Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Faculty Ranked as ‘Senior Member’ of the IEEE
26 December 2018
The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department is proud to announce that five of its faculty have been elevated to the rank of ‘Senior Member’ of the IEEE, the world largest professional society. Their elevation, through a peer-review process, means that they are now considered to be in the 10% in their field. Drs. Ghazal, Qasymeh, Fraiwan, Altarabsheh, and Akmal are the proud recipients of this honor. Dr. Ghazal has also become the university’s first ABET evaluator for the IEEE. This is a testament to the department’s commitment to professional development and community engagement.
The department recognizes the importance of student empowerment to achieve excellence and the important role the IEEE Senior Members play in inspiring and developing the next generation of ECE engineers. To that end, the department held elections for the IEEE Student Branch in October this year, providing them with an avenue for academic involvement and a platform to further student success in collaboration with the institution. Members of the IEEE are given access to a huge network of professionals and corporations, and they have the golden opportunity to use the organization’s resources to further their career prospects.
After this year’s elections, the Branch has created and begun implementation of its year-long plan that involves workshops and tutorials, competitions, and field trips that are all supported by the ECE Department. A notable workshop that took place in November was a Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality workshop, conducted by Mr. Ilya Simonov, a leading expert from CROC - one of Russia’s top 10 companies for IT solutions. The workshop introduced VR and its design phases to the attendees, as well as demonstrated the concept by using cutting-edge VR technology.
The ECE Department is fully aware of the importance of empowering its female student population and has created the IEEE’s Women in Engineering Affinity Group, a platform that facilitates initiative, promotion, and organization of female efforts in the field of engineering. The IEEE WIE, one of the largest professional organizations, aims to nurture women engineers and scientists to inspire girls all over the world to discover and follow their interests. By becoming a member, students can participate in local and international events, conferences, competitions, and workshops, as well as create local opportunities to benefit their fellow female students.
A testament to the success of our female students happened in September, with two ECE students - Maha Yaghi and Lina Alkhatib - receiving the Women in Engineering Award in the global competition IEEE SS12 2018 in Sri Lanka sponsored by the IEEE UAE Section and open to undergraduates from across Asia. The IEEE SS12: Age of Innovation 2018 is an international project competition and a fair that recognizes the best social innovation under the theme ‘Empathy to Engineering: Solutions for Micro Issues’. Maha and Lina won with their ‘Wearable IoT Personal Trainer’ project, supervised by Dr. Mohammed Ghazal and Dr. Luay Fraiwan.