Research Advisory Board
The External Research Advisory Board (RAB) is the external advisory committee that counsels the Vice President for Research, and his executive staff.
It is comprised of business, industry and academic leaders who bring a diverse background of leadership experiences and skills.
- Appointment to the RAB is made by the Vice-President, Research (VPR) with advice from the President and University Council. It is advisory to the VPR.
- The RAB will advice on the strategic research issues and directions of the university.
- The RAB will advise on the use of effective performance indicators that describe the differentiated position of the E-JUST as a research-intensive university, and communicate these to various stakeholders.
- The RAB will advise on the different aspects of the research enterprise across the E-JUST campuses including knowledge translation, commercialization, and industry and community relations.
- The RAB will advise on E-JUST’s strategic international research activity and presence, in the context of the university’s overall international strategy.
- The RAB will advise on the formulation and implementation of an effective communication strategy for research at the E-JUST.
Research Advisory Board Members
Dr. Wael Helal Bahaa-El-Din
Dr. Ahmed Mokhtar
Dr. Wael Hilal Bahaa-El-Din
Dr. Wael Hilal Bahaa-El-Din worked at Microsoft for the last 15 years (1994-2010). He was promoted to a Distinguished Engineer (2000) and Technical Fellow (2007); the highest technical leadership level at Micosoft. He also earned the Corporate Vice President level since 2000. For the Windows 7 release, he lead the Windows Engineering System & Services organization and drove major advances in the quality of Windows and its engineering. His teams developed innovations throughout Windows to improve its end-to-end quality in areas such as performance, reliability, scalability, diagnosis, feedback, and application experience. His teams also engineered Windows for worldwide markets, improved the Windows experience with service packs and updates, and built a world-class engineering system for developing software at the scale of Windows. He is considered one of the top software industry experts in software performance, reliability, scalability and quality.
Since the year 2000, Dr. Bahaa-El-Din has led company-wide quality initiatives and expanded his responsibilities to other areas of quality. He has been instrumental in pioneering diagnostic and recovery initiatives, enhancing quality monitoring, focusing on fundamental customer satisfaction, and making deep improvements in product readiness for release.
Dr. Bahaa-El-Din has worked on the design, architecture, and performance analysis of operating systems, database systems, networking, server applications, client applications, compilers, tools, and hardware. He has had an impact on the performance and the reliability of more than 40 products at both Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and Microsoft. His expertise in analysis techniques spans the spectrum of benchmarking, measurements, analytical modeling, queuing, prototyping, and simulation.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Dr. Bahaa-El-Din worked at DEC for seven years on database performance and scalability, which included operating system and hardware performance. He was the top Consulting Engineer in the commercial performance area, and also influenced the design of new hardware systems to perform and scale well on database workloads.
Furthermore, Dr. Bahaa-El-Din has worked in academia before moving to the software/hardware industry. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Ohio State University in 1984 and M.S. from the University of Alexandria in 1979. During his academic career, he published numerous IEEE and ACM journal and conference articles on performance analysis, supervised graduate research, and taught courses in computer science, networking, and performance analysis.
Mr. Omar El Sheikh
Mr. El Sheikh is a senior executive who has thirty three years of international experience in the industrial, trading and services sectors, with main focus on Information Technology and Telecommunications. He has an extensive experience into the nature, culture, business practices and conditions of the markets in the Middle East, the United States and Latin America.
Mr. EL Sheikh spent most of his career with four multinational companies: the Alcatel group, NCR Corporation, Eastman Kodak and Vodafone. He has also worked for two years with the Industrial Modernization Center (IMC) in Egypt.
Since 1992 Mr. El Sheikh has held the following executive positions:
- General Manager of NCR Saudi Arabia (1992-1996).
- General Manager of Intertec Egypt, the manufacture of Akai & LG
- Managing Director of Kodak Egypt (1998-2002).
- General Manager of the business resource center of the Industrial Modernization Center (2002-2004).
- Corporate Affairs Director of Vodafone Egypt(2004-2007)
Currently, Mr. El-Sheikh is holding the following positions:
- Chairman of SDG Middle East, a consulting company specialized in
Business Performance Management.
- Chairman of TekTrust, a technology company specialized in the
development of IT solutions.
- Chairman of Vodafone Data, one of the leading data communications
service providers in Egypt. .
- Member of the board of TRANS IT, the IT service provider to the
Egyptian Ministry of Transportation.
- Member of the board of the British Egyptian Business Association
- Executive Director of the Egyptian side of the Egyptian British Business
- Management Consultant and Information Technology &
- Certified Mediator (basic & advanced training)
- Certified Arbitrator (associate member of the Cairo Regional Arbitration
Mr. El Sheikh holds a B. Sc. in Computer Science from the Faculty of Engineering at Alexandria University.
Mr. Ossama Aboul Wafa
Ossama Aboul Wafa is the Power Systems Director at Mantrac Group. His current post includes:
- Power Systems director and member of the Executive Committee managing the Mantrac Group.
- The Mantrac Group, consisting of 20 different companies, operating in 10 different countries in Africa, the Middle East and Russia, with a sales turnover of 1.5 B$ in 2008.
- Extensive sales and marketing knowledge, in different countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
- Strong diversified technical background in the reciprocating engines business, electric power generation plants, as well as heavy construction equipment.
- Previous experience in the Oil and Gas sector, for 14 years working with a subsidiary of Amoco (currently BP).
Dr. Hisham El-Shishiny
Dr El-Shishiny is chief scientist, IBM Master Inventor and Manager of Advanced Technology and Cairo Center for Advanced Studies at IBM Egypt.
He is also the World-Wide Leader of IBM Centers for Advanced Studies (25 centers around the globe).
He received his B. Sc. In Electronics and Communications Engineering from Cairo University in 1972, and his Doctorate degree in Computer Science from Henri Poincare, Nancy 1 university in France in 1978. Dr. El-Shishiny is the recipient of five IBM Plateau Invention Achievement Awards, IBM Outstanding Innovation Award and IBM High Value Patent Application Award.
He is an inventor or co-inventor of 22 granted and filed patents and authors of more than 50 technical papers in reputable journals and conferences.
Dr. El-Shishiny is a member of the IEEE and ACM.
His current research interests include High Performance Computing (HPC), Advanced Imaging Technology, Machine Learning, Knowledge Management and Bioinformatics.
Mr. Amir WassefAmir Wassef received a Bachelor’s degree in Solid State Electronics Engineering from the faculty of Engineering, University of Alexandria, and studied towards M.Sc. Studies at University of Alexandria Science Center.
In 1977 , he founded United Electronics, a manufacturing company in Alexandria where he designed and manufactured electronic controls for industry. Capitalizing on his extensive experience in industrial controls, he later established a new company, UNITEL in Borg el Arab- Alexandria, which specializes in Materials Handling Systems,. Today, UNITEL is Egypt leading supplier of many types of conveyors and integrated handling systems such as warehousing systems, assembly lines for white goods, and specialized materials handling systems. UNITEL has thousands of installations and a customer base in Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, and Singapore.
Wassef also founded INTEGRA , a manufacturer of Agro Produce Processing Systems, in Borg el ,Arab, and Gulf Handling Co. a trading company in the UAE. Both manufacturing companies use advanced manufacturing systems, backed by a strong Computer Aided Design, manufacturing, and Engineering knowledge based.
Amir Wassef is a member of the Alexandria Business Association and has chaired the Information Committee of ABA, for 11 years, and is now a consultant to this committee.
Wassef is a member of the board of Trustees Borg el Arab City where he chairs the Strategic Planning Committee of the Borg el Arab Board of Trustees, and is contributing to the long term strategic plan of this industrial city.
Additionally Amir Wassef is also a Consultant to the Social Fund for Development for Small and Micro Enterprises in Borg el Arab, and a board member of the Medium and Small Enterprise Association in Borg el Arab.
In 2004 he was appointed by the Ministry of Higher Education as an industry representative and member of the Founding Team of the Egyptian Japanese University for Science and Technology in Borg el Arab, where he has made many contributions to integrate Academia and Industry in this unique project between the governments of Egypt and Japan. He is an Advisor to the President of the-Egypt-Japan University for Science & Technology- for International and External Affairs, and a member of the University Council of EJUST.
Wassef is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Mechanical Engineering Department of the American University in Cairo.
Amir Wassef’s main hobby is flying and started flying at a young age, where he won Egypt’s championship in 1968. He holds a pilot license for Gliders, and single engine small aircraft, and is now a Senior Flight Instructor for gliders and single engine small aircraft at the local air club in Alexandria Nozha Airport, and is a Board Member of the Alexandria Flying Club, He is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Alexandria Mariout and an Ex board member Borg el Arab Investors Association, and an ex Member Board of Trustees Amreya Technical School, and Borg el Arab Technical School.
His professional affiliations include membership of The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers USA (IEE E), membership of Communication Society USA, membership of the Computer Society USA, and the Industrial Automation Society of the IEEE , USA.
Dr. Hani Elgebaly
He is director of strategic planning with the wireless program office at Intel Corp and the Chief Technology Officer of Intel/KACST Center of Excellence for Wireless Applications (CEWA). Before this post, he used to be director of platform Architecture with the mobile platform group and chief software architect where he was responsible for wireless & mobility manageability and security software initiatives architectures for Intel mobile platform (Centrino™).
Hani managed R&D engineering teams across Oregon, US and Bangalore, India.
He has been with Intel for 15 years where he led multiple engineering management and lead architect positions in the Mobile platform group, Intel Architecture labs & Internet Communication Group.
He contributed to international standards in IP Telephony and Videoconferencing and represented Intel at the Internet Engineering Task Force, Telecommunication International Association, IPv6 forum, ITU-T SG16, IEEE, and other bodies.
Hani has 22 issued and pending US patents and over 20 journal and conference publications.
Hani is a Senior IEEE member and received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, M.S. degree in computational science from University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with high honors from Cairo University, Egypt.
Dr. Ahmed N. Tantawy
Dr. Ahmed N. Tantawy is currently leading the development of a sustainable ecosystem that should enable Egypt to accelerate its economic growth through the advancement and use of nanotechnology. At the core of this national initiative lies Egypt Nanotechnology Center, a leading edge R&D facility being built with help from IBM and other specialized world-class partners.
Until October 2009, Dr. Tantawy was the Chief Technical Officer of IBM Software Group in the Growth Markets Unit, where he oversaw the technical aspects of complex innovative projects in Africa, Asia, Australia, Central & Eastern Europe, and Latin America.
As the Technical Director of IBM in the Middle East and North Africa from 2000 to 2008, he established and led numerous initiatives in the region, particularly the Global Resource Centers in Egypt. There, he built a team of 500 engineers and scientists and led them to produce over 25 inventions per year while developing products and applications for various IBM divisions and customers around the world. The Cairo Technology Development Center was among the exclusive group of global organizations that have achieved CMMI Level 5.
From 1998 to 2000, Dr. Tantawy was the Director of Advanced Technology Development for IBM’s Software Group in the USA. Among other activities, he managed the invention and development of secure management and distribution techniques for electronic media assets over the Internet and digital broadcast networks, with proper content protection and digital rights management.
As the Worldwide Director of Digital Media Technology in 1996 and 1997, he was responsible for the development of IBM hardware and software products and solutions for various digital media applications.
From 1988 to 1995, he was a Research Scientist then Manager of the Multimedia Communication Systems department at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. There, he initiated and led several projects in the areas of high bandwidth networks, interactive multimedia systems, autonomous decentralized systems, and high performance workstations.
Between 1980 and 1988, Dr. Tantawy was a University Professor and an independent consultant in the USA, France, and the Middle East. He led several projects in the areas of Factory Automation, National Health Information Infrastructure, and Satellite Data Networks. He also played a significant role in the establishment of the first College of Computing in Saudi Arabia.
His scientific contributions include 18 issued patents, 4 books and over 100 refereed papers. He serves on the Board of Trustees and Advisory Boards of a number of universities and research institutes in
the USA, Europe, and the Middle East. He had special assignments with the US National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of a book series on High Performance Computing and Communications, Editor of 4 scientific journals, and General Chair of 14 international conferences.
Dr. Tantawy received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering with highest honors from Grenoble, France in 1980. He received his B.Eng. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering with distinction and highest honors Alexandria University, Egypt, in 1973 and 1976, respectively.