American University of Sharjah

Department of Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Naif Darwish


Professor and Department Head

PhD in Chemical Engineering, Oklahoma State University, USA

Naif Darwish has taught in chemical engineering departments for more than 19 years at institutions such as Jordan University of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates University, and the Petroleum Institute. His areas of research and teaching interest are thermodynamics of phase behavior and modeling and simulation.

Dr. Dana Abouelnasr

Dr. Dana abouelnasr

Associate Professor

PhD in Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Dana Abouelnasr worked for several years with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the field of Environmental Engineering and Health. She joined AUS in 2002 and served as Department Head of Chemical Engineering for several years. After a two-year hiatus spent teaching Engineering Sciences at the California State University at Bakersfield, she rejoined AUS in 2014. Her areas of research interest are the fate and transport of environmental contamination, waste recycling, adsorption and biomedical engineering.

Dr. Hussain Ahmed

Dr Hussain Ahmed

Associate Professor

PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, UK

Hussain Ahmed has taught and conducted research in petroleum engineering for more than 20 years at British institutions such as Heriot-Watt University, Salford University, Teesside University, Liverpool JM University, Riverside College and Warrington Collegiate. He has provided training and consultancy for major oil companies such as BP, Chevron, Shell, KNPC, ADNOC, ARAMCO, PDO and Qatar Petroleum. His areas of research interest are enhanced oil recovery methods, oil well production optimization and drilling technology.

Dr. Sameer Al-Asheh

Dr. Sameer sl asheh

Visiting Professor

PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada

Sameer Al-Asheh has taught for more than 17 years at institutions such as Jordan University of Science and Technology, Qatar University and University of Ottawa. His areas of research interest are biotechnology, biological wastewater treatment, biosorption, supercritical extraction, sorptive storage of natural Gas (ANG), electroosmosis dewatering, salt-effect on VLE, and leachability of electric arc furnace dust (EAFD). His undergraduate teaching includes courses such as Introduction Chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Mass Transfer, Separation Process, Biochemical Engineering, Process Control, Process Safety. His graduate teaching includes Experimental Design, Advanced Process Control and Advanced Thermodynamics.

Dr. Ghaleb Husseini


Professor and Associate Dean of Engineering

PhD in Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young University, USA

Ghaleb Husseini's research interests involve sequestering chemotherapeutic agents in polymeric micelles, liposomes and other carriers. The contents of these drug delivery systems can then be released using ultrasonic power to the tumor site, thus avoiding the side effects of conventional chemotherapy. His other areas of interests include non-viral gene delivery, ultrasonic bone-healing and surface modification. He spent a sabbatical leave at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.

Dr. Sabla Alnouri

Visiting Assistant Professor

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

Sabla Alnouri has been an Assistant Professor at the American University in Beirut, and has taught a number of Chemical Engineering courses. Her research mainly involves the sustainable design of chemical engineering systems, with an emphasis on resource conservation, integrated water systems, network synthesis, planning and design.

Dr. Amani Al-Othman

Amani Al Othman

Assistant Professor

PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada

Amani Al-Othman’s research is directed toward the development of high-temperature membranes for fuel cells. She worked on the development of nano-composite membranes for direct hydrocarbon fuel cells and fuel cells applications. Her earlier work included research on the regeneration of hydrochloric acid and the production of gypsum from spent calcium chloride solutions. Dr. Al-Othman’s research interests also include catalysts and electrodes for fuel cells.

Dr. Rachid Chebbi



PhD, Colorado School of Mines, USA

Before joining AUS, Rachid Chebbi worked for the UAE University, the University of Qatar, Entreprise Tunisienne d'Activités Pétrolières, Shell Tunisie and the Tunisian Ministry of Economy. Dr. Chebbi has taught more than 20 different courses and has held administrative positions. The research publications of Dr. Chebbi are mainly in the areas of transport phenomena and natural gas liquids recovery.

Dr. Taleb Ibrahim



PhD in Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, USA

Taleb Ibrahim has taught and worked on research in chemical engineering and chemistry departments for more than 18 years at universities such as Auburn University and Tuskegee University, USA. His areas of research and teaching interest are interfacial phenomena/surface, colloidal science, materials science, corrosion, separation processes and thermodynamics. In his research, emphasis is placed on problems that are related but not limited to polymers, composite materials, pharmaceutical products, environmental issues and corrosion. He has published over 50 journal and conference papers and organized/co-chair several conferences.

Dr. Nabil Abdel Jabbar



PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, USA

Nabil Abdel-Jabbar has worked as a faculty member at Jordan University of Science and Technology, as a Fulbright visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and as a senior project engineer at AspenTech. He has published several journal and conference articles and organized many international and regional conferences. His areas of research and teaching interest are advanced process control, process synthesis and optimization, mathematical modeling and computer simulation.

Dr.Yassir Taha Makkawi

Dr Yassir Makkawi

Associate Professor

PhD in Chemical Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, UK

Before joining AUS, Yassir Makkawi worked for 13 years as a researcher and faculty member at several UK universities (Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh, Sheffield and Aston). During the early years of his career, he worked for eight years as a process engineer serving the oil and gas industry sectors in the Middle East. He is currently pursuing research on energy recovery from waste, computational fluid dynamic modelling of multiphase flow, hydrogen production, solar thermochemical conversion, applications of fluidized bed reactors and gas separation and purification by adsorption/desorption.

Dr. Paul Nancarrow

Dr. Paul Damian Nancarrow

Associate Professor

PhD in Chemical Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

Prior to joining AUS, Paul Nancarrow worked as a research and development engineer in the UK materials industry and as a faculty member at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. His main research interests include ionic liquids technology, reaction engineering, nanomaterials processing, pharmaceutical process development and predictive modeling of liquid systems.

Dr. Rana Sabouni

Dr. Rana sabouni

Assistant Professor

PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Dr. Rana Sabouni has published several research papers in high impact factor refereed journals, in addition to a number of conference proceedings and presentations. Her main research interests include fluidization, nano-materials and their application to carbon dioxide capture, drug delivery and wastewater treatment. During her graduate study, she was awarded several scholarships and merit awards including the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and Mitacs. Prior to joining AUS, she worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Western Ontario.

Dr. Zarook Shareefdeen


Associate Professor

PhD in Chemical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

Zarook Mohamed Shareefdeen has taught heat transfer, waste management, air pollution control and several other courses at AUS and at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia. He has conducted research projects at AUS, KFUPM and at the University of California, Riverside. His areas of research and teaching interest are waste management, pollution control, bioreactor modeling and CO2 reduction. He also worked in industry as a director of research at BIOREM Inc, Canada.

Dr. Nai-Shyong Yeh

Professor of Practice

PhD in Petroleum Engineering

Nai-Shyong Yeh has a PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa – USA. He has more than 30 years of industry experience with major oil (BP) and NOC (Saudi Aramco) companies on research & development and technology application in petroleum engineering. He is deeply involved in technology transfer through teaching and mentoring. Nai-Shyong has published several journal and conference papers, and has been in technical committees of international conferences and forums for Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the technical editor of SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering. His areas of teaching and research interest are dynamic data integration, pressure transient analysis, reservoir uncertainty analysis and optimization, improving of HC recovery, and reservoir simulation. Currently, Nai-Shyong is in charge of running the Petroleum Engineering minor that is affiliated with the Department of Chemical Engineering at AUS.

Ahmed A. Aidan

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Lab Instructor

PhD in Chemical Engineering, Higher Institute of Chemical Technology, Bulgaria

Ahmed Aidan worked as a research engineer in the Energy Research Center and the Scientific Congress, Baghdad. He has worked as a lab instructor for more than 19 years at the University of Technology, Baghdad, and at American University of Sharjah. His areas of research and teaching interest are in process control, simulation, wastewater, renewable energy and corrosion. His teaching areas are material science; units and operation and control labs I, II , III; corrosion and waste water treatment lab.

Mohamed Badrelzaman Omer

Mohamed Badrelzaman Omer

Lab Instructor

MS in Environmental Engineering, University of Khartoum, Sudan

Before joining AUS, Mohamed Badrelzaman worked as a lecturer at Sudan University of Science and Technology. He also worked in industry in the field of water treatment and water quality. He has over four years of experience in academia and industry. His current lab teaching areas at AUS are materials science, corrosion and Chemical Engineering Lab II.

Muhammad Qasim

Muhammad Qasim

Lab Instructor

Muhammad Qasim’s current teaching areas are Unit Operation and Control Lab, Chemical Engineering Lab II, Petroleum Refining Lab, and MATLAB. His research areas focus on desalination, water treatment, process optimization, and fluid phase equilibria. He has over three years of experience in chemical engineering laboratories and academia. He is also an NEBOSH certified health and safety professional.

Najla Mohammad Salkho

Najla Mohammad Salkho

Lab Instructor

MS in Chemical Engineering, American University of Sharjah

Najla Mohammad served as a teaching assistant (2013-2015) and a research assistant at AUS. Her current teaching areas include Chemical Engineering Lab II, Petroleum Refining Lab, Thermodynamics recitations and MATLAB. She has participated in several conferences, and her research interest involves targeted liposomes triggered by ultrasound waves in cancer therapy.