Welcome to SGCAC 2016

The Graduate Studies and Scientific Research Conference is an annual event organized by the Graduate College- University of Khartoum. Since the launching of the first conference in 2010, it has formed an outstanding gathering of scientists and researchers on various fields from inside and outside Sudan.

The Seventh Graduate Studies and Scientific Research Conference is focusing on basic and engineering sciences under the theme “Scientific Research and Innovation for Sustainable Development in Africa” to be held within the period between 20th and 23rd February 2016 emphasizing the importance of scientific research in the sustainable development of Sudan and the region.

The conference organizers invite the participation of all scientists and researchers on related themes from inside and outside Sudan

Conference scientific committee

University of Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria Abdu Salihi is a Professor of Production Systems. Prof. Salihi is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE) since1994, the Chairman of the NSE Awards Committee and the Chairman of Nigeria's NSE Food and Agriculture Committee. In the period 1994-1998, Prof. Salihi was the Dean of The Faculty of Engineering of the Nigerian Defense Academy. Prof. Salihi had his degree of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of A. B. U. Zaria, Nigeria in 1980 and got his Ph.D. from the Department of Engineering Production, University of Technology, Loughborough, U. K. in 1983. His research lines were in the fields of Engineering Management, Computer Control of Industrial Processes, Manufacturing Systems Design and Analysis and Maintenance Engineering

is a Sudanese/South African architect/lecturer/researcher. She is currently an associate professor in architecture at the University of Johannesburg. Amira is leading an NRF/UJ funded research project titled “Harnessing innovation in the service of sustainable human settlements: continued explorations into the 4th dimension in design and technical decision-making in the South African residential sector”. Amira is also the coordinator of UJ’s research and academic UNIT 2 “Architecture and Agency: DESIGN | MAKE | TRANSFORM” Amira believes that the architectural profession has a critical role to play in the achievement of human settlements that are more equitable, more beautiful and more functional – human settlements that increase opportunities, offering people a better chance at improving their lives and livelihoods. The belief that the profession has the potential to offer both technical and social expertise towards these aims is the driving force behind Amira’s research projects and in her professional roles. Amira has collaborated with various partners on research for various agencies and is a rated researcher with the South African National Research Foundation (NRF). Amira has presented numerous lectures, workshops and courses and is a member of several national and international boards. She has also served on numerous scientific committees and competition juries. Her research focus areas are housing and human settlements, Open Building, informal settlements and government-subsidised social rental housing. She also served as the General Reporter and head of the scientific committee for the UIA 2014 Durban international Congress. Amira has previously worked as a Senior Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria. She studied at the University of Khartoum in Sudan in 1988 (B.Sc.) and 1996 (M.Sc.). In between the two she also studied at the Institute for Housing Studies in Rotterdam (IHS) in 1992 where she obtained a post-graduate diploma. She completed her PhD in Architecture at the University of Pretoria in 2004. Amira taught at a number of institutions institutions for about 25 years, over 11 years of those at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She also worked as an architect in Khartoum during the period 1988-1997 and as a United Nations Volunteer (UNV) in Maseru, Lesotho 1997-1998. She practiced as an architect in the Sudan and has participated in a number of projects in South Africa including a hostel upgrade and designs for social housing in Pretoria.

Senior Fellow, Climate Change Group UNFCCC, Bangladesh Currently Building negotiating capacity and supporting the engagement of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in UNFCCC ahead of COP15 including negotiator training workshops for LDCs, policy briefings and support for the Adaptation Fund Board. Research into vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in the least developed countries. Lead author of the chapter on Adaptation and Sustainable Development in the third assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Lead Author of the chapter on Adaptation and Mitigation in the IPCC's fourth assessment report. Before he was the Executive Director of Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies in the International Institute for Environment and Development Main area of expertise include links between climate change and sustainable development, and particularly the perspective of developing countries. Africa and South Asia, especially the least developed countries in those two regions. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 3463 7399 Email: saleemul.huq@iied.org

University of Hannover, Germany Stephan Kabelac is a Professor of Thermodynamics in the University of Hannover, Germany. He is the Editor in Chief of the periodical "Engineering Research" since 1996. The periodical is a Springer Scientific Publication. Prof. Kabelac was a member of the evaluation committee of the German Research Foundation(2004-2012). In the period 2003-2012 he was the Head of the Hamburg-group of the German Association for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. He is a Full Member of the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg since 2010 and an Honorary professor at the NUST in Nanjing, China since 2005. Prof. Kabelac had his degree of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hannover in 1983 and got his Ph.D. from the University of Hannover in 1987. His Ph.D. thesis was entitled "Time dependency of finned cross-flow heat exchanger". His research line is in the field of thermodynamics modeling, heat exchanger theory and air-conditioning.

Centre of Biotechnology of Sfax (CBS) • Bioinformatics Tunisia • Sfax
Has a B.Sc. of Engineering, Paris, France, 1991 and a Ph.D. in Quantitative Genetics, Paris, France, 1995. Awarded the National Medal of merit in Science and Education (4th category). A Member of the Association of Tunisian Academic Researchers, the Middle East Association for Cancer Research (MEACR) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is a referee for: Bioinformatics, BMC Bioinformatics, Journal Molecular Graphics Modelling, Bioinformatics and Biology Insight, Biometrics, Proteins, Genetics, Heredity, Genetical Research., PLoS ONE, PLoS Computational Biology, Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers, Recent Patents on Biomarkers, Research Journal of Biological Sciences, International Journal of Modern Anthropology, International Journal of Scientific Research in Inventions and New Ideas. Has a wide experience in genetics, biostatistics and bioinformatics presented in over 200 publications.

Professor with the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Canada Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea.
200 University Avenue West Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3G1 Office: DC3532 Tel: +1 519 888 4820 Fax: +1 519 885 1208 E-mail: rboutaba__@__uwaterloo.ca, (http://rboutaba.cs.uwaterloo.ca)
RAOUF BOUTABA received the Bachelors degree from the University of Annaba, Algeria in 1988, received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris, in 1990 and 1994, respectively. He is currently a professor of computer science at the University of Waterloo. His primary research interests are in network and service management. He has published extensively in these area and received several journal and conference Best Paper Awards including the IEEE 2008 Fred W. Ellersick Prize Paper Award. He received several other recognitions such as the Premier's Research Excellence Award, the Nortel Research Excellence Award, the Nortel Excellence Award in Technology Transfer, a fellowship of the Faculty of Mathematics, two fellowships of the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science and three outstanding performance awards at the University of Waterloo. He has also received the IEEE Communications Society Hal Sobol Award and the IFIP Silver Core in 2007, the IEEE Communications Society Joe LociCero and the Dan Stokesbury awards in 2009, the IEEE Communications Society Salah Aidarous award in 2012, and the IEEE Canada McNaughton Gold Medal in 2014. He is the founding editor in chief of the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management (2007-2010) and on the editorial boards of several journals. He served as a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies. He is fellow of the IEEE and the Engineering Institute of Canada.

University of Saarlandes, Germany Michael Springborg was a Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Saarlandes, Germany. He is currently a Guest Professor at Tianjin University, China. Prof. Springborg is a Member of editorial boards of several recognized international journals such as: John Wiley Series in Theoretical Chemistry and the Specialist Periodical Reports: Chemical Modeling: Theory and Applications, Royal Society of Chemistry. He wrote 14 books and published 256 articles in his specialization of physical Chemistry. In 2008 he won the Award of Research Excellence of the ICCMSE. Prof. Springborg had his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Denmark in 1982. His research line is in the field of electronic properties of materials, in particular polymers, colloids, clusters, crystalline solids, and interfaces.

Professor of Geotechnical Engineering & Foundations
Department of Structural Engineering Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory Faculty of Engineering Telephone: +201005117064 University of Tanta Fax: +20237607239 Syberbay, Tanta, Egypt Email: mshahien@hamza.org marawan.shahin@f-eng.tanta.edu.eg Professor Marawan Shahien had a B.Sc. (Civil Engineering) (CLASS HONOR) from Kuwait University, Kuwait. M.Sc. and Ph.D. (Geotechnical Engineering) in 1991 and 1998, respectively from the University of He is a recipient of the Norman Medal Award of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for authoring a paper judged worthy of special commendation for its merit as a contribution to Engineering Science, 2004. Consultant and member of several national firms and committees. Supervised a number of post graduate students and has over 45 publications.

Head of section Exploration Geology Technische Universität Berlin Institute for Applied Geosciences Ackerstraße 76 13355 Berlin Phone: 030-314-25903/-22250 E-Mail: wilhelm.dominik@tu-berlin.de
Wilhelm R. Dominik, Professor in Exploration Geology at Technical University, has joined the MPT Project in 2002.He has received both his diploma degree and his PhD in Geology from TU Berlin in 1980 and 1985 respectively. His areas of specialty include the wide range of Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production topics in both, Teaching and R&D (Re-search and Development). His main disciplines focus on geological and geophysical exploration methods and techniques, prospect evaluation and reserves assessment, reservoir engineering and production technology, and economics of oil and gas assets. During his professional career of 16 years he held various positions with Veba Oel AG and Veba Oil & Gas working in Germany, Algeria, The Netherlands, USA and Venezuela. He continued his academic career starting as lecturer at TU Berlin in 2000 and became professor in 2002. Prof. Dominik is focusing in teaching and research on the variety of E & P relevant topics mainly in the regions of Africa, the Mid-East and Russia. He is a member of AAPG, SEG and SPE.

Cologne University of Applied Science, Germany
Prof. Ribbe is the Director of ITT, the Institute of Integrated Land and Water Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics in Cologne, Germany. His PhD was in the field of Hydroinformatics from the Institute of Geography, Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences. University Jena. He received his M.Eng. degree in the field of “Technology in the Tropics” from Cologne University of Applied Sciences. His current research Areas are the fields of Integrated River Basin Monitoring, Modeling and Management, Strategies to cope with i) Water scarcity (Rainwater Harvesting, Drought Management, Efficient Water Use, Reuse), ii) Access of water (Flood Management), iii) Pollution (Salt Water Intrusion, Diffuse Pollution) As well as the Water-Food/Water-Energy Nexus.

Director, The AMSET Centre, U.K.
John Twidell is an academic and consultant in renewable energy and sustainability. His co-authored textbook, 'Renewable Energy Resources' (3rd edition 2015, Twidell and Weir, published by Routledge) sells worldwide, mainly for postgraduate courses. He co-edited ‘Offshore Wind Power’, published by MultiScience in 2009. During 2010, he was an expert reviewer for the UN/IPCC comprehensive report ‘Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change’. He is Editor Emeritus of the academic journal ‘Wind Engineering’, on Energy Committees of the Institutes of Physics, and on the Board of Westmill Windfarm Cooperative He lectures on the postgraduate MSc engineering course on sustainable energy at Reading University (where he is a Visiting Professor). Previously he held the Chair in Renewable Energy at De Montfort University and was Director of the Energy Studies Unit of Strathclyde University. He served on the Board of the British Wind Energy Association and the UK Solar Energy Society; he was an adviser to the UK Parliamentary Select Committee on Energy. He is an invited speaker for training courses and conferences of the European Wind Energy Association and of several professional organisations. He is author of around 100 academic publications in solid-state physics and then primarily renewable energy. He has supervised about 50 postgraduate students for PhD, MPhil and MSc degrees, and has been external examiner in about 20 universities worldwide. Practical experience includes management of a 3 MW (60 m) and other developmental wind turbine installations, photovoltaic microgeneration, passive solar buildings and efficient use of energy At home, he and his wife have gradually improved the efficiency of energy use and have installed solar water heating, solar electricity, biomass heating, external insulation and an all-electric car for local transport, which together give a net-zero carbon lifestyle. He has worked extensively overseas, including 4 years in Sudan at Khartoum University, 2 years in Fiji at the University of the South Pacific, about 10 assignments with the British Council on renewable energy lecturing and around 30 joint projects with European Partners in EU funded renewable energy R&D.

Building 2148, Merag City, Maadi, Cairo, Egypt. ShawkyDRC@hotmail.com, Hashawky@edrc.gov.eg, +201002930710 http://www.nileu.edu.eg/HosamShawky.html http://edrc.gov.eg/index.php/our-staff/item/prof-dr-hosam-shawky

Dr. Shawky is a professor in water chemistry and got his B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D in chemistry from chemistry department-faculty of science-Ain Shams University. He is the founder of "Water Desalination & Treatment Unit" at Desert Research Center (DRC) that is concerned with the production of better quality water by the synthesis of different polymeric materials (membranes, films, hydrogels, fibers …etc). Moreover, he is also the founder of "Water Quality Unit" as a part of the Central laboratories of DRC. Hosam Shawky now is the director of the "Central Laboratories" at the DRC. He was a post-doctor for one year at the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering- Pratt School of Engineering-Duke University, North Carolina, USA. His activities at Duke University were focused on the development of advanced reverse osmosis membranes by the synthesis of nanomaterials membrane composites. He made a considerable progress in the incorporation of carbon nano-tubes into polymeric membranes. From 2010-2013, Dr. Shawky joined, as part time associate professor, Center of Nano Technology-School of Engineering & Applied Sciences-Nile University. Now, his work is focus on the synthesis, characterization and different applications of nano-composite materials. Recently, Dr. Shawky is the founder and director of Egyptian Desalination Research Center of Excellence (EDRC).

Chief Scientist, NGRI, India

His field of specialization includes: Ground water hydrology, Hydro-geophysics, Geo-statistics and Aquifer modeling. Prior to his present post, Prof. Shakeel was the a Team Leader of the Indo-French Centre for Groundwater Research (IFCGR), a Scientist in the CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, India and a Doctoral Research Fellow, Paris School of Mines, France. His teaching experience spanned on about 10 institutes in India and Iran.

Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department of Systems Engineering King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

Dr. Duffuaa is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the Department of Systems Engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He received his PhD in Operations Research from the University of Texas at Austin, USA. His research interests are in the areas of Operations research, Optimization, quality control, process improvement and maintenance engineering and management. He teaches course in the areas of Operations Research, Statistics, Quality control, Production and inventory control, Maintenance and reliability engineering.He consulted to industry on maintenance , quality control and facility planning. Dr. Duffuaa has published over a 100 refereed journals and conference papers in his areas of research. His work has appeared in journals such as Optimization Theory and Applications, European Journal of Operational Research, Engineering Optimization, Operational Research, International Journal of Production Research and International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management. He authored a book on maintenance planning and control published by John Wiley and Sons and edited two book one on maintenance optimization and control and the other a handbook on Maintenance Engineering and Management.. He is the Editor of the Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, published by Emerald in the United Kingdom.

Dr Araya Asfaw earned his PhD in Physics, Master of Engineering and BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University, Washington, DC. He worked as a research scientist at various national laboratories in the US (including the National Institute of Standard and Technology, Centre for Advanced Microstructure and Devices, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Advanced Light Source of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) before joining the Physics Department of Addis Ababa University in 1996. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Science at Addis Ababa University for four years. As Dean, he also facilitated the transformation of the Geophysical Observatory to Institute of Geophysics Space Science and Astronomy and initiated the establishment of the Gullele Botanic Garden, a joint programme between Addis Ababa City Administration and Addis Ababa University. The Horn of Africa Regional Centre and Network (HoA-REC&N) was an initiative he presented to the Faculty of Science, which eventually evolved as an autonomous centre at the University. Currently, he is the Executive Director of HoA-REC&N, which has been awarded to establish the Climate Innovation Centre of Ethiopia. Dr Araya Asfaw has conducted research in the area of computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer, laser spectroscopy, application of physics to material, food, environment, and sustainable energy. He has advised a number of graduate students and published numerous papers on various disciplines.

P. (Peter) Stephen Baenziger is the Nebraska Wheat Growers Presidential Chair and Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska. He earned degrees from Harvard University in biochemi¬cal sciences and from Purdue University in plant breeding and genetics. Before joining the faculty at the University of Ne¬braska, he worked eight years on wheat and barley germplasm enhancement for the USDA-ARS at Beltsville, MD, and three years with Monsanto Corporation on wheat plant growth regulators and biotechnology. His research focuses on improving the agronomic performance and winterhardiness of winter wheat, barley, and triticale, and on developing new breeding methods. He has co¬released 47 cultivars and 36 germplasm lines or populations. In 2015, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Plant breeders. His teaching and service activities emphasize graduate education and outreach in plant breeding and genetics. Dr. Baenziger is active in Crop Science Society of America and has been a Division Chair and President, as well as an Associate Editor, Editor, and Editor-in-Chief of Crop Science (their flagship journal). He is also active in the American Association for the Advancement of Science where he was elected Chair of Section O (Agriculture, Food, and Renewable Resources). He is the past Chair of the National Wheat Genomics Committee, and the past Chair of the Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee. He is currently on the Board of Trustees for the International Rice Research Institute and on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the BREADWHEAT. He is an honorary professor of the Ningxia Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences and a Fellow of American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the American Association for the Ad¬vancement of Science. He has over 200 publications and has received millions of dollars in grants to support his research.


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