Meet the Faculty

Our Academic Staff

Meet our remarkable faculty members who drive academic excellence at AURAK's three distinguished schools.

With a wealth of knowledge and a deep commitment to their fields, our faculty bring expertise, experience, and passion to the classroom. Get ready to be inspired as you meet the exceptional individuals who play a pivotal role in shaping the educational journey and fostering a culture of learning and growth at AURAK.

Meet the Faculty

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Prof. Joseph Wallis

Dean - School of Business / Professor - Management

H-301B

+971 7 246 8788

Professor Joseph L. Wallis has served as Dean of the School of Business at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah since 2018. His primary focus has been in developing and steering leadership team and faculty toward the implementation of a mission-based strategy so that it will be judged ready to receive initial accreditation by AACSB after a visit by a peer review team in February 2023. 

Prof. Joseph Wallis
Dean - School of Business / Professor - Management
Department of Management
joseph.wallis@aurak.ac.ae
H-301B
+971 7 246 8788

Professor Joseph L. Wallis has served as Dean of the School of Business at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah since 2018. His primary focus has been in developing and steering leadership team and faculty toward the implementation of a mission-based strategy so that it will be judged ready to receive initial accreditation by AACSB after a visit by a peer review team in February 2023. 

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Dr. Vazeerjan Begum

Associate Dean / Associate Professor – Business Administration

H-301D

+971 7 246 8772

Dr. Vazeerjan Begum
Associate Dean / Associate Professor – Business Administration
Department of Management
vazeerjan.begum@aurak.ac.ae
H-301D
+971 7 246 8772

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Dr. Abdelfatah Arman

Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management

H - 302 D

+971 7 246 8763

Dr. Abdelfatah Arman
Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management
Department of Management
abdelfatah.arman@aurak.ac.ae
H - 302 D
+971 7 246 8763

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Dr. Haileslasie Tadele

Department Chair, Associate Professor - Finance

H 302 E

+971 7 246 8768

Dr. Haileslasie Tadele
Department Chair, Associate Professor - Finance
Department of Accounting and Finance
h.gebremariam@aurak.ac.ae
H 302 E
+971 7 246 8768

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Dr. Mohamed Mahdi

Associate Professor – Management / Alumni Relations and Beta Gamma Sigma Liaison

H 321

+971 7 246 8782

Dr. Mohamed Mahdi
Associate Professor – Management / Alumni Relations and Beta Gamma Sigma Liaison
Department of Management
mohamed.mahdi@aurak.ac.ae
H 321
+971 7 246 8782

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Dr. Baliira Kalyebara

Associate Professor - Finance

H-302E

+971 7 246 8779

Dr. Baliira Kalyebara
Associate Professor - Finance
Department of Accounting and Finance
baliira.kalyebara@aurak.ac.ae
H-302E
+971 7 246 8779


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Mohammed Azzan-SOB

Dr. Mohammad Azzam

Associate Professor of Accounting

H - 315

+971 7 246 8783

Dr. Mohammad Azzam
Associate Professor of Accounting
Department of Accounting and Finance
mohammad.azzam@aurak.ac.ae
H - 315
+971 7 246 8783

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Hussain Mohammed

Dr. Hussain Muhammad

Assistant Professor of Accounting

H - 322

+971 7 246 8769

Dr. Hussain Muhammad
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Department of Accounting and Finance
hussain.muhammad@aurak.ac.ae
H - 322
+971 7 246 8769

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Prof. Linzi Kemp

Professor of Management / Research and Learning Catalyst

H - 314

+971 7 246 8774

Prof. Linzi Kemp
Professor of Management / Research and Learning Catalyst
Department of Management
lindsey.kemp@aurak.ac.ae
H - 314
+971 7 246 8774

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Tahseen

Dr. Tahseen Anwer Arshi

Associate Provost for Research and Community Service / Associate Professor / Director - The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

H-302B

+971 7 246 8890

Dr. Tahseen is the Associate Provost for Research and Community Service, the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at AURAK (ACE), and an associate professor in the Business School. In addition, Dr. Tahseen is a Certified Entrepreneurship Educator and external reviewer with the Directorate of Higher Education Reviews Authority (DHR) Bahrain, Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA), and National Academic Accreditation and Evaluation (Saudi Arabia). Dr. Tahseen invented the SECURE (patented) system to assist start-ups in evaluating business plans (https://www.securecanvas.net). He is a member of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and Data Central. Dr. Tahseen specializes in designing and delivering technology-enhanced curricula, and his research interests are entrepreneurial behavior, start-up business models, and innovation. In addition, Dr. Tahseen is a quantitative researcher specializing in structural equation Modeling and machine learning tests. Dr. Tahseen has authored several Scopus (Q1)-indexed publications in premium journals and case studies, published in Palgrave McMillan's bestselling entrepreneurship textbooks in the UK.

Dr. Tahseen Anwer Arshi
Associate Provost for Research and Community Service / Associate Professor / Director - The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Department of Management
tahseen.arshi@aurak.ac.ae
H-302B
+971 7 246 8890

Dr. Tahseen is the Associate Provost for Research and Community Service, the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at AURAK (ACE), and an associate professor in the Business School. In addition, Dr. Tahseen is a Certified Entrepreneurship Educator and external reviewer with the Directorate of Higher Education Reviews Authority (DHR) Bahrain, Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA), and National Academic Accreditation and Evaluation (Saudi Arabia).

Dr. Tahseen invented the SECURE (patented) system to assist start-ups in evaluating business plans (https://www.securecanvas.net). He is a member of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and Data Central.

Dr. Tahseen specializes in designing and delivering technology-enhanced curricula, and his research interests are entrepreneurial behavior, start-up business models, and innovation. In addition, Dr. Tahseen is a quantitative researcher specializing in structural equation Modeling and machine learning tests. Dr. Tahseen has authored several Scopus (Q1)-indexed publications in premium journals and case studies, published in Palgrave McMillan's bestselling entrepreneurship textbooks in the UK.


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Hariclea Zengos

Prof. Hariclea Zengos

Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences / Professor of English

K 342

+971 7 246 8787

Professor Hariclea Zengos, a distinguished professor of literature, is the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah. With more than 28 years of experience, Prof Zengos has been selected to provide leadership and vision in strategic planning and implementation of programs and lead School development activities.

Prof. Hariclea Zengos
Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences / Professor of English
Department of Humanities & Social Sciences
hariclea.zengos@aurak.ac.ae
K 342
+971 7 246 8787

Professor Hariclea Zengos, a distinguished professor of literature, is the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah. With more than 28 years of experience, Prof Zengos has been selected to provide leadership and vision in strategic planning and implementation of programs and lead School development activities.

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Prof. Rachel Matar

Associate Dean / Professor – Biotechnology

K 341

+971 7 246 8799

Prof. Rachel Matar
Associate Dean / Professor – Biotechnology
Department of Biotechnology
rachel.matar@aurak.ac.ae
K 341
+971 7 246 8799

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Dr. Rawad Hodeify

Department Chair / Associate Professor – Medical Biotechnology

K 310

+971 7 246 8843

Dr. Rawad Hodeify
Department Chair / Associate Professor – Medical Biotechnology
Department of Biotechnology
rawad.hodeify@aurak.ac.ae
K 310
+971 7 246 8843

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Dr. Alexandria Proff

Chair - Humanities & Social Sciences Department / Academic Integrity Officer / Assistant Professor - Education

K 305

+971 7 246 8836

Dr. Alexandria Proff
Chair - Humanities & Social Sciences Department / Academic Integrity Officer / Assistant Professor - Education
Department of Humanities & Social Sciences
alexandria.proff@aurak.ac.ae
K 305
+971 7 246 8836

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Prof. Hamid Berriche

Department Chair Professor - Physics

K 311

+971 7 246 8819

Prof. Hamid Berriche
Department Chair Professor - Physics
Department of Mathematics and Physics
hamid.berriche@aurak.ac.ae
K 311
+971 7 246 8819

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Dr. David A. Schmidt

Dr. David A. Schmidt

President / Professor of Global Studies

K 366

+971 7 246 8802

Dr. Schmidt is a seasoned administrator with over 33 years of broad-based experience as an executive academic leader and faculty member, spanning a wide range of public, private, and international institutions. Before joining AURAK, he served as President of the American University in Dubai (AUD), and Vice Provost for International Affairs and Professor of Global Studies and Human Geography at Middle Tennessee State University. He has held various leadership positions and played a vital role in transforming a range of public, private, and state institutions, representing the landscape of higher education, including the University of the Pacific, the University of Wisconsin System, and Yale University. Dr. Schmidt holds a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University, an MA from The Ohio State University, and a BA from the University of Wisconsin. He has written extensively on post-WWII women’s rights and education issues in Japan and South Korea. He is a recipient of the AIEA (Association of International Administrators) Presidential Fellowship, the Korea Foundation Research Fellowship, and the Mombushō Fellowship. He also participated as a fellow in Harvard University’s IEM (Institute for Educational Management).

Dr. David A. Schmidt
President / Professor of Global Studies
Department of Humanities & Social Sciences
david.schmidt@aurak.ac.ae
K 366
+971 7 246 8802

Dr. Schmidt is a seasoned administrator with over 33 years of broad-based experience as an executive academic leader and faculty member, spanning a wide range of public, private, and international institutions.

Before joining AURAK, he served as President of the American University in Dubai (AUD), and Vice Provost for International Affairs and Professor of Global Studies and Human Geography at Middle Tennessee State University. He has held various leadership positions and played a vital role in transforming a range of public, private, and state institutions, representing the landscape of higher education, including the University of the Pacific, the University of Wisconsin System, and Yale University.

Dr. Schmidt holds a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University, an MA from The Ohio State University, and a BA from the University of Wisconsin. He has written extensively on post-WWII women’s rights and education issues in Japan and South Korea.

He is a recipient of the AIEA (Association of International Administrators) Presidential Fellowship, the Korea Foundation Research Fellowship, and the Mombushō Fellowship. He also participated as a fellow in Harvard University’s IEM (Institute for Educational Management).

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Prof. Stephen Wilhite

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success / Provost / Professor - Psychology

H 301 F

+971 7 246 8700

Professor Stephen C. Wilhite currently serves as vice president for academic affairs and student success, and provost, at the American University of Ras Al Khamiah. Prior to assuming this position, he served as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Widener University in the United States from 2011 to 2017, and during that time also served as the interim president of the university. As provost at Widener, Prof. Wilhite co-led the university’s strategic planning process and the successful application for re-accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Prof. Stephen Wilhite
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success / Provost / Professor - Psychology
Department of Humanities & Social Sciences
stephen.wilhite@aurak.ac.ae
H 301 F
+971 7 246 8700

Professor Stephen C. Wilhite currently serves as vice president for academic affairs and student success, and provost, at the American University of Ras Al Khamiah.

Prior to assuming this position, he served as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Widener University in the United States from 2011 to 2017, and during that time also served as the interim president of the university. As provost at Widener, Prof. Wilhite co-led the university’s strategic planning process and the successful application for re-accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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Dr. Suleyman Ulusoy

Professor - Mathematics

K-319

+971 7 246 8789

Dr. Suleyman Ulusoy
Professor - Mathematics
Department of Mathematics and Physics
suleyman.ulusoy@aurak.ac.ae
K-319
+971 7 246 8789

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Dr. Bong-Sik Kim

Math & Science Center Coordinator, Assistant Professor – Mathematics

K 327

+971 7 246 8790

Dr. Bong-Sik Kim
Math & Science Center Coordinator, Assistant Professor – Mathematics
Department of Mathematics and Physics
bkim@aurak.ac.ae
K 327
+971 7 246 8790

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Dr. Kevin Scott Konecny

Associate Provost for Student Affairs / Assistant Professor of Education

D-1st Flr.

+971 7 246 8860

Dr. Kevin S. Konecny serves as the Associate Provost for Student Affairs at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK). Dr. Konecny has 32 years of higher education experience in the United States and abroad, including Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, China, Guam, and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Kevin Scott Konecny
Associate Provost for Student Affairs / Assistant Professor of Education
Department of Humanities & Social Sciences
kevin.konecny@aurak.ac.ae
D-1st Flr.
+971 7 246 8860

Dr. Kevin S. Konecny serves as the Associate Provost for Student Affairs at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK). Dr. Konecny has 32 years of higher education experience in the United States and abroad, including Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, China, Guam, and the United Kingdom.

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Prof. Khalid Hussain

Dean – School of Engineering and Computing / Professor of Systems Engineering

G319 A

+971 7 246 8754

Professor Khalid Hussain is the Dean of the School of Engineering at AURAK. He is also a Professor of Systems Engineering and a Chartered Mechanical Engineer. Prof Hussain joined AURAK after spending 6 years at the Australian University of Wollongong in Dubai as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences. Prof Hussain spent over 22 years at the University of Bradford in UK, holding a number of leadership roles (Head of School of Engineering, Associate Dean of International Collaborative Partnership, and the Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering).

Prof. Khalid Hussain
Dean – School of Engineering and Computing / Professor of Systems Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
khalid.hussain@aurak.ac.ae
G319 A
+971 7 246 8754

Professor Khalid Hussain is the Dean of the School of Engineering at AURAK. He is also a Professor of Systems Engineering and a Chartered Mechanical Engineer. Prof Hussain joined AURAK after spending 6 years at the Australian University of Wollongong in Dubai as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences. Prof Hussain spent over 22 years at the University of Bradford in UK, holding a number of leadership roles (Head of School of Engineering, Associate Dean of International Collaborative Partnership, and the Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering).

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Prof. Hamed Assaf

Associate Dean / Professor – Civil Engineering

G-319B

+971 7 246 8786

Prof. Hamed Assaf
Associate Dean / Professor – Civil Engineering
Department of Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
hamed.assaf@aurak.ac.ae
G-319B
+971 7 246 8786

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Prof. Ahmad Sakhrieh

Department Chair / Professor – Mechanical Engineering

G-318

+971 7 246 8741

Prof. Ahmad Sakhrieh
Department Chair / Professor – Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
ahmad.sakhrieh@aurak.ac.ae
G-318
+971 7 246 8741


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Buthayna

Prof. Buthayna Hasan Mohammad Eilouti

Department Chair - Professor of Architecture and Interior Design

K - 360

+971 7 246 8981

Prof. Buthayna Hasan Mohammad Eilouti
Department Chair - Professor of Architecture and Interior Design
Department of Architecture
buthayna.eilouti@aurak.ac.ae
K - 360
+971 7 246 8981


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Dr. Liudmila Cazacova

Associate Professor, LEED AP® ID+C –Architecture, Interior Design

K - 353

+971 7 246 8706

Dr. Liudmila Cazacova
Associate Professor, LEED AP® ID+C –Architecture, Interior Design
Department of Architecture
liudmila.cazacova@aurak.ac.ae
K - 353
+971 7 246 8706


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Dr. Khouloud Salameh

Department Chair / Associate Professor - Computer Science

G-323

+971 7 246 8732

Dr. Khouloud Salameh
Department Chair / Associate Professor - Computer Science
Department of Computer science and Engineering
khouloud.salameh@aurak.ac.ae
G-323
+971 7 246 8732

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Dr. Fayez Moutassem

Department Chair / Associate Professor - Structural Engineering

G-320

+971 7 246 8728

Dr. Fayez Moutassem
Department Chair / Associate Professor - Structural Engineering
Department of Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
fayez.moutassem@aurak.ac.ae
G-320
+971 7 246 8728

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Dr. Sara Faiz

Department Chair / Associate Professor – Chemical Engineering

G-321

+971 7 246 8715

Dr. Sara Faiz
Department Chair / Associate Professor – Chemical Engineering
Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
sara.tasfy@aurak.ac.ae
G-321
+971 7 246 8715

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Prof. Mohammed Omari

Professor - Computer Science

G-343

+971 7 246 8755

Prof. Mohammed Omari
Professor - Computer Science
Department of Computer science and Engineering
mohammed.omari@aurak.ac.ae
G-343
+971 7 246 8755

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Ali Al Ataby

Dr. Ali Al-Ataby

Department Chair, Associate Professor - Electronics Engineering

G - 322

+971 7 246 8734

Dr. Ali Al-Ataby
Department Chair, Associate Professor - Electronics Engineering
Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering
ali.ataby@aurak.ac.ae
G - 322
+971 7 246 8734

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