Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department is the oldest department at Khalifa University, as it started operating in 2007, following a long tenure as  the Etisalat University College in Sharjah. This long history means that our department has over 900 alumni, many of whom are now enjoying leading positions in industry, government, and academia.

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Our current academic offerings include three Bachelor’s degrees, in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Communications Engineering, and Computer Engineering. All three programs are now enjoying full ABET accreditation. 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.

Currently, we have over 400 undergraduate students and 60 graduate students, and we are proud to have graduated several Emirati PhDs. Some of them have joined our faculty as Assistant Professors, adding their contributions to those of their world-class colleagues, who are drawn from top universities in the US, Canada, and several European countries.

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 Research centers, including the Khalifa University Semiconductor Research Center (KSRC), the Etisalat BT Innovation Center (EBTIC), the Visual Signal Analysis and Processing Center (VSAP), the Information Security Center (ISC), and the Robotics Institute (KURI), in addition to contributing to the research clusters in energy and information technology. 

Due to our department’s activity and focus, we have drawn attention and support from a variety of industry giants, including  the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC), Mubadala, 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.


Dr. Thanos Stouraitis
Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

All programs offered by the ECE department are accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education. Moreover, The ECE undergraduate degree programs in Communication, Electrical and Electronic, and 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.


ECE students wins first prize in the Innovative Cybersecurity Competition - December 2016 

The ECE student Sanaah AlSalami won the first prize of 25,000 AED in the “Innovative Cybersecurity Competition” competition, which was organized by DESC, Dubai Electronic Security Center.

There were 72 ideas from 17 UAE universities submitted for the competition. Sanaah is a student in the MSc in Information Security and is supervised by Prof. Khaled Salah and Dr. Joonsang Baek.

KU ECE students win several awards during the 2016 UAE Undergraduate Student Research Competition (UGSRC) - May 2016.
Over 250 students from all UAE universities participated in the UGSRC held at Abu Dhabi University on May 9 2016. ECE students secured 3 important distinctions in two different categories:

Category: Information Technology & Computer Engineering
Award: 1st Place Winner
Project Title: Sentiment Analysis of UAE Social Media
Students: Mohammad Al-Sharid & Mohammad Jassem
Supervisors: Drs. Khaled Salah & Hassan AlMuhairi

Award: 2nd Place Winner
Project Title: Machine Learning in Bioinformatics: Cancer Diagnosis, Progression, and Prediction
Student: Dana Bazazeh
Supervisors: Drs. Raed Shubair & Nawaf AlMoosa

Category: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Award: 2nd Place Winner
Project title: Secured and Robust Communication System using Simple Signal Processing
Student: Huda B. Abualola
Supervisors: Drs. Arafat Al-Dweik and Husam Mukhtar

KU Team Takes First Place in International Smart Security and Privacy Contest – February 2015

The inaugural contest sought participation on issues facing the use of smart devices.

The winners of the Khalifa University and Abu Dhabi Polytechnic Smart Security and Privacy Contest (SmartSec) were announced yesterday.  Khalifa University’s team, “Security ACT,” which consisted of Dr. Hamad Al Marzouqi (coach), Khalfan Almarashda and Mohammed Al Zaabi, was awarded first place in the Professional/University student category for their project (The Anti-Camera Tag).

Upcoming events

  • IEEE Student Day, 15 April 2017. Visit the official website for further details. 

Previous 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

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 Chapter of 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

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. Competitions include: 

Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge
• National Programming Contest (NPC)
Mobile Applications Contest (MAC)
Renewable Energy Competition (ESREC)‎
• IEEE Students Day Competitions, software, senior design project, and common design project
du Cybersecurity Hackathon
• TRISEC Cybersecurity Contest
Think Science Competition

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

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.

Electrical engineers apply specialized engineering skills to the design, manufacturing, application, installation, and operation of electrical products and systems. Electrical engineering offers a broad range of research in areas as diverse as communications, systems control, biomedical engineering, electromagnetics, photonics, electronics and energy systems.

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:

  • 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.

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. Career options relevant to ECE graduates include but are not limited to:

  • Electrical engineering companies
  • Computer engineering companies
  • Telecommunications companies
  • Financial institutions
  • Hospitals and medical organizations
  • Tourist organizations
  • Government organizations
  • Utilities companies
  • Army, police, and civil security organizations

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.

Prof. Thanos Stouraitis

Professor and Chair

Prof. Bashar Zahawi


 Prof. Ernesto Damiani


Dr. Jorge Manuel Miranda Dias


Prof. Khaled Salah


Dr Leontios Hadjileontiadis 


Prof. Mohammed Ismail Elnagger

Professor & Director of ATIC

Prof. Raed Shubair


Dr. Ali Dawood


Dr. Andrzej S. Sluzek

Associate Professor

Dr. Arafat Al-Dweik

Associate Professor

Dr. Baker Mohammad

Associate Professor

Dr. Chan Yeob Yeun

Associate Professor

Dr. Hadi Otrok

Associate Professor

Dr. Jamal Zemerly

Associate Professor

Dr. Kahtan Mezher

Associate Professor

Dr. Naoufel Werghi

Associate Professor

Dr. Nazar Ali

Associate Professor

Dr. Peng-Yong Kong

Associate Professor

Dr. Reyad El Khazali

Associate Professor

Dr. Sami Muhaidat

Associate Professor

Dr. Shihab Jimaa

Associate Professor

Dr. Youssef Iraqi

Associate Professor

Dr. Abdulhadi Shoufan

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ahmed Al Tunaiji

Assistant Professor

Dr. Amjad Gawanmeh

Assistant Professor

Dr. Fatma Taher

Assistant Professor

Dr. Hani Saleh

Assistant Professor

Dr. Harish Bhaskar

Assistant Professor

Dr. Joonsang Baek

Assistant Professor

Dr. Kamal Taha

Assistant Professor

Dr. Nawaf AlMoosa

Assistant Professor

Dr. Rabeb Mizouni

Assistant Professor

Dr. Shakti Singh

Assistant Professor

Dr. Tarek H.M. EL-Fouly

Assistant Professor

Dr. Yousof Al-Hammadi

Assistant Professor