Spotlight on New Faculty—a Q&A with Professor Sameh Abdelazim
Interview by Jenny Connell; photo by Carol BlackFDU welcomes Dr. Sameh Abdelazim, the newest assistant professor of electrical engineering/technology to the Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering.
FDU: Tell us about your new position…
SA: My new position is an assistant professor of electrical engineering/electrical engineering technology.
FDU: What sparked your passion in this field?
SA: I first decided to study electrical engineering when I was in high school because of an article I read in a newspaper about computer technology, which motivated me to learn about this modern technology. I then studied engineering and obtained my bachelor degree and obtained a job at IBM as a chip physical design engineer. After a few years, I decided to go back to graduate school to obtain my doctoral degree. I specialized in remote sensing, in which I conducted a research about using laser to measure atmospheric parameters.
FDU: What is something that you would like to contribute to FDU?
SA: I would like to obtain a grant that enables me to establish a remote sensing laboratory at FDU, where undergraduate or graduate students, and professors can conduct a remote sensing research in fields such as global warming, wind sensing, or air pollution measurements.
FDU: What do you want your students to walk away with from your class?
SA: I want my students to walk away with confidence in themselves because of what they learn in my class. I also want them to feel motivated and challenged, but mainly to have the feeling that they will be leaders in their fields wherever they may chose to work.
FDU: What is something that most people wouldn’t know about you?SA: Whenever I plan to achieve a goal, then I make every effort to achieve it.