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									Electrical and Computer
   Engineering Program
                       Table of Contents

    Academics          4   Overview of Texas A&M University at Qatar

                       5   Introduction to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program

                       6   Electrical and Computer Engineering Career Forecast

                       6   Program Mission and Objectives

                       7   Educational Outcomes

                       8   Electrical Engineering Curriculum and Specialized Tracks

                      10   Electrical and Computer Engineering Laboratories

                      11   Senior Design Project

                      13   Considerations for Potential Students

                      14   IEEE Organization and Texas A&M at Qatar IEEE Student Chapter

                      15   IEEE Code of Ethics

                      16   Board Members

    Faculty & Staff   17   Electrical and Computer Engineering Program Faculty and Staff

    Research          28   Presentation of Technical and Research Areas

                      28   Fact Sheet

                      38   Awards and Honors

Welcome to the

Electrical and Computer
Engineering Program
at Texas A&M University at Qatar

Electrical and Computer Engineering Program


Texas A&M Engineering Building, Education City

PO Box 23874, Doha, Qatar

Tel: +974.423.0019 Fax: +974.423.0064

E-mail: ecen@qatar.tamu.edu

    Texas A&M University at Qatar

Overview of Texas A&M University at Qatar

                                           ince 2003, Texas A&M University has offered undergraduate degrees in
                                           chemical, electrical, mechanical and petroleum engineering at Qatar
                                           Foundation’s Education City campus. Texas A&M commands an inter-
                                    national reputation as one of the world’s premier engineering programs, and
                                    Texas A&M at Qatar builds on that esteem. Each of the engineering pro-
                                    grams offered in Qatar ranks among top American universities for education
                                    and research, and the University is regularly recognized for the outstanding
                                    value of a Texas A&M education.
                                        The mission of the Qatar campus is to embrace the University’s traditional
                                    goals of teaching, research and service and to replicate the world-class un-
                                    dergraduate engineering program offered at the main campus. The reputa-
                                    tion for excellence is the same, as is the commitment to training engineers
                                    equipped to lead the next generation.
                                        These goals complement Qatar Foundation’s own mission: to enhance educa-
                                    tion, to advance scientific research and to develop a community based on knowl-
                                    edge. Indeed, Texas A&M at Qatar is a remarkable innovation. By connecting one
                                    of the world’s top engineering programs with a region that has unlimited potential
                                    for growth, Texas A&M is not only helping Qatar maximize its potential through
                                    education and research — it is setting a new pace for educating engineers who can
                                    make a difference in their world. Graduates of Texas A&M at Qatar will be leaders
                                    in enriching Qatar’s natural resources and its thriving industry.
                                        The University’s main focus is to educate engineers with the technical ex-
                                    pertise, the leadership skills and the broad world view necessary for them
                                    to serve as leaders in business, government and academia. This education
                                    is offered in one of the largest and most advanced facilities for engineering
                                    education anywhere in the world. The Texas A&M Engineering Building,
                                    which opened in June 2007, comprises 55,000 square meters (595,000 square
                                    feet) of functional space. It has three lecture halls, 10 classrooms, 30 teaching
                                    laboratories and 32 research laboratories.
                                        Research is a cornerstone for Texas A&M, and Texas A&M at Qatar strives
                                    to conduct research that matters to Qatar — and to the world. The University
                                    has research facilities found nowhere else in academia, enabling Texas A&M
                                    at Qatar to pursue some of the world’s most advanced research projects. And
                                    because Qatar boasts industry and an economy that are developing rapidly,
                                    the work of universities such as Texas A&M at Qatar are vital for advancing
                                    Qatar’s goals of capitalizing on the nation’s natural resources while fostering
                                    the development of human capital. The University pursues its research while
                                    always seeking to increase outreach to industry and government.
                                        In all of its efforts, Texas A&M at Qatar will ensure that it is contributing
                                    significantly to the international knowledge and research needs of Qatar and
                                    the region. Moreover, Texas A&M at Qatar is strongly committed to establish-
                                    ing an interface within the community that will assist in improving the lives
                                    of the people of Qatar. The University strives to do that while cultivating in-
                                    ternational relationships and shared understanding that will pay remarkable
                                    dividends for decades.
                                        In addition to engineering courses, Texas A&M at Qatar provides instruc-
                                    tion in science, mathematics, liberal arts and the humanities. The curricula
                                    offered at Texas A&M at Qatar are materially identical to the ones offered at
                                    the main campus in College Station, Texas, and courses are taught in English
                                    in a coeducational setting.

                                                                                       Electrical and Computer
                                                                                         Engineering Program

Introduction to the
Electrical and Computer Engineering Program

       lectrical engineers develop and apply the theories of electricity, elec-
       tronics and electromagnetics to analyze and design a variety of systems
       in highly diverse areas such as telecommunications, power electronics,
electric energy, computers, automatic control and instrumentation, as well as
consumer and entertainment electronics. Examples of such systems are cell
phones, satellite communication, television, radar, global positioning systems,
computers, medical diagnostics, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and pro-
cedure systems, as well as sophisticated domestic appliances. The devices that
practicing engineers work with and design include modems, antennas, rotat-        “I have not failed. I have
ing machines, motor drives, digital systems, microprocessors and integrated
circuits that are the heart of almost any current system including automotives,   just found 10,000 ways
washers and dryers, digital TV and personal digital assistants (PDAs).
                                                                                  that will not work.”
   The program curriculum is designed to prepare the graduate for work in
the highly diverse electrical engineering profession. A solid foundation in         — Thomas A. Edison
physics, chemistry and mathematics is used to support courses in the funda-           Inventor of Electricity
mentals of electrical engineering. The program leverages the integrated use
of computers throughout the curriculum while laboratory work allows stu-
dents to learn and then apply basic concepts to a wide range of engineering
problems. After their exposure to the most recent analytical techniques and
technological developments, students will implement engineering concepts
using state-of-the-art computers and laboratory equipment.
   Foundation studies in analogue and digital circuits, signals and systems,
electronics, electromagnetic fields and computer architecture during the
sophomore and junior years leads to three main elective tracks in the senior
year. The electric energy systems track is designed to train students in the
theory and techniques related
to electromechanical energy
conversion systems, electric
power and power electronics
systems. The communication
track is designed to prepare
students to address challenges
in the area of digital and wire-
less communication systems.
The computer engineering
track is designed to enhance
students knowledge and skills
in developing and maintain-
ing the hardware and software
components of modern com-
puter and communication
systems. All tracks have simi-
lar requirements and provide
a broad-based and rigorous
educational experience.

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Electrical and Computer Engineering
Career Forecast

                                              ccording to the Qatar Planning Council predictions, electrical and
                                              computer engineers can expect favorable employment opportunities
                                              into the foreseeable future. Continued business growth will create the
                                    need for increasingly sophisticated technological innovations, and organiza-
                                    tions will need the expertise of electrical and computer engineers to imple-
                                    ment these advancements. Career prospects are especially broad for electrical
                                    and computer engineers as mechanical, chemical, and petroleum engineering
                                    systems become increasingly electronic and computer-controlled.
                                       Texas A&M University at Qatar faculty collaborates with a variety of indus-
                                    try leaders, such as Qatar Telecom and RasGas, on significant research activi-
                                    ties. This collaboration allows students to observe first-hand the professional
                                    opportunities and rewards of a career in electrical and computer engineer-
                                    ing. In addition, the majority of electrical engineering students engage in
                                    summer internship experiences with local (Qatar Telecom and Kahramaa),
                                    regional (Jordan Telecom and Egypt Basic Industries Corporation), and mul-
                                    tinational (Shell and Schlumberger) companies.

Program Mission and Objectives
                                    Program Mission

                                    The educational mission of the electrical engineering program is to provide
                                    quality education, well grounded in the fundamental principles of engineer-
                                    ing, which prepares students for positions in industry, government, and
                                    academia. The electrical engineering program aims also to serve the indus-
                                    tries and the governmental agencies in the state of Qatar through continuing
                                    education, outreach activities, consulting, and research.

                                    Program Objectives

                                    1. Graduates will demonstrate the foundation and depth for successful
                                       electrical engineering careers.
                                    2. Graduates will demonstrate professionalism as well as effective
                                       communications, teaming, and project management skills.
                                    3. Graduates will be competitive in the electrical engineering job market or
                                       in continuing their graduate education

                                                                                            Electrical and Computer
                                                                                              Engineering Program

Educational Outcomes
Graduates will gain:
1. Knowledge of differential and integral calculus, differential equations, linear
   algebra, complex variables, discrete mathematics, and probability and statistics.

2. Knowledge of basic physics including mechanics, electricity and
   magnetism and optics.

3. Knowledge of basic chemistry.
4. An ability to program a computer in a high level language.
5. An ability to apply knowledge of basic mathematics and science to solve             “The achievement of one
   electrical engineering problems.

6. An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools               goal should be the starting
   necessary for engineering practice.                                                 point of another.”
7. An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.                     — Alexander Graham Bell
8. An ability to design a system, component or process to meet specified needs.            Inventor of the Telephone

9. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and
   interpret data.

10. An ability to collaborate with other engineers with differing skill sets
     to solve engineering problems that individually none would have the
     necessary skills to solve.

11. An ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
12. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
13. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of
     engineering solutions in a global and societal context.

14. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, self-learning.
15. Knowledge of contemporary issues as they relate to electrical
     engineering practice.

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Texas A&M University at Qatar
Standard Electrical Engineering Curriculum
4 Year Degree Plan - 3 Options

                                                                            ECEN                                                                                 ECEN
 Departmental                Course Description                                                   Departmental                Course Description
 Curriculum                  (Fall)                                                               Curriculum                  (Spring)
                                                                            CrHrs UCC                                                                            CrHrs   UCC

 FRESHMAN - S1                                                                                    FRESHMAN - S2
 ENGR 111 (1-3)              Foundations in Engineering I                   2                     ENGR 112 (1-3)              Foundations in Engineering II      2

 MATH 151 (3-2)              Engineering Mathematics I                      4         4           MATH 152 (3-2)              Engineering Mathematics II         4       2

 PHYS 218 (3-3)              Mechanics                                      4         4           PHYS 208 (3-3)              Electricity and Optics             4       4

                                                                                                                              General Chemistry for Engr.
 ENGL 104 (3,0)              English Composition and Rhetoric               3         3           CHEM 107 (3-3)                                                 4

 KINE 198 (0-2)              Health and Fitness Activity                    1         1           KINE 199 (0-2)              Required Physical Activity         1       1

 UCC 1                                                                      3         3           UCC 1                                                          3       3

                             Semester Total                                 17        15                                      Semester Total                     18      10

 SOPHOMORE - S1                                                                                   SOPHOMORE - S2
 ECEN 248 (3-3)              Introduction to Digital System
                                                                            4                     ECEN 214 (3-3)              Electrical Circuit Theory          4

 MEEN 221 (2-2)              Statics and Particle Dynamics                  3                     MATH 308 (3-0)              Differential Equations             3

 MATH 251 (3-0)              Engineering Mathematics III                    3                     PHYS 222 (3-0)              Modern Physics for Engineers       3

 ENGL 210 (3-0)              Scientific & Technical Writing                 3         3           UCC 1                                                          6       6

 UCC 1                                                                      3         3

                             Semester Total                                 16        6                                       Semester Total                     16      6

 JUNIOR - S1                                                                                      JUNIOR - S2
 ECEN 314 (3-1)              Signal and Systems                             3                     ECEN 303 (3-0)              Random Signals and Systems         3

 ECEN 325 (3-3)              Electronics                                    4                     ECEN 322 (3-0)              Electric and Magnetic Fields       3

 ECEN 370 (3-0)              Electronic Properties of Materials             3                     ECEN 350 (3-3)              Computer Architecture and Design   4

                                                                                                                              Electromechanical Energy Conver-
 ECEN 489 (0-2)              Signal and Systems Lab                         1                     ECEN 338 (3-3)                                                 4

                                                                                                  MATH414/MEEN315/ Fourier & Wavelets/MEEN Thermo/
 MATH 311 (3-0)              Topics in Applied Mathematics I                3                                                                                    3
                                                                                                  CHEN205          CHEN Thermo

 UCC 1                                                                      3         3

                             Semester Total                                 17        3                                       Semester Total                     17      0

  To be selected from the University Core Curriculum (UCC). Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from visual and
performing arts, 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from U.S. history, 6 from POLS 206 and 207, and 6 from international and cultural diversity. The
international and cultural diversity requirement may be met by courses satisfying the visual and performing arts, social and behavioral sciences, and the
political science and history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses.

(CBK) Common Body of Knowledge Courses (MFC) Major Field Core Courses (ARC) Additional Math and Physics Required Courses

                                                                                                                                                   Electrical and Computer
                                                                                                                                                     Engineering Program

                                                                              ECEN                                                                                  ECEN
    Departmental               Course Description                                                    Departmental                Course Description
    Curriculum                 (Fall)                                                                Curriculum                  (Spring)
                                                                              CrHrs UCC                                                                             CrHrs    UCC

    Option A: Power and Computer Engineering2
    SENIOR - S1                                                                                      SENIOR - S2
    ECEN 438 (3-3)              Power Electronics                              4                     ECEN 405 (1-6)              Electrical Design Laboratory       3

    ECEN 444 (3-0)              Digital Signal Processing                      3                     ECEN 448 (2-3)              Real-Time Digital Signal Processing 3

                                                                                                                                 Power System Fault Analysis &
    ECEN 449 (3-3)              Microprocessor Systems Design                  4                     ECEN 459 (3-2)                                                 4

                                Economic Analysis of Engineering
    INEN 302 (2-0)                                                             2                     ECEN 420 (3-0)              Linear Control Systems             3

                                                                                                     ENGR 482 (2-2)              Ethics & Engineering               3        3

                                Semester Total                                 13        0                                       Semester Total                     16       3

                                                                                                                                 Degree Plan Total                  130      43

                                                                                                                                 Catalog Total                      130

    Option B: Communication and Computer Engineering 2
    SENIOR - S1                                                                                      SENIOR - S2
    ECEN 455 (3-3)             Digital Communications                          4                     ECEN 405 (1-6)              Electrical Design Laboratory       3

    ECEN 444 (3-0)             Digital Signal Processing                       3                     ECEN 448 (2-3)              Real-Time Digital Signal Processing 3

    ECEN 449 (3-3)             Microprocessor Systems Design                   4                     ECEN 478 (3-0)              Wireless Communications            3

                               Economic Analysis of Engineering
    INEN 302 (2-0)             Projects                                        2                     ECEN 489 (0-3)              Wireless Communication Lab         1

                                                                                                     ECEN 420 (3-0)              Linear Control Systems             3

                                                                                                     ENGR 482 (2-2)              Ethics & Engineering               3        3

                               Semester Total                                  13        0                                       Semester Total                     16       3

                                                                                                                                 Degree Plan Total                  130      43

                                                                                                                                 Catalog Total                      130

    Option C: Power and Communication 2
    SENIOR - S1                                                                                      SENIOR - S2
    ECEN 438 (3-3)             Power Electronics                              4                      ECEN 405 (1-6)              Electrical Design Laboratory       3

    ECEN 444 (3-0)             Digital Signal Processing                      3                      ECEN 478 (3-0)              Wireless Communications            3

                                                                                                                                 Power System Fault Analysis &
    ECEN 455 (3-3)             Digital Communications                         4                      ECEN 459 (3-2)              Protection                         4

                               Economic Analysis of Engineering
    INEN 302 (2-0)             Projects                                       2                      ECEN 420 (3-0)              Linear Control Systems             3

                                                                                                     ENGR 482 (2-2)              Ethics & Engineering               3        3

                               Semester Total                                 13        0                                        Semester Total                     16       3

                                                                                                                                 Degree Plan Total                  171      3

                                                                                                                                 Catalog Total                      130

    The electives in electrical engineering have been divided into several technical areas. In both options, students meet the following requirements:
       a. Students are required to take at least three courses from one technical area.
       b. Students are required to take four other technical electives from at least two technical areas not selected in (a).
       c. Remaining electrical engineering electives may be selected from any 300- or 400-level electrical engineering course.

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Electrical and Computer Engineering Laboratories

                                            exas A&M University is known not only for its high teaching standards
                                            and exacting research, but also for the advanced laboratories that en-
                                            able students to develop a deeper understanding of the curriculum’s
                                     technical aspects. With the continued expansion of the technical fields, their
                                     applications and the increasing demand for experienced technical profes-
                                     sionals, the university is committed to offering practical experiences that
                                     expose students to and develops proficiency in the ever-changing field of

                                     The Electrical and Computer Engineering Program at Texas A&M at Qatar
                                     utilizes the following state-of-the-art laboratories:

                                     n Basic Circuits and Principles of Electrical Engineering

                                     n Signals and Systems

                                     n Introduction to Digital Systems Design and Computer Architecture

                                     n Basic and Advanced Electronics

                                     n Digital and Wireless Communication

                                     n Real-Time Digital Signal Processing and Microprocessor Systems Design

                                     n Electrical Machines and Power Electronics

                                     n Power Systems

                                     n Senior Design Support Center and Electric Shop

                                     n General Computing

                                                                                      Electrical and Computer
                                                                                        Engineering Program

Senior Design Project

          uring the final undergraduate year, students complete
          a real-world engineering project proposed by a faculty
          member or industry partner. These projects provide
students with practical knowledge and hands-on experience
in the engineering field. For company-sponsored projects, the
student group is supervised by both a corporate mentor and
a faculty member. The projects are mutually beneficial as stu-
dents develop a familiarity with specialized products and pro-
cesses while the company has the unique opportunity to observe
the students’ professionalism and knowledge. Projects are pre-
sented at the semester’s end and are judged by industry profes-
sionals. Once completed, the process or product design may be
developed and promoted by the sponsoring company.
   In what follows we give a brief overview of some of the completed senior design
projects during the 2007-2008 academic year. While we had several exciting proj-
ects, we have tried to highlight in what follows only a few of particular interest.

Theoretical Study and Implementation of the Sphere
Decoding Algorithm
Team of Senior Students: Safa Naufal , Abtesam Yousuf, and Dina Nicola
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joseph J. Boutros
    Wireless communication is undergoing rapid advancement. Since transmit-
ters follow a standard, the advancement in that field is limited, but receivers are
the revolution. The receivers have to perform the complicated and challenging
task of decoding information with minimal error. Therefore, the companies
that manufacture cost efficient technologically advanced receivers obtain more
profit. The complexity to decode M-ary Quadrature Amplitude Modulation
M-QAM at multiple input multiple output (MIMO) systems using exhaustive
maximum likelihood (ML) receivers, also known as optimal receivers, is high,
but the results are better. However the commonly used minimum mean square
error (MMSE) systems are not optimal.
    In this project, the students proposed a less complex way to implement
ML receivers, that is the sphere decoding algorithm. The algorithm is based
on the Shnorr-Euchner strategy; it takes in a demodulated 16-QAM signal
and uses a 4x4 MIMO channel. The proposed solution is to be generated in
software using C programming language and implemented on FPGA boards
using Verilog HDL.
    Our C-Code inputs 10 different points which is an array of 8 elements and
performs the AEVZ algorithm to decode it. It also compares the performance
of the sphere decoding algorithm to the output of ML receivers. Due to the
compatibility between C language and Verilog language, ISE 9.2i software is
used to convert the C language to hardware language in order to implement
the algorithm on the Xilinx FPGA board.
    The block diagram shown above provides a visual description of the pro-
posed emulation process:
    The sphere decoding algorithm can be used in MIMO receivers in WLAN(
Wifi IEEE 802.11 standards) and mobile radio networks (3G and 4G) on the base
station side.
                                (Senior Design Projects contiuned on page 12)

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(continued from page 11)                Web Based Power Quality Monitoring and Analysis System
                                        Team of Senior Students: Yaser Assami, Abdulla Al Fehani, Bassel Babi,
                                        and Ahmed El.Sanadedy
                                        Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shehab Ahmed
                                           Electric power quality is a serious issue for petrochemical industries as interrup-
                                        tions in electric power distribution are a major source of lost productivity. In this
                                        project, we propose to design, prototype, and test a web-based power quality moni-
                                        toring and analysis system. This project produced data on the state of electric power
                                        quality. The data is acquired by a current/voltage sensor. Both the collected data and
                                        the analysis are of great value for each involved industry, as they have the potential
                                        to pinpoint various power disturbances, their frequency of occurrence, along with
                                        problems and the lost productivity associated with poor electric power quality.
                                           As shown in the block diagram, the data acquired by the current/voltage
                                        sensor pass through a signal conditioning board. Afterward, a microprocessor
                                        sends the acquired data to a web server via Ethernet. The stored data can then
                                        be viewed by clients via a software developed interface.
                                           The aim of this project is to enable the client to self-monitor power varia-
                                        tions and be able to give the supplier solid and detailed feedback regarding
                                        power quality alterations. Such feedback will be provided accurately and in-
                                        stantaneously, hence allowing power corrections to be applied.
                                           Potential clients for this project are any companies or facilities that consume
                                        large amounts of power, such as heavy industries, airports, office towers, and
                                        large residential buildings.

                                        Solar LED Lighting
                                        Team of Senior Students: Lulwa Al-Maslamani, Manal Al-Mousawi, and
                                        Suha Al-Sulaiti
                                        Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shehab Ahmed
                                            This project is based on the concept of high intensity LEDs as a new approach for
                                         lighting purposes. Florescent and incandescent lights have been widely used because
                                         they are cheap, but they will only last for a maximum of 10,000 hrs, whereas LEDs
                                         could last up to 50,000-70,000 hrs. The goal of our project is to encourage the use of
                                         environmentally friendly sources of energy and to use LEDs as a lighting solution.
                                            The proposed system is composed of 30 High intensity LEDs that are controlled
                                         using DSP programmable controlled which were programmed by using MATLAB.
                                 The DSP accepts inputs from a light sensor, three temperature sensors and a current mea-
                                 surement device. The signal outputted from the DSP controller is going to control the
                                 methodology with which our LEDs will be triggered. The light turns off/on or is slightly
                                 dimmed according to the duty cycle percentage output found by the DSP controller pro-
                                 gram. Mounted on the LED boards are temperature sensors which will thermally shutdown
                                 the driver if overheating occurs by a signal from the DSP controller board. The system is
                                 powered using a solar panel that is connected to a battery which in turn powers the control-
                                 ler board, drivers and LEDs.
                                     The targeted clients for this project are construction companies and home owners who
                                 are looking for long lasting, highly efficient, easily installed (requiring no underground
                                 wires), and economical solutions to light their landscapes. Include in the target market
                                 are airports, sport stadiums, universities, residential and business compounds and govern-
                                 ment owned buildings. Some of the large construction institutions or companies that can
                                 be interested by this product are: Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA), the New Doha
                                 International Airport Steering Committee, Qatari Diar, Qatar Foundation for Education,
                                 Science and Community Development, and Public Work Authority.
                                                                                    Electrical and Computer
                                                                                      Engineering Program

Considerations for Potential Students

       tudents who expect to enroll in the Texas A&M University at Qatar
       Electrical and Computer Engineering Program after attending another
       college or university should note that the standard electrical engineering
curriculum includes a five-semester sequence of courses. If all prerequisites are
satisfied prior to the transfer, students can typically complete the sequence of
upper level requirements in two-and-a-half years.

   Students are encouraged to maintain regular contact with their faculty
advisors in order to resolve questions or concerns, obtain academic feedback
or seek other advice.

   The university maintains excellent resources for academic research and
support such as the library, the Technical Communication Center and the
Academic Services Office.

  The university’s electrical and computer engineering laboratories are fully
equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and hands-on training in the labs
complements the engineering lecture courses.

   Students are expected to attend advising sessions with the electrical and
computer engineering faculty each semester in order to monitor progress
toward graduation.

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IEEE Organization and Texas A&M at Qatar
IEEE Student Chapter

                                         EEE, a non-profit organization, is the world’s leading professional associa-
                                         tion for the advancement of technology. IEEE was originally an acronym
                                         for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Incorporated.
                                     Since the organization’s scope of interest has expanded into numerous re-
                                     lated fields, IEEE is now referred to by the acronym alone.

                                        The Texas A&M at Qatar Student Chapter of IEEE was established to pro-
                                     vide electrical engineering students the opportunity to become familiar with
                                     the processes of a professional organization and reap the benefits of mem-
                                     bership in the international association. The IEEE campus chapter helps de-
                                     velop the students’ sense of responsibility, communication skills, ethics and
                                     professional knowledge. In order to become a member of the Texas A&M
                                     at Qatar chapter, a student must register as a student member with IEEE.
                                     Student IEEE membership benefits include the opportunity to participate in
                                     IEEE conferences and a subscription to Spectrum Magazine.

                                        The university’s student chapter has organized various events since its in-
                                     ception. For example, during Fall 2007, three students participated in the
                                     Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) IEEE conference held in Bahrain. An IEEE
                                     paper competition was also organized.

                                        The officers are elected by chapter members at the end of each year and
                                     the 2008 executive board members are:

                                     n President: Amira Redissi

                                     n Vice President: Laith Abuhantash

                                     n Secretary: Wael Halbawi

                                     n Treasurer: Abdulla Al-Qatami

                                     n Public Relations: Sinan Sabih

                                                                                         Electrical and Computer
                                                                                           Engineering Program

IEEE Code of Ethics
As per IEEE Bylaw I-104.14, membership in IEEE in any grade shall carry the
obligation to abide by the IEEE Code of Ethics (IEEE Policy 7.8) as stated
We, the members of the IEEE, in recognition of the importance of our tech-
nologies in affecting the quality of life throughout the world, and in accept-
ing a personal obligation to our profession, its members and the communities
we serve, do hereby commit ourselves to the highest ethical and professional
conduct and agree:

1. toaccept responsibility in making decisions consistent with the safety,
   health and welfare of the public, and to disclose promptly factors that
   might endanger the public or the environment;
                                                                                    “Be Courageous! Have
2. to avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest whenever possible, and to       Faith! Go Forward!”
   disclose them to affected parties when they do exist;                              — Thomas A. Edison
3. to be honest and realistic in stating claims or estimates based on available         Inventor of Electricity

4. to reject bribery in all its forms;
5. to improve the understanding of technology, its appropriate application,
   and potential consequences;

6. to maintain and improve our technical competence and to undertake
   technological tasks for others only if qualified by training or experience,
   or after full disclosure of pertinent limitations;

7. to seek, accept, and offer honest criticism of technical work, to acknowl-
   edge and correct errors, and to credit properly the contributions of oth-

8. to treat fairly all persons regardless of such factors as race, religion, gen-
   der, disability, age, or national origin;

9. to  avoid injuring others, their property, reputation, or employment by
   false or malicious action;

10. to assist colleagues and co-workers in their professional development
     and to support them in following this code of ethics.

Approved by the IEEE Board of Directors
February 2006

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Industrial Advisory Board

Member                                 Title                                              Company

Eng. Abdulaziz Fakhroo                 Divisional Manager, Wireless Networks              Qatar Telcom (Qtel)

                                       Assistant Engineering Manager
Eng. Abdulrazaq Abubaker Almuslih      Onshore Engineering Department,                    Qatar Petroleum (QP)
                                       Technical Services-Onshore

Eng. Essa H. Al-Kuwari                 Director, Electricity Affairs                      Kahramaa

Eng. Houd Al-Obaidly                   Electrical and Instrument Engineering Manager RasGas

                                                                                          Qatar Electricity and
Eng. Jamal Ali Al Khalaf               Operations Manager                                 Water Corporation

ECEN Program Student Board

                                            he Electrical and Computer Engineering Program Students Board is
                                            constituted of a mix of elected IEEE officers and selected students by
                                            the faculty. The students on the board act as a “bridge” between the
                                     students and the faculty members by meeting some of them on a regular basis
                                     to discuss issues related to teaching, laboratories, and course scheduling. The
                                     student board members coordinate with the IEEE Student Chapter some tu-
                                     toring activities among students. The student representatives in the board for
                                     the 2008-2009 academic year are:

                                     n Seniors:         Hamad Al-Suwaidi
                                                        Ghalya Abdelkader
                                                        Sajidul Amin

                                     n Juniors:         Nadiya Noorudeen
                                                        Sultan Al-Muraikhi

                                     n Sophomores: Ahmed Al-Qatami
                                                   Wael Halbawi

                                                                                    Electrical and Computer
                                                                                      Engineering Program

Electrical and Computer
Engineering Program Faculty

Name                    Position at TAMUQ      Area of Expertise Email                                  Location

                        Professor, Dean        Solid State Elec-                                        253
Dr. Mark Weichold                                                  mark.weichold@qatar.tamu.edu
                        & CEO of TAMUQ         tronics

                        Professor, Head
Dr. Costas N.           of Electrical &                                                                 College
                                             tion & Signal         georghiades@ece.tamu.edu
Georghiades             Computer Engineering                                                            Station

                        Professor, Associate   Electric Power
Dr. Prasad Enjeti       Dean of Academic       Systems & Power     enjeti@qatar.tamu.edu                253
                        Affairs at TAMUQ       Electronics

                                               Electric Power
                        Visiting Associate
Dr. Haitham Abu- Rub                           Systems & Power     haitham.abu-rub@qatar.tamu.edu       302B

                                               Electric Power
                        Visiting Associate
Dr. Shehab Ahmed                               Systems & Power     shehab.ahmed@qatar.tamu.edu          302C

                                               Computer Engi-
Dr. Hussein Alnuweiri   Visiting Professor                         hussein.alnuweiri@qatar.tamu.edu 319B

Dr. Mohamed-Slim        Visiting Professor,
                                               tion & Signal       alouini@qatar.tamu.edu               313A
Alouini                 Program Coordinator

Dr. Joseph Boutros      Visiting Professor     tion & Signal       joseph.boutros@qatar.tamu.edu        313D

                                               Electromagnetic     krzysztof.michalski@qatar.tamu.edu
Dr. Krzysztof Michalski Associate Professor                                                             302A
                                               & Microwaves

                        Visiting Assistant
Dr. Hazem Nounou                               Control Systems     hazem.nounou@qatar.tamu.edu          302D

                        Visiting Associate
Dr. Khalid Qaraqe                              tion & Signal       khalid.qaraqe@qatar.tamu.edu         313B

                        Visiting Associate     Computer Engi-
Dr. Mazen Saghir                                                   mazen.saghir@qatar.tamu.edu          319A
                        Professor              neering

Dr. Erchin Serpedin     Associate Professor    tion & Signal       erchin.serpedin@qatar.tamu.edu       313C

     Texas A&M University at Qatar

                                     Mark H. Weichold began his tenure as Dean and CEO of Texas A&M Univer-
                                     sity at Qatar in January 2007. He joined the Electrical Engineering faculty at
                                     Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas in 1982 and now holds the rank
                                     of Professor. From 1998 until his appointment as Dean and CEO of TAMUQ,
                                     he served as Associate Provost for Undergraduate Programs and Academic
                                     Services for Texas A&M’s main campus and became Dean of Undergraduate
                                     programs in 2003. In that capacity he had responsibility for numerous critical
                                     areas including the Office of Admissions and Records, the Office of Student
                                     Financial Aid, the Office of Honors Programs and Academic Scholarships,
                                     the Career Center, the University Writing Center, the Office of General Aca-
                                     demic Programs, and the Student Learning Center (formerly the Center for
                                     Academic Enhancement). While serving on the main campus, he was involved
                                     with initiatives such as the Blinn TEAM Program, the Aggie Access Program,
                                     the Task Force on the Undergraduate Experience, Freshman Convocation, the
                                     Undergraduate Admissions Advisory Committee, the Qatar Program Develop-
Dr. Mark H. Weichold                 ment Team and the Minority Recruiting Leadership Team and chaired the
Professor                            Academic Operations Committee for eight years.
TAMUQ Dean and CEO                       He received bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engi-
                                     neering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. His professional
                                     background includes positions with General Dynamics-Fort Worth Division,
                                     Motorola, and the U.S. Army Electronic Technology and Devices Laborato-
                                     ry. Weichold is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, a member of the
                                     Board of Directors for Ten X Technologies Inc., and has served the engineer-
                                     ing profession as a program evaluator for ABET. Dr. Weichold is also a senior
                                     member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member
                                     of the American Physical Society, and the American Vacuum Society. He holds
                                     three U.S. patents and has authored more than 80 journal articles, conference
                                     papers and scientific reports. His research interests include topics related to
                                     electron devices such as process development, device design, fabrication, and
                                     characterization including: submicron electron beam lithography for advanced
                                     device fabrication, selective reactive ion etch capability for anisotropic etching,
                                     optically excited ring resonator on semi-insulating GaAs substrates, modeling
                                     electron trajectories in submicron field emission devices, magnetic superlat-
                                     tice imposed on a two-dimensional electron gases, defect assisted tunneling
                                     in resonant tunneling diodes, gated resonant tunnel diodes (US Patent No.
                                     5093699), theoretical GRTD simulations of negative transconductance, heat
                                     removal from integrated circuits (U.S. Patent No. 5179043.), thin film edge
                                     emitters for field emission studies, and porous silicon field emission electron
                                     source (US Patent No. 5430300). He has advised ten PhD dissertations, thirty
                                     master of science theses, and fifteen undergraduate research projects.
                                         Weichold has been recognized with The Association of Former Students Distin-
                                     guished Achievement Award for Administration, the United Way Trailblazer Award,
                                     the TAMU International Programs Office’s International Excellence Award, the
                                     TAMU GSC Kunze Award for Outstanding Graduate Advising, the Eta Kappa Nu
                                     Outstanding Professor Award, the Halliburton Professor of Electrical Engineer-
                                     ing Award, the Tenneco Award for Meritorious Teaching, the University Honors
                                     Program Undergraduate Fellows Program Award, and the General Dynamics Ex-
                                     cellence in Engineering Teaching Award. Dr. Weichold served as President of the
                                     TAMU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and has been a member of the
                                     Blinn College Advisory Board, the College Station Business Development Corpo-
                                     ration, and the College Station Independent School District Board of Trustees.

                                                                                                Electrical and Computer
                                                                                                  Engineering Program

Costas N. Georghiades joined the faculty at Texas A&M University, College Sta-
tion, Texas in 1985 and is the current holder of the Delbert A. Whitaker Endowed
Chair and the department head of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
    He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas and an IEEE Fel-
low. His involvement with IEEE spans a number of years and functions including
conference organization and serving as technical program chair for the 1997 Com-
munication Theory Mini Conference, the 1999 Vehicular Technology Conference
and the 2001 Communication Theory Workshop as well as general co-chair for the
2004 Information Theory Workshop. He has held editorial positions with the fol-
lowing publications: IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on In-
formation Theory, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications and the EURASIP
Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking. He is currently editor-in-chief of
the IEEE Communication Letters and general co-chair of the 2010 IEEE Information
Theory Symposium, and recently served on the Communication Theory Technical
Committee of the IEEE Communications Society.
    Dr. Georghiades received a bachelor’s degree with distinction from Ameri-              Dr. Costas N. Georghiades
can University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, and master’s and doctoral degrees               Delbert A. Whitaker Chair
from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, all in electrical engineering.            Professor
His prior career honors include the Texas A&M University of Engineering Hal-
                                                                                           Head of the Electrical and
liburton Professorship, the E.D. Brockett Professorship and the J.W. Runyon,
                                                                                           Computer Engineering
Jr. Endowed Professorship. His research interests are in the application of in-
formation, communication and estimation theories to the study of communi-                  Department
cation systems, with an emphasis on wireless systems.                                      College Station, Texas, USA

Prasad Enjeti was appointed associate dean for academic affairs at Texas A&M
University at Qatar in 2008. Dr. Enjeti, a registered Professional Engineer in the
state of Texas, is the lead developer of the Power Electronics/Power Quality and
Fuel Cell Power Conditioning Laboratories at Texas A&M University and actively
collaborates on many industry projects while engaged in teaching, research and
consulting in the area of power electronics, motor drives, power quality and clean
power utility interface issues. He holds four U.S. patents and has negotiated sev-
eral licensing agreements with U.S. industries. He directed a student team in the
design and construction of a low cost fuel cell inverter for residential applications,
which won the 2001 Future Energy Challenge Award and grand prize from the U.S.
Department of Energy. In addition, he and his students have received numerous
best paper awards: IEEE-IAS second and third best paper in 1993, 1998, 1999, 2001
and 1996 respectively; second best IEEE-IA transaction paper published in mid-year
1994 to mid-year 1995 and IEEE-IAS Magazine Prize Article Award in 1996. In 2000,
he was elected to Fellow grade by IEEE for “contributions to solutions of utility inter-
face problems in power electronic systems and harmonic mitigation.” Enjeti is the          Dr. Prasad Enjeti
recipient of several awards for teaching excellence from the College of Engineer-          Texas Instruments Professor
ing, the Class of 2001 Texas A&M University Faculty Fellow Award and the Texas
                                                                                           TAMUQ Associate Dean of
A&M University Association of Former Students Distinguished Teaching Award.
                                                                                           Academic Affairs
    He received a bachelor’s degree from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, a
master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India and a doc-
torate from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, all in electrical engineering.
His primary research interests are in advancing power electronic converter designs
to address complex power management issues such as: active harmonic filtering;
adjustable speed motor drives; power conditioning systems for fuel cells, wind
and solar energy systems. He is active in creating traditional and non-traditional
teaching learning pathways via the use of technology and distance education. He is
committed to the creation of a culture of academic excellence that motivates, chal-
lenges and engages students as active participants in their own education.
     Texas A&M University at Qatar

                                     Haitham Abu-Rub is a visiting associate professor at Texas A&M University at
                                     Qatar. Prior to joining Texas A&M at Qatar in 2006, he held positions as an as-
                                     sistant professor, associate professor and chairman of the Electrical Engineering
                                     Department at Birzeit University in the Palestinian Authority. His other academic
                                     posts include one year in the Electric Drive Institute at Wuppertal University,
                                     Germany, and one year at the Technical University of Gdan Poland, as an assis-
                                     tant professor. His awards include the American Fulbright Scholarship at Texas
                                     A&M University, the German Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at Wuppertal
                                     University, the German DAAD Scholarship at Bochum University and the British
                                     Royal Society Scholarship at Southampton University.
                                         He received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Gdynia Ma-
                                     rine Academy, Gdynia, Poland, and pursued doctoral studies at the Automat-
                                     ic Control Department at the same institution. He received a doctoral degree
                                     in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Gdan Gdan ´sk,     ´sk,
                                     Poland. His main research interests are electrical drive control, automatic
Dr. Haitham Abu-Rub                  control, power electronics and electrical machines.

                                     Shehab Ahmed joined the Electrical Engineering program at Texas A&M
                                     University at Qatar in July 2007 as a visiting assistant professor. Prior to join-
                                     ing TAMUQ, Dr. Ahmed held the position of senior electrical engineer at
                                     Schlumberger Technology Corporation, where he was part of an engineering
                                     team that commercialized the Schlumberger cased hole logging tractor and
                                     supported the development of other tractors, rotary steerable tools, forma-
                                     tion evaluation tools, and energy storage systems for downhole applications.
                                        He received a bachelor’s degree from Alexandria University, Alexandria,
                                     Egypt, and a master’s and doctoral degree from Texas A&M University, Col-
                                     lege Station, Texas, all in electrical engineering. He has authored or co-au-
                                     thored numerous refereed journal publications, conference publications and
                                     patents. Dr. Ahmed has a record of successful worldwide industry collabora-
                                     tions and his research interests include mechatronics, electrical machines,
                                     power electronics and power systems.

Dr. Shehab Ahmed                     Hussein M. Alnuweiri is a visiting professor at Texas A&M University at
                                     Qatar. Prior to joining the university, he was a professor in the Department of
                                     Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia,
                                     Vancouver, BC. He is a member of IEEE and was a delegate of the Standards
                                     Council of Canada for the ISO/MPEG-4 committee, where he contributed
                                     the first reference software for an MPEG-4 streaming server. He has served
                                     as technical committee member on several international conferences is cur-
                                     rently a member of the editorial board for the Computer Networks Journal. He
                                     has authored or co-authored over 150 refereed journal papers and confer-
                                     ence papers. He holds three U.S. patents and one international patent.
                                        Dr. Alnuweiri obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical
                                     engineering from the University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi
                                     Arabia and a doctoral degree in electrical and computer engineering from
                                     the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California. His specific
                                     research interests include multimedia computing and networking, advanced
                                     computing structures, application-specific parallel processing architectures,
                                     configurable computing, parallel and distributed algorithms, wireless and
Dr. Hussein Alnuweiri                sensor networks, network computing, scheduling theory and quality-of-ser-
                                     vice mechanisms in wired and wireless networks.

                                                                                            Electrical and Computer
                                                                                              Engineering Program

Mohamed-Slim Alouini joined the electrical engineering faculty at Texas
A&M University at Qatar in 2005. Prior to joining Texas A&M at Qatar, he was
with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Univer-
sity of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
    He is a senior member of IEEE and an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Com-
munications (Modulation & Diversity Systems) and for the Wiley Journal on Wireless
Systems and Mobile Computing. Dr. Alouini has published several papers in the Com-
munication Theory area and is a co-author of the textbook Digital Communication
over Fading Channels. He is a recipient of a National Semiconductor Graduate Fel-
lowship Award, the Charles Wilts Prize for outstanding independent research lead-
ing to a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at Caltech, co-recipient of the Prize
Paper Award of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference 1999, co-recipient of
the Best Paper Award of 7th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Modeling,
Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems 2004, and co-recipient of
the Best Paper Award of the Wireless Communications Symposium in conjunc-
tion with the IEEE Global Communication Conference 2007. Dr. Alouini is also            Dr. Mohamed-Slim Alouini
the recipient of a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, a McK-
night Land-Grant Professorship at the University of Minnesota, the Best Instructor
Award (Dept of ECE) by the Institute of Technology Student Board at the Univer-
sity of Minnesota and the Taylor Career Development Award from the Institute of
Technology of the University of Minnesota.
    He received the Diplome d’Ingenieur degree from the Ecole Nationale Superieure
des Telecommunications, Paris, France, and the Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies de-
gree in Electronics from the University of Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris, France. He
earned a master’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Geor-
gia, and a doctoral degree from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena,
California, both in electrical engineering. He also received the Habilitation degree
from the University of Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris, France.
    His current research interests include statistical characterization and mod-
eling of fading channels, performance analysis of diversity combining tech-
niques, MIMO, multi-hop and collaborative communications systems, as well as
the design and performance evaluation of multi-resolution, hierarchical, and
adaptive modulation schemes.

Joseph J. Boutros joined Texas A&M University at Qatar as a visiting professor in
the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program in 2007. From 1996 to 2006,
he was an associate professor with the Communications and Electronics Depart-
ment at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications (ENST), Paris,
France. Until 2006, Dr. Boutros was a member of the research unit URA-820 of the
French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS).
   He is a member of the IEEE Communications and Information Theory societies.
Within IEEE, he is an active member in the technical committees and the organiza-
tion committees of numerous international symposiums and workshops, such as the
International Symposium on Information Theory and Information Theory Work-
shop. He was the general co-chair of the 2003 IEEE Information Theory Workshop.
Dr. Boutros is also a co-inventor for more than ten telecommunications patents.
   He received an electrical engineering degree and a doctoral degree from the
Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications, Paris, France. His research,
teaching and industry interests include codes on graphs and their iterative decod-
ing including turbo codes and Low-Density Parity-Check codes, high spectral effi-       Dr. Joseph J. Boutros
ciency modulations for fading channels, lattice sphere packings, joint detection for
multiple access (CDMA) systems, space-time coding for multiple antenna (MIMO)
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                                     channels, adaptive modulation and coding, joint equalization and decoding of
                                     mobile radio channels, ultra-wideband transmissions for indoor channels and
                                     joint source-channel coding for redundant information sources. His collaborative
                                     research is performed under grants with companies such as Mitsubishi Electric,
                                     Motorola Labs, France Telecom, Thales Communications, STMicroelectronics
                                     and Alcatel-Lucent.

                                     Krzysztof A. Michalski is an associate professor with Texas A&M University at
                                     Qatar. Previously, Dr. Michalski held permanent faculty positions with the Uni-
                                     versity of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, and Texas A&M University, College
                                     Station, Texas. He was also a visiting professor with the Technical University of
                                     Munich, University of Catalonia, University of Nice and the Swiss Federal In-
                                     stitute of Technology. In addition, he was a visiting scientist at Sandia National
                                     Laboratories and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
                                         He is currently associate editor of RF and Microwave Computer-Aided Engineering
                                     and an editorial board member of Microwave and Optical Technology Letters. He
                                     served as associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation and
                                     Radio Science and was technical program chair of the 2000 IEEE International
Dr. Krzysztof Michalski
                                     Symposium on Antennas and Propagation. Dr. Michalski is an IEEE Fellow and
                                     a recipient of the Oliver Lodge Premium from IEE.
                                         He received a master’s degree from the Wroclaw University of Technology,
                                     Wroclaw, Poland, and a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, Lexington,
                                     Kentucky, both in electrical engineering. Dr. Michalski’s research interests
                                     include modeling and simulation of electromagnetic wave (or light) interac-
                                     tion with objects (or defects) embedded in layered media.

                                     Hazem N. Nounou is a visiting assistant professor at Texas A&M University at Qa-
                                     tar. Prior to joining the university faculty, Dr. Nounou was an assistant professor at
                                     the United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain, U.A.E., and King Fahd University of
                                     Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He also worked as a development
                                     engineer at PDF Solutions, Inc. Dr. Nounou is a member of IEEE, Control Systems
                                     society, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi and the Golden Key National Honor Society.
                                         Hazem N. Nounou received a bachelor’s degree with honors in electrical engi-
                                     neering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, and master’s and doc-
Dr. Hazem Nounou                     toral degrees in electrical engineering from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
                                     His research interests include intelligent and adaptive control, control of time-delay
                                     systems, fuzzy systems and multi-scale techniques for modeling and control.

                                     Khalid A. Qaraqe joined Texas A&M University at Qatar in 2004 as a visiting asso-
                                     ciate professor. Dr. Qaraqe has over 12 years of experience in the telecommunica-
                                     tion industry working for such organizations as Qualcomm, Enad Design Systems,
                                     Cadence Design Systems/Tality Corporation, STC, SBC and Ericsson. He has been
                                     involved with numerous GSM, CDMA and WCDMA projects and has experience
                                     in product development, design, deployments, testing and integration.
                                        Dr. Qaraqe received a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of
                                     Technology, Baghdad, Iraq, a master’s degree from the University of Jordan, Am-
                                     man, Jordan, and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, all
                                     in electrical engineering. His research interests include communication theory
                                     and its application to design and performance, analysis of cellular systems and
                                     indoor communication systems. His specialized interests are in the development
                                     of 3G WCDMA wireless communications and diversity techniques.
Dr. Khalid Qaraqe
                                                                                        Electrical and Computer
                                                                                          Engineering Program

Mazen A.R. Saghir joined Texas A&M University at Qatar in 2008 as a visit-
ing associate professor. From 2002 until 2008, he was assistant professor with
the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the American
University of Beirut (AUB), Beirut, Lebanon. Prior to his position with AUB,
he worked as a senior software engineer at Improv Systems developing system
software for the configurable Jazz DSP core.
   He received a bachelor’s degree in computer and communications engi-
neering from the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, and mas-
ter’s and doctoral degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. While completing his dissertation,
he worked as an embedded software engineer at Nortel Networks develop-
ing test and diagnostic software for the Passport line of digital switches. Dr.
Saghir is a member of IEEE and his research interests are in the areas of re-
configurable computing, computer architecture, embedded systems design
and optimizing compilers.
                                                                                    Dr. Mazen A. R. Saghir
Erchin Serpedin is currently an associate professor at Texas A&M University
at Qatar. He joined Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas as an assistant
professor in 1999 and currently holds the faculty rank of associate professor.
    He received the National Science Foundation Career Award, the CCCT
2004 Best Conference Award, the Texas A&M University Outstanding Fac-
ulty Award, and the Texas Engineering and Experimentation Station Award.
He has served as an associate editor for seven major journals: IEEE Commu-
nications Letters, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on
Communications, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Signal Pro-
cessing Letters, EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing and EURASIP
Journal on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. Dr. Serpedin served as a technical
co-chair of the Communications Theory Symposium at the Globecom 2006
Conference and of the Wireless Communications Symposium at VTC fall
2006 Conference. He is the author of more than 50 journal papers, 70 con-
ference papers, and two book chapters
    He earned with highest distinction the Diploma of Electrical Engineering
from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, and a spe-         Dr. Erchin Serpedin
cialization degree in signal processing and transmission of information from
Ecole Superieure d’Electricite, Paris, France. Serpedin earned a master’s
degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology,
Atlanta, Georgia, and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the Uni-
versity of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Serpedin’s research interests
are in the areas of signal processing, wireless communications, antenna array
processing, wireless networks, computational statistics, mathematics, pattern
recognition, data mining, bioinformatics and genomics.

     Texas A&M University at Qatar

Teaching Associates, Technical Laboratory
Coordinators, Laboratory Technicians
and Supporting Staff Members

                                     Name                         Location    Email

                                     Teaching Associates

                                     Eng. Karawan Alsaleh         233A        karawan.alsalah@qatar.tamu.edu

                                     Eng. Huseyin Peksen          264E        huseyin.peksen@qatar.tamu.edu

                                     Dr. Baoming Ge               264F        baoming.ge@qatar.tamu.edu

                                     Technical Laboratory Coordinators

                                     Eng. Randa Al Qudah          233A        randa.alqudah@qatar.tamu.edu

                                     Eng. Wesam Mansour           247         wesam.mansour@qatar.tamu.edu

                                     Eng. Kais Ridha              245A        kais.ridah@qatar.tamu.edu

                                     Laboratory Technician

                                     Eng. Abdulla AlMardawi       24A         abdulla.almardawi@qatar.tamu.edu

                                     Administrative Coordinators and Assistants

                                     Mrs. Noha Ezzat              313E        noha.ezzat@qatar.tamu.edu

                                     Mr. Majid Farooqi            319A        majid.farooqi@qatar.tamu.edu

                                     “The fastest way to get an engineer to solve a problem is to declare

                                     that the problem is unsolvable. No engineer will walk away from an

                                     unsolvable problem until it’s solved. No illness or distraction is sufficient

                                     to get the engineer off the case. These types of challenges quickly become

                                     personal — a battle between the engineer and the laws of nature. ”
                                       — unknown

                                                                                      Electrical and Computer
                                                                                        Engineering Program

Teaching Associates
Karawan Alsaleh joined Texas A&M at Qatar as a laboratory technician in
2006. In that role, she maintained the electrical engineering lab equipment
and assisted in lab development and teaching activities. As a teaching associ-
ate, she is assisting faculty members in the telecommunication and signal
processing area by conducting lab sessions and offering recitations to the
students. Ms. Karawan’s prior professional experience includes positions as a
technical support engineer in the telecommunications industry and an elec-
tronic planner in the Electrical Engineering Department at Canterbury Uni-
versity. She earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Can-
terbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand. Ms. Karawan is a member in
IEEE and IEE and her research interest is in digital communication.

                                                                                  Eng. Karawan Alsaleh
Huseyin Peksen joined TAMUQ in 2008 as a Teaching Associate in the digi-
tal design and microprocessors lab. Prior to joining Texas A&M University
at Qatar, he received a bachelor’s degree in electronic and communications
engineering from Cankaya University, Ankara, Turkey, and a master’s degree
in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX,
US. While at Texas A&M University at College Station, Mr. Peksen worked as
a research assistant in the field of telecommunications and signal processing.
His present duties as a teaching associate is to assist TAMUQ undergraduate
students with computer engineering labs, teaching activities for courses re-
lated to computer engineering and apart from this he also provides routine
technical support to ECEN faculty. Mr. Peksen is a member of IEEE.

                                                                                  Eng. Huseyin Peksen

Ge Baoming has joined Texas A&M at Qatar as a Teaching Associate in 2008.
He holds a Ph.D. Degree from School of Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang
University, Hangzhou. Prior to joining Texas A&M he was part of Power Elec-
tronics and Motor Drive Lab in Michigan State University, Michigan, USA.
   His present duties as a Teaching Associate is to offer TAMUQ undergradu-
ate recitations, tutorials and review sessions. He also responsible for lab in-
struction/ supervision and assistance in Senior Design Project, primarily in
the power electronics and electronics area/classes such as electric machines,
electronics, energy conversion, and power electronics.

                                                                                  Dr. Baoming Ge

     Texas A&M University at Qatar

Technical Laboratory Coordinators, Laboratory
Technicians, and Supporting Staff Members

                                     Eng. Randa Al Qudah Technical Laboratory Coordinator
                                     Randa Al Qudah joined Texas A&M at Qatar as a technical laboratory coordi-
                                     nator in 2006. Before moving to Qatar, she worked as a laboratory engineer
                                     and teaching assistant in the electrical engineering department at Jordan
                                     University of Science and Technology. She received a bachelor’s degree in
                                     electrical engineering with specialization in communication and electronic
                                     from Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan. Al Qudah’s
                                     current research interest is in digital and wireless communications.

Eng. Randa Al Qudah

                                     Eng. Wesam Mansour Technical Laboratory Coordinator
                                     Wesam M.M. Mansour joined TAMUQ in 2005 as a technical laboratory coordi-
                                     nator for Electrical Circuits and Electronics. He earned a bachelor’s degree in
                                     electrical engineering from Birzeit University, Birzeit, Palestine and was a teaching
                                     assistant at the university in the field of electrical machines, power electronics and
                                     power systems. He is a member of IEEE and the Jordanian Engineers Association.

Eng. Wesam Mansour

                                     Eng. Kais Ridha Technical Laboratory Coordinator
                                     Kais A.N. Ridha is a technical laboratory coordinator in the digital design and
                                     microprocessor labs. Prior to joining Texas A&M University at Qatar in 2007,
                                     he received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and electronics from
                                     Baghdad University, Baghdad, Iraq, and a master’s degree in electric engineer-
                                     ing, electronics and communication from AlMustansiriya University, Baghdad,
                                     Iraq. While at AlMustansiriya University, Mr. Ridha worked as head of the Com-
                                     puter Center and as a scientific coordinator in the Computer and Software Engi-
                                     neering Department. He also served as an adjunct lecturer at Computer Science
                                     and Information Technology, University of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq, and as
                                     a visiting lecturer at Computer College, Thimar University, Thimar, Yemen. Mr.
                                     Ridha’s research interests are in the areas of digital signal processing and image
                                     analysis. He has published six journal papers in publications such as Engineering
                                     and Development and AlMustansiriya for Computers and is a member of IEEE.
Eng. Kais Ridha
                                                                                     Electrical and Computer
                                                                                       Engineering Program

Eng. Abdallah AlMardawi Laboratory Technician
Abdallah M. AlMardawi joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering
Program at Texas A&M University at Qatar in 2005 as a laboratory techni-
cian. In this role, he monitors electrical engineering lab equipment, assists
the lab coordinators and teaches LabVIEW programming. He received a
bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from Princess Sumaya Uni-
versity for Technology, Amman, Jordan. He worked as a field engineer in
the Technology Integration Establishment, a National Instruments Alliance
Member, where he gained experience in industrial control, instrumenta-
tion and automation systems.

                                                                                 Eng. Abdallah AlMardawi

Mrs. Noha Ezzat Administrative Coordinator
Noha Ezzat serves as an administrative coordinator for the Electrical and
Computer Engineering Program, providing administrative support in event
and course scheduling and course materials’ preparation. She earned a
bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Alexandria University, Al-
exandria, Egypt, and completed a business administration course from the
American University, Cairo, Egypt. Mrs. Ezzat has twelve years of experience
in administration, procurement and public relations. Prior to joining Texas
A&M University at Qatar in 2006, she worked with multinational organiza-
tions such as Bechtel Corporation and Radio Holland Group.

                                                                                 Mrs. Noha Ezzat

Mr. Majid Farooqi Lead Office Associate
Majid Farooqi is a lead office associate, providing general office support for
the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program. He graduated from the
Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi, India, with high distinction.
He completed his Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma
in Computing from Scottish Qualifications Authority, Glasgow, U.K., and also
earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Annamalai University, Tamil
Nadu, India. Mr. Farooqi has five years of experience in administration, pro-
curement and accounting. Prior to joining Texas A&M at Qatar in 2008, he
was employed by Qatar Foundation.

                                                                                 Mr. Majid Farooqi
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Presentation of Technical and Research Areas

                                                           he last two years have been busy and productive for the ECEN program
                                                           as seven new faculty have been hired over this time period. These sev-
                                                           en faculty come from prestigious programs and are in our four broad
                                                    areas of emphasis, Computer Engineering, Control Systems, Electric Power,
                                                    and Telecommunications and Signal Processing. Along with two more new
                                                    positions that are being filled during the upcoming year these faculty ad-
                                                    ditions will help the ECEN cover the variety of topics and specialties in our
                                                    curriculum and also position us well in emerging areas of research within or
                                                    across these topics.

                                                       To improve our student experience and escalate external support for the
                                                    Electrical and Computer Engineering Program, we will be increasing our ef-
                                                    forts to involve industry. In particular, we plan to be an active member in the
                                                    newly established TAMUQ industrial affiliates program with a yearly affiliates
                                                    day organized in our building. This is an important step in our goal to work
                                                    more closely with the local industry for mutual benefit.

                                                       The following pages are organized to give a brief overview of different
                                                    technical areas of senior electives and advanced research topics in the ECEN
                                                    program. While there are many exciting research projects going on through-
                                                    out the program, we have tried to highlight only a few of particular interest.

      Fact Sheet

             Faculty .................................................................................................................... 12
             IEEE Fellows ............................................................................................................ 2
             Senior Members of IEEE .......................................................................................... 6
             Refereed Journal or Conference Publications per Faculty in 2007 (Average) .......... 8
             Overall Number of Years of Academic Experience ........................................... 100
             Overall Number of Years of Industrial Experience .............................................. 14
             Number of On-Going Grants/Contracts: .............................................................. 11


             n Computer Engineering                           n Electric Power and Power Electronics
             n Control Systems                    n Telecommunications and Signal Processing

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                                                                                            Engineering Program

Computer Engineering
Summary                                                                              Faculty
The computer engineering group within the ECEN program at Texas A&M Uni-
versity at Qatar is responsible for teaching fundamental and advanced courses        Hussein Alnuweiri
in digital and computer system design as part of the curriculum leading to the       Visiting Professor
Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering. The curriculum allows students
                                                                                     Mazen A. R. Saghir
to focus on different areas of electrical and computer engineering in their junior
and senior years. Students interested in computer engineering can choose from        Visiting Associate Professor
a number of courses that develop their knowledge and skills in designing, devel-
oping, and maintaining the hardware and software components of modern com-
puter and communication systems. The students can also apply their computer
engineering knowledge to other engineering disciplines.
    The group is also responsible for maintaining Digital Systems Design, Real-
Time Digital Signal Processing, and Microprocessor Systems Design Laborato-
ries. These labs are equipped with the latest tools and instruments that enable
students to apply the material taught in class and gain practical expertise in the
use of contemporary system design and testing methods.
    Students interested in research can also work with a member of the group
on independent study or research projects that explore advanced topics in
computer engineering. Research in the computer engineering group spans
a wide spectrum of topics that include: digital system synthesis and analysis
using integrated circuits and programmable logic devices; logic-level design
verification; hardware description languages, computer architecture; recon-
figurable computing; multimedia processing; computer networks, wireless
protocols, sensor networks, and mobile computing.
    Faculty members in the computer engineering group are graduates of top en-
gineering schools and have valuable industry experience. Their research pro-
grams are funded by national funding agencies, such as the Qatar National Re-
search Fund, and industry, and the results of their research are published in peer
refereed journals and the proceedings of international conferences.

Characterizing Datapath Components for Configurable
Soft Processor Cores
Growing interest in configurable computing and rising ASIC design and manu-
facturing costs have increased the proportion of field programmable gate ar-
rays (FPGAs) used to implement computational platforms. So called platform
FPGAs are characterized by high logic densities and rich sets of embedded
hardware components that include hardware multipliers, memory blocks, digi-
tal signal processing (DSP) blocks, peripheral controllers, and even hard pro-
cessor cores. Using powerful computer aided design (CAD) tools, platform
FPGAs can be quickly used to implement highly tuned systems that couple
software programmable processor cores with custom hardware blocks that can
be implemented inside the logic fabric of an FPGA.
    Today, an increasing number of computational platforms are being de-
signed using soft processor cores that are specified in a hardware description
language and implemented in the logic fabric of an FPGA. Unlike a hard pro-
cessor core, the datapath of a soft processor can be easily configured to meet
the requirements of a target application. Its instruction set architecture can
also be extended to support user-defined instructions, which often result in
significant improvements in execution performance.
    To overcome the inherent performance and area inefficiencies of imple-

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                                     menting soft processors in FPGAs, the microarchitectures of these proces-
                                     sors need to be optimized to make use of available on-chip resources. For
                                     example, most soft processors use embedded memory blocks to implement
                                     register files while others use embedded hardware multipliers to implement
                                     shifters in arithmetic and logic units. Such microarchitectural optimizations
                                     often result in significant improvements in both performance and resource
                                     utilization. However, designing datapath components using these hardware
                                     blocks is often the result of experimentation and designer insight since very
                                     little is known about the characteristics of these designs. Moreover, it is very
                                     difficult to perform a quantitative comparison of design alternatives since
                                     this requires the designs to be synthesized, implemented, and characterized
                                     using appropriate CAD tools.
                                         Dr. Mazen Saghir and his research group performed a quantitative evalu-
                                     ation of the performance and area characteristics of a configurable, multi-
                                     ported register file for soft VLIW processors. The register file was configured
                                     according to design parameters that included data width, number of registers,
                                     and number of read/write ports, and is implemented using embedded mem-
                                     ory blocks (BRAMs) found in high-density FPGAs. Although the results pro-
                                     vided an accurate characterization of configurable register file architectures,
                                     obtaining these results required the time-consuming task of using CAD tools to
                                     synthesize, implement, and characterize the register file components.
                                         As the complexity of soft processor cores increases from simple RISC data-
                                     paths to more complex architectures, it is becoming increasingly important
                                     to develop accurate, parameterizable models of datapath elements imple-
                                     mented using embedded hardware components. Such models will make it
                                     easier and faster to assess design trade-offs and compare design alternatives
                                     with regards to latency, FPGA resource utilization, and power consumption.
                                     Given the inherent routing overhead of FPGA architectures, such models can
                                     also provide insights into more efficient configurable platform architectures
                                     for implementing processor datapaths.

                                     A multi-ported register file built from embedded FPGA RAM blocks

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                                                                                                 Engineering Program

Control Systems
Summary                                                                                   Faculty
The Control Systems group in the ECEN Program at TAMUQ contributes to the
teaching of the Signal and System course and offers a senior elective on control.         Haitham Abu-Rub
The research interests of this group concentrates on the fundamental aspects of           Visiting Associate Professor
Intelligent Control, Adaptive Control, Robust Control, Control of Time-Delay
                                                                                          Shehab Ahmed
Systems, Fuzzy Control, Computer Aided design, Nonlinear Control Systems,
Multi-Scale Techniques for Modeling, System Identification and Estimation,                Visiting Associate Professor
Control of Power Systems, and Harsh Environment Robotics.
                                                                                          Hazem Nounou
                                                                                          Visiting Associate Professor
Control of Uncertain Time-Delay Systems
Dr. Hazem N. Nounou and his collaborators have been developing adaptive
and robust control techniques to control uncertain time-delay systems.
    This work done jointly with Dr. Mohamed N. Nounou, a visiting assistant
professor in the Chemical Engineering Program at TAMUQ, and Dr. Mo-
hamed S. Mahmoud, professor of Systems Engineering at King Fahd Univer-
sity of Petroleum and Minerals has resulted in several research articles. This
research focused on developing adaptive control techniques to control time-
delay system with parametric variations and nonlinear perturbations.

Multi-Scale Techniques for Modeling and Control
Dr. Hazem N. Nounou has been also collaborating with Dr. Mohamed N. Nounou
to utilize wavelet-based multi-scale techniques in modeling, de-noising, data analysis,
and control of systems when only data is available to represent such systems. Recent
efforts in this research direction focused on developing techniques that improve the
accuracy of several linear and nonlinear modeling and state estimation methods.

TAMU-Q Researchers Collaborate with RasGas to
Develop Downhole Conveyance Technology
Transporting a piece of equipment for several miles or kilometers through a small
hole in the ground to reach a particular point is a remarkable feat, but one that oc-
curs daily in the energy and petroleum industry. Once at the required down-hole
location, the equipment is expected to perform complex tasks that often need to
be monitored and controlled in real time at surface sites far from the well. The ob-
ject being conveyed can be a drilling bit, a logging toolstring, perforating guns etc.
Down-hole tractors have been developed during the past decade to accomplish
this task in an efficient manner compared to other techniques such as pipe convey-
ance and coiled tubing. Current tractor technology has however faced challenges
in the rugose open hole conditions typical of Qatar’s oil wells.
    In a project involving a team of electrical and computer engineering, petroleum
engineering and mechanical engineering researchers at Texas A&M University and
building upon previous research in this area carried out by Dr. Ahmed, researchers
are investigating methods to improve the overall efficiency of wireline tool opera-
tions in Qatar’s North field. The researchers and students are working closely with
RasGas engineers which will help enhance students’ knowledge and skills.
    This activity currently is being funded by RasGas as part of the company’s
commitment to collaboration and outreach within the community. This is done
via the project “Advanced Designs for Wireline Tool Conveyance in Highly Ru-
gose Open Hole”. The team of researchers collaborating on this project is Drs.
Shehab Ahmed, Hussein Al-Nuweiri, Alan Palazzolo, and Hadi Nasrabidi along
with several graduate and undergraduate students.

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Electric Power and Power Electronics
Faculty                              Summary
                                     The Electric Power and Power Electronics group offers several courses in
Haitham Abu-Rub                      circuit theory, electronics, power electronics, power machines, and power sys-
Visiting Associate Professor         tems. It conducts research for the advancement of power systems and power
                                     electronics technologies. Power systems research is performed in the areas of
Shehab Ahmed
                                     analysis, monitoring, control and protection of power systems. Some of the
Visiting Associate Professor         faculty members also have a strong interest in control systems, digital signal
                                     processing and intelligent system applications. Power electronics research is
Prasad Enjeti
                                     performed in the areas of motor drives, power electronic converters, utility
Professor and
                                     interface issues and active filters. Some of the faculty members also have an
TAMUQ Associate Dean                 interest in power quality and diagnostics of electrical machines. The follow-
of Academic Affairs                  ing are some of the noteworthy research focus areas:

                                     Power Systems
                                     n Development of relay testing methodology for evaluation of relay applications.
                                     n Application of intelligent techniques to control, protect and monitor
                                       power systems.
                                     n Power system automation, control and protection with emphasis on the
                                       use of real-time embedded computer systems.
                                     n Application of advanced signal processing and intelligent techniques to
                                       predictive maintenance of distribution systems.
                                     n Real time simulation of power systems and HIL testing of power system

                                     Power Electronics and Motor Drives
                                     n Field weakening machine control
                                     n State observer systems for induction motor control
                                     n Sensorless control of induction and permanent magnet motors using
                                       different control techniques.
                                     n Parameter estimation
                                     n Nonlinear control of AC machines
                                     n Electric drive for trains
                                     n Application of artificial intelligence for machine control
                                     n Application problems of modern PWM Adjustable speed (ASD) motor
                                       drive systems (for low frequency and high frequency drive).
                                     n Condition monitoring and fault diagnosis of electric machines.
                                     n Utility interface problems of Power Electronic Systems and harmonic
                                     n Converters for Distributed Energy Sources: Fuel Cells, Microturbines,
                                       Solar/Wind Energy Systems.
                                     n Advanced PWM Converter topologies for: Power Supplies, Motor Drives,
                                       UPS systems, Single and three phase power factor correction and Medium
                                       Voltage Inverters.
                                     n Power Quality Issues: Design and development of Active Power Filters;
                                       Dynamic Voltage Restorers (DVRs) and new and improved ride-through
                                       technologies employing Flywheel and Supercapacitors.
                                     n Application problems of modern PWM Adjustable speed (ASD) motor
                                       drive systems, Assessment of high frequency effects due to PWM dv/dt
                                       and voltage sag and capacitor switching transient mitigation.
                                     n Hybrid Energy Storage.

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                                                                                        Engineering Program

ECE Researchers Collaborate to Develop
Next Generation Natural Gas Fed Fuel Cell Power
Conversion and Control Systems
Fuel cell technology has seen significant advances in recent years. Such ad-
vancements in the areas of material science and chemical engineering are
crucial to making this a mature technology, however, matched advances are
needed on the power conversion and control fronts for reliable operation
of fuel cells in the power system. Fuel cells posses many benefits that justify
continued research in this area such as low emissions, high efficiency, high
reliability, improved power quality, fuel flexibility, security, modularity, scal-
ability and favorable weight and form factors.
    In a project involving a team of electrical and computer engineering research-
ers at Texas A&M University at Qatar and building upon previous research in
this area, researchers are investigating novel power conversion and control tech-
niques in the design of fuel cell power systems. Advanced system topologies that
can lead to a more CO tolerant fuel cell power system as well
as extend the operating life of the fuel cell are being devel-
oped. Grid integration aspects of fuel cell technology and
its implications in Qatar is another area of significant effort.
The potential of using the fuel cell as an all round economic
development tool will be investigated. Fuel cell byproducts
such as heat, water and CO2 have numerous applications
that include combined heat and power, carbon enrichment
of plants and applications in chiller cooling towers.
    This activity currently is being funded by Qatar Foundation as part of its
National Priority Research Program (NPRP) via the project “Natural Gas Fed
Fuel Cell Power Generation and Economic Development”. The team of re-
searchers collaborating on this project are Drs. Prasad Enjeti and Shehab
Ahmed along with several postdoctoral and graduate students.
    The hope for this project is to improve current power conversion and control
systems used in fuel cell power and distributed generation applications, as well as
lay the foundation for the widespread use of fuel cell technology fed by Qatar’s
natural gas. The use of fuel cells as an economic development tool as well as an
environmentally friendly alternative in Qatar is also one of its hopes.

Development and Application of New Power
Electronics Converters
The countries of the gulf area, including Qatar, are currently witnessing a
huge industrial and infrastructural development. Their need for energy is
growing by leaps and bounds. Proper control of the motors is a crucial ele-
ment for energy saving. The advanced technology trend may not only save
billions of dollars in the area but also may reduce the emitted CO2 by millions
of tons. These savings may be achieved using efficient power conversion. Dr.
Abu-Rub, his collaborators, and their research associates are currently work-
ing on high quality multi-level converters for various applications ranging
from large high power DC and AC motor drive systems to high voltage direct
current (HVDC) transmission systems.

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Telecommunications and Signal Processing
Faculty                              Summary
                                     The Telecommunications and Signal Processing (TSP) research group (TSP)
Hussein Alnuweiri                    in the ECEN Program at Texas A&M University at Qatar contributes to the
Visiting Professor                   teaching of signal and systems, digital signal processing, communication
                                     theory, and wireless communication systems. The group includes coopera-
Mohamed-Slim Alouini
                                     tive team of undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral research
Visiting Professor                   associates, and faculty members interested in the theoretical development
                                     and applications of statistical communication, estimation, detection, and in-
Joseph J. Boutros
                                     formation theories and signal processing.
Visiting Professor
                                         Communications research focuses on the process whereby information is
Khalid Qaraqe                        conveyed from a source to a destination via a variety of media, including cop-
                                     per wires, coaxial cables and optical fibers, as well as a variety of wireless tech-
Visiting Associate Professor
                                     niques including radio frequencies, microwaves and satellites. Techniques
Erchin Serpedin                      such as modulation/demodulation, error control coding/decoding, source
Associate Professor                  compression and encryption/decryption all fall under this general area.
                                         Digital Signal Processing (DSP) consists of techniques and algorithms for
                                     the manipulation of digital signals. Recently there has been a considerable
                                     increase in DSP applications mainly due to the availability of cost-effective
                                     and computationally efficient DSP processors. Today, DSP constitutes a multi-
                                     billion dollar market spanning many areas, Signal processing is also used to
                                     study genomic signals. Indeed owing to the major role played in genomics by
                                     transcriptional signaling and the related pathway modeling, it is only natural
                                     that the theory of signal processing should be utilized in both structural and
                                     functional understanding. The aim of Genomic Signal Processing (GSP) is to
                                     integrate the theory and methods of signal processing with the global under-
                                     standing of functional genomics, with special emphasis on genomic regulation.
                                     Hence, GSP encompasses various methodologies concerning expression pro-
                                     files: detection, prediction, classification, control and statistical and dynamical
                                     modeling of gene networks. GSP is a fundamental discipline that brings to
                                     genomics the structural model-based analysis and synthesis that form the basis
                                     of mathematically rigorous engineering including telecommunications, multi-
                                     media, video/graphics processing and speech/sound processing.
                                         One of the main research activity in the program is in the area of wireless com-
                                     munications. This research activity is funded by several Qatar National Research
                                     Fund grants as well as industrial research partners such as Qatar Telecom and
                                     RasGas. Faculty associated with this research activity are well known internation-
                                     ally for their research and are very actively involved with professional societies in
                                     conference organization, editorial positions and other leadership positions.

                                     Sample Areas of Research
                                     Current areas of research interest of the TSP research group include:
                                     n Space time systems (space time coding, decoding, channel estimation, etc.)
                                     n Advanced coding and decoding techniques (turbo coding, low-density
                                       parity check codes, network coding, capacity achieving coding, low
                                       complexity iterative decoding, etc.)
                                     n Multiuser systems (capacity optimization, detection techniques, coding, etc.)
                                     n Wireless sensor networks (distributed processing, resource optimization,
                                       security, node localization, etc.)
                                     n Wireless channel modeling and simulation
                                     n Cooperative communication systems

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                                                                                            Engineering Program

n Synchronization, equalization and channel estimation
n Adaptive transmission
n Distributed source coding and dirty-paper coding
n Source-channel coding for networked multimedia
n Denoising and Compression of Large Remote Sensing SAR Images
n Analysis and Modeling of Gene Expression Data from cDNA Microarrays

ECEN Researchers Develop Large Scale
Wireless Mesh Networks
Dr. Alnuweiri and his research associates are currently working on large scale
wireless mesh networks (or wireless grids) composed entirely of 100’s or even
1000’s of low-cost wireless access points and user hand-held devices to form
wide coverage area such as city downtown, a convention center, or a univer-
sity campus. Such wireless meshes are currently enabled by mature WiFi and
emerging WiMAX wireless standards. For example, malls and shopping centers
can multicast advertisements over a wireless mesh network about new offers,
upcoming events, and pending sales to customers with mobile devices within
the coverage area of the shopping zone using rich images and videos. Also,
service providers or even mobile users can broadcast instant sports scores, or
high quality video streams, to other mobile subscribes anywhere in the cover-
age area of a wireless mesh network.
    To enable such useful applications, our research group is developing new tech-
niques for service discovery, event diffusion, media broadcast, and peer-to-peer     Wireless mesh network covering
collaboration over wireless mesh network that include both fixed and mobile          town areas
stations. Solving such problems requires employing tools and techniques from
various disciplines including computer algorithms, communication protocols,
constrained optimization, graph theory, and real-time systems. These techniques
are eventually embedded into the hardware and application software of the wire-
less devices to build a working real-life wireless mesh network. Various solutions
developed by Dr. Alnuweiri and his group have been published in refereed jour-
nals, and in proceedings of international conferences.

                    A simple mesh network

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Telecommunications and Signal Processing
(continued from page 35)             ECEN Researchers Collaborate to Design Improved
                                     Wireless Down-Hole Communication Systems.
                                     RasGas, which has a strong reputation for being at the forefront of technol-
                                     ogy initiatives in the Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) industry, is funding a re-
                                     search project with Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) to investigate
                                     wireless communication systems for drilling wells. The research project, led
                                     by Dr. Scott Miller who is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
                                     College Station campus of Texas A&M, will develop improved techniques for
                                     acoustical wireless down-hole communication systems.
                                        Miller, along with TAMUQ electrical and computer engineering faculty
                                     members Dr. Khalid Qaraqe and Dr. Mohamed-Slim Alouini, as well as un-
                                     dergraduate and graduate students are working with engineers from Tubel
                                     Technologies to develop and implement state of the art systems.
                                        As Qatar’s LNG industry gears up to meet a target of 77mn tonnes per an-
                                     num (Mta) of LNG by 2012, accurate evaluation of producing wells is crucial.
                                     The project is carefully studying and characterizing acoustical communica-
                                     tion techniques and evaluating the propagation of acoustic waves in a pipe
                                     that is installed inside a well. A prototype system will be designed based on
                                     the results of the propagation studies. This research project is part of ongo-
                                     ing collaborations between TAMUQ and RasGas.

                                     Envisioned Wireless Reservoir Monitoring System

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                                                                                 Engineering Program

Use of Genomic Signal Processing to Help Better
Understand and Treat Diseases
Dr. Serpedin’s recently funded National Science Foundation project “A Sys-
tems Approach to Genomic Signal Processing: From Signal Extraction to
Regulatory Intervention” deals with the signal processing techniques that
are necessary for measuring and extracting information from microarrays to
modeling gene regulations and building regulatory intervention techniques
to control the behavior of gene regulatory networks. The research conducted
in this project presents fundamental importance in medicine and biology
since it has the potential to develop new technologies to classify, diagnose
and treat a variety of diseases.

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Honors and Awards
                     H. Abu-Rub      Elected to the grade of Senior Member of the IEEE.

                                     Awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to visit and work with col-
                                     laborators at Wuppertal University, Germany, Summer 2007.

                                     Awarded a grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany,
                                     for the establishment of an Electric Drive Setup, Fall 2007.

                                     Awarded a grant on ``Advanced Control For Wheelchair Drive System” in the
                                     Qatar National Research Fund’s fourth Undergraduate Research Experience
                                     Program (UREP) cycle, Summer 2008.

                        S. Ahmed     Awarded the Innovation Project Award from Schlumberger Technology Cor-
                                     poration, Houston, TX, Summer 2007.

                                     Awarded a grant on “Natural Gas Fed Fuel Cell Power Generation and Eco-
                                     nomic Development” in the first round of the Qatar National Research Fund
                                     National Priorities Research Program (NPRP), Fall 2007.

                                     Awarded a grant on “Advanced Designs for Wireline Tool Conveyance in
                                     Highly Rugose Open Hole” by RasGas, Summer 2008.

                   H. Alnuweiri      Awarded a grant on “Design and Analysis of New Generation Protocols for
                                     Triple-Play Networks” in the first round of the Qatar National Research Fund
                                     National Priorities Research Program (NPRP), Fall 2007.

                                     Awarded a grant on “Intelligent Transceiver Designs for MIMO-OFDM Sys-
                                     tems”, by the NSERC Strategic Research Grant, Spring 2008.

                                     Offered an invited talk entitled “ The Jekyll-and-Hyde Life of the Entrepre-
                                     neur Professor” at the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) TechTalk,
                                     Jan. 2008.

                                     Offered invited talks entitled “Application-Specific Asynchronous Multiprocess-
                                     ing for Real-Time Applications”, and “Resource Optimization for Multicast Com-
                                     munications over Wireless Mesh Networks”, at the University of Athens, Greece,
                                     Feb., 2008, and at the University of Rome, Italy, June 2008, respectively.

                                     Appointed Area-Editor, Computer Networks Journal, Elsevier, April 2008.

                 M. – S. Alouini     Co-recipient (with Z. Bouida and K. A. Qaraqe) of the Best Paper Award
                                     in the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Signal Processing and Com-
                                     munications (ICSPC 2007), Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for the work on
                                     reduced complexity diversity receivers, November 2007.

                                     Co-recipient (with A. Laourine, S. Affes, and A. Stephenne) of the Best Pa-
                                     per Award in the 50th IEEE Global Communication Conference (GLOBE-
                                     COM’07) - Wireless Communication Symposium, Washington D.C., USA, for
                                     the work on the capacity of generalized-K fading channels, November 2007.

                                     Awarded a grant on “Collaborative Strategies for the 60 GHz Wireless Per-
                                     sonal Area Networks” in the first round of the Qatar National Research Fund
                                     National Priorities Research Program (NPRP), Fall 2007.

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                                                                       Engineering Program

   J. J. Boutros   Offered an invited lecture on “Generalized low density (GLD, Tanner) codes for
                   block fading and block erasure channels,” at the Joint Workshop on Communica-
                   tions and Coding organized by ETH Zurich, Durnstein, Austria, October 2007.

       P. Enjeti   Elected as “Distinguished Lecturer” by the IEEE Industry Applications Society.

                   Awarded a grant on “Natural Gas Fed Fuel Cell Power Generation and Eco-
                   nomic Development” in the first round of the Qatar National Research Fund
                   National Priorities Research Program (NPRP), Fall 2007.

                   Awarded a grant on “Analysis & Design of MEMS based Circuit breaker” by
                   GE Global Research, Summer 2007.

  K. Michalski     Offered invited seminars on “Application of the DCIM to electromagnetic
                   field computation in planar uniaxial multilayers” and “Rigorous coupled-wave
                   analysis of multilayered gratings with biaxial anisotropy” at the Ecole Polytech-
                   nique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) Workshop on Numerical Electromagnet-
                   ics, Lausanne, Switzerland, July 2007.

    H. Nounou      Awarded a grant on “Improved Nonlinear Modeling using Multiscale Estima-
                   tion” in the first round of the Qatar National Research Fund National Priorities
                   Research Program (NPRP), Fall 2007.

     K. Qaraqe     Co-recipient (with Z. Bouida and M. –S. Alouini) of the Best Paper Award
                   in the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Signal Processing and Com-
                   munications (ICSPC 2007), Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for the work on
                   reduced complexity diversity receivers, November 2007.

                   Awarded a grant on “Scalable Wireless Multimedia in Qatar (and the rest of
                   the world)” in the first round of the Qatar National Research Fund National
                   Priorities Research Program (NPRP), Fall 2007.

                   Awarded a grant on “Advanced Techniques for Wireless Downhole Commu-
                   nication Systems” by RasGas, Fall 2007.

M. A. R. Saghir    Awarded an IBM Faculty Award to study enhancing the architecture of the syn-
                   ergetic processing units (SPUs) on the IBM Cell/BE processor using recon-
                   figurable functional units (RFUs).

                   Awarded a William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Grant while at the Ameri-
                   can University at Beirut.

   E. Serpedin     Awarded a grant on “Scalable Wireless Multimedia in Qatar (and the rest of
                   the world)” in the first round of the Qatar National Research Fund National
                   Priorities Research Program (NPRP), Fall 2007.

                   Invited and delivered two talks on “Advances in Synchronization of Wireless Air-
                   borne Networks,” and on “Signal Processing Techniques for High Performance
                   Clock Synchronization of Wireless Computer Networks” in workshops organized
                   by AFRL, Rome, NY, USA (Oct 2007 and June 2008).

                   Served as the Leading Editor for a Special Issue of the EURASIP Journal on
                   Advances on Signal Processing on the topic ``Distributed Signal Processing
                   Techniques in Wireless Sensor Networks” (Sept. 2006-March 2008).

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