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Engineering and Information Sciences Staff Profiles

Professor Khalid Hussain

Professor Khalid Hussain
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

Professor Hussain is the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, and a Professor in Systems Engineering. He has more than 25 years of teaching, research and industrial experience. His professional and academic expertise lies within the area of leadership and management in learning, teaching and research within higher education.

Dr Farhad Oroumchian
Associate Dean

Dr Oroumchian’s research interests include information retrieval, natural language processing and artificial intelligence. He is a member of several Centres of Excellence and Research groups and is a prominent researcher on multilingual search engines.

Dr Abdelghani Benharref

Dr Abdelghani Benharref
Associate Professor

Dr Benharref’s research interests include mobile applications, ehealth applications, web services and distributed systems. His career in industry included positions with Ericsson Montreal and SAP Labs in Canada.

Dr Abdullatif Tchantchane
Associate Professor

Dr Tchantchane's research interests include quantitative research methods, econometrics and computational math. He has many publications in nuclear physics, modeling, simulation and econometrics.

Dr Abdelghani Benharref

Dr Assane Lo
Assistant Professor

 Dr Lo is a mathematics specialist. His main research interests are in the areas of PDE methods in mathematical physics and statistical physics; control theory; and computed tomography.

Dr Halim Khelalfa
Associate Professor

Dr Khelalfa’s current research interests include digital forensics of small digital devices, malicious software, intrusion prevention, security of healthcare information systems, performance evaluation of networks. He has several journal publications to his name.

Dr Hock Chuan Lim

Dr Hock Chuan Lim
Assistant Professor

Dr Hock Chuan Lim is a specialist in gaming and game development. His ongoing research interests include game analytics, enterprise planning, social networks and the application of ecosystem approach for game development. 

Dr Joel Kennedy

Dr Joel Kennedy
Assistant Professor

Dr Joel Kennedy is an Assistant Professor at UOWD’s Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering. Dr Kennedy’s PhD from the University of Wollongong, Australia, focused on modelling the effects of embedded generation on distribution protection systems, and he has a keen research interest in power systems analysis, protection, embedded generation and smart and microgrids.

Dr Kamal Jaafar
Associate Professor

Dr Jaafar's research interests focuses on seismic design and safety implementations for concrete structures. He has presented his research at various international conferences in the UK, USA, Greece and Italy and has been published in several international journals.

Dr Khaled El-Akruti

Dr Khaled El-Akruti
Assistant Professor

Dr El-Akruti has focused his main research on Engineering Asset Management, Maintenance Management, Systems Engineering, Life Cycle Management, and Life Cycle Cost. He has also worked on other areas including condition monitoring and failure mode and effect analysis, production.

Dr Mohamed Fareq Abd Malek

Dr Mohamed Fareq Abdul Malek
Associate Professor

Dr Mohamed Fareq Abdul Malek is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at UOWD. Dr Mohamed received his B.Eng. (Hons.) in Electronic and Communication Engineering from The University of Birmingham, UK. 

Dr Mohamed Watfa
Associate Professor

Dr Watfa's research interests include wireless and computer networks, wireless sensor networks, vehicular adhoc networks (VANETs), intelligent and ubiquitous systems, network security, and energy efficient protocols.

Dr Nidhal Abdulaziz
Associate Professor

Dr Abdulaziz's research interests include image and video coding, line coding, wavelet transform, digital watermarking  and engineering education and she has published over 37 journal and conference papers in these subject areas.

Dr Obada Al Khatib

Dr Obada Al Khatib
Assistant Professor

Dr Al Khatib is very passionate about teaching and feels that mentorship and interaction with students in the course of teaching are some of the aspects that make an academic position so rewarding. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Information Engineering (IEEE), the IEEE power and Energy Society (PES) and the IEEE communication Society (ComSoc).

Dr Shafiz Affendi Mohd Yusof

Dr Shafiz Affendi Mohd Yusof
Associate Professor

Dr. Shafiz’s research interests focuses on the social impact of Information Technology - Information behaviour, Virtual/e-community, e-Government, Teleworking, Community networks, Rural ICT, Technopreneurship and Open source.

Dr Soly Mathew Biju
Associate Professor

Dr Soly Mathew Biju's research interests include software testing, cryptography, e-learning, innovations in teaching, agile software development and programming techniques. She has several years experience in network administration and software development.

Dr Stefano Fasciani

Dr Stefano Fasciani
Assistant Professor

Dr Stefano Fasciani is an Assistant Professor at UOWD’s Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering. With a PhD specialising in integrative sciences and engineering from the National University of Singapore, Dr Fasciani is a specialist in digital sign processing, embedded systems, interactive systems, digital electronics and sound and music computing.

Dr Zeenath Khan

Dr Zeenath Khan
Assistant Professor

Dr Khan is an instructor in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at UOWD. Dr Khan completed her Bachelors and Masters from University of Wollongong in Dubai. She recently completed her PhD under full fee scholarship from UOW in Ethics and E-cheating among Students under A/P Peter Hyland and Dr. Mark Freeman, UOW.

Majid Munawar - Lab Engineer at UOWD

Majid Munawar
Lab Engineer

Mr Munawar’s research interests are in the areas of mobile robots and programmable automation, and he has undertaken industrial research projects in these fields. His previous professional experience is in the area of quality engineering and quality management. 

Abeer

Mrs Abeer Elkhouly
Lab Instructor

Abeer Elkhouly is one of UOWD’s Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering Instructors. With a Master’s degree in Engineering Mathematics and working for almost 8 years as a Lab Engineer at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Sharjah, she brings with her a wealth of expertise in Electrical Engineering and Engineering Mathematics. 

Mrs Ajrina Hysaj

Mrs Ajrina Hysaj
English Language Instructor

Mrs Ajrina Hysaj is an English Language Instructor in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at UOWD. She obtained her Master of Education (with distinction) from Murdoch University Australia and is an advocate of continuous research in the field of education, culture and student mentoring.

Ayesha Wasim Qureshi

Ms Ayesha Wasim Qureshi
Lab Instructor

Ayesha Qureshi is a Lab Engineer in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences. She obtained her B.Eng (Hons) from the Heriot Watt University in Dubai. She currently assists in teaching Data Communications, Foundation Physics, Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Engineering Computing and Analysis.

Ms. Natasha Elizabeth Francis

Ms. Natasha Elizabeth Francis
Lab Instructor

Ms Francis is one of UOWD’s Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering Instructors and currently assists in teaching Digital Hardware 1, Digital Signal Processing, Microcontroller Architecture and Applications and Embedded Systems. Her specialist teaching areas include Microcontroller and Digital and Electronics. 

Sonia Dagou Hajri

Sonia Dagou Hajri
Instructor

Sonia Hajri is one of UOWD’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences Instructors. Before she joined UOWD, Sonia spent more than 8 years in the field of software development. Prior to this, she worked for BNP ParisBas Bank and the Ministry of Finance, Tunisia.

Ziad Choucair

Ziad Choucair
Instructor

Ziad Choucair is one of UOWD’s Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering Instructors, specifically working as an instructor and tutor of the University’s Mathematics and Statistics courses. Mr Choucair also holds a keen interest in researching quantitative research methods, econometrics, and computational mathematics.