Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department aims to serve society by educating and inspiring forward looking professionals in the various fields of electrical and computer engineering, by creating, applying, and disseminating vital knowledge and technology, and by leading the professional activities of academia, industry and government.
ECE offers BSc degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering (with an optional concentration in Software Systems), as well as MSc and PhD programs in ECE. ECE encompasses advanced communications and information systems, information security, e-services and networks, multimedia communications, and embedded systems. ECE faculty collaborate with the many research institutes at the University on research related to robotics, communications, semiconductors, etc. They also collaborate frequently with prestigious research laboratories around the world. ECE research is aligned with the 2030 Abu Dhabi strategic plan, which calls for diversification of the economy beyond oil and gas and promotes innovation, entrepreneurship and spinoffs in the semiconductor, energy, and ICT sectors, among others.
All ECE programs offer many benefits to business and industry. There is the opportunity to influence research and education, and to participate in long-range technical assessments of problems and directions in the field. Contacts with prospective employers are easily established; affiliates have early access to student resumes, and to student and faculty publications. Internships in local and national industry provide students with a complementary element to their education. The result of this interaction is greater excellence in both the research and teaching missions of the ECE department, whose vision is to achieve the stature of a world-class department and become the premiere technology hub in the Gulf region.
Message from the Chair
The ECE programs at Khalifa University are accredited by CAA the most prestigious global accreditor of college and university programs in engineering. Next year, the department’s academic offerings will include Bachelor’s degrees, in Electrical Engineering, and in Computer Engineering; the latter with an option to do a concentration on Software Systems. . At the graduate level, we offer well established and internationally acknowledged Master’s and Ph.D. programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Without a doubt, our educational and research programs make our department a pillar of Khalifa University’s academic offerings and a key part of its history and future.
The ECE Department’s history spans three decades, as it started operating in 1987 as Etisalat College in Sharjah. Its main goal was to teach and produce engineers for the local industry. It successfully met Etisalat’s needs by producing several hundred alumni of its three undergraduate programs in Electronics, Communications, and Computers. During its operation in Sharjah, the department maintained the highest level of excellence in education and was accredited by The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) in the United Kingdom. Khalifa University (as KUSTAR) acquired Etisalat College in 2007 and established its Sharjah campus. In 2011, the ECE program of KUSTAR was started at the main campus in Abu Dhabi and in 2014 the ECE Department saw the first graduation of KU ECE undergraduates and granted its first PhD degree. With the merger of KUSTAR with Petroleum Institute and Masdar Institute into Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KUST), in 2017, ECE became the largest department in Khalifa University, in terms of students and faculty numbers. By synergizing new strength and talent, the department has reached new heights and opened avenues for cutting-edge education and research.
The ECE Department at Khalifa University is currently home to about 65 highly qualified faculty, with experience from all over the world, many of them enjoying important distinctions, like IEEE Senior or Fellow memberships. The enrollment reaches about 700 undergraduate and graduate students, and we operate on three campuses.
The ECE Department is not just teaching the next generation of industry leaders. Our faculty and students are involved in a wide range of research endeavors, in areas as diverse as wireless communications, cloud computing and data analytics, cyber security, medical imaging, nanotechnology, chip design, robotics, computers, renewable energy and smart grids, just to mention a few. Our department makes significant contributions to the University’s various Research Centers and Industries, including the Khalifa University Semiconductor Research Center (KSRC), the Etisalat BT Innovation focusing on important research fields, like Semiconductors, Information Security, Robotics, Energy, and Information & Communications Technology. .
Due to our department’s activity and focus, we have drawn attention and support from a variety of industry giants, Mubadala, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Company (TDC), EARTH, ADEC, and the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Fund, to name but a few.
I look forward to what the future brings, and we are eager to continue our growth and expansion, as Khalifa University develops as a regional leader in science, research, and technology and contributes to the building of a knowledge-based economy.
Prof. Thanos Stouraitis, Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
- The IEEE- Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN) chapter (Lambda Phi) was officially installed at the university on Tuesday March 13th. IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN), the international electrical and computer engineering honor society of IEEE, is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing individual excellence in education and meritorious work, in professional practice, and in any of the areas within the IEEE-designated fields of interest. The Khalifa University Chapter became the first one in the UAE and the second one in the gulf region. 19 students and 4 faculty from the department were officially inducted during the ceremony.
- The ECE department held the 7th Khalifa University Programming Contest (KPC) on Sunday March 4th at 1 pm. KPC enables students to demonstrate their programming skills. The contest included problems that suit all students regardless of their level of programming skills. The following teams were successful in the contest:
Years 1 and 2 students:
First winning team: Sultan Alkatheeri, Mohamed Alhosani, and Omar Almansoori.
Second winning team: Shamma Alblooshi, Rawdha Alhamaadi, and Fatima Alkamali.
Years 3 and 4 students:
First winning team: Ahmed Mohd, Mohammad Madine, and Ahmed Al Wan.
Second winning team: Amanuel Ghebreyohannes
The winning teams will participate in the 2018 Gulf Programming Contest(GPC).
- The Department held its annual ECE Familiarization Day on Sunday March 4th. The event was organized to introduce freshmen and preparatory students to ECE and give them an opportunity to interact with current ECE students and faculty, in an informal social event. The students got an opportunity to mingle with the current ECE students and staff, and gained knowledge not only about the department but also about ECE in general.
- The following students won the first and second places in the 2017 IEEE UAE Student Competition:
• Student Names: Amna Alraeesi, Shaikha Alshmeili, Hamza Hindi
- Common Design Project (Visible Light Communication), Won First Place
- Supervisor(s): Sami Muhaidat and Hani Saleh
• Student Names: Nasma O. Abbas, Hadeel Aboueida, Ayaa Alyousef, Nadeen El Nachar
- Common Design Project (Visible Light Communication), Won Second Place
Supervisor(s): Hani Saleh, Baker Mohammad, and Mohammad Alhawari, Sami Muhaidat.
- The 5th UAE Cyber Security Symposium 2018, April 25th 2018
- IEEE Student Day, 28 April 2018. Visit https://ud.ac.ae/ieee/ for further details.
- Emirates technology and Innovation Competition, 23-26 April 2018. Visit #/
For more information about the latest opportunities within the department, visit Khalifa University’s careers portal.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Abu Dhabi Campus
PO Box 127788
Abu Dhabi, UAE
What is ECE?
Electrical and computer engineering graduates (ECEs) apply their specialized engineering skills to the creation of new ideas, the research, design and development of new products and technologies, as well as in all related manufacturing and marketing activities. They help shape, improve, and preserve the world we live in by working at the frontier of technology areas, such as microelectronics, photonics, digital systems, materials, controls, communication systems, signal processing, energy conversion and power distribution, antenna design and electromagnetic scattering, robotics, multimedia systems, data analytics, microprocessors, networks, chip design, supercomputers and all other aspects of computer organization, design, and programming.
The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) programs at Khalifa University prepare the students to work in a wide range of fields and choose from a variety of exciting career options.
ECE students study various courses related to computer hardware and software, wireless communications, semiconductor devices, circuit design, wireless and wired communication networks, image and video processing, and information security, among many others. Moreover, ECE plays a vital role in several other fields such as aerospace, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, oil and gas industries, and transportation.
Impact of ECE
The demand for ECE graduates has been consistently growing in the technological world we currently live in. ECEs conceive, design, and build high-profile products and services that help improve and save lives through monitoring devices, surgical robots, artificial limbs, and lasers; help preserve the environment through hybrid electric vehicles, smart grid power distribution systems, and solar or wind power; improve the safety of critical high technology systems through anti-skid braking systems and nuclear power plant controls; enable our daily communications through the Internet, smart phones, tablet computers, and wireless networks; facilitate our entertainment through video games, 3D television and high-fidelity audio products; reduce human toil in manufacturing through computer automation technologies; and enable our financial transactions through secure communications and products.
ECE programs are ideal for persons who are passionate for solving challenging problems with the aim of serving humanity.
The demand for ECE graduates has been consistently growing in the technological world we currently live in. ECE is a dynamic field where new technologies are developed and integrated in our lives almost on a daily basis. Examples of recent new technologies that depend on the ECE field include the development of the smart phones and mobile computing systems such as iPads and tablets, smart homes, and intelligent transportation systems.
ECE programs are ideal for people who are passionate for solving challenging problems with the aim of serving humanity. By undertaking an ECE program, you could find yourself equipped to contribute immediately to one of the following technologies:
Emerging Areas of ECE:
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) provides a list of emerging areas in electrical and computer engineering.
ECE Impact on Humans and Society:
Electrical and Computer Engineering has a significant impact on humans and society:
- Analog and Radio Frequency Electronic Circuits: Without these, there’d be no cell phones, no WiFi, and no television.
- Communication and Signal Processing: is concerned with the transmission, storage, and analysis of information signals.
- Computer and Digital Systems: Humankind is advancing faster technologically than ever before with the help of computers. These digital systems are everywhere, from your dishwasher and wristwatch to the Mars rovers, and everything in between.
- Networking: The internet is having a profound impact on society, bringing people across the world together to work collaboratively from different countries.
- Computer Vision and Image Processing: These technologies make it possible for computers to analyze data from medical imaging devices to identify diseases. Computer vision experts teach computers how to recognize faces, while image processing people can de-blur images, extract features, and even make art.
- Control Systems, Robotics, and Intelligent Transportation: Automation to reduce human efforts in the workplace; enhance safety in manufacturing systems, automobiles (via self-driving vehicles), and aircraft (via auto-pilots).
- Electromagnetics, Remote Sensing, and Microwaves: Communication via radio waves is essential for mobile devices, radios, and the internet. Radio- and microwaves can also be used for sensing. The ability of microwaves to see through clouds and rain makes them very useful for measuring Earth’s climate.
- Optics and Photonics: Using light to solve engineering problems runs the range from fiber optics to lasers for eye surgery. Photonics also includes the field of display technology from LEDs to liquid crystals to holograms.
- Nanotechnology and Electronic Materials: Used to develop more efficient solar cells, faster transistors to run your computers and chips that can help you track your items.
- Sustainable Energy and Power Systems: Humankind is hugely dependent on energy, but burning materials to make electricity is damaging our environment. Electrical engineers are working to create better solar cells and windmills, to harvest energy from tides and many other non-polluting sources.
ECE graduates are well prepared to fill a variety of business, industry, services, academia, and government positions.
Potential Employers of ECEsCareer options relevant to ECE graduates include but are not limited to:
- Electric power generation and distribution companies.
- Oil and Gas companies.
- Consumer electronics companies.
- Electrical equipment manufacturing companies.
- Test and measurement companies.
- Automotive and aerospace companies.
- Hospitals and medical devices companies.
- Airlines, airports, and transportation companies.
- Ports and marine engineering companies.
- Standardization and regulatory authorities.
- Army, Police, and Civil Security Organizations.
- Telecommunications companies.
- Media and broadcasting companies.
- Networking companies.
While working in various ECE career tracks, ECE graduates will be involved in the design, development, evaluation, and integration of:
- Computers, hardware, and software.
- Consumer electronics, such as TVs and smart phones.
- Robotic platforms and drones.
- Digital and computer technology.
- Medical equipment and devices.
- Information systems used in all sectors of life.
- Transportation systems and automotive electronics.
- Power generation and distribution networks.
- Visual and digital signal processing, audio processing.
- Test and measurement instruments.
- Sensors and transducers.
Women in ECE
Many of the top international scientists within the ECE field are women. Pioneering female electrical engineers include:
- Ginni Rometty, CEO at IBM
- Lisa Su, CEO at AMD
- Diane Greene, Google board member
- Jen Fitzpatrick, Vice president at Google
- Andrea Goldsmith, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, USA
- Muriel Médard, professor, Massachusetts institute of technology (MIT), USA
- Athina Petropulu, Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA
- Weihua Zhuang, Professor, University of Waterloo, Canada
- Rabab Ward, Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada.
Students in the ECE department are encouraged to participate in curricular, co-curricular and social activities. The department has a well-established program student centric events, which are held regularly.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to the advancing technological innovations for the benefit of humanity. For ECE students, IEEE creates the appropriate environment for integration, communication, and collaboration on world changing technologies. For more information about the IEEE please visit www.ieee.org. Khalifa University has an active IEEE student chapter on campus.
IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (Lambda Phi Chapter)
IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN), the international electrical and computer engineering honor society of IEEE, is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing individual excellence in education and meritorious work, in professional practice, and in any of the areas within the IEEE-designated fields of interest. The organization currently has around 200 student chapters and several thousand members around the world. The Khalifa University Lamda Phi chapter, 235th is the first chapter in the UAE and the second one in the gulf region. For more information about this chapter, please visit https://hkn.ieee.org/hkn-chapters/all-chapters/lambda-phi-chapter/.
Student competitions present an excellent opportunity for ECE students to get engaged in real life projects where they learn how to design, implement and present complete systems that have significant relevance to the broader ECE community. Some of the competitions our students participate in include:
- Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge
- UAE CubeSat Competition
- UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good Competition
- MOE Robotic Competition
- Undergraduate Research Competition
- Emirates Skills and World Skills
- M-gov mobile application
- National Programming Contest (NPC)
- Mobile Applications Contest (MAC)
- Renewable Energy Competition (ESREC)
- IEEE Students Day Competitions
- du Cybersecurity Hackathon
- TRISEC Cybersecurity Contest
- Think Science Competition
Honor Societies, Professional Organizations, certification
• Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
• IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu
• IEEE Wireless Communications Certificate
• Cisco certification
• Microsoft Certificates
Prof. Thanos Stouraitis
Professor and Chair
Prof. Panagiotis (Panos) Liatsis
Professor, Interim Chair Computer Science Department
Prof. Youssef Abdel-Magid
Professor, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies
Dr. Mohamed Abou-Khousa
Dr. Ahmed Al Durra
Dr. Arafat Al-Dweik
Dr. Khalid AlHammadi
Dr. Yousof Al-Hammadi
Dr. Khalifa Al Hosani
Dr.Mohamed Al Hosani
Dr. Khaled Ali Al Jaafari
Dr. Hasan Al-Marzouqi
Dr. Nawaf AlMoosa
Prof. Mahmoud Al-Qutayri
Professor & Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, CoE
Dr. Yousuf Al Salami
Dr. Jamal Y. Alsawalhi
Dr. Naji Al Sayari
Dr. Ameena Saad Al-Sumaiti
Dr. Ahmed Al Tunaiji
Dr. Khaled Al Wahedi
Dr. Nazar Ali
Prof. Hassan Reda Barada
Professor & Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies, CoE
Dr. Braham Barkat
Dr. Balanthi Abdul Rahiman Beig
Prof. Igor Boiko
Dr. Marcus Dahlem
Prof. Ernesto Damiani
Dr. Ali Dawood
Prof. Jorge Manuel Miranda Dias
Prof. Ibrahim Mohammad Elfadel
Dr. Tarek H.M. EL-Fouly
Dr. Reyad El Khazali
Dr. Mohamed Shawky El Moursi
Prof. Ehab Fahmy El-Saadany
Dr. Ahmed El Sheakh
Dr. Amjad Gawanmeh
Prof. Huw Griffiths
Prof. Leontios Hadjileontiadis
Dr. Noureddine Harid
Dr. Youssef Iraqi
Dr. Shihab Jimaa
Dr. Vinod Khadkikar
Dr. Peng-Yong Kong
Dr. Prashanth Reddy Marpu
Dr. Mahmoud Meribout
Dr. Kahtan Mezher
Dr. Rabeb Mizouni
Dr. Baker Mohammad
Dr. Sami Muhaidat
Dr. Ammar Nayfeh
Dr. Hadi Otrok
Prof. Irfan Saadat
Professor & Associate Chair for Graduate Studies
Prof. Khaled Salah
Dr. Hani Saleh
Dr. Mihai Sanduleanu
Prof. Bayan Sharif
Professor & Dean, CoE
Dr. Abdulhadi Shoufan
Dr. Shakti Singh
Dr. Andrzej S. Sluzek
Dr. Paschalis C. Sofotasios
Dr. Kamal Taha
Dr. Jaime Viegas
Dr. Naoufel Werghi
Dr. Chan Yeob Yeun
Prof. Bashar Zahawi
Prof. Hatem Zeineldin
Dr. Jamal Zemerly