Dr. Belkharraz Abdel: LYCEE Director
Dr. Belkharraz was an Electrical Engineer at Sibelec Electric Repairs during the period 1995-1997. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering. Since March 2004 he has been on the faculty of LaGuardia Community College where he currently holds the title of Professor and Chairperson in the Department of Mathematics, Engineering, and Computer Science.
Dr. Belkharraz received the positive assessment of engineering qualifications from Canadian Council of Professional Engineers on December 2002. He also received the best session award at the American Control Conference, Denver, CO June 2003.
Dr. Belkharraz is the recipient of the CUNY Collaborative Incentive Grant ($60,000.00 from 10/2004 to 10/2006) entitled "Simple Adaptive Control for Aircraft With Control Surface Failures". He was one of twenty - four professors across the entire City University of New York to receive a CUNY Collaborative Research Grant in round eleven.
Dr. Belkharraz is the founding director of LYCEE: LaGuardia Youth Center for Engineering Excellence. LYCEE offers high school students the opportunity to explore and to develop their interest in engineering and science in an after school program.
Dr. Belkharraz’s area of research is fault tolerant flight control design for aircraft control surface failures. His work on eigenstructure assignment for fault tolerant flight control design was funded by a NASA Faculty Award Research (Principal Investigator: Dr. Sobel) during the period 1998 – 2002. Dr. Belkharraz has published numerous research papers in the area of flight control.
Dr. Belkharraz has played a very crucial role to obtain a Title V grant to establish LYCEE. LYCEE has been his dream for many years. Finally, his dream came true and LaGuardia Community College and Vaughn College of Aeronautics have won a Title V grant in the amount of $5,000,000.00 to be shared equally. The grant is being used to establish LYCEE, equip two engineering labs, along with other projects
Dr. Belkharraz served as Co-PI on an NSF grant project titled: "CI-TEAM Demonstration Project: Enhancing STEM Education through a Faculty Professional Development about using Cyber Infrastructure". The amount of the grant was $250,000.00 for 2011-2013 academic years. The project was a collaborative effort between City College of New York (CCNY), LaGuardia Community College (LGCC) and Hostos Community College (HCC). It provides a highly focused and innovative approach for community college educators to work as teams to gain direct experience applying information technology and CI to science and mathematics coursework.
Dr. Belkharraz's area of research is fault tolerant flight control design for aircraft control surface failures. His work on eigenstructure assignment for fault tolerant flight control design was funded by a NASA Faculty Award Research (Principal Investigator: Dr. Sobel) during the period 1998 - 2002. Dr. Belkharraz has published numerous research papers in the area of flight control.
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Dr. Javier Roldan Mckinley
Javier Roldán Mckinley studied to become a mechanical engineer at his home town school, University of Atlántico at Barranquilla-Colombia, with machine design as his area expertise. He earned his MSc degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez in the field of planar kinematics. Dr. Roldan Mckinley continued his research at the University of Florida where he earned his PhD degree in 2007 in the area of robotics and spatial kinematics, under the major of dynamics, systems and controls. His research interests also include the design of non-circular gear connections, computer graphics, and computer animations of robotic manipulators. During his experience at the corrugated board industry in his home country, he participated and led projects in diverse areas of mechanical engineering. He is actually an Assistant Professor of the Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science Department at LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York, where he teaches Engineering and Mathematics courses.
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Dr. Zahidur Rahman
Zahidur Rahman studied to become a Electrical engineer at University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh. He completed his M.E., Electrical Engineering at The City College of the City University of New York, New York. After that, he persued his Ph.D.in Electrical Engineering at The City University of New York, New York with Thesis: "Error Correction of the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index ( NDVI) and Brightness Temperature (BT) Calculated from the AVHRR Observations” . His research interests includes Remote Sensing Applications, Vegetation Index and its Application for Weather Impact on Ecosystems, Environmental Hazards, and Error Correction of NOAA/GOES Environmental Satellite Data, Solar and Wind Systems. His research experience includes Satellite Remote Sensing Area in which he had to correct errors of NOAA Environmental Satellite Data Using Statistical Approach. At present, Dr. Rehman is an Assistant Professor of the Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science Department at LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York, where he teaches Engineering and Mathematics courses.
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Dr. Yuan received a B.S. degree in Mathematical Education from Shannxi Teachers’ University, an M.S. degree in Mathematics from the Institute of Mathematics in Beijing, and an M.S. degree in Statistics from Auburn University. She has a PhD in Mathematics from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Dr. Yuan and has conducted research and published in wavelet analysis, statistics, and complex dynamics. She was awarded the University Fellowship from 2002 to 2004 for graduate studies at The Graduate Center/CUNY. She also received the PSC-CUNY grant. She has received many awards and scholarships from Auburn University and the Institute of Mathematics in Beijing. Dr. Yuan has recently joined the faculty of the Department of Mathematics at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY, where she has been teaching Elementary Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, and Basic Algebra. She had previously taught Calculus I, II, III, Statistics, Pre-calculus, and Linear Algebra, at Hunter College, as well as Statistics and College Algebra at Lehman college.
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Dr. Yasser Hassebo
Dr. Yasser Hassebo holds a B.Sc. in electrical engineering from Menofia University in Egypt. He has an M.E. (2002) degree in electrical engineering from City College as well as an MPhil (2006) and a PhD (2007) in Electrical Engineering (Remote Sensing) from the CUNY Graduate School and University Center. Dr. Hassebo received a University Scholarship in 2002-2004 and a NOAA-CREST Fellowship in 2005-2007. He was also awarded the Grove School of Engineering Graduate Citation in 2002.
Currently, Dr. Hassebo is an assistant professor in the Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science Department at LaGuardia Community College. Prior to joining LaGuardia Community College, Dr. Hassebo was a junior member of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the CCNY, where he taught several engineering courses including engineering laboratory, switching systems, control systems and control laboratory. Dr. Hassebo has authored or co-authored more than 20 journal and conference papers. He has conducted research in the areas of optical remote sensing, light detection and ranging (Lidar). In addition to his Master’s level research on control systems, Dr. Hassebo has conducted research in robotics design and control, fiber optics telecommunication, networking, and routing and wavelength assignment algorithms.
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Dr. Dmitriy Chebanov
Dr. Dmitriy Chebanov is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science at LaGuardia Community College of CUNY and has been a member of the faculty since the fall of 2008. He received a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Donetsk State University (Ukraine) and a Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He also has a M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from The Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York.
Dr. Chebanov has authored and co-authored 24 research papers published in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He has presented his research results in more than 20 national and international conferences. He is a current member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
The areas of Dr. Chebanov’s current research interests are qualitative theory of differential equations with applications to some problems of multibody system dynamics, and applied harmonic analysis and information theory with applications to radar signal processing.
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Dr. Yves Ngabonziza
Dr. Yves Ngabonziza is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science at LaGuardia Community College of CUNY since the Fall 2009. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the City University of New York. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).
Dr. Ngabonziza has published numerous papers in the field of solid mechanics.
He has given talks to different major national and international conferences and has received the best paper award at the 3rd International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation (2010). Dr. Ngabonziza is a reviewer for the Journal on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics.
In his research on self-sensing of composite materials, he established test procedures and conducted tests (static and fatigue) as well as post test analysis, including Finite Element Analysis (FEA) in order to develop a composite structural self-diagnostic system technology for aircraft structural health monitoring (SHM) utilizing composite materials’ multifunctional (mechanical & electrical) characteristics. In addition to that,
Dr. Ngabonziza has conducted an extensive research study on electrical and mechanical properties of Carbon nanotubes (CNT)/ Polymer composites produced by melt processing. Manufacturing, experimental and analytical analyses were carried out. All the above analyses can have applications ranging from EMI/RFI shielding, conductive ducts, electrostatic dissipation (ESD), radar-absorbing materials for low-observable (“stealth”) to sensors.
Dr. Ngabonziza mentors students in robotics under the LYCEE program and is expecting to advise students in exploring the use of Computer Aided Engineering to simulate experimental material testing.