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AUIS Research Collaboration Symposium

  American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) is pioneering an effort to form a nucleus for collaborative research aimed at enhancing the quality and value of university graduates and their scientific output in the Kurdistan Region and the Republic of Iraq at large. The AUIS Research Collaboration Symposium will lay the foundation for establishing an institute that focuses on supporting innovation, research, and development in governmental and industrial sectors.   

Center for Gender and Development Studies Welcomes Dr. Andrea Zittlau

The Center for Gender and Development Studies is honored to host Dr. Andrea Zittlau, a scholar, a poet, and a performance artist, who will be at AUIS from September 14-26, 2018. Dr. Zittlau received an Academic Gender Development grant to participate in CGDS activities, including providing guest lectures in gender minor classes and offering a creative writing workshop. She will also work with community organizations such as RASAN, as well as conduct workshops at IDP/refugee camps. Since October 2005, she has served as assistant professor at the Department for North American Studies at the University of Rostock, Germany, where she also served, until 2015, as Coordinator of the graduate school “Cultural Encounters and the Discourses of Scholarship.” Her many publications focus on gender, disability studies, cultural studies, and ethnography among others; her teaching record is also extensive and wide-ranging. With photographer Emiliano Leonardi, she publishes and performs internationally. Most recently, she performed “The Paper Dress” in Rome.  

AUIS Professor Presents Joint Research at International Scientific Conference in Riga

Dr. Oleksandr Dobzhanskyi, faculty of Department of Engineering, recently represented American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) at the 58th International Scientific Conference on Power and Electrical Engineering of Riga Technical University (RTUCON). The conference was held on October 12-13, 2017, in Riga, Latvia. The paper, “Comparison Analysis of AC PM Transverse-Flux Machines of Different Designs in Terms of Power Density and Cost,” presented by Dr. Dobzhansky at the conference, was joint research work by AUIS in cooperation with the University of New Orleans (USA) and North-West University (South Africa). This is the first research work of the University presented in the field of electrical engineering internationally. The paper discusses different designs of transverse flux machines, and their applications in industry and power generation. Dr. Dobzhansky is currently continuing his research in this area by developing an urban-type, self-guided electromagnetic train. The research will be presented at the ITEC 2018 conference in California next year. An associate professor in the engineering department, Dr. Dobzhansky joined AUIS in Fall 2017. His academic and research interests include electric power generation, distribution and protection; electrical machinery; hybrid electric vehicles; wind and ocean wave energy conversion systems. He has worked for different industrial and academic organizations in the USA, South Africa, Peru and Ukraine. He completed his MSc and PhD in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University, USA.

AUIS Professor Publishes Paper on the Effects of Air Quality on Human Health

AUIS’ newly appointed professor, Dr. Rimantas Kodzius, in collaboration with several colleagues recently published a paper on air quality and its effect on human health. The paper, “Air Quality Effects on Human Health and Approaches for its Assessment through Microfluidic Chips,” was published in the latest issue of Genes in September 2017. The paper emphasizes that air quality depends on the various gases and particles present in it, which is affected by both natural phenomena and human activities. Natural phenomena like dust storms, and man-made factors such as the unprecedented industrial growth in recent years, have contributed immensely to changing air quality values, and correspondingly affected life quality. The research, led by Dr. Kodzius, explains that the values of the so-called particular matter 2.5 (PM2.5) is of high importance, as such small particles can penetrate the human lung barrier and enter the blood system. It stresses that there are cancer cases related to many air pollutants, and especially to PM2.5, contributing to exploding costs within the healthcare system. After identifying the major factors impacting the cleanliness of air, the paper focuses on current and potential future air pollutants and proposes solutions on how to protect human health against such dangerous substances. It recommends that recent developments in the Organ-on-Chip (OoC) technology can play a major role in studying and monitoring air pollution, and can speed up the development of novel pharmaceutical drugs to fight the effects of such pollutants. Dr. Rimantas Kodzius is a guest reviewer for the special issue of Genes journal. In a published editorial with the title “Organ-on-Chip Technology: Current State and Future Developments,” he, with the other editors, gives an overview of the current situation on OoC developments. The editorial also invites other researchers to publish in the special issue of Genes about the OoC research or reviews in this promising field. Commenting on his recent research, Dr. Kodzius says, “We all want to live in a clean environment, lead healthy lives. There are many known and novel, potential pollutants that we encounter in our lives. The research helps to classify and identify the pollutants. For example, asbestos, DDT, lead in gasoline – that all was recognized as highly toxic chemicals, now banned from countries worldwide. As for the minimizing the pollution, the first step would be to identify the sources, identify the pollutants and minimize the exposure to our nature and our bodies.” Dr. Kodzius joined AUIS in Fall 2017 as an associate professor at the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, he enjoys living in mountainous places such as Sulaimani where he currently resides, he adds “I wish we all live like in a tourist destination, resort-like cities. I like living in the mountains, where the air contains less of the particles. For me living in Sulaimani, Kurdistan is similar like living in Davos, Switzerland where I did my Ph.D.” He is an editor for several scientific journals, including the Genes & Genetic Systems, Archives of Biotechnology and Biomedicine, and a guest editor to Genes, and serves as a reviewer for more than fifteen scientific journals. His research interests include molecular medicine, microfluidic-based sensors, and bioprospecting. According to Google Scholar, Dr. Rimantas H-factor is 20, with resulting 5000 citations to his publications. article.

Webinar on the Economic Benefits of Cultural Heritage

  February, 14, 2017 - Dr. Tobin Hartnell and the Center for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (CACHE) at AUIS, facilitated a webinar by Dr. Edward Salo, a professor at Arkansas State University, on the economic benefits of cultural heritage. The event was attended by AUIS students and a few guests from the University of Sulaimani. Dr. Salo talked about the importance of  using historic preservation as a way to help create communities and to encourage economic development, which as he explained is “not just about saving pretty buildings”. He started by explaining what historic preservation can do,“It can give us roots, enhance community pride, teach and inspire us, make communities more attractive and encourage travel and tourism.” He presented an interesting linkage between the past and future and how crucial historic preservation has been in unveiling the history of minorities in the United States. Dr. Salo also expressed his interest in the historic sites in Iraq, and mentioned how historic places are used in the United States and what they bring to their communities, “ They are used to create a basis for heritage tourism and that way they can enhance the economy and identity of communities,” he explained.  Photos contributed by Sara Aso. News contributed by Bana Aso.

AUIS First Official Drone Flight

Please come out to see the first official flight of our Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (aka drone) at AUIS!   We will launch in front of Building A at 4 PM on Wednesday, 20th.   We encourage you to be a part of it by being outside or in the courtyard for the launch.   Last year, AUIS board member Azzam Alwash donated a DJI Phantom 3 Professional, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), to the Center for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage at AUIS. This remote controlled multicopter (a miniature helicopter with 4 rotor blades) is coordinated from the ground using an iPhone or iPad and a controller. The helicopter can shoot high-definition photography and very-high definition video (4K) of any place from the air and has a maximum flight time of roughly 15 minutes. Dr. Tobin Hartnell, director CACHE, has been trialing potential uses of this technology to create 3D models of the landscape at Betsansur, the oldest known village in Iraq. In the future, the Center hopes to use the technology to create models of archaeological landscapes and historic buildings.   Read the story and view photos and video from the event.     

Rudawy Emro: Education in KRG

AUIS Professor Bilal Wahab was invited to a panel discussion on Rudaw's nightly show - Rudawy Emro - on September 29, 2015, to discuss the role of universities and policy-relevant research in KRG. He also explained how the AUIS and its liberal arts education is different from the traditional educational curriculum, and how it can benefit and inform research and policy in the region. The discussion also focussed on the government's inability to benefit, culturally or institutionally, from academic institutions due to a lack of grant offices, think tanks and public fora.   Watch the discussion here.    

AUIS is First University in Iraq to Print 3D Prototype

Sulaimani, Iraq – April 27, 2014 – AUIS reaffirmed its position as a leader in Iraq’s education sector as the first university in Iraq to own a 3D printer, as well as printing a prototype. Professors in the Department of Engineering printed the prototype of a side release buckle on the University’s Stratsays uPrint SE Plus 3D printer. This is particularly exciting news for AUIS engineering students, who will have the opportunity to use the technology to print their own models and functional prototypes. “There aren’t any other engineering programs in Iraq that offer hands-on experience like this to their students. They’re just teaching theory. Meanwhile, AUIS students are actually acting,” said AUIS Professor Header Haddad. “Our students are exposed to technology that no other engineering students in Iraq have access to.” AUIS’s engineering laboratory facilities and resources are among the best in the country. Designed in consultation with the University of Colorado, Boulder, AUIS’s state-of-the-art facilities include a wet lab, a dry lab, fabrication shop, computer-aided design lab and flexible classroom.  The labs have the capability for advanced machining and welding, materials mechanical testing, fluid dynamics, and electrical circuit characterization. The AUIS Department of Engineering also uses a range of cutting-edge software, including MatLab, AutoCad, and SolidWorks. Equipped with fluency in English, technical knowledge, and analytical and problem-solving skills, graduates of AUIS’s engineering programs have the skills and knowledge to make a difference in the world, as well as exceling in Iraq’s quickly-evolving job market. For more information about AUIS’s engineering and mechanical engineering programs, including specializations in control systems, energy, production management, and construction management.

AUIS Conference Examines Recent Middle East Events

Conference discussions will be led by distinguished scholars and practitioners: Dr. Larry Diamond of Stanford University; former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill; Dr. Sandy Lakoff, University of California, San Diego; Mr. Eric B. Brown, The Hudson Institute; and Dr. Francois Zabbal, Institut du Monde Arabe. “The very foundation of AUIS is linked to the prospect of liberal democracy in this post-conflict region,” said Dr. Athanasios Moulakis, president of AUIS. “This conference is very much a part of fulfilling that mission.” AUIS is committed to furthering the global discussion about democracy and liberty in post-conflict societies. Conference participants will present original scholarly analyses of the political future of countries in the Middle East and North Africa and discuss their significance with AUIS students and faculty.  Attendance is limited to members of the AUIS community and invited guests. Political, governmental, and academic leaders from throughout Iraq will join AUIS for a concluding forum on Friday, November 25, at 5:00 p.m. at the Amna Suraka Museum.  Media are invited to attend this event.
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