Dr. Mohamed Abou-Khousa has had formal education in electrical engineering focusing on applied electromagnetics and statistical signal processing. His areas of expertise include RF, microwave, and millimeter wave instrumentation, radar systems, antennas, material characterization, nondestructive testing, and subsurface imaging.
Before joining Khalifa University, Dr. Abou-Khousa was a Research Scientist at Robarts Research Institute, Canada. He has more than 15 years of research and development experience over which he devised principles of waves scattering, absorption, reflection and interaction with material structures reconciled with circuit theory to see the “unseen”.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Abou-Khousa executed various research and development projects within broad range of sectors including oil & gas, biomedical, space, and aerospace. He has co-authored many technical publications in his areas of expertise, and has to his credit several patents. He is a recipient of multiple national and international awards including the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society 2017 Outstanding Young Engineer Award. As a coauthor, he was a recipient of the H. A. Wheeler Applications Prize Paper Award from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society. He currently serves as an Associate Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INSTRUMENTATION AND MEASUREMENT (TIM).
Electromagnetic Sensors & Measurement Systems
The group has an active thrust on the development of RF/microwave/millimeter wave sensors and measurement systems for various applications. For instance, a first-of-its-kind microwave-based real-time flow monitoring device was developed to detect and quantify the presence contaminants/debris in natural gas networks. The device is certified for Zone 0 hazardous environment deployments and it was piloted successfully in the field.
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Imaging
The group is working on the realization of SAR systems to enable remote sensing applications such as mapping, disaster monitoring and weather prediction from small platforms (e.g., CubeSats) in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Innovative enabling technology is explored by the group to realize the antenna, transceiver, and the SAR processor.
Microwave & Millimeter Wave Nondestructive Testing & Evaluation (NDT&E)
Integrity assessment of material structures requires inspection tools capable of detecting and evaluating defects reliably. To this end, the group is actively involved in the development and qualification of novel microwave and millimeter wave based NDT&E systems & techniques to address critical inspection needs in various sectors including manufacturing, oil & gas, space and aerospace.
Antennas and Reconfigurable Surfaces for Combined Communication and Sensing
Antennas are the first elements in the radio frequency (RF) front-ends in wireless communication systems, radars as well as positioning modules. Future antennas are expected to play multiple roles or be embedded into multi-function structures. To this end, the group focuses on the development of novel antennas and reconfigurable surfaces for next generation networks as well as for critical space missions.