American University of Sharjah

Department of Physics

Department of physics

Dr. Ali Alnaser

Ali Sami Alnaser

Professor and Head of Department

PhD, Western Michigan University, USA

Ali Alnaser's research interests are centered around the use of ultra-strong lasers in photographing and manipulating experimentally the structure of matter on extremely short time scale. He has more than 15 years of experience teaching undergraduate physics courses and advanced physics laboratories, and has co-supervised the research work of Master and Ph.D. students in the US, Canada and Germany. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in leading science journals such as those of Nature Publishing Group, American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics. He has given many invited talks and contributed more than 60 papers at international physics conferences.

Dr. Randa Asa'd

Dr Randa Asa'd

Assistant Professor

PhD in Physics, University of Cincinnati, USA

Randa Asa'd taught physics as a teaching assistant for three years prior to joining AUS. Her area of research is in observational astrophysics, namely obtaining the ages of star clusters in the Large Magelanic Cloud (LMC) galaxy from their integrated spectra. Her research observations are obtained using SOAR and Blanco telescopes in Chile. She is highly interested in teaching physics and astronomy using modern teaching styles.

Dr. Sami El-Khatib


Associate Professor

PhD in Physics, New Mexico State University, USA

Sami El-Khatib's research activities as a postdoctoral research associate started at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota, followed by working as a research fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) affiliated with University of Maryland. The bulk of his research is currently proceeding in collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratory and NIST Center for Neutron Research on studying magnetism of strongly correlated electron systems and transition metal perovskites. He has published more than 20 referred articles during the course of his career.

Dr. Mehmet Egilmez

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Assistant professor

PhD in Physics, University of Alberta, Canada

Prior to his current position, Mehmet Egilmez worked as a research associate at University of Cambridge, UK, for more than three years. He has expertise in oxide thin film growth and characterization of their electrical and magnetic properties. He has studied many oxide materials with particular emphasis on magnetic/superconducting thin film hetero-structures. His research benefits from various measurement techniques, ranging from standard magneto-transport measurements to sophisticated Muon spin rotation/resonance measurements. He is the author/co-author of over 50 publications.

Dr. Nidhal Guessoum

Dr Nidhal Guessoum


PhD in Astrophysics, University of California at San Diego, USA

Previous to his appointment at AUS, Nidhal Guessoum taught in Kuwait and Algeria and spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. His area of expertise is cosmic gamma-ray sources (the galactic center, accretion disks, bursts, etc.), but he has also written many articles and several books on issues related to science, education and Islam, such as “Islamic Astronomy” (the crescent observation problem, the Islamic calendar, etc.).

Dr. Nasser Hamdan



PhD in Physics, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Dr. Hamdan has taught physics for 27 years, at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and at AUS. He worked as a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California-Berkeley, USA, for more than two years and had visiting positions at the National High Magnetic Laboratory, Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA, and at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, USA. His research interest is in solid experimental state physics and material science: nano-materials, organic solar cells, magnetic materials and semiconductors, high-temperature superconductivity and x-ray spectroscopy. During the last few years, Dr. Hamdan’s interest shifted towards applied research, particularly the use of spectroscopic methods in environmental studies and materials of cultural heritage. He is leading the UAE research on particulate matter pollution in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.

Dr. Asad Hasan



PhD in Experimental Nuclear Physics, University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA

Asad Hasan has taught a variety of physics courses at different levels at AUS and abroad. His areas of research are: the experimental study of heavy-ion reactions; a study of the formation, equilibration and the deexcitation processes of the compound nucleus formed in fusion-fission collisions, and a study of atomic and molecular interactions; and a study of charge-transfer processes of recoil ions in slow collisions with molecular gases, where single-electron capture processes are the dominant reaction channels.

Dr. Tariq Majeed


Associate Professor

PhD in Space Science, York University, Ontario, Canada

Tariq Majeed's expertise is in the areas of data analysis and modeling of both the terrestrial and the outer planetary atmospheres. He has taught several basic and advanced physics and environmental science courses. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a research scientist on several space-related projects for institutions such as Computational Physics, Inc., (Virginia, USA), the University of Arizona, Southwest Research Institute and the University of Michigan. Dr. Majeed has also received both internal and external research grants to support his research and scholarly activities.

Dr. Said Sakhi

Dr Said Sakhi

Associate Professor

PhD in Theoretical Physics, University of Montreal, Canada

Said Sakhi's research interest is at the interface between condensed matter and particle physics, where he applies techniques from quantum field theory to investigate quantum phase transitions in two dimensions, the fractional quantum Hall effect and the dynamics of Cooper pairs and vortices in Josephson junction arrays. Prior to his appointment at AUS, he was a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia and a research associate at the University of Concordia in Montreal.

Dr. Raza Syed


Assistant Professor

PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics, Northeastern University, Massachusetts, USA

Raza M. Syed has a deep passion for teaching physics and enjoys pushing his students’ problem-solving and critical thinking skills to the maximum. His current research focus is in building unified models of particle interactions that utilize mainly the framework of supersymmetric grand unification theory using the gauge group SO (10). In his spare time he likes to read as much as possible on his favorite subject outside of physics—human psychology.

Dr. Yousef Salamin

Dr Yousef Salamin


PhD in Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

Prior to joining AUS, Yousef Salamin taught undergraduate and graduate physics at Birzeit University in Palestine and Freiburg University in Germany. His research work gets over 100 annual citations and has been recognized by an Abdel Hameed Shoman Prize for Young Arab Scientists, an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Program) Guest Lecturer Fellowship, and a Distinguished Scholar Award from the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development. His current research interests focus on laser-acceleration of particles for medical and industrial applications.

Naveed Ali Abbasi

Naveed ali

Lab Instructor

Masters of Science in Mechatronics Engineering, American University of Sharjah

Naveed Abbasi’s areas of research interest are Artificial Intelligence and control techniques for autonomous ground and flying vehicles. His research work with neural network techniques for vibration characterization using lasers is published in Elsevier’s Journal of Mechatronics and IEEE Xplore. He has been a recipient of many international travel grants for invited presentations, including from the European Geoscience Union (EGU), the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) and German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD).

Diane Hodge


Lab Instructor

Master of Education in Secondary Education, University of Guam

Diane Hodge has taught secondary and post-secondary students for more than 10 years on the US mainland, on Guam, and in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Her areas of teaching interest include curriculum development of instructional materials and assessment tools for expressive language related to critical analysis and deductive reasoning for both native English speaking and English as a Second Language students.

Mohammed Idrees

Mohammed idrees

Lab Instructor

Master of Science, Aligarh Muslim University, India

Mohammed Idrees worked as physics teacher and the school supervisor at the Central School, Dubai for 17 years. He has also worked as lecturer in physics at Anwar-ul-uloom College in Hyderabad, India.

Mazhar Iqbal

Mazhar iqbal

Lab Instructor

Master of Science in Physics, University of the Punjab, Pakistan

Mazhar Iqbal has taught physics and laboratory courses for more than 13 years at different colleges and universities. His areas of research interest are X-ray fluorescence techniques in heritage and archeology, air pollution, and the study of ozone by using electrochemical concentration cell (ECC) ozonesonde.

Faisal Masood

Faisal masood

Lab Instructor

Master of Science in Physics, Bhopal University, India

Faisal Masood taught in the physics department of Saifia College, Bhopal, India, and worked as research engineer in the Optical Communication Research Group for Nortel Networks UK Ltd. in Harlow, England. He has also worked as physics teacher and science supervisor at Al Ansar School in Sharjah.

Isra Riffat Siry

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MPhil in Physics, Keele University, UK

Isra Riffat Siry has taught in physics and math departments for more than 15 years at institutions such as Stoke-on-Trent College, UK; American University in Dubai; and University of Sharjah. Her areas of research and teaching interest are astrophysics; the research was mainly about detecting the extended emission around the symbiotic stars. It used special program for data reduction and filtering out the discs of the stars to study the nebulae. The research used CCD (Charged Coupled Device) camera data for analysis. Prior to her academic career, she worked as an oil engineer (data analyst) at the oil company INOC.

Dr. Shahin Ahmed Abdel Naby

Dr Shahin Naby

Assistant Professor

PhD in Physics, Western Michigan University, USA

Shahin Abdel Naby taught many introductory physics courses and laboratories for more than 11 years at Cairo University, Western Michigan University and Auburn University. He uses many effective teaching strategies to keep his students interested in physics. Prior joining AUS, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Auburn University for three years. His research field is theoretical atomic physics in support of many experiments such as CRYRING, the Free-Electron Laser (FLASH) and Elettra. He has published more than 24 peer-reviewed articles and more than 40 contributed abstracts and invited talks.