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Ashraf Farahat, PhD

Assistant Professor

     Office: 58-006  
      Tel: 860-7290    
  • PhD Space Physics- Florida Institute of Technology, United States

  • MSc Physics- Alexandria University, Egypt
  • BSc Physics- Alexandria University, Egypt

Research & Teaching Interests

Dr. Farahat's expertise is in the areas of Space Plasma Physics and Remote Sensing. His current interests entail:

  • Astrophysics
  • Space plasma and Cosmic Rays
  • Remote Sensing
  • Dust storms monitoring using multisensor approaches.

  • Studying Air Quality Dynamics using Remotely Sensed Atmospheric Parameters
  • Direct Broadcast Reception System
  • Natural and Anthropogenic Aerosols Transport over the Arabian Gulf
  • Plasma - Gas Interaction in the Microthrusters of Miniaturizes Satellites
  • Contaminant intrusion, fate and transport in drinking water distribution systems: A comprehensive study for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Balloon experiment to measure near Earth's surface Carbon Dioxide.
  • Educational and Scientific Ethics in Schools and Universities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Professional Experience
  • Assistant Professor, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) - Saudi Arabia Present).

  • Visiting Research Scientist, General Fusion Inc., Burnaby- Canada (July - August 2014).

  • Associate Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Alexandria University-Egypt. (July 2012 – Present (on leave).

  • Lecturer of Physics and Astronomy, University of British Columbia- Canada. (August 2009 – Jan 2011).

  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Canadian Department of National Defence - Canada (January 2008 – August 2009)

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Oakland University - United State (August 2006 – December 2007)

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania- United States, (August 2005 – May 2006)

  • Teaching Assistant, Florida Institute of Technology -United States (August 2000 – May 2005).

  • Teaching Assistant, Alexandria University - Egypt (October 1995- August 2000).

Educational and Professional Activities
  • Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Member of Moustafa Mahmoud Astronomy Group, Egypt
  • Member of Al-Qatif Astronomy Group, KSA
  • Member of the American Physics Society (APS)

  • King Fahd University Rector's patent award - King Fahd University (2014)

  • Exceptional in the Classroom award - Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (2005):

  • Outstanding Space Physics research award- Florida Academy of Sciences (2004):

  • Outstanding Graduate Student in Space Physics - Florida Institute of Technology (2003):

  • Ashraf Farahat, System for detecting vehicle noise and method, Patent Pending, Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Pub. No. 2015/ 9148739

  • Ashraf Farahat, Curved-Head Electric Toothbrush, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Pub. No. 2013 / 0212816 A1.

  • Ashraf Farahat, Pneumatic roadway energy recovery system, Patent Pending, Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), US20150069757 A1

  • Ashraf Farahat, System to Prevent Contaminant Intrusion in Public Water Networks, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), submitted June, 2015


Peer Reviewed Journals

  • M. Dayeh, M. I. Desai,, G. M. Mason, and R. W. Ebert, and Ashraf Farahat, Origin

    and Properties of Quiet-Time 0.11-1.28 MeV Nucleon -1 Heavy-Ion Population

    Near 1 AU. The Astrophysical Journal, 835:115, 2017.

  • Ashraf Farahat, H. El-Askary, R. Adetokunbo, and A. Fuad 2016. "AERONET

    analysis of aerosols absorption properties and transportation over North Africa

    and the Middle East," Annales Geophysicae, 34, 1031-1044, 2016.

  • Ashraf Farahat, H. El-Askary and U. Dogan, Aerosols size distribution characteristics and role of precipitation during dust storm formation over Saudi Arabia," Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 16: 2523 - 2534, 2016

  • Muhammad Nadeem Sharif, , Ashraf Farahat, Husnain Haider,  Muhammad A. Al-Zahrani, Manuel J. Rodriguez and Rehan Sadiq, Risk-based Framework for Optimizing Residual Chlorine in Water Distribution Systems under Arid Environment, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Accepted with major revision, 2017

  • Ashraf Farahat, M. Mahmoud, M. Zahrani, and R. Sadiq "Experimental Study and CFD Modeling of Contaminant intrusion into Drinking Water Networks during Transient Low Pressure Events, submitted to CLEAN-Soil, Air, Water, 2016.
  • Nilufar Islam, Rodriguez, M. J., Ashraf Farahat,  and Rehan Sadiq, Minimizing the impacts of contaminant intrusion in small water distribution network through optimization of booster chlorination. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, In press, 2016.
  • Nadeem Sharif, Ashraf Farahat, Mohammad  A M Al-Zahrani, Nilufar Islam, M. Rodriguez, and R. Sadiq, "Optimization of chlorination boosters in drinking water distribution network for Al-Khobar City in Saudi Arabia", Arab J Geosci., 9:546, 2016.
  • Ashraf Farahat, Air Pollution in Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman): Causes, Effects and Aerosol Categorization, Review Article, Arab J Geosci., 9:196, 2016.
  • Ashraf Farahat, Olga Kalashnikova, Michael Garay and Hesham El-Askary, Assessing data consistency between space borne and ground-based remote sensing sensors using MISR, MODIS and AERONET inter-comparison, under preparation
  • Ashraf Farahat, Hesham El-Askary and Abdulaziz Al-Shaibani, 2015, Study of Aerosols’ Characteristics and Dynamics over the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia using a Multi Sensor Approach Combined with Ground Observations, Advances in Meteorology, vol. 2015, Article ID 247531, 12 pages.
  • Nilufar Islam, Ashraf Farahat, Mohammad  A M Al-Zahrani, Manuel  J Rodriguez, 2015, Contaminant intrusion in water distribution networks: a review and integrated model proposition for decision making, environmental review, 23(3): 337-352, 10.1139/er-2014-0069
  • Ashraf Farahat, 2015 Miniaturized Argon Plasma: Neutral Gas Characteristics in Dielectric Barrier Discharge, Plasma Science and Technology, (17) 10: 853 - 861
  • Ashraf Farahat and Emad Ramadan, 2014, Evolution of Small-Space Plasma in a Microthruster Designed for Small Spacecrafts, Plasma Physics Reports, 40(12) 981-986. 
  • Ashraf Farahat, Incipient Nanoseconds Direct-Current Fluid-Plasma Interactions at a Dielectric Boundary, Pensee Journal, 2013, Vol. 76, Issue.1.
  • Ashraf Farahat, Plasma Evolution in a Microsatellite Thruster, Journal of Applied Sciences Research; Sep2011, Vol. 7 Issue 9, p1972, 2011
  • Ashraf Farahat, Markov Stochastic Technique to Determine Galactic Cosmic Ray Sources Distribution, Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp.81-88, June 2010.
  • Ashraf Farahat, Polarized Light Microscopy Technique for Imaging Articular Cartilage, Journal of Applied Sciences Research, 6(8): 1208-1211, 2010
  • Ashraf Farahat, Ming Zhang, Hamid Rassoul and J. J. Connell, Cosmic Rays Transport and Production in the Galaxy: A stochastic Propagation Simulation Approach, ApJ, 681, 1334, 2008
  • Mustafa Ali, Ashraf Farahat, Salah Helmi and Maher Farhoud, Stress Analysis of Polarization Maintaining Optical Fibers by the Finite Element Method, IIUM Engineering Journal, 1, 7, 2000


  • 2nd South-Eastern Europe GEO Workshop on Integrating Earth Observation Data and Services for monitoring the Environment, protecting the citizens and stimulating the regional economic growth, Athens, 20-21 October, 2014.


  • Ashraf Farahat, H. El-Askary, Olga V. Kalashnikova and Michael J Garay, Statistical Inter-comparison Analysis of MODIS, MISR, and AERONET Over the Middle East and North Africa, in Proc. of American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, United States, December 12-16, 2016.

  •       Ashraf Farahat, "Plasma-Neutral Gas Interactions near Dielectric Barrier in Micro-dischargers, in Proc. of CSME Congress, Kelowna, BC, Canada, 26-29 June, 2016.

  •       Ashraf Farahat, "On the Role of High Performance Computing in Dust Storms Predictions over the Arabian Peninsula," in Proc. of King Abdel Aziz City for Science and Technology High Performance Computing Conference, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 19-21 April, 2016.

  • Ashraf Farahat, Hesham El-Askary and Abdulaziz Al-Shaibani, Analysis of the Impact of Major Dust Events on the Aerosols Characteristics over Saudi Arabia, European Geoscience Union General Assembly, 2015
  • M. Dogan, A. Umran Dogan and Ashraf Farahat, Nov 17-18, 2014, Characterization of Air "Dust" and Sand Particulates from the Arabian Peninsula, Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference, ARC1
  • Ashraf Farahat, Hesham El-Askary and Abdulaziz Al-Shaibani “Analysis of Aerosols Climatology over Saudi Provinces Based on Satellites and Ground Stations Data”, American Geophysical Union, SanFrancisco, December 15-19, 2014.
  • Ashraf Farahat, Modeling Argon Plasma Excimer Characteristics near a Dielectric Surface in Miniaturized Volumes, 67th Annual Gaseous Electronics Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, 2014
  • Ashraf Farahat, A. Umran Dogan, Computational Modeling of Carbon Dioxide Transport over the Arabian Peninsula, Computational Technologies in Geoscience, EAGE Geo-Creativity Award, Muscat, Oman 2014
  • Ashraf Farahat, Hesham El-Askary, Abdulaziz Al-Shaibani and A. Umran Dogan , On the aerosols and water vapor dynamics over the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, European Geoscience Union General Assembly, 2014
  • Ashraf Farahat, Plasma Evolution in a Microsatellite thruster, ECCOMAS, Antalya Turkey, May 23 -25, 2011
  • Ashraf Farahat, Gas – Plasma Coupling in Miniaturized Spaces, Fifth European Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics, ECCOMAS CFD, Lisbon, Portugal, , June 14- 17, 2011
  •  Ashraf Farahat and M. Jugroot, Multidimensional Self Consistent Model for Gas - Plasma Interaction, 8th Asian Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference, , Hong Kong, Paper Number: ACFD0123-T002-A-001, January 10-14, 2010
  • M. Jugroot and Ashraf Farahat, Modeling of Plasma and Gas Heating in Microthrusters for Nano-Satellites, 17th Annual Conference of the CFD Society, Ottawa, Canada, May 3 -5, 2009
  • Ashraf Farahat, Connection of Cosmic Ray solar cycle with variation of planetary cloud coverage, COSPAR, Montreal, Canada, July 13-20, 2008  
  • Ashraf Farahat, Ming Zhang, Hamid Rassoul and J. J. Connell, Spatial Distribution of Galactic Cosmic Ray Sources, the 30th International Cosmic Ray Conference, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, July 3- 11, 2007.
  • Ashraf Farahat, The Dependence of the 22Ne/20Ne Ratio on the Distribution of Massive Stars in the Galaxy, the 30th International Cosmic Ray conference, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, July 3-11, 2007.
  • Ashraf Farahat, Ming Zhang, Hamid Rassoul and J. J. Connell, New Development for Galactic for Cosmic Ray Propagation, 29 International Cosmic Ray Conference, Pune, India, 2005
  • Ashraf Farahat, “Cosmic Rays Propagation and Interactions”, Ph.D., Florida Institute of Technology, May 2005.
  • Ashraf Farahat, Ming Zhang, Hamid Rassoul and J. J. Connell, New Development in Cosmic Ray Propagation Models, COSPIN meeting, Melbourne, FL, 2005
  • Ashraf Farahat, Ming Zhang, Hamid Rassoul and J. J. Connell, Elemental and Isotopic Composition of Galactic Cosmic Rays, Florida Academy of Sciences, Orlando, FL, 2004
  • Ashraf Farahat, Ming Zhang, Hamid Rassoul and J. J. Connell, Calculation of Elemental and Isotopic Abundance of Cosmic Rays using Markov Stochastic Method: The effect of the Local Supper Bubble, 28 International Cosmic Ray Conference, Tsukuba, Japan, 2003
  • Ashraf Farahat, Ming Zhang, Hamid Rassoul and J. J. Connell, New Model for Cosmic Ray Propagation, Florida Academy of Sciences, Orlando, FL, 2003\
  • Mustafa Ali, Ashraf Farahat, Salah Helmi and Maher Farhoud, Stress Induced Birefergence of Polarization Maintaining Fibers, East Asian Conference on Light-wave Systems, Lasers and Optoelectronics, Malaysia, 1999
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