Biography: Issam Damaj, PhD ME BE SMIEEE, is an Associate Professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, Beirut Arab University (BAU). Before joining BAU, he spent 14 years in professorial ranks in higher education institutions in Kuwait (American University of Kuwait, AUK, ten years) and Oman (Dhofar University, DU, three years). During his career, he has been assigned a variety of leadership positions in university administration, quality assurance, and accreditation. He was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Computer Science in the area of Computer Hardware Design from London South Bank University, London, United Kingdom in 2004. He received a master’s degree in Computer and Communications Engineering, in 2001, from the American University of Beirut. He received a bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from BAU in 1999. During his tenure, he published 76 technical papers and ten book chapters—in addition to various short papers and technical reports. His research interests include hardware design, performance evaluation, smart cities, and engineering education. He is a Program Evaluator (PEV) with ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) since 2017. He is an associate editor and a reviewer with publishers that include IEEE, Elsevier, and Springer. In addition, he is the recipient of various awards in mentoring, service, research, and academic high distinction. Dr. Damaj is a senior member of the IEEE. He maintains an academic website at