Dr. Omar Al Zaabi is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He received his BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA.
Dr. Al Zaabi’s research activities have been in the broad area of applied electromagnetics and he has been involved in various collaborations with a wide range of leading institutions in the USA and elsewhere. At Pennsylvania State's Millennium Science Complex, Dr. Al Zaabi was actively involved in efforts relating to the use of highly advanced semiconductor testing and fabrication practices focused on the characterization and synthesis of small and large-scale 2D materials and coating under the patronage of various sponsoring agencies including National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Energy (DOE) to name a few. Dr. Al Zaabi's expertise in the area of power electronics was also called on as part of a joint project abroad where he was invited to Tongji University in Shanghai, China as part of his graduate studies to contribute to ongoing research.
Dr. Al Zaabi's other research activities are related to the comprehensive high-frequency microwave dielectric characterization of entomological targets and their radar cross-section characterization across a wide range of experimental settings. This was undertaken with a world leader in microwave testing and characterization, The Ohio State University's Electro-Science Laboratory housing one of the largest radio frequency and optics research facilities in the US and elsewhere. Over this period of collaboration, he was extensively involved in the adoption of electromagnetic techniques for the dielectric and radar cross-section characterization of materials of interest. This included hands-on experience with dealing with various microwave equipment and measurement apparatus at the ElectroScience Lab's anechoic chamber and microwave testing facility. This work was incorporated into a broader investigation relating to enabling target detection through studies of their radar cross-section signatures.
His current research interest includes electromagnetic theory and its application to electrified transportation, power electronics, and renewable energy grid integration. Dr. Omar Al Zaabi is also leading several initiatives targeting innovation and entrepreneurship, such as the establishment of a startup specializing in special-purpose antenna design.