Welcome to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at American University of Sharjah (AUS).
The department offers three degree programs: a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCoE), a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS), and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCoE). All undergraduate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Our undergraduate and graduate programs are also accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education's Higher Education Affairs Division in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Our department continuously strives on improving our undergraduate and graduate curricula to better meet the needs of today's students and employers. Many of our courses have laboratory components that enrich the students' learning experience by allowing them to be exposed to theory and practice. Project-based learning is also implemented in many courses. Students are also encouraged to seek industry-sponsored graduation projects and are required to do an industry internship before graduation. We provide our students with an outstanding educational experience that prepares them to achieve the highest personal and professional goals.
We are proud that the CSE curriculum contains many pillars of Data Science, Smart Cities and AI and includes courses related to: 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; Deep Learning; High Performance Computing using CPUs and GPUs; Cyber Security and Blockchain; Operating Systems and Databases; Virtual and Augmented Reality; and Robotics.
As computers are used in every field today, we are in our final stages of launching a Minor in Computer Science + X, where X stands for any non-STEM major with the goal of introducing Computer Science to others and enabling them to understand and effectively use technology to solve their problems.
In September 2019, the college of engineering moved to a new building that has state-of-the-art smart classrooms and labs. CSE has 10+ labs related to hardware, software and networking equipped with the latest technologies. CSE employs various smart digital solutions to improve the student’s learning and university experience, such as electronic advising and attendance monitoring.
CSE currently has a total of 14 full-time faculty, six lab instructors and an administrative assistant. Eleven of the 14 members obtained their PhDs from leading universities in the US and Canada, with three receiving their degrees from leading universities in UK and Europe. The faculty members come from diverse background and have the required knowledge and expertise in their fields of specialization to deliver 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 and are highly qualified. We are proud that 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 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.
Our student body consists of approximately 500 students and is quite diverse, representing more than 50 nationalities. The percentage of female students is among the highest worldwide, reaching 35% in our programs.
Our graduates are highly employable and have joined the workforce with local and multinational companies both in UAE and abroad. Examples include Etisalat, Du, HP, Microsoft, IBM, SAP, Cisco, Oracle, GE, Accenture, Emirates Airlines, Dell EMC, Thuraya, MBC, HTC, Astro Labs, Fujitso, Schlumberger, 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, 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, Ministry of Justice, Civil Aviation Authority, Yahsat, and Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre.
Many of our graduates have also enrolled in and completed graduate programs at prominent universities in North America and Europe (e.g. Stanford University, Columbia University, Iowa State University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of Toronto, McGill University, Carleton University, Concordia University, University of Ottawa, and University College London).
Other graduates have chosen the entrepreneurship track and started their own companies such as Musafir.com, Keno, Aebiss, Tayar, CG-Interactive, and DanaTek.
We are proud of our students and their achievements, including those earned in many local and international competitions (e.g. Microsoft's Imagine Cup, ACM/Gulf Programming Contest, IEEE UAE Student Day, Cyber Quest Security Competition, GE DigiNation Hackathon, Accenture Hackathon, Mobile Application Contest, and Emirates Think Science Competition). Other students, both undergraduate and graduate, actively participated with faculty in their research and published in top journals and conferences.
In order to further empower our students, the department houses several recognized industry certification programs: Cisco, HP, Red Hat, Amazon AWS, IBM, SAP and VMware. These valuable titles and certifications are very helpful in enhancing our students' skills and job prospects.
Thank you for visiting our website. I encourage you to visit us in person. We look forward to you joining the exciting field of computer science and engineering at AUS.
Fadi Aloul, PhD
Professor and Department Head