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King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals

Electrical Engineering Department

 

Associate Professor of Applied Signal Processing

Assistant Dean, Entrepreneurship Institute

Dr. Wail A. Mousa

 

Teaching & Academic Experience

   

Teaching, particularly undergraduate students, is one of my main priorities of work, even when I was affiliated with Schlumberger. I used to annually teach a course at KFUPM and supervise one capstone design senior project. I have a very deep passion for teaching and mentoring students who will one day be the future engineers of KSA. From the very moment I started teaching as a Graduate Assistant until now, I have always enjoyed giving students extra time. I generally do this through problem sessions, MATLAB exercises and demos, or highlighting applications that relate to some of the job markets within KSA, with particular emphasis on oil and gas applications. Examples include analyzing a seismic geophone as a system for the Signals and Systems students, the notch filter to attenuate the power transmission line 60 Hz harmonics from seismic data acquired nearby them for the Digital Signal Processing students, and so on.

 

My teaching efforts have, additionally, resulted in establishing a new course named "Geo-Signal Processing" for both the undergraduate and graduate Electrical Engineering students. This course is taught between two departments, namely, the Electrical Engineering and Earth Sciences departments, probably, for the first time in the history of multi-disciplinary academic courses worldwide. Such experiences with the Geo-Signal Processing courses have resulted into:

(a)    Cross-departmental collaboration between the Electrical Engineering and Earth Sciences Departments at KFUPM, where two professors teach the course each from his own field's perspective.

(b)   A book co-authored with an Earth Sciences Department colleague at KFUPM titled "Processing Reflection Seismic Data using MATLABTM". The book aims to attract engineering students and interested researchers from engineering to work on real seismic data sets using a popular programming tool like MALTAB. This will be used for the course projects and computer assignments &/or lab experiments. Based on this book, me and my co-author submitted an abstract based on an official invitation from the organizers of the workshop titled "Open-source E+P Software – Six Years Later", 74th European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) Meeting that was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 2012.

(c)    A published journal paper in one of the prestigious journals on engineering education, namely, the IEEE Transactions on Education, which resulted in receiving a letter of appreciation from H.E. KFUPM Rector due to the paper's contributions.

(d)   A single authored book that is under preparation and will be published with Cambridge University Press, where this book is specifically tailored as a text-book for the Geo-Signal Processing undergraduate and graduate courses. 

 

To educate myself more on teaching, I have been reading many books related to undergraduate education and reformation of higher education programs in North American universities. Also, I have attended many seminars delivered by Deanship of Academic Development, KFUPM, related to teaching and learning enhancement methodologies.

 

Courses & labs taught

 

At KFUPM

·        Sept. 2012-Jan. 2013: Two undergrad courses EE499-Special Topics in EE: Geo-Signal Processing and EE315 Probabilistic Methods in Electrical Engineering.

·        Sept. 2010-Jan. 2011: Undergrad course EE499-Special Topics in EE, Geo-Signal Processing.

·        Feb. 2010-June 2010: Graduate course EE669-Special Topics in Signal Processing: Geo-Signal Processing. I was teaching from various books and papers. My student evaluation score was 8.73/10.0

·        Oct. 2009-Jan. 2010: Undergrad course EE499-Special Topics in EE, Geo-Signal Processing. I was teaching from various books and papers. The course was partially taught by Dr. Abdullatif Al-Shuhail, Associate Professor, Earth Sciences, KFUPM. My student evaluation score was 9.27/10.0.

·        Oct. 09-Jan. 2010:  Undergrad course EE207- Signals & Systems. My student evaluation score was 9.08/10.0.

·        Feb 2009-June 2009: Undergrad EE201-Circuit Analysis I for two sections. My student evaluation score for the first section was 8.84/10.0 and the second was 9.1/10.0.

·        Feb 2009-June 2009: Undergrad EE201-Circuit Analysis I Laboratory. My student evaluation score was 9.0/10.0.

 

At UQU

·        Feb. 2012-May 2012: Undergrad courses 802321- Signals Analysis (the students' evaluation score was 4.61/5.00) and 802473- Digital Signal Processing (the students' evaluation score was 4.66/5.00).

·        Sept. 2011-Jan. 2012: Undergrad courses 802321- Signals Analysis (the students' evaluation score was 4.78/5.00 for section 1 and was 4.88/5.00 for section 2) and 802473- Digital Signal Processing (the students' evaluation score was 4.65/5.00).

·        Feb. 2011-June 2011: Undergrad course 802321- Signals Analysis. My student evaluation score for section 1 was 4.88/5.00 and 4.53/5.00 for section

 

At KFUPM while I was affiliated with Schlumberger Dhahran Carbonate Research Center

·        Feb 2008-June 2008: Taught an undergraduate course at the EE department, KFUPM. My student evaluation score was 9.21/10.0. The course is EE406:  Digital Signal Processing using the latest edition of “Digital Signal Processing: Principles, Algorithms, and Applications” by J. Proakis & D. Manolakis,  as the textbook

·        Feb 2007-June 2007: Taught an undergraduate course at the EE department, KFUPM. My student evaluation score was 9.05/10.0. The course was EE207- Signals and Systems using the latest edition of “Signals & Systems: Continuous & Discrete” by R. Ziemer et. al.,  as the textbook

 

 

Course & lab coordination

·        Sept. 2012-present: EE 212- Electrical Circuits Laboratory coordinator

·        Oct. 2009-Jan. 2010: EE 207- Signals & Systems course coordinator

·        Feb 2008-June 2008: EE 201- Circuit Analysis I lab coordinator

 

Senior projects supervision

All the senior projects are related to applications of signal processing to geophysics and petro-physics:

·        Sept. 10-Jan. 2011: Supervised a senior project group at the EE department, KFUPM. Project title: Design of a Seismic Geophone Sensor.

·        Oct. 09- Jan. 2010: Supervised a senior project group at the EE department, KFUPM. Project title: 3-D Porosity Estimation from CT-Scanned Geological Cores.

·        Oct. 08-Jan. 09: Supervised a senior project group at the EE department, KFUPM. Project title: Development of an NMR Signal Classification GUI Tool using MATLAB

·        Sept. 07-Jan. 08: Supervised two senior project groups at the EE department, KFUPM. Projects titles:

§         Development of a Seismic Analysis Tool Using MATLAB

§         Development of a Time-Frequency Analysis Tool for Seismic Applications Using MATLAB

 

Summer and coop students' supervision

·        March 2009-May 2010: supervised 3 co-operative students and examined 2. Also, I've examined 4 summer training students

·        July 2008-August 2008: When I was affiliated with Schlumberger, I supervised two summer interns from KFUPM working on signal and video processing applications.

 

Development of new courses and lab manuals

·        June 2009: Proposed a new undergraduate special topics course in the EE department titled "EE499: Geo-Signal Processing" where the course was sponsored by the University Administration for a summer assignment. The course focused on signal processing aspects for the application of seismic data sets. In its current state, one-third of the course is spent on providing EE students with the necessary background on seismic theory and understanding of its geophysical aspects. The remaining portion is about signal processing and its application for seismic data sets. The course is extended to Ph.D. level and taught as well as "EE669- Special Topics in Signal Processing: Geo-Signal Processing". Both the Geo-Signal Processing undergraduate and graduate version experiences were described in an IEEE Transaction on Education paper. 

·        Summer 2002: Co-prepared the Lab manual for the Communication Engineering course (EE370) at KFUPM, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. This manual lasted for 8 years (from 2003 until 2010).

 
Master & Doctoral Student Supervision

M.Sc. thesis committee membership

o       June 07-Nov. 09: M.Sc. thesis committee member for Baber Hasan Khan, EE, KFUPM. The thesis title is: “Application of Random Matrix Theory to Wireless Broadcast Problems and Seismic Signal Processing”, supervised by Dr. T. Al-Naffouri from EE, KFUPM

o       June 2007-June 2008: M.Sc. thesis committee member for Ahmed Abdul Quadeer, EE, KFUPM. The thesis title is: “(SEMI) Blind Channel & Data Recovery in OFDM”, supervised by Dr. T. Al-Naffouri from EE, KFUPM

 

Postgraduate supervision

o       Sept. 07-Jan. 08: Supervised two students from EE, KFUPM, on the EE562: Digital Signal Processing graduate course. Provided them with seismic processing based term projects & few introductory lectures on seismic data processing

o       Jan 2007-June 2007: Joint supervision with Dr. T. Al-Naffouri from EE, KFUPM, on the EE662: Adaptive Filtering & Applications graduate course. Provided the course with seismic processing based term projects & few introductory lectures on seismic data processing

 
 
 
 
 

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