Dr. Amro M. Elshurafa

BEng, Dalhousie University, Canada, 2002
MScDalhousie University, Canada, 2005
PhDDalhousie University, Canada, 2008
Where are you now?

I am currently in Riyadh working for King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), where I am working on engineering and technology assessment for mega-projects related renewable energy deployment with emphasis on solar and wind energies.

Why did you choose KAUST?

I chose KAUST for two reasons; the first was of the state-of-the-art labs and equipment in terms of depth and breadth. The second was because I was told during my interview that I would work with what used to be called the Global Collaborative Research (GCR) initiative. As part of that, I was going to collaborate with researchers not only in KAUST but around the world, which I found to be intriguing. Collaboration, if well-managed, can only be enriching to research.

How did KAUST help you to achieve your career objectives so far?

I work in the area of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), which is multi- and interdisciplinary by default. The latter is also interwoven into the fabric of KAUST. It is difficult to create impact in the area of MEMS without having access to equipment in different fields and access to minds in different departments!

What is your research topic?

As mentioned above, I work in the area of MEMS. I conducted research in MEMS with focus on RF, inertial, and fractional-capacitor applications.​

What were your research accomplishments at KAUST?

More than a dozen of papers that contained 'firsts' and 'bests' which were published in the best MEMS and physics journals (IEEE JMEMS, APL, JAP), in addition to five patents.

What do you think about the KAUST environment and social life?

In my opinion, the most compelling advantage of living on the KAUST campus is safety. The environment is very safe and secure, which provides peace of mind for someone with a family like myself.​