Environmental Hydrology and Modelling
Dr. Sherif Yehia
  • Behavior of reinforced and prestressed concrete
  • Composite structures
  • Special concrete
  • Infrastructure management systems
Dr. Tarig Ali
  • GIScience
  • LiDAR Mapping
  • Mobile and Internet-based GIS
  • Coastal Mapping & GIS
  • Applications of GIS/Remote Sensing in Environmental & Transportation Engineering
  • Wide-Area GPS Networks
  • Infrastructure Monitoring/Surveillance
Computer Science and Engineering
Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Ali
  • Embedded Systems
  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Smart Grid
  • Smart Manufacturing and industry 4.0
  • Applications in Smart Cities and PLCs applications
Dr. Assim Sagahyroon
  • Power consumption in VLSI circuits
  • Hardware description languages
  • FPGAs applications
  • Innovative uses of emerging technology
Dr. Fadi Aloul
  • Cyber Security
  • Mobile Applications
  • Smart Cities
  • Design Optimization
Dr. Gerassimos Barlas
  • Parallel algorithms
  • Distributed VoD
  • High performance computing
  • Biomedical signal compression
Dr. Imran Zualkernan
  • Internet of Things
  • Deep Learning
  • Big Data
  • Educational Analytics
Dr. Khaled El Fakih
  • Testing of systems modeled as timed, untimed, and extended finite state machines
  • Synthesis of distributed systems (Decomposition of Petri net services, Solving automata equations)
  • Optimization with application to protocol synthesis, testing, and cloud computing
Dr. Michel Pasquier
  • Cognitive Computing and Systems
  • Adaptation and Learning
  • Knowledge Discovery
  • Nature-Inspired Computing
  • Approximate Reasoning
  • Decision Support
  • Intelligent Robotics
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Sensor Fusion
  • Medical Informatics
  • Education
Dr. Ra'afat Abu-Rukba
  • Cloud Computing
  • Mobile Cloud Computing
  • Fog Computing
  • Decentralized Scheduling
  • Content-based networks
  • Economic-based optimization models and approaches
  • Privacy in distributed systems
  • Smart Spaces
Dr. Salam Dhou
  • Medical Imaging and Informatics
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Mining
Dr. Tamer Shanableh
  • Digital video coding and transcoding
  • Machine learning
Electrical Engineering
Dr. Ahmed Osman-Ahmed
  • Applications of microprocessors for achieving improved protection and monitoring of power systems
  • Design, implementation and testing of protective relays, modeling of power systems, applications of power electronics and signal processing in power systems
  • Smart energy management systems
Dr. Amer Zakaria
  • Microwave Biomedical Imaging
  • Computational Electromagnetics
  • Optimization Algorithms
  • Millimeter Wave Channel Characterization
  • Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation
Dr. Habib Ur Rehman
  • DSP based Variable Speed Drives (VSDs)
  • Hybrid and Electric Vehicle
  • Solar and other Renewable Energy Systems
  • Power Electronics
  • Delivery of Design Experience in Engineering Education
Dr. Hasan Al Nashash
  • Neuroengineering
  • Human emotions assessment and enhancement
  • Brain source localization
  • Assessment of spinal cord and brain injuries
  • Biomedical devices and electronics
Dr. Hasan Mir
  • Radar Systems
  • Biomedical Signal Processing
Dr. Lutfi Albasha
  • Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits and Architectures
  • Low Power Chip Design
  • Wireless Sensors
  • Implantable Medical Devices
  • Energy Harvesting Techniques
  • Radar Systems
  • CMOS and MMIC technologies
Dr. Mahmoud Ismail
  • Performance evaluation of wireless communication systems
  • Cognitive radios
  • Channel modeling
  • Resource allocation in next generation systems
  • Spectrum Co-existence
  • 5G and beyond cellular systems
Dr. Mohamed Hassan
  • Wireless communications
  • Wired & wireless networking with emphasis on adaptive multimedia communications over these networks
  • Cognitive radios
  • Optimal resource allocation in next generation systems & performance evaluation
  • QoS provisioning over wired and wireless networks
  • Optical communications
  • Electromagnetic shielding
  • Demand response & smart grids
  • Anti-static flooring
Dr. Mostafa Shaaban
  • Smart Grid
  • Renewable DG
  • Distribution System Planning
  • Microgrids
  • Electric Transportation
  • Storage Systems
  • Demand Side Management
  • Bulk Power System Reliability
Dr. Nasser Qaddoumi
  • Microwave Nondestructive testing and Imaging
  • Energy Harvesting
  • Ultrasound and microwave biological applications
  • Materials Characterization
Dr. Oualid Hammi
  • Wireless transceivers design
  • 5G RF circuits and systems
  • Power amplifiers design
  • Characterization and linearization
  • Digital predistortion techniques
  • Satellite transmitters
  • Impairments compensation for wireless and satellite systems
Dr. Rached Dhaouadi
  • Servo and adjustable-speed drive systems
  • Power electronics
  • Field-oriented control of ac motor drives
  • Control of electro-mechanical systems using linear
  • Nonlinear and adaptive control methods
  • Real time digital control
  • DSP/Microcomputer-based controllers (hardware, software)
Dr. Usman Tariq
  • Computer vision
  • Image processing
  • Machine learning
  • Object recognition
  • Object detection
  • Face recognition
  • Soft biometrics
  • Sparse coding
  • Deep learning
Industrial Engineering
Dr. Abdulrahim Shamayleh
  • Healthcare Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Scheduling
  • Project Management
  • Facilities Planning and Design
  • Operations Research
Dr. Hussam Alshraideh
  • Statistical Process Optimization
  • Medical and Health Informatics
Dr. Mahmoud Awad
  • Six Sigma
  • Fault Detection
  • Reliability Engineering
  • Reliability Centered Maintenance
  • Quality Engineering
Dr. Malick Ndiaye
  • Logistics and Distribution Management
  • Network Design and Optimization
  • Blockchain Applications
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Operations Management
  • Operations Research
  • Decisions Making
Dr. Mohamed Ben-Daya
  • Supply chain management
  • Production planning and inventory control
  • Risk management in product development
  • Maintenance management
Dr. Moncer Hariga

Inventory control

Production planning and scheduling

Supply chain management

Maintenance management

Project management

Dr. Noha Hussein
  • Material modeling
  • Predicting failure behavior using numerical or experimental techniques
  • Tailoring performance through developing functionally graded/composite/nano materials
  • Optimizing manufacturing process to minimize cost /enhance sustainability
  • Using facility planning/simulation/automation tools to improve systems performance specifically manufacturing and traffic systems
Dr. Rami Afif As'ad
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Closed loop supply chain
  • Cross-docking operations
Dr. Vian Ahmed
  • Construction management and IT
  • Sustainability
  • BIM
  • Education
  • Disaster & resilience management
  • Performance management
Dr. Zied Bahroun
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Production and Inventory Control
  • Applied Operations Research
  • Scheduling in Healthcare
Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Basil Darras
  • Advanced Material Processing & Engineering
  • Friction Stir Welding and Processing
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
Dr. Bassam Abu-Nabah
  • Metrology
  • Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) of Material
  • Structural Health Monitoring (SHM)
Dr. Lotfi Romdhane
  • Theory of Mechanisms and Machines
  • Design and Analysis of Parallel Mechanisms
  • Design and optimization of mechatronic systems
  • Biomechanics
Dr. Maen Alkhader
  • Experimental and computational solid mechanics
  • Fiber reinforced composites
  • Dynamic behavior of materials (high-strain-rate response) failure and fatigue
  • Time dependent materials (viscoelastic materials)
  • Impact mitigation
Dr. Mamoun Abdel-Hafez
  • Stochastic estimation
  • Navigation
  • Control systems
  • Real-time estimation and control
  • Mechatronics
  • Integration and applications of the Global Positioning System
  • Inertial Navigation Sensors (GPS/INS systems)
  • Fault detection and identification for control systems
  • Dynamic analysis and synthesis of vehicle systems
Dr. Mehdi Ghommem
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Modeling and simulation of micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS)
  • Fluid-structure interactions
  • Model reduction of large dynamic/energy systems
  • Flow in porous media
Dr. Mehmet Orhan
  • Hydrogen and fuel cell systems
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Energy
  • Exergy
  • Exergoeconomy
  • Sustainability analysis of advanced energy systems
  • Energy management/savings
  • Efficiency analysis
Dr. Mohammad Hamdan
  • Thermal management of gas turbine (jet impingement, blade cooling, film cooling and cross flow heat transfer)
  • Electronics cooling (two phase material, loop heat pipe, heat pipes, porous fin and micro-channel heat sink)
  • Energy (innovative fuel combustion and testing such as LPG, Hydrogen, methyl ester and water diesel emulsion)
  • Renewable Energy (solar chimney, downdraft tower and solar-hydrogen hybrid system)
  • Cooling technology (vortex tube and phase change)
Dr. Mohammad Jaradat
  • Intelligent systems
  • Robotics
  • Control
  • Mechatronics/ Embedded control systems
  • Sensor fusion and Fault diagnosis
Dr. Mohammad Nazzal
  • Advanced Materials Processing
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Light-weighting
  • Finite Element Modeling
Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad
  • Microfluidics and its biological applications including biological sample processing
  • Medical diagnostics
  • Cellular mechanobiology
  • Swimming behavior of sperm cells
  • Liquid manipulation on the microscale including electrowetting, contact angle saturation, and digital microfluidics
Dr. Samir Emam
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Vibrations
  • Buckling and post-buckling of structures
  • Mechanics of composite structures
  • Nano-mechanics
  • Vibration energy harvesting
Dr. Wael Abuzaid
  • Experimental solid mechanics
  • High temperature Nickle based-superalloys
  • Shape memory alloys
  • Shape memory polymers
  • Additive manufacturing

Endowed Chairs

The Riad T. Sadik Chair in Civil Engineering

Dr. Rami Hawileh
To view his profile, click here

The Petrofac Research Chair in Renewable Energy

Dr. Amani Al-Othman
To view her profile, click here

The Dana Gas Chair in Engineering

Dr. Mehdi Ghommem
To view his profile, click here

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Undergraduate Research Grant

The Office of the Dean allocates funds every semester for CEN undergraduate students from all programs to support their participation in, and dissemination of, independent research and scholarly and creative activities under the mentorship of college faculty. The awards are offered on a competitive basis every fall and spring semester. The guidelines below describe this initiative in more details. 

Project Categories and Guidelines

Individual project: This is for an individual student who will be engaged in research, scholarly and creative activity under the mentorship of an AUS faculty member. The budget requested should not exceed AED 5,000.

Group project: This is for a project consisting of two or more students working under the mentorship of an AUS faculty member. The maximum budget is AED 10,000.

The Primary Faculty Mentor who supervises the project funded by this grant must collect and endorse a one-page minimum Final Project Report and submit it to [email protected] within 90 days of the project end date.

For more information about this grant, click here to read the guidelines. Note that the College of Engineering manages the entire process (evaluation and notification process).

Submission and Application Deadlines

Applications must be submitted by email to [email protected] by the student(s) seeking funding.

Type of Award: Undergraduate Research Grant

Application Deadlines:

Fall semester: October 10, 2023
Spring semester: February 16, 2024

Application Deadlines
Sample of the Funded Projects

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering: 

Project Title: Metal Organic Framework Composite for Wastewater Treatment

Students: Dana Al-Muqbel, Hind Alqassem, Aisha Alali, Khawla Almazrooei, Abdulwahab Alaamer

Advisor: Dr. Rana Sabouni

Department of Civil Engineering:

Project Title: Advancing Sustainable Construction Through Carbon Sequestrating Concrete

Students: Abdulaziz Sharif, Khalid Aboukaram, Malak Allan

Advisor: Dr. Sherif Yehia

Department of Computer Science and Engineering:

Project Title: Autonomous Waste Detection, Collection and Classification Robot

Students: Alisha Faizan, AbdulRahman Shoaib, Hafsah Tahir, Mohammed Patel

Advisor: Dr. Michel Pasquier

Department of Electrical Engineering:

Project Title: Through-wall Pose Estimation Using Wi-Fi Signals and Key-point Deep Learning Algorithm

Students: Hanaa Sadoun, Amro Alkhatib

Advisor: Dr. Amer Zakaria

Department of Industrial Engineering:

Project Title: Barriers to primary healthcare access at MOHAP primary healthcare

Students: Lara Abdelsamad, Sara Abuiktish, Yaser Akaila, Yusur Al Mnaseer          

Advisor: Dr. Hussam Alshraideh

Department of Mechanical Engineering:

Project Title: Water Quality Monitoring Robot

Students: Ibraheem Kanan, Ahmed Hisham, Momen Aldahshan, Faisal Abu Abed

Advisor: Dr. Mohammad Jaradat

Applied Research

The College of Engineering has the infrastructure required to perform engineering research relevant to the industry needs of today.

Our faculty members are experienced in conducting applied research. They have a proven track record of success in external cooperation and applying advanced techniques to solve difficult problems, improve system performance, design innovative solutions and assist collaborators with their research, consultation and training needs. The Engineering Outreach Program has been created to help make this engineering experience and expertise accessible to potential partners in industry and government.

Our outreach groups are ready to respond to your organization's interests and needs. Your organization can become involved in the Engineering Outreach Program through participating in collaborative research that addresses your organization's needs and problems.  

Your organization is also welcomed to become an annual sponsor of ongoing research at AUS. Annual sponsors of ongoing research help guide the research priorities of the outreach groups and are entitled access to project data, reports and designs. Annual sponsors also receive recognition for their support by having their logos appear on outreach promotional materials (if desired), and by being mentioned in publications of research efforts. Priority access to outreach personnel is also granted to annual sponsors for their ongoing research, review and evaluation needs.

Research Areas
  • Aerospace Vehicle Design and Propulsion Systems              
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil Infrastructure Design and Construction                       
  • Communications and Networks
  • Microelectronics and Electronic Design Automation            
  • Energy Systems
  • Engineering Materials and Manufacturing                                      
  • Software Technology
  • Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Systems           
  • Mechatronics and Field Robotics
  • Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing                                    
  • Multimedia Processing           
  • Petroleum and Chemical Industries                    
  • Grid and Distributed Computing
  • Earthquake Engineering and Mechanical Vibrations 
  • Engineering Systems Management
  • Optimization, Design Automation and Computer Security
  • Wired and Wireless Industrial Computer Networks
  • Radar Signal Processing
  • Hybrid, Solar and Electric Vehicles
  • Renewable Energy and Fuel Cells, Modeling and Simulation
  • Soil Behavior, Soil Stabilization, Expansive Soil and Soil Testing
  • Water Quality Management and Environmental Treatment Processes
  • Construction Methods and Project Benchmarking
Selected Applied Research Topics
Non-invasive ECG Extraction

The fetal electrocardiogram (FECG) signal reflects the electrical activity of the fetal heart as it contains information on the health status of the fetus. Therefore, an early diagnosis of any cardiac defects before delivery increases the effectiveness of the appropriate treatment. In this project, we devised a novel technique for non-invasively extracting the FECG from abdominal and thoracic ECG recordings from the mother. The novel technique uses advanced pattern recognition and signal processing algorithms. The devised technique has been proven to yield superior results when compared with the existing state-of-the-art fetal ECG extraction methods. The technique has been patented in the USA and was published in leading journals and conferences.

Manufacturing and Materials Processing

This group focuses on machinability of difficult to cut materials like titanium alloys, machine tools dynamics, tool wear, process optimization, process automation, and development of sustainability metrics for machining processes.

Arabic Sign Language Recognition

In this project, we developed a set of solutions for automatic Arabic Sign Language (ArSL) recognition. These solutions are divided into two categories: sensor-based solutions and computer vision-based solutions. The sensor-based solutions use advanced mechatronics and signal processing techniques, while the computer vision-based solutions use advanced video and image processing algorithms with pattern recognition systems. We have published several articles on our ArSL recognition results in leading journals and conferences.

Transformer Health Monitoring Using Signal Processing and Intelligent Systems

The proposed transformer health monitoring will provide assessment of the transformer health condition, which will be useful for maintenance, ensuring optimum transformer performance, increased efficiency and also increased expected life time. Several parameters can be monitored to assess the transformer health like partial discharge activities, oil and paper insulation quality.

Automatic Inspection of Outdoor Insulators using Digital Image Processing and Artificial Intelligence

Outdoor insulators are very important to the integrity of the power system grid. Recently, polymer insulators have been used in many countries including the United Arab Emirates. One of the major problems that face utility engineers is to evaluate the aging performance of those insulators. The proposed system automates the surface condition assessment system of polymer insulators developed by the Swedish Transmission Research Institute (STRI).

A Clean Biofuel from Solid Waste

This research project proposes a technique for converting solid waste into a biofuel that can be utilized as a clean source of energy in many industrial and domestic applications. As such, this project has an advantage of managing the waste and producing a good source of alternative energy in order to minimize pollution.

Microbiological Fuel Cells and Water Desalination

This project studies and explores the electricity, desalination capacity and performance of microbial desalination cells (MDC) combined with microbial fuel cells (MFC). The aim of the project is to maximize fresh water from sea water by using electricity generated from MFC. The study covers waste water treatment as well.

Biofilter Project

This project proposes a process technology for biofilter development and testing for removal of air pollutants for industry and wastewater treatment stations. A mobile biofilter system was constructed and set up to treat H2S and waste gas. The H2S concentration in the exhaust from the stack was treated and reduced from 130ppm to 3ppm.

A Comprehensive Study of the Damage Behavior and Failure Modes of Structural Steel Column Subjected to Transverse Impact

This research presents a comprehensive study and consistent methodology for the assessment of the nonlinear damage behavior of structural steel columns subjected to transverse impact. The intellectual merit for this proposal is to enhance the understanding of the ductile failure mechanism due to accumulation of plastic deformation that is needed to enable proper structural design and hence provide better serviceability.

Reliable Latching RF MEMS Switches and Switch Matrices

The proposed RF MEMS switches in this research project are measured in micrometer scale and use a novel latching mechanism that exhibits high displacement to obtain superior RF performance in comparison with other RF MEMS switches. The switch will be designed such that it works under vacuum and can withstand low temperature conditions; such conditions do exist in the space environment. It also can stand high-power signals and temperature generated through them due to the high power up to 85˚C. Those circuits can be utilized in phase array system and triple stage switch matrices for satellite applications.

Nutrient Recovery from Wastewater

The project is aimed at determining the feasibility of recovering nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) from domestic wastewater in UAE in the form of a slow-release fertilizer. This study is a precursor to developing a sustainable process where we can consider wastewater as a resource rather than a waste/problem.

Tensile Material Properties of Different Types of Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Sheets at Elevated Temperatures

The aim of this proposal is to investigate experimentally the tensile mechanical properties of FRP sheets under elevated temperatures. The experimental matrix will be composed of CFRP, GFRP, Basalt (BFRP), and hybrid combination of GFRP/CFRP and BFRP/CFRP sheets. The specimens will be mechanically tested in tension at temperatures ranging from 25 to 250˚C. The parameters that will be considered to investigate the effectiveness of the sheets in elevated temperatures compared to room temperature include the modulus of elasticity, ultimate tensile strength, and strain at break, along with the corresponding stress-strain curves.

Detecting Sleep Apnea Using Mobile Phones

The paper discusses the design and implementation of a mobile application that uses the smart phone's sensors, e.g. microphone and built-in accelerometer, to record the snoring, breathing and movement patterns of users and get a sense of whether or not the user is likely to suffer from sleep apnea before continuing with more expensive and advanced sleep tests.

Published Research

As part of our commitment to excellence, CEN's faculty members and students contribute to a range of groundbreaking publications that showcase our research strength and forge impactful partnerships with industry collaborators. The work featured in these publications addresses crucial societal and technological challenges, contributing to the advancement and prosperity of our community and beyond. We invite you to explore the transformative work of our faculty members and students and join us in pushing the frontiers of engineering research and innovation.

CEN Research Positions

The College of Engineering welcomes applications for research positions. These roles offer unique opportunities for individuals to engage in research activities, collaborate with faculty members, and contribute to academic endeavors within our vibrant community.

Postdoctoral Researcher

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher to fill a Postdoctoral Researcher position.

The postdoc will work on joint projects related to nonlinear dynamics of electromechanical systems, particularly MEMS sensors, actuators and energy harvesters in collaboration with professors/researchers from other universities. The applicant needs to have obtained a PhD in mechanical/mechatronics engineering or other closely related disciplines.

Location: College of Engineering, American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Job starting date: 26 August 2024

Please contact Dr. Mehdi Ghommem at [email protected] and send your CV/resume if you are interested in this opportunity.

Graduate Assistantships

We offer our graduate students assistantships and work-study opportunities.

If you wish to consider assistantship or employment as a graduate student at AUS, please take the time to browse the following pages:

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