Supervising Faculty

Samer Madanat, Dean of Engineering

Samer Madanat researches and teaches in the area of Transportation Infrastructure Management, with an emphasis on modeling facility performance, the development of optimal management policies under uncertainty, and developing solutions for improving the sustainability of transportation systems. He currently serves as NYUAD's Dean of Engineering.

Sunil Kumar, Interim Vice Provost of Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs

Sunil Kumar's scholarly research focuses on the transport of light and thermal radiation, specifically examining how lasers interact with surfaces and scattering media, fire dynamics, thermal-fluid analysis, and applied mathematics. He is also Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering in New York, where he was the graduate dean and former head of the department of mechanical, aerospace, and manufacturing engineering.

Ozgur Sinanoglu, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Ozgur Sinanoglu is an electrical and computer engineer. He has published extensively and holds several patents in computer-aided design, security, reliability of integrated circuits, and system-on-chip designs. Sinanoglu has industry experience as a senior design and test engineer for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. Sinanoglu received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He is the director of the Design-for-Excellence (DfX) Lab at NYUAD.

Antonios Tzes, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Antonios Tzes researches UAVs, Cooperative Control of Networked Systems, Surgical Robots, Mechatronics, and Control engineering applications. He has over ten years of experience as the director of the Instrumentation and Control Laboratory at Polytechnic University, focusing on smart sensors and self-tuning systems. Concurrently, he served as the principal investigator of the Urban Intelligent Transportation Systems Center in New York, NY. While in Greece, he is the leader and principal investigator of the “Applied Networked Mechatronics Systems group.”

Mohammed Daqaq, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Mohammed Daqaq’s research focuses on the application of various nonlinear phenomena to improve the performance of micro-power generation systems, micro-electromechanical systems, and vibration assisted manufacturing processes. He currently serves as the chair of the ASME Aerospace Division, Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Branch (ASMS), and as an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics.

Mohamed A. Eid, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Mohamed A. Eid received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He has won several awards for academic and research distinction, and is the co-author of “Haptics Technologies: Bringing Touch to Multimedia.” His current research interests include Haptics and multi-modal human computer interaction, serious gaming and tangible interfaces, and biofeedback technologies.

Nikolaos Freris, Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Nick Freris researches cyberphysical systems, especially distributed algorithms for estimation, optimization, and control; wireless sensor networks; big data; and signal processing and sparse sampling. He serves as the director of the Cyberphysical Systems Laboratory at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Mohammad Qasaimeh, Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering

Mohammad Qasaimeh's current research develops microfluidic and MEMS devices for biomedical applications and point of care diagnostics. He directs the Advanced Microfluidics and Microdevices Laboratory (AMMLab) at NYU Abu Dhabi, working with miniaturization and integration in biology, life sciences, and medicine.

Tembine Hamidou, Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Tembine Hamidou's main interests are game theory and learning, including evolutionary games; mean-field stochastic games; and distributed strategic learning. Tembine holds degrees in applied mathematics and computer science, and received the IEEE ComSoc Outstanding Young Researcher Award for his promising research activities for the benefit of the society.

Michail Maniatakos, Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Michail (Mihalis) Maniatakos’s interests span from abstract computer science to hardware manufacturing. Prof. Maniatakos has published in several key research areas, such as computer architecture, design and test, microprocessor reliability, and hardware security. He is the director of the Modern Microprocessor Architectures Lab (MoMAlab), and his research interests include homomorphically encrypted general-purpose computation, hardware security and heterogeneous microprocessor architectures.

Rafael Y. Song, Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering

Rafael Y. Song’s research and teaching interests are interdisciplinary in both mechanical engineering disciplines such as design and manufacturing of MEMS devices, fluid mechanics, 3D printing and micro/nanofabrication, as well as in biological engineering areas such as "Lab-on-a-Chip" devices for high-throughput separation and detection of biomolecules and cells, biofuels, neuroprosthetic implants, and transport phenomena in biological systems.

Sohmyung Ha, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sohmyung Ha performs research aimed at advancing the engineering and applications of silicon integrated technology interfacing with biology in a variety of forms ranging from implantable biomedical devices to unobtrusive wearable sensors. Sohmyung received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from KAIST; M.S. and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from UC San Diego.

Hoda Alkhzaimi, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Cyber Security

Hoda A. Alkhzaimi is the Director of the Center for Cyber Security at NYUAD. Her specific expertise is in cryptology, cryptanalysis, and constructing trusted security architectures; her current interests include aerospace and UAV security, analyzing cryptographic primitives, and links to big data analysis. She earned her Ph.D. in cryptanalysis from Denmark Technical University.

Azza Abouzied, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Azza Abouzied’s research work focuses on designing intuitive data querying tools, combining techniques from various research fields such as UI-design, machine learning and databases. She designs novel interfaces, such as example-driven query tools, that simplify data querying and analysis.

Jay Chen, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Jay Chen's research is in the area of information and communication technologies for development, focusing on technology interventions that leverage people's existing behaviors or aspirations to encourage technology adoption in developing regions.

Saif Jabari, Assistant Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering

Saif Jabari's interests lie at the interface of data analysis and theoretical traffic-flow modeling, including the development of methods for understanding and quantifying uncertainty in transportation systems. Recently, he has focused on the development of real-time traffic analytics, such as traffic state estimation, network-wide real-time dynamic control, and incident detection, localization, and sensor placement problems for urban traffic networks.