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Meet the new ECpE faculty: Mohammad Tayeb Al Qaseer

Starting this fall, Mohammad Tayeb Al Qaseer, currently a research associate professor, will move into the appointment of a tenure-track associate professor for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE). Al Qaseer brings extensive experience and research to the department. The following Q and A is a chance to get to know him before the semester.

Mohammad Tayeb Al Qaseer (Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University)

Background and history

“I grew up in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where I also attended the American University of Sharjah for my Bachelor of Science degree, graduating in 2002. I then moved to Missouri where I attended Missouri University of Science and Technology, it was known as the University of Missouri-Rolla at the time. I graduated with a Master of Science degree in 2004 and Ph.D. in 2009 in electrical engineering.  I continued my academic career at Missouri University of Science and Technology as an assistant research professor.  My main duty at the time was research in the applied electromagnetic area, however I also had the opportunity to teach undergraduate classes.  In 2019 I moved to Iowa State University and joined ECpE and the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) as Associate Research Professor. At ISU I’m continuing research in the field of applied electromagnetics and in particular microwave and millimeter-wave nondestructive testing and evaluation. I have also taught (and introduced) undergraduate and graduate courses at ECpE in high frequency and RF circuit design, instrumentation and measurements. 

Choosing Iowa State

“ECpE and CNDE are national leaders in my research area. Furthermore, ISU in general and ECpE specifically has a large, diverse and talented student base which makes me look forward to further interaction with students in the classroom and in research.” 

Research specialties

“My research area is primarily in the applied electromagnetic (EM) and radio frequency (RF) engineering fields. Specifically, my research concentrated on developing microwave and millimeter wave circuits, sensors as well as real-time and portable 3D imaging arrays. I have a diverse set of expertise in high-frequency EM simulation, measurement & instrumentation, mixed-signal circuit design, millimeter wave circuits and antennas, and signal processing algorithms which enabled me to develop such systems.”

Looking ahead

“I have been at ISU for three years so far and I’m still meeting new people and getting involved with exciting research topics. Unfortunately, the pandemic of the past couple of years has limited my interaction with the broad faculty and students. Overall, I’m looking forward to more interaction with the student body in teaching more than one course per year (as was the norm for me in the past three years) as well as involvement with research in other non-engineering fields such as agriculture.”

What students can expect

“I believe in emphasizing the fundamentals and basic principle thinking. I’m also a strong believer is learning by doing and providing the students with hands-on experience through laboratory experiments and projects. I emphasize holistic views in engineering design and expect the students to make effort in learning skills even if it is outside their area of specialization.”