Dr. Bayan Sharif has been the Dean of the College of Engineering at Khalifa University since September 2012. He has an extensive background in the field of engineering with over 30 years of experience in an academic setting. Dr. Sharif received his Bachelor and Doctorate degrees from Queen’s University of Belfast and Ulster University, N. Ireland, in 1984 and 1988, respectively. He then held a Research Fellowship at Queen’s University of Belfast before he was appointed as Lecturer at Newcastle University in 1990, and then as Senior Lecturer and Full Professor in Digital Communications in 1999 and 2000, respectively. Prof. Sharif received the Doctor of Science in Engineering from Newcastle University in 2013 for his research on Signal Processing and Optimization Algorithms for Acoustic and Radio Communications.
Prior to his appointment at Khalifa University, Dr. Sharif worked as the Head of the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at Newcastle University, United Kingdom. While in that post, he was also the Chair of the Board of Examiners, and Head of the Communications and Signal Processing Research Group (CSP). As Head of the CSP, he oversaw the establishment of a research lab dedicated to Sensors, Electromagnetics and Acoustics (SEALAB).
Prof. Sharif’s research interests are in digital communications with a focus on DSP algorithms for receiver structures and optimization of wireless networks. He has published over 300 journal and conference papers, presented several tutorials and invited talks in acoustic and radio networks. He has also held UK, EU and Industrial research grants in digital communications, underwater acoustics and signal processing worth over £6M. Prof. Sharif is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IET.