Project Teams

Team profiles3 A2

The University of Salford
Birzeit University
Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
Palestine Polytechnic University
University of Ruse Angel Kanchev
Palestine Technical University-Kadoorie
ESTIA Institute of Technology
Palestinian Information Technology Association of Companies
Jerusalem District Electricity Company


The University of Salford

Haifa Takruri-RizkDirector of the JMEE project, Haifa is a Professor at The University of Salford. She obtained her BSc degree in Electrical Engineering at Birzeit University, 1984, and her MSc and PhD in Instrumentation and Measurement from UMIST, UK, 1987 & 1990.

She has extensive experience in successfully managing EU funded projects and programme development in mobile computing. An electronics engineer with a multidisciplinary practice, Prof Takruri-Rizk’s current teaching focuses on mobile networking.

Her research focuses on integrating networking technologies and instrumentation, in particular wireless sensor networks and their applications in intelligent buildings, networked appliances, precision agriculture and energy saving.

She supervises a number of PhD, MSc and UG projects. In 2009 she was awarded an MBE.

Professor-Nigel-LingeNigel Linge is Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Salford. He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer with a track record of securing and managing funded research projects. His research is widely published and includes the development of communication and routing protocols, mobile applications and energy monitoring.

He developed the MSc in Data Telecommunications and Networks at Salford and has extensive programme development experience. Currently his teaching includes computer network design, global communications and professional issues.

Professor Samia Nefti-MezianiSamia has an extensive leadership experience as Head of the Autonomous systems and Advanced Robotics research centre and as a former Postgraduate Director and Director of the doctoral school of the 6* Information Systems Research Institute (2005-08).

She has successfully graduated and supervised more than 20 PhDs students. She has extensive experience at running very successful industrial sponsored robotics postgraduate programmes at National and international level (with world leading institutions such as IIT Mombay and ESTIA Ecole).

She has nurtured a strong research culture and environment, which received the highest award for research environment (4*) in the 2008. She has successfully supervised and graduated more than 20 PhD students

Prof Vian AhmedProf. Ahmed is currently the College of Science and Technology Director of the On-line Doctoral

Programme, and a professor in the Built Environment at the School of the Built Environment. Prof Ahmed has a long track record of academic and industrial experience of at least Twenty years, and has been the director of Postgraduate Research studies for the last Six years.

She has vast experience in curricula development and delivery of both in house and Distance Learning Programmes.

Her expertise in pedagogy and Computer aided learning, students’ learning styles and effective modes of teaching delivery will enhance the strategic approach of online delivery in this project. Her expertise will enrich the online delivery aspects of the project.

Rina LakhmanRina is currently the Project manager for the JMEE project. Graduating from the University of Manchester after studying Accountancy with business information systems she moved onto gaining experience in auditing, project management and supporting grants for a series of research and enterprise projects at the University of Bolton.

The projects ranged from Carbon management to business development for students. Her experience in information system design and management will support the project in delivering the details required by the funding bodies


Birzeit University

Dr.-Muhammad-Abu-KhaizaranReceived a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Birzeit University, 1996, MPhil and PhD degrees in power electronics from University of Cambridge, UK, 1999 and 2003, respectively.

From 2001 to 2003, he worked as a part time Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. Since 2003, he joined Birzeit University, as an Assistant Professor. During his career, he was a supervisor and an examiner for many Undergraduate and Postgraduate project Theses. Dr. Abu-Khaizaran is a reviewer of many articles submitted to refereed journals and conferences. His main research interests are Renewable Energies (Wind and Solar energies), Gate Drives for IGBTs and MOSFETs, Series Connection of IGBTs in high power switches, Electrical Machine Drives and VVVF Drives, and Current and Voltage Source Converters/Inverters.

He has published many articles in the area of power electronic converters and IGBT gate drives. Dr. Abu-Khaizaran served as the Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at Birzeit University from 2008 to 2011. He received Arab-British Camber Charitable Foundation Scholarship and Cambridge Overseas Trust Scholarship to pursue his MPhil and PhD degrees, respectively.

Dr. Mohammad JubranDr. Mohammad Jubran is an Assistant Professor and the Head of the Electrical Engineering Department at Birzeit University. He is also the counselor of the IEEE student chapter at Birzeit University.

Dr. Jubran has earned the B.S. degree in Electronic Engineering from Al-Quds University, Abu-Dies, Palestine, in 2000, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, in 2005 and 2007, respectively.

Dr. Jubran has contributed effectively in the implementation of the Information Security work packages as part of the e-Government Lifelong Learning Consortium project funded by TEMPUS. Dr. Jubran research interests include wireless communications, wireless sensor networks (WSN), multimedia processing and transmission. He published many articles in the area of multimedia processing and transmission. In 2003, Dr. Jubran was awarded the Fulbright scholarship to pursue the M.S. degree in USA

Dr. Wael A. HashlamounWael A. Hashlamoun is at present Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. He received the B.S. degree from the University of Jordan, Amman, in 1981 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, in 1983 and 1991, respectively, all in electrical engineering.

From 1981 to 1982 and 1983 to 1987 he taught in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Birzeit University, Palestine. Since 1991, he has been a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Birzeit University, and served as Chairman of the Department from 1995 to 1998 and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 1998 to 2004.

His research interests include design and performance evaluation of distributed detection systems, quantization for hypothesis testing, detection theory, and system and control theory. Dr. Hashlamoun received the Fulbright Scholarship, University of Maryland, College Park, 2006–2007 and the German DAAD Visiting Scholar, University of Stuttgart, Germany in 2005.


Technical University of Cluj-Napoca

Professor Radu BălanProfessor Radu Bălan obtained a PhD in Control Systems (2001).

He is focused on control system design and implementation. He was senior research scientist (1984-1999) for Research Institute for Electronics, before taking up his position at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca.

He has published over 100 papers (revues, conferences), 35 scientific research reports, 4 books. His professional interests include adaptive-predictive control, system identification, nonlinear systems, mechatronics, building energy management systems, sensors and actuators, applications with microcontrollers, DSP and FPGA.

Professor Vistrian MatiesDr. Vistrian Maties is a full professor at Technical University of Cluj-Napoca since 1995, Ph.D. Supervisor since 2001.

He was the head of Department of Mechatronics (1990-1996; 2000-2012). He is the head of the Research Centre on Mechatronics Cluj (2001-present) and the director of The Regional Centre for Flexible Education and Training (2010-present).

Professor Maties have a vast experience in the field of mechatronics, he participated as a manager/local coordinator to more than 5 international and 15 national research grants and published more than 80 scientific papers in the mention research field.

Dr. Lapusan CiprianDr. Ciprian Lapusan received PhD in the field of mechatronic systems design (2010). Since 2008 he is lecturer at Mechatronics Department, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca.

The main teaching subjects are: mechatronic systems design, control systems, sensors, microcontrollers and applied electronics.

His research interests include: advanced control systems, energy efficiency, renewable energy, mechatronic systems design. He participated to more than 12 national and international research projects and published more than 17 research papers and 1 book in the mentioned research fields.

Dr. Radu DoncaDr. Radu Donca is research assistant at the Mechatronics Department, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca.

He was an active researcher in FP7 project DEHEMS (WP4 –Control system, WP5-Energy measurement, software development) and other national projects.

His field of interest comprises: modelling, simulation and control; sensors & actuators; data acquisition; mechatronics & robotics; matlab-simulink & dSpace, embedded systems design (microcontrollers, FPGA, DSP); power electronics design; low power applications; LEGO Mindstorms; creativity.

He published more than 20 research papers.


Palestine Polytechnic University

Dr. Murad AbusubaihMurad Abusubaih received his PhD. in Telecommunications Engineering from Technical University of Berlin, Germany, in 2009, his M.sc. in Communications Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology, in 2001, and his B.sc. degree (with distinction) in computer systems engineering from Palestine Polytechnic University, Palestine, in 1999.

During 2004-2009, he worked as research assistant at the Telecommunication Networks Group at the Technical University of Berlin. He has been working on Policies and Protocols for Wireless Networks. He has been involved in different projects: Cognitive Radio, Localization in Wireless Networks, and MESH networking. Dr. Abusubaih has published several research articles in journals and conferences.

Also, he serves as reviewer in several international journals and conferences such as IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Wiley Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, Elsevier Adhoc Networks, Oxford Computer Journal, Elsevier Computers and Electrical Engineering, Springer Wireless Networks, IEEE WCNC, IEEE PIMRC.

Currently, he is chairing the electrical engineering department at and the director the Telecommunication research center Palestine Polytechnic University.

Dr Sameer KhaderThe Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Palestine Polytechnic University (PPU). In 2010-2011 he was a visiting professor at University of Hartford, CT, USA spending his sabbatical year.

He is a director of Power Electronics & Signal Processing Research Unit at PPU. Before that he served for ten years as university academic provost, dean of college and Chair of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at PPU.

His research interests include Electrical machines, Electrical drives, Power Electronics Converters, Renewable Energy Sources and Smart Grids, in addition to engineering education and e-learning technologies.

He has several publications in international journals and conferences.

Dr Ghandi ManasraAssociate Professor at PPU Obtained MSc (84–86) and PhD degree (91-95) in Electrical Engineering, Communication and Signal Processing from North-eastern University in Boston, USA, and the BSc (80-84) in EE from University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

Before joining PPU (2001) and till present as an associate professor in the department of Electrical Engineering (communication Engineering), working at AlQuds University (1986-1991 and 1995-1999) and King Saud University (1999-2001) as an Assistant Professor.

He spent the academic year (2010-2011) on a sabbatical leave in the Telecoms Engineering at Arab American University.

His research focuses on mobile telecoms, Channel capacity and Information theory for spread spectrum communications.

Dr. Osama AtaDr. Ata received B.Sc. (Hon) degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Hull, United Kingdom, his M.Sc. degree in Electronic Communications from the University of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom, his Ph.D. degree in Microwave Antenna Systems from the University of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom.

He spent three years as Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bangor, Wales, United Kingdom and two years as a visiting research fellow at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.

His research interest include: Microwave Horns, Micro-strip Antennas, Electromagnetic Radiation, In-building penetration loss modeling and measurement, Application of MIMO into WiMAX-OFDM.

Dr. Ata has several publications in International journals and conference proceedings.

Fouad ZaroDr. Zaro has received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Palestine Polytechnic University. Later on, he received his MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). He is interested in Power Quality, Artificial Intelligent Techniques, Power System Planning and Operation.


University of Ruse Angel Kanchev

Assoc. Prof Nina BenchevaDr Nina Bencheva, is the Head of the Telecommunications Department.

She teaches the subjects “Specialized microprocessor systems”, “Digital systems” and “Digital Signal Processors” for the Bachelor and Master degree courses Telecommunication Systems, Electronics, and Automation, Information and Control Engineering.

She participated in the team developed the syllabi and teaching aids for these courses.

Her research interests include embedded system applications. She has been actively involved in all the national and international projects of which the Telecommunications Department has been a partner. She is a member of the scientific organizing committees of the EAEEIE Conferences and 2010’ Danube Rectors’ Conference.

Assoc. Prof Yoana RusevaDr Yoana Ruseva teaches the subjects “Specialized microprocessor systems”, “Digital systems” and “Digital Signal Processors” for the Bachelor and Master degree courses Telecommunication Systems, Electronics, and Automation, Information and Control Engineering.

She participated in the team developed the syllabi and teaching aids for these courses as well as the curriculum for “Information and Communication Technologies” Master Degree Course.

Her research interests include embedded system applications. She has been actively involved in all the national and international projects of which the Telecommunications Department has been a partner. She is a member of the scientific organizing committees of the EAEEIE Conferences.

Dr Milko Marinov is an associate professor at the Department of Computer Systems and Technologies. His teaching experience is in Object-oriented programming, Information Systems, Operating Systems and Distributed Databases.

He has published more than 50 publications concerning Knowledge-based systems, Distributed Databases, Object-oriented database systems, Multimedia Information Systems, Query Processing, Deductive Databases, Knowledge-Based Distributed Information Systems.

He has theoretical and practical experience in collecting data from different sources, real-time software for data acquisition, remote connectivity, data processing, client-server applications.

Since 2008 he is taking part in the implementation of 3 research projects (TIPSS, DEHEMS, PLEEC), financed in the frames of the FP7 research program of the EC, as a researcher.

Assoc. Prof Milko MarinovPlamen Zahariev was born in June 1983 in Ruse, Bulgaria. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in 2005 and 2007 from the Department of Computer Systems and Technologies at the University of Ruse. In 2011 he defended his Ph.D. thesis about wireless sensor networks and wireless communications and later that year he was appointed as assistant professor at the Department of Telecommunications at the University of Ruse. Currently Dr. Zahariev is full time Associate Professor at the Department of Telecommunications, where he has supervised more than 50 B.Sc. and M.Sc. students. He has more than 10 years of experience in the field of Telecommunication networks and is Cisco Academy Instructor for the last 8 years. He is a member of IEEE and ACM. Dr. Zahariev is author and co-author of several books and more than 50 scientific papers. His main research interests are in the field of wireless communication technologies, sensor networks, IP communication processes and systems, visualization and cloud technologies and mobile devices and operating systems.


Palestine Technical University-Kadoorie

Dr Basim AlsayidDr. Basim Alsayid received B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy in 1991.

He received his PhD Degree in Electrical Drives Engineering from University of Bologna, Bologna in 2002. From 2002 to 2007 he worked as Assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering and Technology, Palestine Technical University (Kadoorie , Tulkarm – Palestine. From 2007 to 2009 he worked as the head of the electrical engineering department and from 2009 to 8/2013 he was the dean of the college of engineering and technology at the same university.

Since 9/2013 he is an associate professor. He is a member of IEEE, Palestinian Engineers Association. His research areas are in electrical drives and renewable energy, in fact he was also involved in a 2 year research program about design and control of photovoltaic systems with a French research group. He published in international journals and presented in various conferences throughout the world.

Dr Samer AlsadiDr Alsadi received Diploma in 1996 Power Systems “grounding” and PhD in Power Systems “Economical Dispatch” from Moscow Energy Institute, Moscow, Russia in 2000. From 1996 to 1997, he worked as an Electrical Engineer.

From 2000 up to now he worked as Assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Palestine Technical University (Khadoorie), Tul Karm – Palestine.

Dr. Alsadi is a member of IEEE, Palestinian Engineers Association and Arab Engineers Association.

Dr Mutamed KhatibMutamed Khatib received B.Sc. in Telecommunication Engineering from Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan in 1996 and M.Sc. in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Jordan University for Science & Technology, Irbid, Jordan in 2003. He received his Ph.D. Degree in Wireless and Mobile systems from University Sains Malaysia (USM), Malaysia in 2009. His research Interests are in the field of mobile networks and coding such as: Broadband Access Network and Services, Adaptive Signal Processing for Wireless Communications and Cellular Networks.

From 1996 to 2005, he worked as Transmission, Outside Broadcasting & Studio Engineer in Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation (PBC).

From 2005 to 2009 he worked as an instructor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Palestine Technical University (Kadoorie), Tul Karm – Palestine. Since September 2009, Dr Mutamed Khatib is working as Assistant professor in the same university and he is the dean of college of engineering and technology there, in where he is teaching advanced courses in telecommunications and coding.

Dr. Khatib has a number of publications to his credit in various international journals and conference proceedings. He is the editor of a book titled “Advanced Trends in Wireless Communications” published by INTECH Open Access Publisher from Croatia in 2011, and he is the author of two scientific books and two book chapters. Dr. Khatib is an editor and reviewer for many international journals in his field, a member of IEEE, Palestinian Engineers Association and Arab Engineers Association.

Professor Arafat ZaidanProfessor Arafat Zaidan is a control engineer who received his degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Leicester University, United Kingdom in 1993 and Ph.D. Degree in Control from Salford University United Kingdom in 2000. His research Interests are in the field of control and digital control such as Pole Placement controllers.

From 2003 to 2008 he worked as an instructor (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Mechatronics Engineering, at the Hashemite University Jordan.

Since February 2008-20013, Dr Arafat Zaidan has been working as Assistant professor at PTUK. He is the head of the electrical and computer departments. He taught many courses such as Control, Digital control, Machines and many other advanced courses.

Dr. Arafat Zaidan has a number of publications to his credit in various international journals and conference proceedings. In 2013 he became an associate professor. He is a reviewer for many international conferences in his field, a member of IEEE, Palestinian Engineers Association and Arab Engineers Association.

Professor Arafat Zaidan worked on many international projects funded by the World Bank and Tempus.

Dr. Nael SalmanDr. Nael SALMAN received his PhD in Computer Engineering from Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey in 2006. He is an assistant professor in computer engineering at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Palestine Technical University–Kadoorie(PTUK). Currently, Dr. Salman is the Dean of Community Service and Development Affairs.

Dr. Salman started his job as a lecturer at PTUK in 1996. From 2000 to 2007 he worked as an instructor in the Department of Computer Engineering at Cankaya University, Ankara-Turkey. In January, 2007, Dr. Salman returned to Palestine where he rejoined PTUK and served as the head of the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from Sep. 2010 to Feb. 2012.

Dr. Salman has a number of publications in various international journals and refereed conference proceedings. He is also a program committee member of Software Engineering conference organized annually in Turkey. Dr. Salman also participated as an IT consultant in several TEMPUS, QIF funded projects. His research Interests include the fields of Software Engineering, Software measurement, Web Application development, Network security, and Database systems.


ESTIA Institute of Technology

Dr Ionel VechiuIonel VECHIU is a Professor at ESTIA Engineering School, the Institute of Advanced Industrial Technologies, France.

He received his B. S. degree in electrical engineering from Galati University, Romania, in 2001 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Le Havre, France, in 2002 and 2005, respectively. His Habilitation to Conduct Researches is in Applied Power Electronics and Control, from Grenoble INP, France.

His research interests include the power electronics applied to renewable energy conversion and storage, dynamic modelling & simulation of electric power systems, including control strategies for Distributed Generation Integration into weak grids.

He has published more than 40 papers in leading international journals and works extensively with several industrial companies on projects regarding the increasing intermittent renewable energy penetration in islanding grids.

Picture3Dr Curea received the Doctorate degree in electrical engineering from the University of LeHavre, France, in 2001, and graduated from the Electronics School of Polytechnic Institute “Traian Vuia,” Timisoara, Romania. For two years, he was an Electronic Engineer. In 1997, he joined the GREAH Laboratory, University of Le Havre. He was Postdoctoral Researcher at the University Le Havre. In 2004, he became a member of ESTIA Engineering School and Ecole ESTIA Research Laboratory, France, where he is currently a Research Fellow with EneR-GEAGroup. His current research interests include power electronics converters, electrical machines, and measurement and control systems applied in the field of renewable energies.

He was boPortrait_Stephane Kreckelberghrn in Baiona, Basque Country, on October 21, 1976. He received the Ph.D. degree in Physics and technology of great instruments, from Orsay University, France, in 2005. After his graduation from 2006 to 2010, he worked for Thales and Airbus in Toulouse, France, on the Flight Management System as system engineer. In 2010, he joined the University of Corsica as research engineer, France, to develop the MYRTE demonstrator in hybrid energetic domain, as responsible for the control, data acquisition and processing system. In 2011, he joined ESTIA-Research in Bidart, France, as associate professor. His current research interests include smartgrids, energy hybridization, storage system, hydrogen, methanation and tangible interfaces.

Photo Aitor EtxeberriaAitor ETXEBERRIA was born in Oiartzun, Basque Country, in 1985. He received the Engineer diploma in automatics and industrial electronics from Mondragon University in 2009 and the PhD degree from the Bordeaux 1 University in 2012. He carried out the thesis work in collaboration with ESTIA-Recherche laboratory, in Bidart (Basque Country), where he works currently as a R&D engineer. His main field of interest is power electronics for renewable energy conversion and storage.


Palestinian Information Technology Association of Companies

Dr Yahya Al-SalqanDr Al-Salqan has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois. He completed his BSc in EE from Birzeit University in 1985. He is the Owner and CEO of Jaffa.Net in Palestine, providing Enterprise and Secure Mobile Applications such as Mobile Billing and Mobile payments and mobile banking.

In addition, he was the designer for the courts automation system that is in use in All Jordanian and Palestinian Courts. Dr Al-Salqan served as the first Chairman of the Board of Directors on the Palestine ICT Incubator (PICTI), and was elected many times to the board of directors of PITA. He is the Inventor of the Internet Time and many other patents in the field of information security and Internet technology.


Jerusalem District Electricity Company

Eng. Samah Al-DashtShe completed BSc in Electrical Engineering (Power) at Birzeit University in 2002. From Jul 2002 to Oct 2003, she worked at the Al-Rowwad Consultant Eng. and Royal Consultant Eng. as an electrical engineer responsible for designing electrical plans, Bill of Quantities (BOQ) and supervision of a number of projects of varied styles of buildings.

Since Oct 2003 to date, Samah has been working at JDECO as an electrical engineer and holds the following responsibilities:

Preparing and supervising electrical services installations, preparing test instructions for installation for buildings’ electricity, designing and delivering several courses for electrical engineers and electricians in JDECO training Centre, setup energy saving and safety awareness workshops.

Eng Jawad AbuzirEng. Jawad Abuzir is currently Bethlehem Branch Manager of Jerusalem District Electricity Company (JDECo). He completed the BSc degree in electrical engineering from Birzeit University, 1997 and master degree in business administration from Birzeit University, 2013.

Eng. Jawad attended JDECo. since the year 2000 at the position of Bethlehem Branch Engineer, he has an extensive practical experience in power system design, analysis, protection, testing and control including substations, transmition lines, transformers, switch gear, etc….. . He shared responsibility in implementing several advanced systems like SCADA system, smart metering, NIS/GIS system, and design of large photovoltaic generating plants.

Eng. Jawad is also the head of JDECo licensing committee which is responsible for issuing implementation practicing certificates for electrical engineers and technician in JDECo concession area. He shared responsibility with other colleagues in preparing the licensing regulations and photovoltaic surplus net metering regulations regarding the grid connected photovoltaic systems.