American University of Sharjah

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Mamoun Abdel-Hafez

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Professor and Department Head

PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Mamoun F. Abdel-Hafez was a post doctoral researcher at University of California, Los Angeles for one year, working on an unmanned automated landing project. He also assumed a senior research engineer position at SySense Inc., working on high-accuracy estimation and sensor fusion algorithms design. His teaching area is in the dynamic systems, control, and estimation track. His research interests are in estimation, sensor fusion and fault detection and applications of GPS/IMU systems.

Dr. Maen Abdelqabder Alkhader

Dr Maen Alkhader

Assistant Professor

PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

Maen Al-Khader taught at Stony Brook University, New York, for four years and was a postdoctoral scholar at California Institute of Technology for two years. His research and teaching interests are experimental and computational solids mechanics, material behavior at high strain rates and under impact, fiber reinforced composites and smart materials. His research efforts in the USA have been funded by the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation. Prior to his academic career, he worked as structural analyst at Caterpillar Simulation Center, Champaign, Illinois.

Dr. Bassam Abu-Nabah

Dr. Bassam Abdel Jaber Abu-Nabah

Assistant Professor

PhD in Aerospace Engineering, University of Cincinnati, USA

Bassam Abu-Nabah majored in solids and structure mechanics with a minor in fluid dynamics. Prior to joining AUS, Dr. Abu-Nabah held a Staff Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Engineer position for three years at General Electric (GE) Aviation, where he became a research and development focal point. Then he joined GE Oil & Gas as a Global NDE Leader for two years. His research interests are in the fields of nondestructive testing and evaluation of material and structural health monitoring. He has 19 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings.

Dr. Wael Abuzaid

Dr Wael Abuzaid

Assistant Professor

PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana‚ÄźChampaign, USA

Prior to joining AUS, Wael Abuzaid was as a research engineer at Intel Corporation working on the development of the next generation of processors. His personal interests and research experience are in the field of experimental solid mechanics. In his research, he uses novel and unique experimental and analysis techniques to study material deformation and damage localization at the microstructural level. His current research is focused on improving our quantitative understanding of fatigue crack initiation in high temperature superalloys. He is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM).

Dr. Saad Ahmed

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Professor

PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Saad Ahmed has published over 100 papers in international refereed journals and conference proceedings. He has been included in Who's Who in America and listed in American Men and Women in Science. His research interest is focused on the area of experimental thermofluid sciences. Professor Ahmed is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

Dr. Basil Darras

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Associate Professor

PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky (Lexington), USA

Basil M. Darras was a post doctoral scholar in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky. His areas of research and teaching interest are solid mechanics, manufacturing processes and materials processing. He is also a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS).

Dr. Hany El-Kadi

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Professor

PhD, University of Alberta, Canada

Hany A. El Kadi has taught courses in design, mechanics and materials for more than 15 years at Winona State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and AUS. His research interests are in fatigue and fracture of composite materials as well as the effect of processing on their mechanical properties. His current research involves the use of artificial neural networks in various mechanical engineering problems. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Society of Composites (ASC) and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

Dr. Samir Emam

Dr Samir Emam

Associate Professor

PhD in Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA,

Samir Emam’s areas of expertise include nonlinear vibrations, mechanics of composite structures, buckling and post-buckling of elastic structures, vibration energy harvesting and nanoscale mechanics. Prior joining AUS in Spring 2017, Dr. Emam taught mechanical engineering courses at Zagazig University, Egypt; UAE University, UAE; and Virginia Tech, USA, from 2003 to 2016. Dr. Emam is a reviewer for many international journals in his areas of expertise.

Dr. Mohamed Gadalla

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Professor

PhD, University of Alabama, USA

Mohamed Gadalla has over 20 years of experience in industry and academia. He has published more than 55 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He has chaired many international conferences, symposia, workshops and technical meetings. He is an active member in many international scientific organizations and societies. He is on the editorial board of prestigious journals. His main areas of research are fuel cells, hybrid systems, renewable energy technologies, energy systems, thermal energy storage, HVAC systems and energy management. He is a recipient of several research, teaching and service awards.

Dr. Thomas Gally

Dr. Thomas gally

Senior Lecturer

PhD in Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, USA

Thomas Gally's research background is in the development of software tools for the design of aerospace vehicles with particular emphasis on aerodynamics, conceptual design and, more recently, in the design of Unmanned Aeronautical Systems (UAS). Dr. Gally has prior industrial experience with Boeing Commercial Aircraft on commercial aircraft design, General Dynamics on military flight testing, and NASA on a number of research programs.

Dr. Mehdi Ghommem

Dr Mehdi Ghommem

Assistant Professor

PhD in Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech, USA

Mehdi Ghommem worked as a research scientist with Schlumberger for three years. He was involved in conducting and supporting research projects along with recommending scientific approaches, novel concepts and technical solutions to monitor and control well stimulation operations. Prior to joining Schlumberger, he had a postdoctoral experience in the Center for Numerical Porous Media at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia. His research interests include nonlinear dynamics, model reduction of large dynamical/energy systems, and flow in porous media. Dr. Ghommem has published more than 30 refereed journal papers and holds a couple of patents.

Dr. Mohammad Omar Hamdan

Dr Mohammad Omar Hamdan

Associate Professor

PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, USA

Mohammad O. Hamdan has taught at College of Applied Science at University of Cincinnati. He conducted research at University of Cincinnati on loop heat pipe cooling. He worked as a structure analyst engineer with Honeywell Int., CA, USA, working on heat exchanger design. He worked as a research scientist at General Electric Research Center, NY, USA. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at UAE University in thermal area. His areas of research and teaching interest are the thermo-fluid, thermal system, fluid mechanics and energy.

Dr. Khaled Hatamleh

Dr Khaled Hatamleh

Visiting Assistant Professor

PhD in Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico State University, USA

Khaled Hatamleh has taught in mechanical engineering departments for more than six years at institutions such as New Mexico State University and Jordan University of Science and Technology. His areas of teaching include dynamics, control, microcontrollers, automation, robotics and mechatronics. He has supervised several projects and published research papers in the areas of dynamics, control, robotics, IMU, UAV parameter/state estimation, embedded systems, mobile robots and mechatronics. Prior to his academic career, he worked for about four years at the mechatronics lab of Jordan University of Science and Technology.

Dr. Mohammed Jaradat

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Associate Professor

PhD, Texas A&M University, USA

Mohammed Abdel Kareem Jaradat received his PhD, Texas A&M University, USA. Prior joining AUS, he as an associate professor of mechatronics at Jordan University of Science and Technology. His areas of interest are mechatronics system design, robotics, artificial intelligent systems, sensor fusion, fault diagnostics, intelligent NANO system/robotics, machine vision, and embedded control. During his integrated experience he has several research projects, prototypes, awards and publications on these areas; also he is an associate editor and reviewer for some technical journals and conferences on these areas.

Dr Mehmet Kanoglu

Visiting Professor

PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, USA

Mehmet Kanoglu has taught courses in thermal sciences at University of Nevada, Reno, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and University of Gaziantep. He spent a year for a sabbatical leave at University of Ontario Institute of Technology. His research interests are renewable energy, geothermal energy systems, hydrogen production and liquefaction, gas liquefaction systems, power plants, cogeneration, and energy efficiency. He is the co-author of the books Refrigeration Systems and Applications published by Wiley and Efficiency Analysis of Energy Systems published by Springer.

Dr. Sathish Kannan

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Assistant Professor

PhD, University of New Brunswick, Canada

Prior to joining AUS, Sathish Kannan was an engineering program manager at Rolls-Royce plc (UK). He led global program teams responsible for the design and manufacture of aerospace propulsion-related products in support of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A380/A350 XWB fleet. His areas of interest are impact and fatigue studies on nano composites, powder metallurgy, manufacturability of biomedical magnesium composites, aerospace ceramics, automotive grade nano composites and high entropy alloys. A Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK), he is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Highly Qualified Personnel of AUTO21™ Networks of Centres of Excellence for Automotive Manufacturing in Canada.

Dr. Jin-Hyuk Lee

Dr. Jin lee

Assistant Professor

PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Jin-Hyuk Lee has been teaching mechanical engineering for the last five years at AUS and UW. Dr. Lee has industrial experience in automotive, engineering consulting, and engineering patent. His areas of research interest are fluid-structure interaction system, acoustics and vibration, MEMS sensor and actuators, modeling, simulation, and control of automotive systems.

Dr. Mohammad Nazzal

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Associate Professor

PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky, USA

Dr. Mohammad Nazzal received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky, USA He is currently on sabbatical leave from the German Jordanian University. His current research interests are in the field of metal forming of lightweight alloys. Dr. Nazzal is the recipient of the IEEE Global Outstanding Branch Counselor and Advisor award, the outstanding teacher award on the University level – German Jordanian University, the Sachsen Anhalt “Germany” Ministry of Culture Fellowship for practical training in the German industry, and several other awards. He executed several industrial high-tech projects related to manufacturing with companies such as General Motors, Caterpillar and Heraeus.

Dr. Mehmet Fatih Orhan

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Assistant Professor

PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada

Prior to joining AUS, Dr. Mehmet F. Orhan held a teaching and research position at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada. He was an integral researcher in the multi-million dollar research project on hydrogen production from nuclear energy using thermochemical water splitting. This large-scale project is in contribution with the Ontario Research Excellence Fund (ORF), Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and some other partners. His research areas include renewable energy technologies, fuel cells and hydrogen systems, global warming and sustainable development, energy management and policy. He has published numerous research papers in scholarly journals and presented at international conferences. He has also participated and helped in the organization of many international conferences and technical exhibitions.

Dr. Lotfi Romdhane

Dr. Lotfi Romdhane

Professor and Director of the Mechatronics Engineering Graduate Program

PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, USA

Lotfi Romdhane has held academic positions at King Saud University, KSA, and the University of Monastir and Sousse, Tunisia. He has also been a visiting professor in France and Poland. His research interests are in robotics, mechanisms, machine design, biomechanics of motion and mechatronics. He has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses in these fields and supervised over 10 PhD students and 30 master’s students. Dr. Romdhane is a member of the Technical Committee for Computational Kinematics and Robotics and Mechatronics of the International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanisms and Machines (IFToMM).

Dr. Yousef Hasan Qasem Zurigat

Dr Yousef Zurigat

Visiting Extension Professor

PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Oklahoma State University, USA

Yousef H. Zurigat’s 25-year teaching career has included positions at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, USA; University of Jordan, Amman; Sultan Qaboos University, Oman; American University of Sharjah; and Khalifa University, UAE. His areas of research and teaching interest include stratified thermal energy storage, computational heat transfer and fluid flow, renewable energy systems, sustainable built environment, desalination, energy and water efficiency and conservation. He has also conducted research in the USA at Virginia Tech and NASA Langley Research Center, and in Germany at the University of Siegen and Aachen University. Presently, he is working in the area of energy efficiency and sustainable built environment.

Dr. Imran Qureshi

Dr Imran Qureshi

Assistant Professor

PhD in Engineering Science, University of Oxford, UK

While pursuing his PhD, Imran Qureshi worked on a European project (TATEF-II) on the development of engine-representative combustor-exit temperature profile and swirl profile generators and the study of the effects of these profiles on the heat transfer and aerodynamic characteristics of a full-scale high-pressure turbine in the transient turbine test facility. At Rolls-Royce UK, he was part of the civil large aero-engines design team working on the development of Trent Engines, first on the turbine aerothermal design team and later on the whole-engine design team. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and his research areas are experimental and computational fluid dynamics, heat transfer and data analysis.

Grigorios Georgakis

Grigorios Georgakis

Lab Instructor

MS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Patras, Greece
Grigoris Georgakis has worked as a research associate at Texas A&M University at Qatar, where he was part of a project on generating cleaner energy with concentrated solar power. Prior to his academic career, he worked in renewable energy industry sector in Greece. His work in industry and academia gave him a strong technical background and valuable hands-on experience and yielded publications in scientific journals. His areas of interest are renewable energy systems, engineering building services, engineering instrumentation and technical drawing.

Wasim Almasri

Wasim Al Masri

Lab Instructor

MS in Mechatronics Engineering, American University of Sharjah

Wasim Al-Masri served as Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant with the Mechatronics Engineering Graduate Program at American University of Sharjah. Prior to his academic career, he received professional training at the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau, Amman-Jordan, in different departments including Workshops, the Test and Evaluation Centre, and the Design and Development Department. He has wide experience in using and teaching mechanical and engineering software. His areas of interest include inertial navigation systems, sensor fusion, state estimation, control theory, robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles and mechatronics design.

Rami Ali Ahmad Shunnag

Lab Instructor

MS in Industrial Automation Engineering, Yarmouk University, Jordan
Rami Shunnag’s areas of teaching and interest are engineering drawing, workshops, solid modeling, manufacturing, CNC, 3D scanning and 3D printing, material science, measurements, engineering programming and robotics. Before joining AUS, he taught at Yarmouk University, Jordan. He also worked in industry for five years as a mechanical engineer in a modern big steel foundry in Jordan. He has wide experience in using and teaching mechanical and engineering software such as AutoCAD, Inventor, Mechanical Desktop, Master CAM, Matlab, LabView and RobotC among others.

Sayem Zafar

Sayem

Lab Instructor

MS in Aerospace Engineering, Ryerson University, USA

Sayem Zafar has taught in aerospace departments for two years, as a TA, at Ryerson University and as an engineering instructor for Oxford Learning Center. His areas of research and teaching interest are flight sciences, aerothermodynamics and heat transfer. Prior to his academic career, he worked as an engineer for Engine Test Cell and Bombardier Aerospace of Canada.