Dr. Hamad Karki is currently an Associate Professor at the department of the Mechanical Engineering
Department at Khalifa University. His Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees are from Tokyo University of
Technology and are in Mechatronics Engineering, System Electronic Engineering and Engineering
respectively. He joined the faculty of Mechanical Engineering Khalifa University (former the Petroleum
Institute) in 2008 as an assistant professor and assumed his duties in research, teaching and services. Dr.
Karki’s research interested is oriented around autonomous field robots, design and control, which includes
vehicles and drones. He enjoys teaching his classes as well as mentoring senior design projects every year.
He served in many departmental and institutional committees as a member and a head. Dr Karki served
as a director of the internship program to send interns to oil and gas related companies. During his
deanship of the college or arts and sciences, he initiated programs to support freshmen to be productive
university students and developed the curriculum to enhance the learning process.
Dr Hamad Karki is leading an Organized Research Unit called Smart Sensing Systems. The Smart Sensing Systems group is multidisciplinary powerhouse of scientific and engineering innovation within Khalifa University. The group specializes in designing, developing and transferring state?of?the?art sensing technology for energy, aerospace, defense, and healthcare sectors. The group expertise is focused on subsurface sensing, imaging, nondestructive testing, measurement & instrumentation with standalone, autonomous, and robotic platforms. The group has active research thrusts on Radars, microwave & millimeter wave imaging, antennas, structural heath monitoring, and inspection of nonmetallics. Its recent research projects amount to multimillions and mostly externally funded. The group capitalizes on unique infrastructure consisting of state?of?the?art robotic platforms, microwave & millimeter wave equipment as well as other sensing modalities such as ultrasonic and thermal sensing systems. The research and development outcome of the group has been demonstrated in numerous publications and patents. The group works in close collaboration with the local industry and has proven record of technology transfer to the industrial fields in the UAE.