Dr. Issam A. Qattan earned his PhD in Physics and Astronomy from Northwestern University in 2005 where he carried out his research work at the Physics division at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), and Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory (JLAB). He was a member of the medium energy group at ANL, and a Department of Energy Research Fellow. He joined the Indiana University Cyclotron Facility (IUCF) in Indiana/Bloomington as a postdoctoral research fellow in 2006 where he carried out his research work at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). In 2008, he joined the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) as an assistant professor of physics and engineering. In 2010, he joined Khalifa University (KU) as an assistant professor of physics, and later as an associate professor of physics in 2014.
He is the founding chair of the physics department at KU, and served as the interim chair of the department from 2017-2019. His research interests span many research topics in experimental and theoretical nuclear, particle, and condensed matter physics such as: lepton-hadron scattering, electromagnetic spin structure of nucleons, materials synthesis and fabrication, III-V and Nitride semiconductors alloys, as well as developing computational techniques in materials science using density and spin-density functional theory materials calculations with focus on optical, electronic, and magnetic properties of materials.