Awards and Recognition

Sheikh Khalifa Presidential Award and Scholarship (2019)

The Sheikh Khalifa Presidential Award and Scholarship is given annually to one student from the College of Engineering at American University of Sharjah. It is the highest honor that an undergraduate student at AUS can receive, and recognizes the following:
– Academic Excellence
– Demonstrated Talent in the Field of Study
– Service to the Community
– Participation in Extracurricular and University Activities
– Leadership Potential
The award is sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates.

The Chancellor’s Scholar Award and Scholarship (2015)

The Chancellor’s Scholar Award is highly competitive and awards one incoming freshman student with a full scholarship for their undergraduate study. The student must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.3 to sustain the scholarship. The conditions for winning the award as found on the university website are:
– Outstanding personal qualities and leadership abilities in school and community
– Scientific or literary contributions to the community
– Special school or community honors and awards
– Community service and school extracurricular activities
– A minimum average of 95% in the last three years of secondary education

Accenture Sustainability Global Hackathon (2017)

The Accenture Digital Hackathon was conducted in 2017 on a global scale with participating countries from Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and North America. The objective of the competition was to design a product that addresses any of the themes of opportunity, mobility and sustainability.

I lead a team of engineers under the team name #OASIS to develop a comprehensive solution for household water consumption by designing a smart water utility meter that seamlessly integrates with existing systems to measure and control the water usage at homes.

The project was placed:
Regional Round (United Arab Emirates): First Place
Local Round (Middle East and Europe): First Place
Global Round: Third Place

Media Coverage: Eye of Dubai, AUS, ITP.net, TahawulTech, C3, Etisalat UAE

8 Deans’ Lists and 4 Chancellors’ Lists (2015-2019)

Students are placed on the Dean’s List for maintaining a Semester GPA of 3.50 or above.

If a student achieves the Dean’s List for a consecutive Fall and Spring Semester, they are then placed on the Chancellor’s List.

Unilever Youth Entrepreneur Award Runner-Up (2017)

The Unilever Hackathon was organized in October 2017. A regional competition, it tested the problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills of participating students by asking students to design a system that tackles one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

I lead a team of engineers to develop the concept of a water consumption meter that incorporates the paradigms of machine learning and the Internet of Things. The idea was named “Hardware to Optimize (H2O)”, and won runner-up position for the Youth Entrepreneur Award.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Chapter President (2018-2019)
  • Organizing a study tour for engineering students to visit Italy and experience visits to research laboratories, universities and industries in the region.
  • Worked with Electrical Engineering Department at AUS to organize a trip to the Headquarters of Dubai Police, where students studied state-of-the-art technologies in Image Processing, AI, Communication Systems and Radar.
  • Organized and presented technical workshops on use of software such as MATLAB and LaTeX.
  • Worked to advertise the club and its’ events by participating in the AUS Club Fair for the first time.
  • Collaborated with chapters on campus to invite speakers from IBM to hold a seminar series on data science.
  • Collaborated with chapters on campus to organize a Capture The Flag Competition and a Programming Contest.
  • Expanded the scope of the chapter to wider audiences by organizing the chapter’s first non-technical event – a movie night before spring break.
  • Organized and presented a workshop for freshman students on writing effective laboratory reports.
  • Worked with conference chairs to help organize the International Conference on Communications, Signal Processing and their Applications (ICCSPA), 2019.
  • Worked with faculty to help organize the AUS Symposium on Biosciences and Bioengineering.
  • Organized course-help sessions where electrical engineering students were given the opportunity to interact with high-performing students over specifics of their courses.
Chapter Executive Secretary (2017-2018)
  • Managed the communications for organizing a study trip to Barcelona, Spain where students visited the research labs at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, as well as various industries.
  • Presented a workshop on advanced numerical techniques for the engineering community at AUS.
  • Coordinated the communications for organizing a large scale panel discussion on Artificial Intelligence. The panel comprised of experts discussing AI from engineering, societal and ethical perspectives.
  • Worked with the student council to participate in the Festival of Colleges, where student clubs showcased their domain of interest. The IEEE stall attracted many visitors for its electrical engineering games and trivia.
  • Drafted all the emails and invitations for professional communication of club events and managed the club’s outreach program.
  • Organized IEEE Day in October with the theme of Breast Cancer Awareness.
Chapter Student Officer (2017)
  • Worked with interest oriented clubs on campus to organize the “Know Your Major” Series, where professors from different disciplines of electrical and computer engineering spoke to students about their fields and research.

IEEE – Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) Honor Society

Chapter Recording Secretary (2018-2019)
  • I am a founding member of the IEEE-HKN Lambda Lambda chapter at AUS, and have been serving as the Recording Secretary since.
  • I have also contributed in drafting the operations manual of the chapter.
  • The chapter is extremely active and organizes events and visits frequently.
  • The events include workshops, industry visits, movie nights, campus tours, and even international study tours.
  • The annual report of the chapter contains a summary of these events and can be found here.

Peer Advisor at Academic Support Centre

Senior Peer Advisor (2018-2019)
  • Worked with over 100 students through one-to-one advising sessions on managing the university workload.
  • Worked with students on probation, freshman students and students with disabilities for planning their study.
  • Lead a team of peer advisors to prepare a handbook about using the undergraduate catalog.
  • Organized and presented a training session for incoming peer advisors.
  • Secured permission to advertise services of the Academic Support Center to entire class of freshman engineering students.
Peer Advisor (2016-2018)
  • Worked with over 100 students through one-to-one advising sessions on managing the university workload.
  • Organized and presented over 10 workshops on study skills, time management, note-taking strategies, motivation and goals.
  • Assisted the examination process of visually impaired student by reading out mathematics exam questions under a supervised setting.
  • Organized and participated in the “Cultural Puzzles Night” in collaboration with the International Exchange Office. The event is a get-together and discussion with exchange students visiting AUS.
  • Made presentation slides for workshops on resource management at AUS.
  • Made brochures to be distributed to freshman students during orientation.
  • Acted in short video on AUS resources, to be displayed to freshman students during orientation week.
  • Contacted various educators to invite them to present seminars for the AUS community.

MSCHE Re-accreditation Workgroup Student Representative

Re-accreditation Workgroup Student Representative
  • I was selected to be a representative of the student community for the MSCHE re-accreditation workgroup.
  • The two-year project involved drafting the document to be submitted to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education for evaluation of re-accreditation.
  • My duties involved interviewing the Information Technology and Academic Computing departments as part of the preparation for the document.
  • I also attended all the weekly workgroup meetings, where the document was revised and consolidated.
  • I also presented ideas for initiatives such as organizing stress-relief activities on campus during finals week. The suggestion was executed immediately.

Community Service

Cultural Puzzles Night
  • Contributed to the organization of, and participated in the semesterly “Cultural Puzzles Night” event for four consecutive semesters.
  • The event is a get-together with exchange students, where interesting discussions on global cultures are held.
Mental Health Awareness Day
  • Worked with the Academic Support Center at AUS to organize an awareness campaign on Mental Health Day.
  • Manned the booth and distributed brochures to spread awareness.
Disability Awareness Day
  • Worked with the Academic Support Center at AUS to organize an awareness campaign on Disability Awareness Day.
  • Organized a march around campus with Instagram frame and posted pictures of support from members of the AUS community.
  • Manned a booth and distributed brochures to spread awareness.
World Sight Day
  • Participated in a march organized by the Emirates Association for the Visually Impaired.
  • Met with the visually impaired community to socialize and walk with them.
Red Crescent Water Distribution Event
  • Participated in water distribution event organized by Red Crescent UAE.
  • Traveled around campus to construction sites and distributed water bottles to workers.
Free Course-Help Sessions
  • Organized and participated in course-help sessions for electrical engineering freshman students.
  • Freshman students were given a chance to meet with senior students for course help in calculus, physics, circuits and other introductory courses.
Stress-Relief Activities
  • Advocated for introducing stress-relief activities on campus during finals week to concerned authorities.
  • The suggestion sparked endeavors in the process, including an on-campus spa and other activities.
Orientation Workshops
  • Participated in orientation events for freshman students, and presented workshops for succeeding at the university.
  • Presented multiple workshops to specific communities such as the School of Business Administration in order to advertise resources on campus.


Hewlett-Packard Networks Associate
  • Completed and passed the HP course and certification on networks.
  • View the verified certificate here. Credential Identification code: wa94n-FMsh
Hewlett-Packard Connected Devices Associate
  • Completed and passed the HP course and certification on connected devices.
  • Viewed the verified certificate here. Credential Identification code: cJNu-uGJW
Entrepreneurship Skills Trainee
  • Completed and passed the MOOC by MIT on Entrepreneurship skills.
  • View the verified certificate here.
Inclusive Leadership Trainee
  • Completed and passed a series on leadership skills conducted by Catalyst.
  • View the verified certificate here.


IEEE Student Member
  • IEEE Student Member since 2017.
  • Member of the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society (SSCS).
  • Member and President of the IEEE Student Chapter at AUS.
IEEE HKN Student Member
  • Inducted by Dr. Paolo Montuschi in Spring 2018.
  • Serving as Recording Secretary of the HKN Lambda Lambda Chapter since Spring 2018.
Engineering Honor Society Member
  • Member of the Engineering Honor Society at AUS since Fall 2017.
  • EHS will soon join the umbrella of the Tau Beta Pi Chapter, making it the first university in the region to do so.
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