Vision and Mission


To be an internationally-recognized center of excellence in ICT education and innovation.


The Center for Information, Communication and Networking Education and Innovation (ICONET) will foster excellence in education and innovation in the development and application of ICT to problems of national interest. The center will provide support, both direct and indirect, to the development of the current ICT-relevant programs at AURAK.

Our Team

Dr. Abdul Halim Jallad

Director – ICONET / Assistant Professor – Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering Department

Office: Bldg. G 326 B

Engr. Zulkifli Abdul Aziz

Our students’ team:

Ms. Aisha Khalid EL Allam
Major: Computer Science
Email: aisha.elallam@aurak.ac.ae

Mr. Khan Irfan Omar
Major: Computer Engineering.
Email: khan.omar@aurak.ac.ae

Mr. Mohamed Haroun Ali
Major: Computer Science.
Email: m.ali@aurak.ac.ae

Mr. Ahmed AbouEbeid
Major: Computer Engineering.
Email: ahmed.abouebeid@aurak.ac.ae

Ms. Hamda Al Shehhi
Major: Industrial Engineering
Email: hamda.alshehhi@aurak.ac.ae

Ms. Nouf Nouf Al Teneiji
Major: Industrial Engineering
Email: nouf.alteneiji@aurak.ac.ae

Faculty Committee

Dr. Maen Takruri

Dr. Maen Takruri


Office No.: G310
Phone: Tel. Ext. 1252
Email: maen.takruri@aurak.ac.ae


Dr. Maen Takruri received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Technology (UTS), Sydney in 2010. He also received his BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering /Communications from the University of Jordan. In 2009, he undertook formal research commercialization training and received a Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialization from the University of Technology, Sydney.

In spring 2013, he joined the department of Electronics and Communications Engineering at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. Prior to that, he was a Lecturer at the Electrical, Mechanical and Mechatronics School, University of Technology, Sydney. He taught several courses in Signal Processing, Electronics, Circuits and Digital Systems. He was also involved in many research projects involving other collaborating universities and industry partners. He received the Best Paper Award for the paper entitled “Auto calibration in drift aware wireless sensor networks using the interacting multiple model algorithm,”

His research interests include (but not limited to): computer and communication networks, in-network signal processing and data fusion in wireless sensor networks, error detection, trust management, data fusion, estimation theory and target tracking, biomedical and surveillance applications of wireless sensor networks, machine learning and image processing.

Dr. Mohammed Awad

Dr. Mohammed Awad


Office No.: G323
Phone: Tel. Ext. 1149
Email: mohammed.awad@aurak.ac.ae


In the fall of 2013, Dr. Mohammed Awad joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the School of Engineering in the American University of Ras Al Khaimah in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. Immediately prior, he worked as an assistant professor at the Computer Science Department of Al-Ahliyya Amman University in Amman, Jordan where he had the opportunity to focus on teaching and learning and was ranked number one professor by the students of the school of Information Technology.

Dr. Awad earned his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Houston in the United States in 2011. He earned a MSc in Computer Science at the same university in 2006. He completed a BSc in Computer Science at Yarmouk University in Jordan in 2003.  During his graduate studies at the University of Houston, Dr. Awad worked as a teaching assistant for various courses from the freshman to graduate levels and had the opportunity to develop his skills as an educator.

Dr. Awad’s research interests include security, more specifically in E-voting and I-voting security. Currently, he is collaborating on a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop a curriculum module to illustrate electronic voting for non-Computer Science majors.  An additional area of interest concerns safeguarding the transmission of biometric data and integrating captured biometric data (iris scans or any other biometric data) into the electoral process in order to achieve more reliable systems.

Dr. Nasser Hamad

Dr. Nasser Hamad


Office No.: G322
Phone: Tel. Ext. 1132
Email: nasser.hamad@aurak.ac.ae


Nasser A. S. Hamad is an Associate professor in electronics and telecommunication engineering. Dr. Hamad obtained his Doctor of Engineering and Master of Engineer from the University of Electro-communication, Tokyo, Japan, in 2001 and 1998, respectively.  He Joined the Arab American University-Jenin (AAUJ), Palestine in 2003, where he was an Assistant professor up to 2009. During this time, beside his teaching activities, he was assigned several administrative and academic positions. He obtained the Associate professor rank in 2009. In 2010 to 2012, he was the Vice President for academic affairs  at the AAUJ.

He is the first director of Hassib Sabbagh IT center of excellence where he was setting up the center, opened in November, 2005. Dr. Hamad was one of the three consultant of the PALTEL group and Jawwal Mobile communication in Palestine for the last 6 years. He is a fellow member of Palestine Academy for Science and Technology, PALAST since 2008, and a full member of IEEE. His research interest was started in third generation CDMA-based cellular mobile systems, and then extended to fourth generation and beyond. His research interest were also focused on Information Theory and Coding, as well on Steganography techniques.

Dr. Zakaria Al-Qudah

Dr. Zakaria Al-Qudah


Office No.: G336
Phone: Tel. Ext. 1177
Email: zakaria.alqudah@aurak.ac.ae


Dr. Zakaria Al-Qudah is currently an associate professor of computer engineering at American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK). Prior to joining AURAK, Dr. Al-Qudah served as an associate professor of computer engineering at  Yarmouk University, Jordan, and a visiting assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU).  Dr. Al-Qudah is generally interested in computer networking and Internet research. Specific subjects include the performance and security of Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), Next Generation Networks and Internet Measurements.   He has published several papers in high quality conferences and journals. Moreover, he holds a U.S. patent in the area of anycast content delivery networks.

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