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Dr.Salaheddine Bendak Coordinator of the MSc in EM Program Academic RankAssociate Professor

Specialization:

  • Applied Ergonomics/Occupational Safety

Research Interests:

  • 1. Road traffic safety 2. Aviation safety 3. Occupational safety 4. Applied ergonomics 5. Safety culture

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Ph.D. (Ergonomics). La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Graduate Certificate in Global Burden of Injuries. Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Graduate Diploma of Education. Monash University, Gippsland, Australia. M.Sc. (Industrial Engineering). Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. B.Sc. (Industrial Engineering). Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE. • Executive Safety Consultant, Dallah Human Skills Development Co., Aljubail, Saudi Arabia. • Assistant/Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. • Lecturer of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, Department of Applied & Environmental Sciences, RMIT University, Melbourne. • Lecturer, Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. • Industrial Engineer, Teba-Gunkol, Izmir, Turkey.
Holds a current Australian first aid certificate (level II-St Johns).
• Senior member of IISE • Member of LOEA
• Biomechanics of traffic crashes • Safety culture among public sector employees • Behaviour of pedestrians in Sharjah • Effects of ambient and occupational noise on stress levels
Selected Publications: 1. Bendak, S., Alali, A.K., Alali, N.M. and Alshehhi, M.M. (in press). Is the use of mobile phones while driving reaching alarming rates? A case study. Transportation Letters: the International Journal of Transportation Research. 2. Bendak, S. and Alkhaledi, K. (2017). Child restraint system use in the United Arab Emirates. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 51, 65-72. 3. Alkhaledi. K., Means, K.H., Bendak, S., Arnold, A.M. and Jones, J. (2017). Evacuated Solar Tube Performance Enhancement Evaluation. Journal of Engineering Research, 5(2), 207-222. 4. Bendak, S. and Attili, A. (2017).Consumers Attitude and Behavior Towards Domestic Waste Recycling in Developing Countries: A Case Study. Advances in Recycling and Waste Management, 2 (2), 1-8. 5. Bendak, S. (2015). Objective assessment of the effects of texting while driving: a simulator study. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 22(4), 387-392. 6. Bouras, A. and Bendak, S. (2014). Managing IT Projects in Public Companies: A Case Study. Journal of Engineering, Project, and Production Management, 4(2), 74-80. 7. Bendak, S., Al-Saleh, K. and Al-Khalidi (2013). Ergonomic assessment of primary school furniture in United Arab Emirates. Occupational Ergonomics (publisher: IOS Press, Canada), 11, 85-95. 8. Bendak, S. and Al-Saleh, K. (2013). Seat belt utilisation and awareness in UAE. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion (publisher: Taylor and Francis, impact factor: 0.544), 20, 342-348. 9. Al-Saleh, K. and Bendak, S. (2013). An Ergonomic Evaluation of Certain ATM Dimensions. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, 19 (3), 347-353. 10. Al-Saleh, K. and Bendak, S. (2012). Drivers Behaviour at roundabouts in Riyadh. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 19, 19-25. 11. Bendak, S. (2011). An in-depth of red light crossing problem in Saudi Arabia. Advances in Transportation Studies An International Journal, 25, 67-74. 12. Bendak, S. (2010). Potential environmental and health benefits of nanotechnology. Journal of Material Sciences and Engineering, 4(1), 80-84. 13. Bendak, S. and Al-Saleh (2010).The role of roadside advertising signs in distracting drivers International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 40(3), 233-236. 14. Al-Shammari, N., Bendak, S. and Al-Gadhi, S. (2009). In-depth analysis of pedestrian crashes in Riyadh, Traffic Injury Prevention, 10, 552-559. 15. Bendak, S. (2009). Safety implications of nanoparticles. International Journal of Nanoparticles, 2, 375-381.
1. The effects of red light camera presence in reducing intersection collisions in Dubai 2. Determining factors that influence safety culture of employees in the public sector in Dubai and Kuwait 3. Organisational culture and innovation: a conceptual relationship and change framework 4. Assessing and Modelling Safety Culture in Telecommunication Industry 5. Emergency Communication Management: A Study of Early Warning System in UAE 6. Cue and occupant based factors to identify people’s behavior in case of fire emergency 7. Development of Evaluation of a House Design Framework to Minimize Fire Risk 8. Dynamic Construction Facilities Planning Model for Large-scale Projects in UAE 9. Recycling Awareness and Practices in UAE 10. Reducing Residential Fire Risk in Dubai
• Bendak and Al-Saleh (2010) was one of the ten most cited papers in the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. • Held a postgraduate (PhD) scholarship from La Trobe University. • Held The Hon. Jeff Kennet’s (former Premier of the State of Victoria) Award in appreciation for efforts in advancing industrial engineering practices in Victoria. • Held the Saudi Council of Engineers Award for achievements in the engineering field.
• Spearheaded two and contributed to a third successful ABET program accreditation applications in two countries. One application was given the best ABET Industrial Engineering Self Study Report in 2012. • Spearheaded or contributed to six successful program accreditation applications in UAE. • Coordinated developing a new M.Sc. degree in safety engineering at King Saud University (Riyadh). • Developed and taught a new human factors subject within the B.Sc. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering at RMIT University (Melbourne). • Involved in training of technicians, engineers, managers and researchers in the fields of occupational safety, fire safety, traffic safety, SPSS, first aid, continuous development, mentoring, interpersonal skills, risk management, data analysis and research skills in four countries.
Teaching Philosophy Today’s students are different from students of the past when sources of information were limited. The internet, social media and satellite TV channels opened a new horizon for information gathering and secured more opportunities for learning. They also brought challenges as well. Students nowadays need to think for themselves, question what they read and become true critical thinkers. It is my philosophy to help create critical thinkers in any classes I have the privilege of teaching. “Make them think” statement sums up what my courses strive for and what I strive for as an instructor. There still is a time and place for some memorisation in order to get to any solid scientific education, but we must also make sure our students understand. One way to do this is by putting the facts in front of the students then asking them “how can we understand this?”. Interactive lectures are my way of doing it, no matter how large or small the class is. I like to hear students thinking with me in class. I am definitely a fan of teamwork. I encourage students to work and solve problems in small groups. I have found that their peers are often better teachers than I for certain concepts. I am also a fan of open class discussions. I keep asking questions in class and encourage students also to do so. I have learned to listen to what the students say to each other in these moments and use these comments or tips in future classes. While such activities require more of the instructor, student satisfaction is a definite driving force for me. I believe it is worth doing it. I love to teach and am always looking for new ways of challenging my students to think outside the box and become critical thinkers as well as good engineers.
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