I believe that service is a great opportunity for professors to effectively share their disciplinary expertise and professional experiences

By Issam W. Damaj

At the University level, I have been assigned leadership roles in the following key services:

  • Department Chairpersonship
  • Research Boards
  • Assessment
  • Program and Curriculum Development
  • Laboratory Project Management and Design
  • Program Reviews
  • Programmatic Accreditation
  • Institutional Effectiveness
  • Institutional Accreditation
  • Internal Reviews
  • Recruitment
  • Budgeting
  • External Consultancies

My academic administrative appointments include the following:

  • Founding Chairperson, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, American University of Kuwait, 09.2013 – 08.2016
  • Founding Chairperson, Computer Engineering Department, American University of Kuwait, 09.2012 – 08.2013
  • Program Lead, Computer Engineering Program, American University of Kuwait, 09.2009 – 08.2012
  • Chairperson, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Dhofar University, Oman, 09.2007 – 08.2009
  • Acting Dean, School of Engineering, Dhofar University, Oman, on various occaisons, 09.2006 - 06.2009

Responsibilities comprised strategic planning, developing curricula, designing programs, designing capstone courses, managing and designing laboratories, leading institutional accreditation, leading ABET programmatic accreditation, servicing on a wide-ranging of academic committees at all university levels, budgeting, recruitment, coordinating student advising, etc.

  • Member, University Research Board, American University of Kuwait, 10.2016 – Present
  • Member, College Assessment Committee, American University of Kuwait, 10.2010 – 05.2013, and 10.2015 - 08.2016
  • Member, University Admission and Enrollment Management Committee, American University of Kuwait, 05.2013 – 08.2015
  • Member, College Promotion Committee, American University of Kuwait, 09.2013 – 09. 2014
  • Member, University Policies and Procedures Committee, American University of Kuwait, 09.2012 – 08.2013
  • Chairperson, University Curriculum Committee, American University of Kuwait, 09.2011 – 08.2012
  • Member, University Council, the supreme administrative committee and the executive body of the University's governance system, Dhofar University, 09.2007 – 08.2009
  • Member, University Research Board, Dhofar University, 03.2007 – 10.2007
  • Chairperson, Institutional Accreditation Committee for Students and Student Support Services, Dhofar University, 10.2007 – 08.2009
  • Member, Institutional Accreditation Steering Committee, Dhofar University, 10.2007 – 08.2009

Responsibilities included strategizing and steering the first stage of institutional accreditation by the local accrediting authority – the quality audit stage. Moreover, the tasks included developing the service strategies, plan deployments, measuring the effectiveness of services, and identifying improvements for a wide-range of student services and writing their self-study chapter. The steering work at the university level comprised alignment of subcommittee works, training faculty and staff, reviewing all criteria works, and reviewing the university-wide self-study.

Dhofar University was the first private university in Oman to complete the Quality Audit (QA) stage on March 30, 2010. The QA stage was the first of two stages required for accreditation.

  • ABET Accreditation Lead and Institutional Representative, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, American University of Kuwait, 09.2011 – Present
  • Chairperson, ABET Accreditation Steering Committee, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, American University of Kuwait, 11.2011 – Present
  • Chairperson, ABET Accreditation Executive Committee, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, American University of Kuwait, 11.2011 – Present
  • Chairperson, Assessment and Curriculum Committee, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, American University of Kuwait, 02.2014 – 08.2016
  • Principle Author and Writeup Lead, Computer Engineering ABET Accreditation Self-Study Report, American University of Kuwait, 09.2013 - 06.2015.
  • Supervisor and/or member, standing committees, ABET accreditation assessment plan implementation: assessment and curriculum committee, data collection committee, course assessment committee, project evaluation committee, student liaison committee, student advisory board, curriculum guide committee, and industrial advisory board, American University of Kuwait, 09.2012 – Present

Responsibilities comprised leading the preparations for ABET Accreditation including the development of its assessment plan, departmental structuring, plan implementation, self-study write up, and coordinating the logistics of accreditation. The plan employs direct assessments to the general education and major components; with special emphasis on capstone projects. A bouquet of assessment tools support the plan, such as, course assessments by faculty; standardized tests; and exit, alumni, and employer surveys. The structure is supported by a student and industrial advisory boards.

 

The American University of Kuwait (AUK) is the first private university in Kuwait to receive accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET for its BE in Computer Engineering degree. The self-study report of the Computer Engineering program was featured, as example of well-written reports, at ABET Symposium, Hollywood, Florida, USA, April 13 – 14, 2016.

  • ABET Symposium, 2017
  • Assessing Student Professional Competencies, ABET, 2016
  • Creating a Culture of Assessment, ABET, 2016
  • ABET Symposium, 2016
  • Project Management to Create Your Self-Study & Prepare for the Visit, ABET, 2015
  • ABET Symposium, 2015
  • Developing & Implementing a Sustainable Assessment Plan, ABET, 2014
  • ABET Symposium, 2014
  • Excellence in Assessment Leadership (IDEAL), ABET, 2011
  • Institutional Effectiveness, 2011
  • Conducting a Self-study, 2007
  • The Plan for an Omani Higher Education Quality Management System, 2007
  • Systems Engineering, 2013– 2016
  • Electrical Engineering, 2012 – 2016
  • Computer Engineering, 2009 – 2016
  • Computer and Communications Engineering, 2007 – 2009
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 2007 – 2009

The development comprised the program educational objectives, student outcomes, the creation of core major courses, capstone courses, elective courses, laboratory courses, project-based learning components, standardized course learning outcomes, and their mappings to student outcome indicators at the program level.

  • Machines and Power Systems Laboratory, American University of Kuwait, 2013 – 2014
  • High-Performance Computing Laboratory, American University of Kuwait, 2012 – 2013
  • Digital Systems Laboratory, American University of Kuwait, 2009 – 2010
  • Circuits and Electronics Laboratory, American University of Kuwait, 2009 – 2010
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Laboratories, Dhofar University, 2007 – 2009

Responsibilities included the preparation of specifications aligned with the curriculum, planning laboratory layouts, furniture and interior design, and synchronizing communication among purchasing, services, IT, and other departments. Supervisions included room constructions, electrical and IT installations, equipment setups, testing, and training. Other tasks included hiring of laboratory instructors and technicians and developing policies, procedures, and laboratory teaching material. Laboratories prepared: digital systems, electric circuits, electronics, computer organization and architecture, microprocessors, interfacing, embedded systems, high-performance computing, communications, instrumentation, control, data acquisition, power systems, machines, drives, renewable energy, and power electronics.

As an academician and an engineer, I have been involved in a variety of professional services. My activities comprise program evaluation, counselling, consultancies, services to international conferences and journals, workshops, invited talks, services to professional societies, and included the following:

  • Program Evaluator (PEV), ABET, Engineeering Accreditation Commission (EAC), Since 03.2017
  • Founding Counselor, AUK-IEEE Student Branch, Since 03.2014
  • Organized the AUK-IEEE Student Branch Establishment event, Triple–Es: Energy, Ecology, and the Environment, 05.2014
  • Organized the Electrical and Computer Engineering Exhibition, American University of Kuwait, 12.2013
  • Launched the Annual Electrical and Computer Engineering Exhibition, American University of Kuwait, Since 12.2013
  • Launched the Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar Series to support the student attainment of ABET student outcomes (f), (h), and (j), Since 12.2013.

I have been constantly serving as a reviewer and member of International Program Committees of international conferences including the following:

I have been constantly serving as a reviewer for international journals:

I have been invited to give several technical talks and seminars. The topics have been mainly in computer engineering with focus on hardware/software co-design.


I have carefully developed and conducted three workshops on Giving an Effective Talk, Modern Strategic Planning for Small/Medium-sized Departments, and Building Self-Confidence. The workshops have provided me with a great opportunity of communication with people from different backgrounds and disciplines.

I have developed and maintained an Internet Portfolio that includes an Academic Website (www.idamaj.net), a Facebook Education Website (www.facebook.com/iwdamaj), and a Twitter professional site (twitter.com/issamwd). The main organized academic activities and published posts are as follows: