Dr. Ali Muqaibel, an associate professor at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Saudi Arabia, is spending the summer at Villanova University’s Center for Advanced Communications (CAC). His two-month visit is supported by a grant from KFUPM’s International Summer Scholarly Program.
Aimed at exposing faculty members to cutting edge research experiences abroad and creating opportunities for international research collaborations, the selection process for this program is highly competitive. Only a very small percentage of proposals submitted are awarded and they are typically given to KFUPM faculty planning to visit the world’s top research universities. The CAC’s recent distinction in an NSF report as “an excellent and rare example of how to sustain and grow a research operation in a smaller university” was noted by the selection committee and played a key role in awarding Dr. Muqaibel this prestigious scholarship to visit Villanova.
Dr. Ali Muqaibel co-authored the first chapter of Through the Wall Radar Imaging, published by CRC Press (2011) and edited by Dr. Moeness Amin, Director of the Center for Advanced Communications. His visit is expected to establish collaborations between the CAC and KFUPM research groups, leading to joint publications and projects.