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A Sample of Professional Activities

  • Establishing and designing the web-based electronic assessment system for performing assessment of the undergraduate engineering programs at UB, in addition to providing the system to other UB schools as a standard platform for performing program assessment of objectives and student outcomes. The e-assessment system has been fully developed, implemented and coded at the School of Engineering.
  • Partcipated in presenting a workshop on the Future of Engineering Education in Egypt, at the Engineering Sector Council Conference, Cairo, Egypt, October 2009
  • Founding and managing the Weekend Masters program in Computer Science at the Stamford campus of UB.
  • Participating in restructuring and developing the new curriculum and requirements for the Masters of Science programs in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Technology Management and Bio-Medical Engineering at the University of Bridgeport.
  • Establishing the electronic content project at the School of Engineering for storing all course materials for all the classes offered by the School.
  • Developing a concentration track (and class sequence) in Robotics and Automation for the Masters of Science programs in Computer Science and Computer Engineering, at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Bridgeport.
  • Initiating the efforts to establish 2 internet-based M.S. programs in Computer Science and Technology Management as distance-learning degrees at the University of Bridgeport.
  • Developing Web-based control of robotic manipulators at the University of Bridgeport as a tool for distance learning (regular degree and certificate programs) and continuing education classes to be offered. The tele-operated robot global control allows the introduction of laboratory-based classes like control, robotics, and automation into a distance-learning curriculum.
  • Creating the interdisciplinary laboratory: "Robotics, Intelligent Sensing, and Control (RISC)," at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Bridgeport.
  • Starting up development activities for a number of projects with commercial potential, with the eventual goal of marketing the product or service. The projects include: controller/simulator/monitor software package and prototyping systems for manipulators, the reverse engineering and inspection center, the graphical objects software package, a tire-changing robotic manipulator, reverse engineering applications in dentistry, a class scheduling tool, and several others.
  • Initiating and starting up continuing technical education classes (on and off-site) at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Bridgeport, for industry professionals. Classes included: "Electronic Printing and Postscript," "Digital System Design Using VHDL," "JAVA Programming," "Object Oriented Programming Using C++ and Visual C++," "Networks Basics," and "Factory Automation and Robotics in Industrial Applications''.
  • Leading the efforts to define a vision statement, mission, goals, objectives and a strategic plan for Engineering at the University of Bridgeport.
  • Leading the efforts to assess the technology and computing needs at the University of Bridgeport and formulating a technology Master plan, currently adopted by the University.
  • Established a technical report series for the University of Bridgeport.
  • Starting up a joint project with the Polytechnic University (New York), Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, on Robotics and Automation in Support of Construction Engineering Research (Basic and Applied).
  • Developing funding programs, research and development cooperation activities, donations, co-op and internships programs with many companies and industries.
  • Establishing Student recruiting and joint research and development activities with the cultural missions of the embassies of Turkey, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, China and Libya.
  • Work on developing international sites for the University of Bridgeport in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Saudi Arabia, India, Egypt, Jordan, China and Libya for "assisted" distance learning, 2 plus 2 programs and graduate distance learning (Computer Science and Technology Management).
  • Developing a Ph.D. Program in Computer Science and Computer Engineering at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Bridgeport.
  • Cooperating with the APIC Group, Egypt, and the Swiss Manufacturing Precision Company, Switzerland, to construct a center for precise inspection and CAD model recovery from range data.
  • Organizing a workshop (by invitation) on discrete event and hybrid systems for the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 1997.
  • Organizing a workshop (by invitation) on prototyping design and automation for the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, San Francisco, California, April 2000.
  • Starting up "Misr Net," an Internet on-line service provider company, based in Cairo, Egypt.
  • Developing the Utah Robotics Kit and Prototyping Environment, currently being used in Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science classes and projects in Robotics, Automation, Control Theory, Systems Programming, Software Engineering, and Microprocessors.
  • Leading the efforts to develop the commercial version of the Utah Robotic Kit (URK).
  • Specifying a system for assisting brain surgery by localizing the 3-D position of the surgical instrument, Department of Surgery, University of Utah Hospital.
  • Active Participation in the Following K-12 School Programs:
    Gear-Up
    Upward Bound
    Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
    ConnCAP
    CPEP (Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program)
    CPEP Day
    Inroads
    NACME
    Science Fair - Yale University
    Bridgeport School District Science Fair
    LEGO League, First LEGO
  • Presented weekend robotics seminars for Pre-Engineering Bridgeport Public High School students (ConnCAP Program).
  • Consortium Member, European Union, Tempus Program, "Development of an Educational Web-Based Trans-National Laboratory Network".
  • Organized the first Connecticut Engineering Deans Meeting at the University of Bridgeport: "Engineering Deans and Business Leaders", December 2004. Members of the School of Engineering Industry Advisory Board, the Engineering Deans of the other Universities in Connecticut, the Governor representatives and various Connecticut industries met at the University of Bridgeport to discuss and formalize plans for collaboration between the involved company representatives, Universities and the school districts that the Universities work with (in the areas of science, engineering, technology, math and computing education,)
  • Developing articulation agreements with more than twenty universities in India, China, Taiwan, Egypt, England, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan and Libya for joint programming, 2+2 programs, 4+1 programs, faculty exchange and other joint ventures.
  • Reviewer for many Journals and Conferences on AI, Computer Vision, Robotics, Control and Automation.
  • Reviewer for IEEE and ACM Multimedia Journals and Conferences.
  • Reviewer for IEEE Press Books.
  • Reviewer for the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS).
  • Surveyed the Discrete Event Dynamic Systems (DEDS) area for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Technical Committee on DEDS.
  • Working with the Consulting Office for Integrated Systems (COINS) and the International Traders Group, Ltd. in defining a system for rapid prototyping for manufacturing and automation applications.
  • Tau Beta Beta Utah Chapter (Utah Alpha) Advisor.
  • Coordinating with the Science and Technology Satellite News agency in New York to broadcast a program on the Utah Robot Kit (URK) development.
  • Reviewer for the quarterly Journal Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES).
  • Participant as an advisor in the undergraduate research opportunities program (UROP) at the University of Utah.
  • Participant in the Faculty mentoring program at the University of Utah to help incoming freshmen.