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AUS alumnus achieves PhD from University of British Columbia
American University of Sharjah (AUS) continues its tradition of preparing students for further academic study, with 2009 graduate Yousif Hamdoun receiving a PhD from the prestigious University of British Columbia (UBC).
Dr. Hamdoun was awarded a PhD in Engineering from UBC this fall. His PhD study focused on mixed-matrix membranes for energy-intensive gas separations, research that has useful application across many industries. To date, Dr. Hamdoun has had six research articles published in reputable journals, with more than 100 citations.
The awarding of Dr. Hamdoun’s PhD follows a long record of academic achievement. In 2010, Dr. Hamdoun was awarded the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) graduate fellowship, under which he completed a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering. During this master’s program, Dr. Hamdoun honed his knowledge of membrane-based water desalination and gas separation.
Dr. Hamdoun’s academic journey began at AUS in 2005, when he started a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with a minor in petroleum engineering. He believes that his undergraduate experience placed him in good standing for further study, including the acquiring of his PhD.
“Along with the technical knowledge provided, AUS students are distinguished with excellent communication, writing and presentation skills, which are crucial for successful graduate studies. AUS students are also well prepared to work in multicultural research teams given the multicultural nature of the campus,” said Dr. Hamdoun.
In addition to his academic achievements, Dr. Hamdoun has also enjoyed success in the workplace, having begun his professional career at Petrofac in 2011. At Petrofac, he went from a graduate engineer to senior process engineer, before becoming team leader for large-scale oil and gas projects.
For current students of AUS looking to progress into master’s or PhD programs, Dr. Hamdoun has the following advice: “Pursuing further studies during market slowdowns is a great idea, but since the market is becoming competitive, I advise students to select their study programs carefully, based on business forecasts. Professional experience is crucial for understanding the direction business will take, so gaining experience in the workplace is also a good idea.”
Next on the horizon for Dr. Hamdoun is working between both industry and academia. He is seeking a career that bridges the gap between the two, with the aim of developing curricula that meet the needs of business, and where research undertaken aids in the advancement of industry needs and expectations.
More information about AUS’ Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering can be found at www.aus.edu/cen/department-of-chemical-engineering.