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University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL May. 2024 (Projected)

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering

  • Dissertation: Modeling and Simulation of a Control-oriented, Reconfigurable, and Acausal Floating Turbine Simulator (CRAFTS) with Quantitative Feedback Theory (QFT) Robust Control

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL May. 2020

M.S. Aerospace Engineering

  • Thesis: Dynamic Modeling and Simulation of a Power Plant Steam Condenser on the Siemens’ SPPA-T3000 Platform

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL May. 2018

B.S. Mechanical Engineering

  • Summa Cum Laude; 4.0/4.0 GPA
  • Honors: College of Engineering Fall 2018 Top Honor Graduate


Graduate Research Assistant Jan. 2019 — Present

Hybrid Sustainable Energy Systems (HySES) Lab

  • Developed a dynamic behavior, control-oriented, reconfigurable, and acausal floating turbine simulator with QFT based robust controls (DOE/ARPA-E funded project).
  • Developed a dynamic behavior model of a steam condenser based on mechanical and thermal balance of plant of a Siemens operated power plant (Siemens Energy Inc. funded project).

Graduate Teaching Assistant Aug. 2022 — Dec. 2022

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering University of Central Florida (UCF), Orlando, FL

  • EML 4225 — Fall 2022: Introduction to Vibrations and Controls (Instructor Dr. Yunjun Xu)

Development Engineer Jun. 2016 — Dec. 2018

Institute for Simulation & Training (IST), Orlando, FL

  • Spearheaded the signal synchronization, blending, mixing, and overlaying of augmented reality techniques as the lead R&D engineer for the Augmented Medical Devices (AMDs) project (NBME funded project).

Research Assistant Aug. 2018 — Dec. 2018

Center for Advanced Turbomachinery and Energy Research (CATER)

  • Designed controls and instrumentation systems for experimental set-ups, including programming, troubleshooting of sensors, data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation.

Senior Design, Controls & Instrumentation System Lead Jan. 2018 — Dec. 2018

Florida Space Institute (FSI)

  • Directed the development of a robust controller for an autonomous microgravity platform.

Technical Skills & Competencies

  • Languages: Arabic (Native), English (Native), and Spanish (Intermediate).
  • Technical Skills:
    • Robust, optimal, and QFT based control systems.
    • Modal and harmonic vibrational analysis.
    • Rigid body dynamics modeling and simulation.
    • Heat transfer modeling and simulation.
  • Software:
    • Engineering: Dymola, SPPA-T3000, MATLAB, Simulink, MathCAD, OnShape, SolidWorks, Fritzing.
    • Programming Languages/Software: Modelica, Python, C, C++, Julia, Processing, Wiring, git, svn.
    • Development Platforms: Essential microcontrollers and embedded system platforms.
    • Operating Systems: Proficient in Linux, macOS, and MS Windows.
    • Miscellaneous: Schematic design, engineering drawing, printed circuit board design, 3D printing, front-end development (HTML and JS).