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Prof. Ilias Fernini Deputy General Director Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences, and Technology Academic RankProfessor

Specialization:

  • PhD. Astrophysics

Research Interests:

  • - Radio Astronomy - Active Galactic Nuclei (Radio Galaxies, Quasars, …) - Lunar Crescent Visibility - History of Islamic Science - Martian Atmosphere - CubeSat Technology

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- Ph.D. in Physics (Major: Astrophysics), 1991 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (USA) - MS. in Astrophysics, 1985 Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa (USA)- BS. in Solid State Physics, 1982 University of Science and Technology, Algiers (Algeria)
- 02/2016-Present: Associate Professor, University of Sharjah Sharjah Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences / Observatory Director - 03/2002-12/2015: Associate Professor, United Arab Emirates Univ - 09/1997-03/2002: Assistant Professor, United Arab Emirates Univ. - 09/1995-08/1997: Math Instructor, Dona Ana Comm. Coll., Las Cruces, NM (USA) - 01/1996-07/1997: Math/Physics Instructor, El Paso Comm. Coll., El Paso, TX (USA) - 08/1994-08/1997: Post-Doc, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM (USA) - 04/1992-07/1994: Assistant Professor, University of Blida, Algeria - 05/1989-08/1989: VLA Summer Student Research Assistant (National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Socorro, NM, USA) - 08/1984-12/1986: Teaching Assistant, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa (USA)
- “Pre-sunset L-band Scintillation over Arabian Peninsula,” M. M. Shaikh and I. Fernini, ION International Technical Meeting 2021, January 25-28, 2021. - “Daytime GNSS scintillation due to Es over Arabian Peninsula in Low Solar Activity,” Shaikh M. M., Gopakumar G., AbdelRahman H. K., Kashcheyev A., and Fernini I. (2020), Results in Physics, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rinp.2020.103761. - “Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences, and Technology (SAASST): A Higher Education Space Sciences Oasis in the Middle East.” I. Fernini. Higher Education Digest Magazine, October 14, 2020. - “Contribution of Meteor Flux in the Occurrence of Sporadic-E over Arabian Peninsula,” Shaikh M. M., Gopakumar G., Fernini I., Aisha Al-Owais, and Maryam Sharif (2020). Journal Geophysical Research Letters, Submitted. - “Detection of Jovian Radio Emission at 20.1 MHz with a Decametric Radio Array”, I. Fernini, M. Rihan, A. Yousef, S. R. Madara, F. Al Aydaroos, and A. AlHameed, IAC 2020 Cyber Space Edition, 12-14 October 2020 - “Observing at 1.4 GHz with the Sharjah New 40-m Radio Interferometer”, A. Asmaa, I. Fernini, A. Manousakis, H. AlNaimiy, A. Noorani, and A. Javed, IAC 2020 Cyber Space Edition, 12-14 October 2020 - “The High Energy Astrophysics Group in the Light of Sharjah-Sat-1 and Future Projects”, A. Manousakis, N. AlAmeri, M. AlQasimi, E. Kalamci, I. Fernini, and H. AlNaimiy, IAC 2020 Cyber Space Edition, 12-14 October 2020 - “Promoting STEM through the Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences, and Technology,” I. Fernini and H. AlNaimiy, IAC 2020 Cyber Space Edition, 12-14 October 2020 - “Sustainability of Artificial Martian Atmosphere,” I. Fernini, R. Fernini, A. Noorani, M. AlShamsi, and M. AlQasimi, IAC 2020 Cyber Space Edition, 12-14 October 2020 - “SharjahSat-1 Thermal Analysis for Orbit-Launch Selection”, I. AlSabt, T. AlKaabi, S. R. Madara, I. Fernini, B. Karabulut, E. Catal, H. Telli, H. AlNaimiy, and A. R. Aslan, IAC 2020 Cyber Space Edition, 12-14 October 2020 - “Lunar Flashes,” M. Talafha, I. Fernini, H. AlNaimiy, F. Chogle, and A. Pratap, IAC 2020 Cyber Space Edition, 12-14 October 2020 - “SAASST Ground Station: Satellite Tracking and Control for High Data Rates,” T. AlKaabi, I. AlSabt, S. R. Madara, I. Fernini, B. Karabulut, A. R. Aslan, and H. AlNaimiy, IAC 2020 CyberSpace Edition, 12-14 October 2020 - “Reporting Pre-sunset Scintillation on GNSS Frequencies over Arabian Peninsula.” Shaikh M. M. and Fernini I. 33rd General Assembly and Scientific Symposium, International Union of Radio Science, Rome 2020. - “Occurrence of Pre-sunset L-band and E-band Scintillation Due to Strong Presence of Sporadic-E over Arabian Peninsula,” M. M. Shaikh, I. Fernini, G. Gopakumar, N. M. Alameri, Advances in Space Research, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2020.02.011, 2020 - “Decametric Radio Observations of Jupiter-Io Emission at 20.1 MHz,” I. Fernini, M. B. Rihan, A. Y. Mustafa, F. Al-Aydaroos, Advances in Science & Engineering Technology (ASET), Feb. 4-6, 2020 - “The UAE Meteor Monitoring Network,” I. Fernini, M. Talafha, I. Abu Jami, A. Al-Owais, R. Fernini, A. Ahmad, M. Sharif, M. Al-Naser, Y. Eisa, S. Zarafshan, S. Subhi, submitted, 2019 - “Sharjah Five-Meter Radio Telescope,” I. Fernini, H. M. Al-Naimiy, A. Alhameed, A. Noorani, A. Javed and A. Abujami, Journal of Instrumentation, Accepted for publication, 2019 - “UAE launches meteor and debris monitoring network,” I. Fernini, M. Talafha, S. Subhi, A. Alowais and M. Sharif, Room Space Journal, Issue 21, 100-103, 2019 - “Meteor Double and Triple Detections,” I. Fernini, A. AlOwais, M. Sharif, M. Talafha, S. Subhi, Y. Eisa, R. Fernini, Proc. International Meteor Conference, Germany, 2019 - “Meteorite Hunting Using Deep Learning and UAVs,” A. A. Alowais, S. Naseem, T. M. Dawdi, M. A. Ahmed, A. O. Adwan, Y. M. Elkalyoubi, K. A. I. K. Hassan, and I. Fernini, 2019 International Conference on Signal Processing and Information Security (ICSPIS2019), Accepted, 2019 - “Hot Spots Properties of a Sample of 98 Fanaroff-Riley II Radio Sources,” Fernini, I., & Eckart, A., Proceedings of First Sharjah International Conference on Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology (FISICPAC), IOP Conf. Series: Journal of Physics: Conf. Series 1258 (2019) 012022, doi: 10.1088/1742-6596/1258/012022 - “Occurrence of Pre-sunset L-band and E-band Scintillation Due to Strong Presence of Sporadic-E over Arabian Peninsula,” M. M. Shaikh, I. Fernini, G. Gopakumar, N. M. Alameri, GPS Solutions, Submitted, 2019 - “The UAEMMN: A prominent meteor monitoring system in the Gulf Region,” I. Fernini, A. Alowais, M. Talafha, M. Sharif, Y. Eisa, M. Alnaser, S. Mohammad, A. Hassan, I. Abujami, R. Fernini, and S. Subhi, MeteorNews, Vol. 4, Issue 5, pp. 275-276, 2019 - “Unification of Fanaroff-Riley II Radio Sources with 0.1 < z < 2.0 – 8.4 GHz VLA Observations of 15 Sources – Final Sample”, I. Fernini, J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 1269 012009, 2019 - “Sharjah Investment in the UAE Space Sector,” I. Fernini, J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 1269 012003, 2019 - “VLA Observations of 20 FR II Radio Sources at 8.4 GHz,” I. Fernini, Astrophys Space Sci (2019) 364: 167. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10509-019-3654-5 - “Space Technology Capacity Building in Support of SDG 2030 through CubeSat Sharjah-Sat-1,” A. R. Aslan, H. M.K. Al-Naimiy, I. Fernini, A. Manousakis, M. Shaikh, S. R. Madara, T. Al-Kaabi, B. Karabulut, O. Oztekin, S. Turkoglu & E. Kalemci, Recent Advances in Space Technologies, Jun. 11-14, Istanbul, 2019 - “Building an Artificial Martian Atmosphere,” M. Al-Qasemi, M. Al-Shamsi, R. Fernini, A. al-Noorani & I. Fernini, 233rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, American Astronomical Society (USA), 2019 - “Meteorite Hunting Using Machine Learning and UAVs,” K. Hassan, M. Abdisalam, T. Dawdi, Y. Elkalyoubi & I. Fernini, 7th Undergraduate Research Competition (Abu-Dhabi Univ., UAE), 2019 - “UAE Meteor Monitoring Network,” A. Ahmad, M. Alnaser, S. Zarafshan & I. Fernini, 7th Undergraduate Research Competition (Abu-Dhabi Univ., UAE), 2019 - “SHARJAH-SAT-1 CubeSat,” A. Ruhi, M. Musharraf & I. Fernini, 7th Undergraduate Research Competition (Abu-Dhabi Univ., UAE), Apr. 2019 - “Longitudinal Variability Study of Ionospheric Ranging Errors Around 20 N Geomagnetic Latitude,” Darya A. M., Shaikh M. M. & Fernini I., 6th International Conference on Space Science and Communication, IEEEXplore Digital Library, 2019 - “Environmental Monitoring using CanSat,” Y. M. Faroukh, A. Alhammadi, A. Al-Ali, A. O. Adwan, A. M. Faroukh, M. M. Shaikh, I. Fernini, 6th International Conference on Space Science and Communication, IEEEXplore Digital Library, 2019 Darya A. M., Shaikh M. M., Fernini I. “Variation of Ionospheric Range Errors for L1 frequency GPS users during 23rd solar cycle”, Advances in Space Research, Vol. 64, Issue 5, pp. 1034-1045, 2019 - “Building a Decametric Radio Telescope Array,” A. Alhameed, M. Abdelsalam, D. Nouichi, I. Fernini, H. Al Naimiy, I. Abujami, R. Misbahulhaque, M. Rihan and M. Talafha, Journal of Instrumentation, 14, P08022, 2019 - “Building an Artificial Martian Atmosphere”, M. Al-Shamsi, R. Fernini, M. Al-Qasemi, A. al-Noorani, I. Fernini, under preparation, 2019
- Merit Award for World Top 1% Journal Publications for 2014 (Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series) – United Arab Emirates University, December 2015 - Merit Award for Best Faculty Member – College of Science, United Arab Emirates University, June 2006. - Best Non-Funded Research, 6th UAEU Research Conference, April 24-26, 2005.
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