Arabphyics

The Seminar of the Nuclear Physics and Plasma Group

Plasma Physics, Fusion Energy, and Prospects in the Arab World,

Saturday, February 10, 2024,6 PM GMT, 8PM Cairo Time Online, Zoom

Governing Council (GC)

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Shaaban Khalil
President

Professor Shaaban Khalil is one of the prominent high-energy physics in the Middle East. He is well known for his outstanding contributions to understanding of possible new physics beyond the standard model of particle physics. He is the founding director of the center for Fundamental Physics at Zewail City of Science and Technology in Egypt, since 2012. He also the co-author of two books on particle physics, published in CRC press in the UK. His work enabled him to obtain the D.Sc, degree in 2006. His research has been widely recognized, and he has received innumerable national and international awards. He is visiting professor at the university of Southampton, since 2011. Prof, Khalil is the founding team leader of the Egyptian particle group at the CMS experiment at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland. In addition, prof. Khalil is the co-founder of African Strategy of Fundamental and Applied Physics, and the chair the African Synchrotron Initiative Committee.

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Shawqi Al Dallal
Vice President

Professor of physics at Ahlia University. Received the BSc. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Baghdad University. Obtained the DEA in Solid State Electronic and Particles from The University of Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France (1973). Doctorate in Engineering (1976), and then a doctorate d'Etat in Physics from the same University (1981). Consultant to UNDP on renewable energy (Switzerland, 1981), Researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS, France, 1982). Chairman, Department of Physics, Bahrain University (1985). Academic visitor to Imperial College, London (1990). Dean, College of Science, Bahrain University, (1991-1995). Dean of Graduate Studies and research, Ahlia University (2010-2015). Emeritus professor, Ahlia University (2019-present). Published over 120 research work in reputed International Journals and conferences on Electronic Devices, Condensed Matter Physics, Nonlinear Optics, Nanotechnology, and Astrophysics. Published many books including "Encyclopedia of Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Space Science". Organized many International workshops and conferences on Condensed Matter Physics, Nanotechnology, Astrophysics, and Space Science. Obtained the world Medal in Advanced materials from IAAM (2017). Founder of Bahrain Astronomical Society, and Arab Union on Astronomy and Astrophysics. Member of many local, regional, and international scientific societies.

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A.M.Shalaby

Prof. A.M. Shalaby graduated from North Carolina State University, USA, in 2004 with a PhD in high energy Physics with Minor in Mathematics. He has a Master Degree in High Energy Physics from Mansoura University, Egypt too. For like six academic years, he held positions of assistant professor and associate professor at various universities in both Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, where he is currently a full professor in Math, Statistics, and Physics Department at the college of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Shalaby was a teaching assistant at North Carolina State University for more than three years. Prof. A.M. Shalaby has published about 37 articles where many of these articles have been published in outstanding and highly ranked journals. Concerning this, he has a rapid communication in Physical Review D for the discovery of a possible new matter phase. Recently, he introduced the hypergeometric- Meijer approximation algorithm which is expected to be the preferred approximation algorithm in different branches of physics. The research interest covers different areas of quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. Dr. Abouzeid Shalaby has been awarded the Qatar University Research Award in 2011, the National Award of Egypt in Physical Sciences for the year 2008 and the award of Distinguished University Research Paper from Qassim University, KSA for the same year, the Amen’s Lutfy Award ( an Egyptian national award too) and Misr El-Kheir (MEK) Publications Award in 2010. Prof. A. M. Shalaby was the Lead PI of QNRF project “NPRP 5 - 261 - 1 – 054” where he completed it successfully after publishing six papers in prestigious journals in the field and two more articles are in progress. In addition, He was the Lead PI of a Project from KACST, Saudi Arabia in 2010.

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Ammar Sakaji

Theoretical Astrophysics and cosmology, President of the Jordanian Astronomical Society JAS, Head of Scientific Affairs at the Regional Center for Space Science and Technology Education for Western Asia, Former Deputy General Director of Scientific Affairs at the Regional Center for Space Science and Technology Education for Western Asia, Center of Theoretical Physics & Astrophysics Manager, General Manager of the Milky Way for Renewable, Lecturer and researcher at several universities in Jordan and outside for more than 30 years, Member of the Jordanian National Committee to vote stars and planets, IAU, Member of the International Association of Mathematical Physics (IAMP), Member of the Majorana Prize Committee, Italy, Referees of several scientific journals on theoretical and mathematical physics: IJTP, JMP...etc, BSc, M.Sc., degrees & Ph.D. course work and more than 35 years in scientific research and peer reviewed publications in physics, astrophysics , Editor of the Electronic Journal of Theoretical Physics, Senior Scientific advisor, High Frequency Gravitational Waves HFGWs group, USA, Published dozens of papers in parallel of several research books in different field of theoretical physics, Honorary Professor of Physics Research Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ammar-Sakaji

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Ali Abdou

Ali Abdou received a B.S. degree in nuclear engineering from the Alexandria University, Egypt in 1992, M.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering in 2002, M.Sc. in Computational Sciences in 2003 and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering in 2005 all from the University of Wisconsin Madison, USA. Dr. Abdou has almost 30 years of experience in the nuclear science and engineering, plasma processing and nanofabrication fields. He participated in the design, pre-operation, inauguration and operation of Egypt's second test and research nuclear reactor ETRR-2 from 1994 to 1999.  He participated in the process development of Intel 65nm, 45nm and 32nm microprocessor fabrication nodes from 2005 to 2009. He established the Kansas State University Dense Plasma Focus Laboratory while working there as assistant professor of nuclear engineering from 2009 to 2013. He participated with the late Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail to establish Zewail City of Science and Technology in Egypt from 2013 to 2016 where he developed the nanotechnology program curriculum and participated in establishing the state-of-the-art nanotechnology institute that houses a cleanroom facility (20 million dollars class-100), smart and nanomaterial synthesis, material characterization, and microscopy centers. He helped in establishing the mechanical engineering department at the American University of the Middle East in Kuwait from 2015 to 2017. He is currently working as a technical advisor in the Nuclear Technology group at Halliburton where he is leading the company's R&D work to develop their pulsed neutron generators. Dr. Abdou is a member of several leading scientific societies and technical groups. His current research interests include high temperature plasma, low temperature plasma, development of compact, nano-second multi-radiation sources, plasma nanoscience, semiconductor nanofabrication, optical emission spectroscopy and x-ray emission from plasmas. Prof. Abdou has authored or co-authored over 60 research publications.

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Mahmoud Abdel-Hafiez

Dr. Mahmoud Abdel-Hafiez is an Associate Professor with a habilitation degree in Physics at Uppsala University. He has a highly interdisciplinary background combined with extensive international experiences throughout his academic career. Prior to the current affiliations, he has held appointments at different Universities in USA, Sweden, Belgium, China and Germany. He pursued his doctoral studies at Dresden University of Technology, Germany. He received a three-year German Science Foundation Young Investigator Award in 2015. During his work at the Center for High-Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research in Shanghai, he was a recipient of the Outstanding Young Scientist award from the Overseas Chinese Physicists Association in 2018. He has been a Visiting Professor at Moscow State University. Professor Abdel-Hafiez’s research interests seek to reveal fundamental problems in quantum (magnetic) materials and tackle long-standing questions, such as how quantum fluctuations, topology, and disorder can be demonstrated to create states of matter with novel and functional properties. He has published 93 papers in these areas in high-impact scientific journals. He has already supervised 11 Masters and four PhD students. He has extensive academic leadership skills (e.g. as German Co-president of the Arab-German young academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA): www.agya.info) with a great interest in science communication and public outreach.

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Hisham El Euch

Hichem Eleuch is a Professor of Physics at the University of Sharjah, UAE. He also serves as the Principal Investigator of the Research Group "Quantum Information, Quantum Simulation, and Quantum Processing" at the University. Dr. Eleuch's educational background includes a Diplom-Ingenieur Univ. (Electrical and Information Engineering) from the Technical University of Munich in 1995 and a Ph.D. in Quantum Physics from Kastler Brossel Laboratory at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris (ENS) and Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie (Sorbonne University) in Paris, France in 1998. His research interests are quantum optics, quantum computing, matter-radiation interactions, low dimensional quantum systems, mathematical physics, and complex systems. He has worked at and visited several prestigious universities and research institutes including Texas A&M University, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Princeton University, McGill University, Auckland University, University of Montreal. Prof. Eleuch has published more than 250 papers in journals (indexed in Scopus and Web of Science) and holds 8 US patents. He has refereed articles for more than 50 physics journals (Nature Communications, Scientific Reports, Physical Review Letters, etc.) and Mathematics (Applied Mathematics and Computation, Journal of Mathematical Physics, etc.). In addition, he has evaluated projects for both MITACS, a Canadian funding agency, and the Austrian Science Fund. He has successfully supervised and graduated more than 15 (Ph.D. and MSc) students and also monitored several Postdoctoral Fellows. He has been awarded several fellowships (from the Fulbright Foundation, Max Planck Society, and the International Center of Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy). He is also a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences and a member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, USA.as well as a member of the Mohammed bin Rashid Academy of Scientists.

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Nidal Chamoun

Nidal CHAMOUN is a full Professor of Theoretical Physics at Higher Institute for Applied Sciences & Technology, Damascus, SYRIA, where he works since 1997 after having studied in the universities of Oxford (Ph.D./Physics), Cambridge (M.A.St./Mathematics), Paris (D.E.A./Electronics) and Ecole Centrale (Diploma/Engineering). He is an `Alumnus der Stipendien der Alexander von Humboldt', a `CAS-PIFI Scholar' and an `ICTP Senior Associate' collaborating with research groups in Germany/China/Italy. His main research activities lie in the domain of Particle Physics/Cosmology.

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Riyadh Mirza
Secretary General

Professor Riyadh Mirza is one of the first workers in the field of lasers and optics in Iraq. He got his BSc in Physics from the University of Baghdad in 1976 followed by MSc and PhD in Laser Physics. Many courses on lasers and optics from Imperial College, University of Arizona, MIT, University of California and Caltech. Certificate of innovation and leadership from Keel University. He is the author of many books on lasers and computer sciences, and he translated the most useful books on lasers. One of the books awarded as the best book in laser for schools from the former president of Iraq. He also served as an Investigator of Innovation at innovate EU. He worked in Al Hazen Research center and the Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control in Iraq. He held the position of professor of Fourier optics and Holography in the institute of laser for post graduate studies in the university of Baghdad. He is the founder and director of Alsalam company for Research and Development of instruments for laboratories of physics from 1989 to 2019. He is the founder and director of the UK-scientific ltd company in the United Kingdom since 2009. The company produces experimental kits in optics and lasers with the state-of-the-art of all its products. Many publications in the field of optics and laser applications. He was a Former member in AOS, OSA (Optica) and SPIE 1980- 2016 and a member in the Iraqi laser society, Iraqi laser scientist society.