Dr. Yousef Al-Assaf
Dr. Yousef Al-Assaf completed his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Sussex University, UK, in 1984 and his PhD from Oxford University in 1988. Dr. Al-Assaf was a founding member and chair of the industrial engineering department at the University of Jordan, where he also worked as the outreach manager. He was a founding member of the electrical engineering and computer engineering programs at AUS since 1998. He was appointed as the Associate Dean of the College of Engineering (CEN) at AUS in 2004, and has served as the Dean of the college since 2005 till his appointment as President of RIT Dubai.
Dr. Al-Assaf’s research focuses on using soft computing to model and control various industrial and medical systems. Applications include materials modeling and classification, prostheses control, industrial quality control and optimization.
Dr. Al-Assaf’s industrial experiences are in the areas of industrial instrumentation and control (PLC, SCADA, DCS, microprocessor and PC-based controllers). He has designed and developed various automated control systems for various industries including fertilizer, textile and sheet-cutting establishments.
Prof. Aya Maher
Maher has been teaching at the American University in Cairo (AUC) different academic and professional programs since 1999 at the School of Business and also at AUC School of Science and Engineering. She has been on AUC academic teaching honor roll for several years.
Maher research interests are varied and have been manifested in a number of published articles in prestigious journals or presented in highly ranked international academic conferences in the areas of Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Leadership and Public Administration (civil service reform, performance appraisal, crises management, corporate social responsibility, citizen’s satisfaction and decentralization). Her extensive experience has not only been in academic teaching and training but also in the field of Consultancy with international organizations like World bank, governmental organizations and private business.
Aya Maher is a graduate of the American University in Cairo (AUC), BA in Business Administration (honors) in 1985 and Masters of Public Administration (GPA 4.0 equivalent to highest honors) in 2002. She received her PhD in Public Administration from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University in 2007. Her dissertation title was” Citizen Satisfaction a Criteria in Government Employees’ Performance Appraisal.”
Maher is a member of Egypt’s National Supreme Council for Culture (Management Committee) and a member of Alexandria Library Egypt’s intellectuals and Scientists. She has participated in the issuance of HR policy paper of her country and was appointed a lead HR policy maker as part of the educational reform on the National Level, 2009-2010. She represented Egypt and AUC in the Japanese Ship for World Youth, 1991. In addition to that, she is also a regular writer in Egypt’s main national newspapers (Ahram and Akhbar), she writes in HR and Public issues and has been invited to discuss several public and HR issues in different TV and radio programs. Maher is an active board member in several NGOs and has always been involved in public speeches in her field on the national and international level.
Professor Samuel Nii Odai
Professor Odai was born in Tema where he attended the Twedaase Primary (the first primary school in Tema) and Middle Schools. He proceeded to the Koforidua Secondary Technical School where he sat for the General Certificate Examination (GCE) Ordinary and the Advanced Levels. After one year of national service as a science and math teacher at the Tema Technical Institute he obtained a Chinese Government Scholarship and proceeded to study Chinese language at the Beijing Languages Institute (now Beijing Languages University) in Beijing. He then moved to the Hohai (River and Sea) University where he graduated with BEng in Irrigation and Water Conservancy Engineering (in Civil Engineering). He returned to Ghana and had his national service at the Irrigation Development Authority head office in Accra. In 1994 he obtained a Japanese Government Scholarship (MOMBUSHO) to study for MSc and PhD degrees at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. He obtained his MSc in 1996 and PhD in 1999, specialising in the area of computational hydraulics (water resources engineering).
In the same year he obtained his PhD (1999), he was appointed a lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), then promoted to senior lecturer in 2002, to Associate Professor in 2007 and to Full Professor in 2012. Between 2005 and 2006, Professor Odai spent six months at the Imperial College London, researching on rainfall-runoff modelling, for his Commonwealth Academic fellowship.
As a water resources engineer with expertise in computational hydraulics, his work spans the areas of Open Channel Hydraulics, Urban Drainage and Flood Management, Applied Hydrology, Integrated Water Resources Management, and Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation. He has researched into several areas of concern in water resources, including the development of two efficient approximate models (the Burgers’ Equation Model and the Nonlinear Kinematic-Wave Model) for simulating water flow in open channels. He is a member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, the International Association of Hydraulic Research, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the International Association of Hydrological Science.
Professor Odai has extensive international experience, including Visiting Professor of Integrated Water Resources Management at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology; academic visitor at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands, a visiting academic on British Council sponsorship to the University of Newcastle, a visiting lecturer to the National University of Rwanda 2002 and 2003, a visiting fellow at the Water and Environmental Management Research Centre of the University of Bristol, a member of the Advisory Board for the African Regional Conference for Engineering Education, and a Technical Committee member of the UNESCO-IHE Partnership for Water Education and Research (PoWER). He has been consultant for DANIDA, IUCN, and worked for UNESCO-IHE in facilitating workshops in Zimbabwe and trainings in Indonesia and Ghana.
Prof Odai has been graciously elected twice (2012 and 2014) as the Pro Vice-Chancellor of KNUST by his colleagues. Prof Odai enjoys motivating and mentoring the next generation through public speaking. He has had the opportunity to speak at conferences in Ghana and other African countries
Prof. Adejuyigbe Samuel
Department of Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering
Federal University, Oye, Ekiti, Nigeria
Adejuyigbe who was born at Efon – Alaye, Ekiti State of Nigeria on 16th November, 1956 is a Professor in the Department of Department of Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering, Federal University, Oye, Ekiti, Nigeria. Adejuyigbe has Full Technological Certificate of City and Guilds, London; Higher National Diploma (HND) of Ondo State Polytechnic, Owo, Nigeria; Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) of Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria; Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Production Engineering from Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria.Certificate in Management of Higher Education Institutions – June 28 – July 9, 2012 at Galilee International Management Institute, P.O. Box 208, Nahalal, Bat 10600 (Kibbutz Mizra), Israel.
Adejuyigbe is a known scholar of National and International repute who has contributed very significantly to scholarship innovative inventions and scientific breakthrough in Nigeria and abroad. He has over 30 year’s academic experience at both Polytechnic and University levels. He is a born leader, an assiduous worker, a motivator, an innovator and an academic achiever.
As a very reputable scholar and a hardworking and resilient academician, he has about 156 publications in his area of FOCUS that is, Computer Aided Engineering (CAD, CADD, CAM, CIM, and CAPP), Manufacturing Engineering and Management. He was formerly The Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria and also the former Administrator, (Director) Directorate of Works and Services, and the former Dean, College of Engineering of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. He was the Vice Chairman of Committee of Deans of Engineering and Technology of Nigerian Universities (CODET).
His contribution to academic curriculum development, staff development and capacity building programmes are very well recognized. He has supervised and graduated 12 PhD students, 59 Masters of Engineering students, 32 Post Graduate Diploma students; 51 Bachelors of Science/Engineering Degree students; and 19 Higher National Diplomas students.
He is a Member Nigerian Society of Engineers (MNSE), Member Ghana Institute of Engineers (MGhIE), Member, Materials Science and Engineering Society of Nigeria (MSN). and Registered with Council of Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
Dr. Abhilasha Singh
With a teaching experience spanning more than 21 years, Dr. Abhilasha Singh, holds a Doctorate in Psychology from Banaras Hindu University which ranks among the first few in India in the field of academic and research output. She also added to her academic credentials an executive program in Human Resource Management from one of the top most business school in India, Indian Institute of Management (IIM-C).
She is a Certified Trainer from HRD Academy, UK, Certified Professional Assessor from IPM, Canada and a Certified MBTI practitioner by CPP-Asia Pacific and apart from teaching Psychology, Organizational Behavior/ Human Resource Management she enjoys training and consultancy in Personality Typology, Stress Management, leadership, Team Building, Communication and other Behavioral Aspects.
Dr. Abhilasha is a keen researcher and a prolific writer, and has published more than 25 papers and many case studies pertaining to the GCC region in national and international journals in the area of managing people like talent management, leadership, employee value proposition, stress management, Knowledge management etc.
She has many awards and accolades to her credit from various national/ international organizations including the ‘Education Leadership Award’, on August 1st, 2014 by Asia’s Education Excellence Award, Singapore, ‘Award for Teaching Excellence’ in the year 2013 by INDUS Foundation USA, and ‘Distinguished Service Award’ in the year 2009 by the Association of Indian Management Scholars-International. Also, Dr. Abhilasha is the first to receive the fellow title from International forums of Management Scholars (INFOMS), USA award to foster excellence in management education awarded in March 2014.
She was also invited to numerous speaking engagements such as 9th Annual Human Assets Expansion Summit MENA 2014, on “driving organizational and cultural change- maximizing the potential of people and business”; Gulf Education conference 2014 on the topic, “Internationalization: opportunities and the challenge of achieving excellence” to speak on, ‘Higher Education 2020’ in UK; International Conference on Management and Information Systems, in Bangkok, Thailand and has Chaired many International Conferences on Business Management.
Prior to joining AUE, she was an Associate Professor & Head of International Relations at Institute of Management Technology-Dubai and also has served Effat University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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