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Engineering department welcomes three new full-time faculty members

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 21:45


The Engineering department at AUIS has hired three new full-time faculty members for the 2018-2019 academic year in an effort to develop and strengthen programming.

Professor Abdelaziz Khlaifat, Dr. Ahmed Salih, and Dr. Aram Hassan bring new energy and broad knowledge in different engineering fields, making them valuable assets that add to the efficiency and the quality of education within the department.

Professor Abdelaziz Khlaifat has more than 23 years of teaching and industry experience. His experience spans from the United States to Jordan, the UAE, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, back to the UAE, and now AUIS. Previously, he taught petroleum and chemical engineering courses as well as some computer science programming courses as an instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. He has also worked as a chairman, director, dean, and president assistant. Professor Khlaifat has also held senior positions in the oil and gas sector. He has authored more than 90 publications. He is an active member of the SPE, AIChE, JGA, JES, JEA, AHWA and SFERA. Professor Khlaifat hit the ground running from day one of his arrival at AUIS and is looking forward to adding value to the Engineering department and contributing toward the growth and success of AUIS. AUIS is pleased to have him.

Dr. Ahmed Salih, an assistant professor, joined AUIS as a part-time faculty member in 2017 and has now come back to the AUIS’s team as a full-time faculty member to participate in educating the next generation of engineers. He received his PhD in Civil Engineering/Geotechnical Engineering at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Houston, in Texas, on December 2014 with a GPA of 3.75.  His research has focused on the development of hydraulic fracturing and smart cements for oil-well application to prevent disasters. He has authored 45 publications in Petroleum Science, Engineering, and ASTM Testing and Evaluation. Dr. Salih was a teaching assistant in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Houston from 2011 to 2015.

Dr. Aram Hassan completed his masters and PhD studies in Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Liverpool, in the UK, in 2009 and 2013 respectively. He decided to join AUIS to share his wide range of experience in the engineering sector and academia with the next generation of engineers. His area of research focuses on finite element modelling for nonlinear solids, i.e. cementitious materials, ultra-high performance fiber reinforced concrete (UHPFRC) for bridge applications, and shear capacity of high strength fiber reinforced concrete.

Dr. Hemin Latif, Acting Chair of the Engineering department stated: “The Department is continuously seeking to bring in top talent and add faculty members to the team. The addition of three full-time professors this semester is a big step towards further growth and continuous improvement.”