A number of specialized research labs and shops are managed by the Research Laboratories Department’s professional team, whose details are shared below:
Afra Al Kitbi has over 15 years of experience in various fields and sectors. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA – General Management) and Bachelors in International Business (Economics).
Her experience includes leadership and delivery of services in multicultural and multinational working environments, combining broad exposure in all aspects of administration, finance, government sector, and customer relationship management.
She has enriched experience in financial reporting, HR and recruitment, payroll management, project reconciliation, contract negotiating, financial management, accounts / audit, conflict resolution, public relations, research and analysis, protocol management, document controls and administration. She also possesses good negotiation skills and interpersonal skills.
Teenu Liza Thomas is a laboratory instructor for the Solar and Device Characterization Lab and the Digital Systems Lab. She also supports other labs, such as Micro- Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) Lab.
In her capacity as a lab Instructor, Teenu oversees the day-to-day operations of the labs, trains and advises researchers on safe and proper usage of the lab equipment, and maintains all lab equipment for reliable and proper functioning, including installation and commissioning of new equipment. She is also concerned with strategic development and expansion of the lab facilities to continue to serve the research goals of the various departments and programs in the Institute. Teenu is also involved with establishing and streamlining lab usage procedures and collaborating with other departments in development of automated systems for efficient usage of the lab facilitates. Prior to joining Khalifa University, Teenu worked in various engineering positions in U.A.E, including a number of years with manufacturing firms as a design and project engineer. Prior to working in U.A.E , she worked as assistant professor in esteemed Engineering College in India.Teenu Thomas holds B.Tech and M.E degrees in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Mahatma Gandhi University, India. Her post graduate research work involved the development of cooperative bit compressed authentication scheme in wireless network system.
Dr. Cyril Aubry joined Masdar Institute (now Khalifa University) in 2014 as SEM/FIB Instructor and oversees the day-to-day operations of the Electron Microscopy Laboratory, trains and advises researchers on safe and proper usage of the lab equipment and sample preparation. Recently, Dr. Aubry started teaching Raman and atomic force microscopy (AFM).
Prior to joining Masdar Institute, Dr. Aubry acquired strong experience in the use of scientific equipment during his time at various different academic institutions. His expertise include SEM/FIB, AFM, X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), 3 MeV electron accelerator and 300 keV particles accelerator, among others.
Dr. Aubry received his PhD in Physics at the University of Limoges (France) and his Master’s degree at CEMES (France).
Nellimala Abdul Shukoor received his MBA from Sikkim Manipal University, India, and a BTech in Mechanical Engineering from Kerala University. India. Shukoor has over 30 years of teaching experience in the Mechanical Engineering area.
He currently administers and coordinates all fabrication works for faculty and students at Khalifa University. His role also includes the supervision of machine shop technicians and support staff to ensure timely delivery of the work orders, and the scheduling and implementation of effective maintenance of equipment, operational training, materials handling and related supporting services. Shukoor also serves as an advisor to faculty and other lab managers to meet schedules and or resolve technical problems and ensures that standard operating procedures and protocols are maintained and applied at all times.
As part of his role at Khalifa University, Shukoor has developed and implemented machine shop policies and procedures, maintained an inventory of all equipment and assists the faculty and researchers with the purchase of consumables and accessories for their equipment.
Jinumon K Govindan holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and has 25 years of experience in managing machine shops and related activities. He is conversant with functions and operations of all types of machine tools and welding. At Khalifa University, Govindan is Computer Numerical Controls Machine Operator, where he assists with research in the Machine Shop.
Govindan has played a major role in installing and commissioning of Machine Shop at Khalifa University and also designed and manufactured assemblies and accessories for research programs at the Institute. He serves as a link between the scientists of Khalifa University and various fabricators across country. He prepares documents and drawings for external fabrication of Khalifa University research requirements.
As part of his role in Khalifa University, Govindan oversees the day-to-day operations of the Machine Shop. He provides guidance and alternative suggestions to the research community at Khalifa University on a range of advanced instruments, assemblies, accessories and spare parts requirements. He strives to provide a safe and well-resourced laboratory that is available to meet the needs of the researchers.
Dr. Grzegorz P. Brudecki is an analytical chemistry instructor in Analytical Chemistry and Biochemistry Core Lab at Khalifa University. He has a broad knowledge of various types of analytical chemistry instruments including gas, liquid chromatography and spectroscopy.
Previously he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Masdar Institute. His previous research focused mainly on characterization and utilization of algal species and seagrass native to UAE coastline, and their conversion to biofuels, including bioethanol and biogas.
He obtained his PhD in Biological Sciences where his work was focused on organosolv delignification and extrusion processes of lignocellulosic biomass as pretreatment methods. He is author and co-author of several peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and conference contributions on biofuel production. He has several training certificates in the field of chromatography.
Eiman Mohamed Altenaiji specialized in Microbiology and Pharmacology. She Studied at Otago University in New Zealand. She works as lab instructor in the Analytical Chemistry and Biochemistry Laboratory (ACBC) in the Research Laboratories Department at Khalifa University, and played a major role in building the ACBC facility.
As part of her role at Khalifa University, Altenaiji oversees the day-to-day operations of the ACBC lab. She also provides training support to the research community at Khalifa University on a wide range of advanced analytical chemistry and biochemistry instruments. She strives to provide a safe and well-resourced laboratory that is available to meet the needs of the researchers.
Prior to working at the ACBC lab, Altenaiji worked in the Water Laboratory and Molecular Biology Laboraties. She has also been a contributing author on several scientific articles.
Dr. Delclos is currently a Laboratory Instructor in the Materials Testing Lab at Khalifa University. He uses his broad experience in materials characterization to provide training and insight on the different tools at the disposal of the Materials Testing Lab.
Dr. Thomas Delclos obtained his PhD in Materials Science and his Master’s in Polymer Science from the University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France, in 2003 and 2007 respectively. His PhD thesis, which was conducted in the European Institute of Chemistry and Biology laboratory (IECB), was awarded with the highest French distinction.
Prior to joining Masdar Institute (which became Khalifa University) in 2014, Dr. Delclos worked for two years in the University of Cyprus on a European project to recycle nuclear wastes. He also worked in France for two years in a start-up company created by Rhodia (now Solvay) and at the French national research center CNRS. His research interests are in multi-scale characterization of materials.