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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department’s history spans three decades and is the oldest and the largest department at Khalifa University of Science and Technology. Its long history means that our department has over 900 alumni, many of whom are now enjoying leading positions in industry, government, and academia. The ECE Department is currently home to about 65 highly qualified professors, and about 700 undergraduate and graduate students, on three campuses.

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The ECE programs at Khalifa University are accredited by CAA and ABET, the most prestigious global accreditor of college and university programs in engineering. Next year, the department’s academic offerings will include Bachelor’s degrees, in Electrical Engineering, and in Computer Engineering; the latter with an option to do a concentration on Software Systems. . At the graduate level, we offer well established and internationally acknowledged Master’s and Ph.D. programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Without a doubt, our educational and research programs make our department a pillar of Khalifa University’s academic offerings and a key part of its history and future.

The ECE Department’s history spans three decades, as it started operating in 1987 as Etisalat College in Sharjah. Its main goal was to teach and produce engineers for the local industry. It successfully met Etisalat’s needs by producing several hundred alumni of its three undergraduate programs in Electronics, Communications, and Computers. During its operation in Sharjah, the department maintained the highest level of excellence in education and was accredited by The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) in the United Kingdom. Khalifa University (as KUSTAR) acquired Etisalat College in 2007 and established its Sharjah campus. In 2011, the ECE program of KUSTAR was started at the main campus in Abu Dhabi and in 2014 the ECE Department saw the first graduation of KU ECE undergraduates and granted its first PhD degree. With the merger of KUSTAR with Petroleum Institute and Masdar Institute into Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KUST), in 2017, ECE became the largest department in Khalifa University, in terms of students and faculty numbers. By synergizing new strength and talent, the department has reached new heights and opened avenues for cutting-edge education and research.

The ECE Department at Khalifa University is currently home to about 65 highly qualified faculty, with experience from all over the world, many of them enjoying important distinctions, like IEEE Senior or Fellow memberships. The enrollment reaches about 700 undergraduate and graduate students, and we operate on three campuses.

The ECE Department is not just teaching the next generation of industry leaders. Our faculty and students are involved in a wide range of research endeavors, in areas as diverse as wireless communications, cloud computing and data analytics, cyber security, medical imaging, nanotechnology, chip design, robotics, computers, renewable energy and smart grids, just to mention a few.  Our department makes significant contributions to the University’s various Research Centers and Industries, including the Khalifa University Semiconductor Research Center (KSRC), the Etisalat BT Innovation focusing on important research fields, like Semiconductors, Information Security, Robotics, Energy, and Information & Communications Technology. . 

Due to our department’s activity and focus, we have drawn attention and support from a variety of industry giants, Mubadala, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Company (TDC), EARTH, ADEC,  and the  Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Fund, to name but a few.

I look forward to what the future brings, and we are eager to continue our growth and expansion, as Khalifa University develops as a regional leader in science, research, and technology and contributes to the building of a knowledge-based economy.

Sincerely,

Prof. Thanos Stouraitis, Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department 

All programs offered by the ECE department are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Moreover, the ECE undergraduate degree programs in Electrical, and in Computer Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.

ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

  

  • The IEEE- Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN) chapter (Lambda Phi) was officially installed at the university on Tuesday March 13th. IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN), the international electrical and computer engineering honor society of IEEE, is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing individual excellence in education and meritorious work, in professional practice, and in any of the areas within the IEEE-designated fields of interest. The Khalifa University Chapter became the first one in the UAE and the second one in the gulf region. 19 students and 4 faculty from the department were officially inducted during the ceremony. 
  • The ECE department held the 7th Khalifa University Programming Contest (KPC) on Sunday March 4th at 1 pm. KPC enables students to demonstrate their programming skills. The contest included problems that suit all students regardless of their level of programming skills. The following teams were successful in the contest:
    Years 1 and 2 students:

First winning team: Sultan Alkatheeri, Mohamed Alhosani, and Omar Almansoori.

Second winning team: Shamma Alblooshi, Rawdha Alhamaadi, and Fatima Alkamali.

Years 3 and 4 students:

First winning team: Ahmed Mohd, Mohammad Madine, and Ahmed Al Wan.

Second winning team: Amanuel Ghebreyohannes

The winning teams will participate in the 2018 Gulf Programming Contest(GPC).  

  • The Department held its annual ECE Familiarization Day on Sunday March 4th. The event was organized to introduce freshmen and preparatory students to ECE and give them an opportunity to interact with current ECE students and faculty, in an informal social event. The students got an opportunity to mingle with the current ECE students and staff, and gained knowledge not only about the department but also about ECE in general. 
  • The following students won the first and second places in the 2017 IEEE UAE Student Competition:

• Student Names: Amna Alraeesi, Shaikha Alshmeili, Hamza Hindi

  • Common Design Project (Visible Light Communication), Won First Place
  • Supervisor(s): Sami Muhaidat and Hani Saleh

• Student Names: Nasma O. Abbas, Hadeel Aboueida, Ayaa Alyousef, Nadeen El Nachar

  • Common Design Project (Visible Light Communication), Won Second Place

Supervisor(s): Hani Saleh, Baker Mohammad, and Mohammad Alhawari, Sami Muhaidat.

Upcoming events

For more information about the latest opportunities within the department, visit Khalifa University’s careers portal.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Khalifa University
Abu Dhabi Campus
PO Box 127788
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Electrical and computer engineering graduates (ECEs) apply their specialized engineering skills to the creation of new ideas, the research, design and development of new products and technologies, as well as in all related manufacturing and marketing activities. They help shape, improve, and preserve the world we live in by working at the frontier of technology areas, such as microelectronics, photonics, digital systems, materials, controls, communication systems, signal processing, energy conversion and power distribution, antenna design and electromagnetic scattering, robotics, multimedia systems, data analytics, microprocessors, networks, chip design, supercomputers and all other aspects of computer organization, design, and programming.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) programs at Khalifa University prepare the students to work in a wide range of fields and choose from a variety of exciting career options.

ECE students study various courses related to computer hardware and software, wireless communications, semiconductor devices, circuit design, wireless and wired communication networks, image and video processing, and information security, among many others. Moreover, ECE plays a vital role in several other fields such as aerospace, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, oil and gas industries, and transportation.

The demand for ECE graduates has been consistently growing in the technological world we currently live in. ECEs conceive, design, and build high-profile products and services that help improve and save lives through monitoring devices, surgical robots, artificial limbs, and lasers; help preserve the environment through hybrid electric vehicles, smart grid power distribution systems, and solar or wind power; improve the safety of critical high technology systems through anti-skid braking systems and nuclear power plant controls; enable our daily communications through the Internet, smart phones, tablet computers, and wireless networks; facilitate our entertainment through video games, 3D television and high-fidelity audio products; reduce human toil in manufacturing through computer automation technologies; and enable our financial transactions through secure communications and products.

ECE programs are ideal for persons who are passionate for solving challenging problems with the aim of serving humanity. 

The demand for ECE graduates has been consistently growing in the technological world we currently live in. ECE is a dynamic field where new technologies are developed and integrated in our lives almost on a daily basis. Examples of recent new technologies that depend on the ECE field include the development of the smart phones and mobile computing systems such as iPads and tablets, smart homes, and intelligent transportation systems.

ECE programs are ideal for people who are passionate for solving challenging problems with the aim of serving humanity. By undertaking an ECE program, you could find yourself equipped to contribute immediately to one of the following technologies:

Emerging Areas of ECE: 

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) provides a list of emerging areas in electrical and computer engineering.

ECE Impact on Humans and Society: 

Electrical and Computer Engineering has a significant impact on humans and society:

  • Analog and Radio Frequency Electronic Circuits: Without these, there’d be no cell phones, no WiFi, and no television.
  • Communication and Signal Processing: is concerned with the transmission, storage, and analysis of information signals.
  • Computer and Digital Systems: Humankind is advancing faster technologically than ever before with the help of computers. These digital systems are everywhere, from your dishwasher and wristwatch to the Mars rovers, and everything in between.
  • Networking: The internet is having a profound impact on society, bringing people across the world together to work collaboratively from different countries.
  • Computer Vision and Image Processing: These technologies make it possible for computers to analyze data from medical imaging devices to identify diseases. Computer vision experts teach computers how to recognize faces, while image processing people can de-blur images, extract features, and even make art.
  • Control Systems, Robotics, and Intelligent Transportation: Automation to reduce human efforts in the workplace; enhance safety in manufacturing systems, automobiles (via self-driving vehicles), and aircraft (via auto-pilots).
  • Electromagnetics, Remote Sensing, and Microwaves: Communication via radio waves is essential for mobile devices, radios, and the internet. Radio- and microwaves can also be used for sensing. The ability of microwaves to see through clouds and rain makes them very useful for measuring Earth’s climate.
  • Optics and Photonics: Using light to solve engineering problems runs the range from fiber optics to lasers for eye surgery. Photonics also includes the field of display technology from LEDs to liquid crystals to holograms.
  • Nanotechnology and Electronic Materials: Used to develop more efficient solar cells, faster transistors to run your computers and chips that can help you track your items.
  • Sustainable Energy and Power Systems: Humankind is hugely dependent on energy, but burning materials to make electricity is damaging our environment. Electrical engineers are working to create better solar cells and windmills, to harvest energy from tides and many other non-polluting sources.

 

Detailed admission guidelines can be found in the Undergraduate Admissions and Graduate Admissions sections.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Khalifa University provides attractive scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. Most UAE national students are provided a 100% tuition fees waiver. Scholarships are also available to non-UAE nationals.

Further information about scholarships and financial aid can be found in the Undergraduate Admissions and Graduate Admissions sections.

ECE graduates are well prepared to fill a variety of business, industry, services, academia, and government positions.

Potential Employers of ECEsCareer options relevant to ECE graduates include but are not limited to:

  • Electric power generation and distribution companies.
  • Oil and Gas companies.
  • Consumer electronics companies.
  • Electrical equipment manufacturing companies.
  • Test and measurement companies.
  • Automotive and aerospace companies.
  • Hospitals and medical devices companies.
  • Airlines, airports, and transportation companies.
  • Ports and marine engineering companies.
  • Standardization and regulatory authorities.
  • Army, Police, and Civil Security Organizations.
  • Telecommunications companies.
  • Media and broadcasting companies.
  • Networking companies.

While working in various ECE career tracks, ECE graduates will be involved in the design, development, evaluation, and integration of:

  • Computers, hardware, and software.
  • Consumer electronics, such as TVs and smart phones.
  • Robotic platforms and drones.
  • Digital and computer technology.
  • Medical equipment and devices.
  • Information systems used in all sectors of life.
  • Transportation systems and automotive electronics.
  • Power generation and distribution networks.
  • Visual and digital signal processing, audio processing.
  • Test and measurement instruments.
  • Sensors and transducers.

Many of the top international scientists within the ECE field are women. Pioneering female electrical engineers include:

Further reading can be found on the IEEE Women in Engineering website and in the IEEE UAE Section.

Students in the ECE department are encouraged to participate in curricular, co-curricular and social activities. The department has a well-established program student centric events, which are held regularly.

Student Chapters

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to the advancing technological innovations for the benefit of humanity. For ECE students, IEEE creates the appropriate environment for integration, communication, and collaboration on world changing technologies. For more information about the IEEE please visit www.ieee.org. Khalifa University has an active IEEE student chapter on campus.

IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (Lambda Phi Chapter)

IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN), the international electrical and computer engineering honor society of IEEE, is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing individual excellence in education and meritorious work, in professional practice, and in any of the areas within the IEEE-designated fields of interest. The organization currently has around 200 student chapters and several thousand members around the world. The Khalifa University Lamda Phi chapter, 235th is the first chapter in the UAE and the second one in the gulf region.  For more information about this chapter, please visit https://hkn.ieee.org/hkn-chapters/all-chapters/lambda-phi-chapter/.

Student Competitions
Student competitions present an excellent opportunity for ECE students to get engaged in real life projects where they learn how to design, implement and present complete systems that have significant relevance to the broader ECE community. Some of the competitions our students participate in include: 

Honor Societies, Professional Organizations, certification
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu
IEEE Wireless Communications Certificate
Cisco certification
Microsoft Certificates

Funding Resources
             

Prof. Thanos Stouraitis

Professor and Interim Chair

Prof. Panagiotis (Panos) Liatsis

Professor, Interim Chair Computer Science Department

Prof. Youssef Abdel-Magid

Professor, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies 

Dr. Mohamed Abou-Khousa

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ahmed Al Durra

Associate Professor

Dr. Arafat Al-Dweik

Associate Professor

Dr. Khalid AlHammadi

Assistant Professor

Dr. Yousof Al-Hammadi

Assistant Professor

Dr. Khalifa Al Hosani

Assistant Professor

Dr.  Mohamed Al Hosani

Assistant Professor

Dr. Khaled Ali Al Jaafari

Assistant Professor

Dr. Hasan Al-Marzouqi

Assistant Professor

Dr. Nawaf AlMoosa

Assistant Professor

Prof. Mahmoud Al-Qutayri

Professor & Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, CoE

Dr. Yousuf Al Salami

Assistant Professor

Dr. Jamal Y. Alsawalhi

Assistant Professor

Dr. Naji Al Sayari

Manager-Faculty Engagement (R&D Division) &

Assistant Professor (ECE Department)

Dr. Ameena Saad Al-Sumaiti

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ahmed Al Tunaiji

Assistant Professor

Dr. Khaled Al Wahedi

Assistant Professor

Dr. Nazar Ali

Associate Professor

Prof. Hassan Reda Barada

Professor & Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies, CoE

Dr. Braham Barkat

Associate Professor 

Dr. Balanthi Abdul Rahiman Beig 

Associate Professor

Prof. Igor Boiko

Professor

Dr. Marcus Dahlem

Associate Professor

Prof. Ernesto Damiani

Professor

Dr. Ali Dawood

Associate Professor

Prof. Jorge Manuel Miranda Dias

Professor

Prof. Ibrahim Mohammad Elfadel

Professor

Dr. Tarek H.M. EL-Fouly

Assistant Professor

Dr. Reyad El Khazali

Associate Professor

Dr. Mohamed Shawky El Moursi

Associate Professor

Prof. Ehab Fahmy El-Saadany

Professor

Dr. Ahmed El Sheakh

Assistant Professor

Dr. Amjad Gawanmeh

Assistant Professor

Prof. Huw Griffiths

Professor

Prof. Leontios Hadjileontiadis 

Professor

Dr. Noureddine Harid

Associate Professor

Dr. Youssef Iraqi

Associate Professor

Dr. Shihab Jimaa

Associate Professor

Dr. Vinod Khadkikar

Associate Professor

Dr. Peng-Yong Kong

Associate Professor

Dr. Prashanth Reddy Marpu

Assistant Professor

Dr. Mahmoud Meribout

Associate Professor

Dr. Kahtan Mezher

Associate Professor

Dr. Rabeb Mizouni

Associate Professor

Dr. Baker Mohammad

Associate Professor

Dr. Sami Muhaidat

Associate Professor

Dr. Ammar Nayfeh

Associate Professor

Dr. Hadi Otrok

Associate Professor

Prof. Irfan Saadat

Professor & Associate Chair for Graduate Studies

Prof. Khaled Salah

Professor

Dr. Hani Saleh

Associate Professor

Dr. Mihai Sanduleanu

Associate Professor

Prof. Bayan Sharif

Professor & Dean, CoE 

Dr. Abdulhadi Shoufan

Assistant Professor

Dr. Shakti Singh

Assistant Professor

Dr. Andrzej S. Sluzek

Associate Professor

Dr. Paschalis C. Sofotasios

Assistant Professor

Dr. Kamal Taha

Associate Professor 

Dr. Jaime Viegas

Associate Professor

Dr. Naoufel Werghi

Associate Professor

Dr. Chan Yeob Yeun

Associate Professor

Prof. Bashar Zahawi

Professor

Prof. Hatem Zeineldin

Professor and Interim Senior Director

Dr. Jamal Zemerly

Associate Professor