Engineering and Information Sciences Staff Profiles
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 (Education)
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 Mohamed Watfa
Associate Dean (Research)
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 Abdelghani Benharref
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
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 Assane Lo
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
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 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 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
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 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 May El Barachi
Dr El Barachi is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences and is a next generation networking expert currently teaching the subjects of Information & Communication Security, Distributed Systems & Cloud Computing, as well as Programming in the Bachelor of Computer Science and the Bachelor of Information Technology programs.
Dr Mohamed Fareq Abdul Malek
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 Nidhal Abdulaziz
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 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’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
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 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 Khan is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at UOWD. Dr Khan has been teaching at UOWD since 2001. Prior to this, she worked with Gulf News, Khaleej Times, Young Times, Book Corner and The Central School. 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.
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.
Mrs Abeer Elkhouly
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
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.
Ms Ayesha Wasim Qureshi
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 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 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 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.