Zewail City appoints faculty expert in nuclear engineering and plasma physics

Dr. Ali Abdou will be joining Zewail City as associate professor at The university of Science and Technology starting February 2013. He specializes in the fields of plasma physics and nanofabrication. Abdou will help develop the course material for the subjects of materials science and nanotechnology engineering at the university.

Abdou received his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering and two Master of Science degrees in nuclear engineering and computational sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Until he joins The university of Science and Technology in 2013 he will continue to serve as an assistant professor of nuclear engineering at the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Kansas State University, USA.

Abdou boats over 20 years of experience in nuclear sciences and engineering, plasma processing, and nanofabrication. He participated in the design, pre-operation, inauguration and operation of Egypt’s second test and research nuclear reactor ETRR-2. He was licensed as a radiation protection and health physicist by the Argentinian Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 1996 and by the Egyptian Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 1997. He also worked as a senior process development engineer in Portland Technology Development at Intel, specializing in the area of plasma etching and semiconductor nanofabrication.


“I am delighted to be part of the faculty at The university of Science and Technology,” said Dr. Abdou. “I, along with all Egyptian scientists, have dreamt of seeing a paradigm shift and transformational change in academic education and research in our country and to be a part of it."

"I think this will come true with the establishment of Zewail City and its cutting edge research, high quality faculty and staff, state of the art curriculum, research centers, technology parks, and a world class administrative and leadership body headed by 1999 Nobel Laureate, Dr. Ahmed Zewail,” he said.


Dr. Sherif Sedky, The university of Science and Technology's Provost, welcomed Dr. Abdou saying, "He is a great addition to Zewail City as he combines both industrial and academic experience, which is crucial for realizing the City’s objectives. I am looking forward to working with Dr. Abdou in his various capacities."

Ali Abdou

Abdou is highly experienced in plasma processing techniques used in the fabrication and characterization of semiconductor nano/micro structures. In early 2009, he joined the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Kansas State University, USA, as an assistant professor of nuclear engineering. His current research interests include the development of nanosecond compact multi-radiation sources based on the dense plasma focus device with applications in homeland security; the research and development of plasma etching in semiconductor nanofabrication; optical emission spectroscopy; and x-ray emission from plasmas. Abdou has authored and co-authored over 50 research publications.


Abdou received his Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt in1992, and then pursued two Master of Science degrees in nuclear engineering (2002) and computational sciences (2003) as well as a doctorate degree in nuclear engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (2005). Abdou was a teaching assistant at the Air Defense College in Alexandria and the American University in Cairo (1992-1994). He served as a nuclear engineer at the Nuclear Research Center at the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority and at Investigaciones Aplicadas (INVAP) in Argentina between 1994 and1999. He worked as a graduate assistant in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (1999-2005) where he worked on his doctorate degree in High Temperature Plasma and Nuclear Fusion.


For further details, contact Zewail City's manager of communications and development, Rawya El-Dabi, at: press at zewailcity dot edu dot eg.

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