Department Head Welcome Message


I would like to welcome you to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at American University of Sharjah (AUS).

The CSE offers the following degree programs:
    • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCoE)
    • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS)
    • Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCoE)

Both undergraduate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). In addition, the three programs are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education's Higher Education Affairs Division in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). According to the 2021 QS Subject Rankings, our Computer Science and Engineering programs are ranked #3 in the UAE and #1 in Northern Emirates.

We provide our students with an outstanding educational experience that prepares them to achieve the highest personal and professional goals. We continuously strive to improve our undergraduate and graduate curricula to better meet the needs of today's students and employers. Many of our courses have a strong laboratory component that enriches students' learning experience. Many courses also implement project-based learning. Students are also encouraged to seek industry-sponsored graduation projects. All students are required to do an industry internship before graduation.

The current CSE curriculum is built upon the three pillars of Data Science, Smart Cities and AI. The curriculum includes courses related to the following areas:
    • Sensors and Internet of Things (IoT)
    • IOS and Android Mobile Applications Development
    • Cyber Physical Systems; Communication and Computer Networks
    • Cloud Computing
    • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    • Machine Learning and Data Mining
    • Neural Networks and Deep Learning
    • High Performance Computing using CPUs and GPUs
    • Cyber Security and Blockchain
    • Operating Systems and Databases
    • Virtual and Augmented Reality
    • Computer Graphics
    • Biomedical Imagining and Robotics.

The CSE department is located in the new Engineering Building and has state-of-the-art smart classrooms and labs. The CSE department has more than ten state-of-the-art labs related to hardware, software and networking. We also use various smart digital services to improve students’ learning and university experience including electronic advising and attendance monitoring.

CSE currently has a total of 15 full-time faculty, seven lab instructors and an administrative assistant. Twelve of the 15 members obtained their PhDs from leading universities in the US and Canada, with three receiving their degrees from leading universities in UK and Europe. Our faculty members come from diverse background, and have the required knowledge and expertise in their respective fields of specialization to deliver a quality education. Most faculty have prior industry and teaching experience in the US, Canada or elsewhere. All our lab instructors have a master's degree. Our faculty have received prestigious awards such as the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC)/Airbus Diversity Award, Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Young Arab Researchers, AUS Excellence in Teaching and Research Awards, AUS Excellence in Lab Instruction Award, Sheikh Khalifa - UAE's President - Award for Higher Education (an award given annually to one faculty from all UAE Universities for excellence in teaching, research, and service), Sheikh Rashid's Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement, and the IBM faculty Research Grant Award.

We have a diverse student body that consists of more than 800 students and representing over 40 nationalities. We are proud to have a high percentage of female students (about 35%) in our programs.

Our graduates are highly employable and are employed by local and multinational companies in UAE and abroad. Examples include Etisalat, Du, HPE, Microsoft, IBM, SAP, Cisco, Oracle, VMware, GE, Accenture, Emirates Airlines, Dell EMC, Thuraya, MBC, HTC, Astro Labs, Fujitso, Schlumberger, Amazon, Dubai Islamic Bank, Petrofac, Xerox, Baker Hughes, and Nielsen. In addition, the following local universities and governmental agencies have employed our graduates: University of Sharjah, American University of Sharjah, Abu Dhabi University, Khalifa University, Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai Smart Government, Injazat, Town Planning and Survey Authority, Telecommunication Regularity Authority, Road and Transportation Authority, Bee'ah, Prime Minister's Office, Free Zone Authority, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, Expo 2020, Dubai Parks, UAE Council of Scientists, Abu Dhabi Police, Dubai Police, Sharjah Police, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, The UAE Cabinet, Ministry of Justice, UAE Space Agency, Civil Aviation Authority, Yahsat, and Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre.

Many of our graduates are also enrolled in and have completed graduate programs at prominent universities in North America and Europe including Stanford University, Columbia University, Iowa State University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of Toronto, Missouri University of Science and Technology, McGill University, Carleton University, Concordia University, University of Ottawa, and University College London.

We encourage entrepreneurship and some of our graduates have started their own companies like Musafir.com, Global Invisions Group, Keno, Aebiss, Tayar, CG-Interactive, and DanaTek. Our students regularly win awards and compete in international competitions and hackathons including AUS Awards for Excellence in Graduate Studies, Sandooq Al Watan Research Award, Sharjah Islamic Bank (SIB) Annual Student Research Award, Microsoft's Imagine Cup, ACM/Gulf Programming Contest, IEEE UAE Student Day, Cyber Quest Security Competition, GE DigiNation Hackathon, Accenture Hackathon, KPMG Innovation and Collaboration Challenge Competition, Dubai Police Capture the Flag Cyber Security Challenge, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) Hackathon, MBRSC Space Hackathon Challenge, Mobile Application Contest, and Emirates Think Science Competition.

We provide undergraduate research experiences, and our undergraduate and graduate students regularly publish in top journals and conferences.

Finally, the department provides many well-recognized industry certification programs including Cisco, HP, Red Hat, Amazon AWS, IBM, SAP and VMware.

Please feel free to explore our website that provides more information about our programs. Please also feel free to drop by for a visit, and we are happy to show you around.

Sincerely,

Imran Zualkernan, PhD

Professor and Interim Department Head