College of Engineering

College of Engineering

One of the main pillars of Abu Dhabi’s social, political and economic future is a sustainable knowledge-based economy, as outlined in the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030. The overarching purpose of the College of Engineering at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology is to work towards this vision by advancing the discovery of new knowledge, its dissemination and exploitation. The College of Engineering is distinguishing itself as a major contributor towards economic diversification within Abu Dhabi and the region, particularly through its close alignment with growing regional industries in key themes such as energy, aerospace, healthcare, transportation and telecommunications. 

The College of Engineering is a vibrant community of academic scholars, students and staff who are dedicated to engineering education and innovation for the ultimate benefit of society. The College empowers students with a great sense of purposeful academic curiosity of the physical world and appreciation of the social and environmental context within a rapidly changing world.

College Mission

The College of Engineering serves the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the nation, and the world by providing students with holistic education underpinned by the principle of engineering with a purpose, thus empowering them to be outstanding leaders in discovering new knowledge as a catalyst for business innovation, particularly towards the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030. The College also plays an integral role towards this vision by conducting cutting edge fundamental, multidisciplinary and translational research in key strategic areas such as information and communication technology, aerospace, transport and logistics, healthcare, and energy and the environment. 

College Vision

To be a world class centre of excellence in engineering education, research, and knowledge transfer and hence be a catalyst for economic development in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the UAE.

College Undergraduate Degree Programs

The undergraduate degree programs offered by the College of Engineering are:

  1. Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
  2. Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering
  3. Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
  4. Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  5. Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
    Software Systems Concentration
  6. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  7. Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering
  8. Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  9. Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering
  10. Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Geoscience
  11. Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  12. Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Statistics

The length of the undergraduate engineering programs ranges between 136-139 credits. These credits are divided into 43 credits of University General Education Requirements (GERs), minimum 27 credits of College of Engineering Requirements (CERs), and 66-69 credits of specific Major requirements.

College Undergraduate Minors

The minors offered by the College of Engineering are:

  • Minor in Nuclear Engineering
  • Minor in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)


University General Education Requirements (43 credits)

1. English Communication (8 credits):

ENGL111 English Communication I (4 cr.)
ENGL112 English Communication II (4 cr.)

2. Math/Science (20 credits):

CHEM115 General Chemistry I (4 cr.)
PHYS121 University Physics I (4 cr.)
PHYS122 University Physics II (4 cr.)
MATH111 Calculus I (4 cr.)
MATH112 Calculus II (4 cr.)

3. Business/Economics (6 credits):

Two 3-credit courses in Business/Economics are required for all students. For the College of Engineering, BUSS 322 cannot be used to satisfy Business/Economics requirement.

4. Humanities and Social Sciences Electives (9 credits):

Three 3-credit courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences are required for all students. Language courses may not be used to fulfil Humanities and Social Sciences requirement. Students must take at least one course in the area of Islamic Studies and Culture. The current list of courses in this area (Islamic Studies and Culture) includes: HUMA102 Islamic Culture, HUMA111 Islamic History, HUMA112 Sciences in Islam, HUMA210 Introduction to Islamic Law, and HUMA211 Islam and Modernity. The Office of Registration keeps an updated list of the approved courses in this category.


College of Engineering Requirements (27 credits)

1. Additional Math/Science (12 credits):

In addition to the 20 credits of Math/Science GERs, a minimum of 12 credits of major-dependent Math/Science courses are required by the College of Engineering.

2. General Engineering (12 credits):

ENGR111 Engineering Design (4 cr.)
ENGR112/113 Introduction to Computing (4 cr.)
ENGR311 Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Engineering Design (4 cr.)

3. Free Electives (3 credits):

All students must completeat least 3 credits of free electives which are intended to provide students with flexibility to support their career paths and individual interests. They will support the development of technical expertise within the student’s disciplines, undergraduate research and independent study opportunities, or a minor outside engineering. They can also be used for an additional Humanities and Social Sciences course or any other course offered by the University.

An Engineering program with a concentration may replace the 3 credits of free electives with a required 3-credit concentration course.


Prof. Bayan Sharif


Prof. Hassan Barada

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies

Prof. Mahmoud Al-Qutayri

Associate Dean, Graduate Studies

Prof. Wesley Cantwell

Associate Dean, Research


Dr. Saif Al Husani 

Director of Labs


Marie David

Manager - Academic Administration


Louise Kelly

Academic officer


Shara Naroosh Kumar

Administrative Assistant


Roma Dubey




For information about the Khalifa University College of Engineering, please call:

Telephone: +971 (02) 401 8000

Fax: +971 (02) 447 2442


Does working for a young and dynamic university appeal to you? Would you like to share your talent to help build a university that is well positioned as a leader of higher education in the United Arab Emirates, the Middle East, and internationally? Would you like to work in a diverse and culturally rich environment?

Our vision influences everything we do, from academics and research; to creating a benefit package that reflects the way people are valued. We are actively hiring faculty and staff to join us in transforming our vision into a reality.

So if you want to be a part of something big, we invite you to join us.