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Engineering Department Welcomes Two New Lab Assistants

  As part of the Engineering Department’s plans for continuous improvements and growth, two new engineering lab assistants have joined the department to help students and instructors in facilitating the engineering laboratories. Hanar Hadi and Hazhy Rozh are two AUIS graduates who have had outstanding performance while studying at AUIS and are eager to serve the AUIS community after their graduation. Hanar Hadi is a former AUIS student and a Mechanical Engineering graduate. Hanar is now an engineering laboratory assistant at AUIS and is very enthusiastic to lead the students to deepen their understanding of the theoretical subjects they learn from different engineering courses. Students do not only have to have an engineering course that requires the labs to visit her, they will be able to seek her help to use the labs for various projects and learning activities.      Hanar has served as a Physics Lab Assistant and the Engineering Center tutor at AUIS. Hanar has also been a teacher at one of the private schools while she was a student at AUIS. She helps in easing the learning process by putting in all the energy that is needed to train AUIS’ new engineering generation to be more daring and fearless.     Hazhy Rozh is also a former AUIS student and Construction Engineering graduate. He works as an engineering lab assistant with Hanar and is ready to give the deep knowledge he has gotten from AUIS to the new engineering students. Hazhy has also served as a Physics Lab Assistant and a Math Center Tutor while he was a student at AUIS. He is highly qualified in his field and his aim is not only to guide the engineering students, but also to find solutions for the challenges he has had as a student during his studies at AUIS in order to improve the engineering department. Hazhy has a lot of hobbies besides his engineering life, a few of which are graphic design, playing the guitar, painting and web development. Dr. Hemin Latif, Acting Chair of the Engineering Department mentioned, “It is very rewarding to see your own students stand out from the crowd and prove that they are the best candidates for a challenging position. Seeing Hanar and Hazhy coming back to AUIS to be part of the improvements and the growth of the Department is promising a very bright future for our Department.” Students are welcomed to contact Hanar and Hazhy if they have any questions regarding access to the various Engineering Laboratories.

CAE and Modern Engineering Seminar

  On April 9th and 10th, a CAE Engineering from Tecosim will be visiting Suli to give two seminars to our students. This will be an exclusive seminar at AUIS. The engineer is very eager to share his experience and knowledge in the application of CAE. He has also conveyed his interest in supporting our students and faculty in their research. This will be a good way for us to bridge connections with a well known company in the UK. 

AUIS Partners with CIPE on Training for Iraqi Academics

  The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), in partnership with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) held a seminar for high-level trainers in Iraq. The training, provided by the Leadership Academy for Development (LAD-IQ), was designed for faculty and trainers at policy-focused universities or institutions. The six-day course took place from March 11-17, 2018 in Amman, Jordan, and focused on developing case study teaching methods and equipping faculty with skills to effectively incorporate case studies into their classes. The costs were fully covered by CIPE and AUIS, with generous support from The National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The course was attended by 20 faculty and trainers from all over Iraq, including AUIS faculty member Mamilan Hussein, a lecturer in the Department of Business Administration. At the end of the course, participants were required to give a presentation on teaching a case study. AUIS will host the next training seminar on its campus in Sulaimani this summer. 

Welcoming Spring 2018

Undergraduate students are back on campus to start the Spring 2018 semester! Last semester presented a number of challenges for students, faculty, and staff but we all look to 2018 with great optimism and joy. Students in our Academic Preparatory Program (APP) are also on campus and entering their second week of classes. Regardless of the program, however, we all look forward to having a productive and successful semester together. As always, Spring will be a busy semester with classes and exciting events, including Clubs Day on 4 February and the AUIS Awards on 21 February, as well as Art Week, the Career Fair, and Less Stress Week, all in April. Be sure to stay connected with the AUIS community through our social media accounts – Facebook: AUIS Official, AUIS Student Services, AUIS Dean of Students Twitter: AUIS News Instagram: AUIS Eagles, AUIS Student Services Student Services will also continue to send weekly newsletters via email on Sundays (events) and Mondays (Career Services). Thanks to feedback from you, we are working to update the newsletters’ format. University can be stressful, but there are resources available to help promote a healthy semester. Reach out to Student Services to learn more! Work hard, get involved, and remember the AUIS motto: Learn today, lead tomorrow.

AUIS Launches Interdisciplinary Minor in Gender Studies During 16 Days of Activism

The Center for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS) was founded in November 2015 and officially launched in February 2016 in a conference about gender and genocide, the case of the Ezidi community. The aim of the center is to advance gender equality in the region through integrating education, research, and community development. Setting up gender studies at AUIS seemed like a distant and long-term dream in 2015. The region was going through a lot of hardship (as it is now), the war against ISIS, the forced displacement of thousands of civilians, the trauma of the Ezidi genocide, the aggravating economic situation in the region and at AUIS: all these factors made it seem that setting up a gender studies program would not be possible for a while. It is therefore with great pride and honor that we gather here today to launch the AUIS Minor in Gender Studies. For the first time in the Kurdistan region and in Iraq we are starting an interdisciplinary minor in gender studies. The courses we have developed for this purpose are offered by the English Department, the Department of Social Sciences, and the Science Department. We believe in the importance of education, especially when it comes to bringing about normative change. Education helps us stretch ourselves beyond our comfort zone and re-examine our long held views. It makes us realise that we have been persuaded by various systems to accept inequality that has become invisible to the uncritical eye. Change can only happen when individuals (men and women) start seeing the status quo as problematic and imbued with normalised and hidden injustices. We regularly tell our students that you do not need to be a woman to be a feminist. Any man who believes in gender equality and who challenges the patriarchal system that gives him, as a man, more privileges, is a feminist. Fighting inequality and injustice is the responsibility of everyone (not just women), especially those who have more power because of their gender, class, ethnicity, or political position. This is why we launched our Mr. Feminist campaign to start the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence this year. The campaign drew support from faculty, staff, and students, and included the President, Mr. Bruce Walker Ferguson. We are so happy to include some of these men in tonight's activities. Finally, I want to say that, like any other achievement, the success of this project would not have been possible without the work and support of a team. I thus want to thank Ms Shiereen Saib, who worked with me to establish the center two years ago. Thanks to AUIS for being an open and liberal institution that has encouraged our work and supported us whenever we needed it. I want to thank our patron, Ms. Jan Warner, who believes in us and supports our work. Above all, I want to thank my colleagues at the gender center, the management team: Prof. Lynn Rose and Miss Goshan Qaradaghi who have developed courses, supervised students, and organised activities. Our larger team includes Dr. Maria Saldarriaga (Chair of the Science Department), Dr. Akeel Abbass (the English Department), Miss Jessica Postma and Mr. Michael-Paul Hernandez (both from the Academic Preparatory Program), and Miss Raguez Taha (the Engineering Department). Our brilliant interns, Raz Rizgar Haydar, Raz Saadun Yadullah, and Awin Adil Barkhi, have been a key to the success of this event and our other activities. We are also grateful to Sawen Mohammed Amin and our team of volunteers, and to our Oriental Music Club for making this event a success. Thanks for the widespread endorsement by friends and supporters from the region, including writers, artists, academics, politicians and activists, who are present here today. We welcome you all to the celebration of this great achievement.

AUIS Professor Presents Joint Research at International Scientific Conference in Riga

Dr. Oleksandr Dobzhanskyi, faculty of Department of Engineering, recently represented American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) at the 58th International Scientific Conference on Power and Electrical Engineering of Riga Technical University (RTUCON). The conference was held on October 12-13, 2017, in Riga, Latvia. The paper, “Comparison Analysis of AC PM Transverse-Flux Machines of Different Designs in Terms of Power Density and Cost,” presented by Dr. Dobzhansky at the conference, was joint research work by AUIS in cooperation with the University of New Orleans (USA) and North-West University (South Africa). This is the first research work of the University presented in the field of electrical engineering internationally. The paper discusses different designs of transverse flux machines, and their applications in industry and power generation. Dr. Dobzhansky is currently continuing his research in this area by developing an urban-type, self-guided electromagnetic train. The research will be presented at the ITEC 2018 conference in California next year. An associate professor in the engineering department, Dr. Dobzhansky joined AUIS in Fall 2017. His academic and research interests include electric power generation, distribution and protection; electrical machinery; hybrid electric vehicles; wind and ocean wave energy conversion systems. He has worked for different industrial and academic organizations in the USA, South Africa, Peru and Ukraine. He completed his MSc and PhD in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University, USA.

AUIS Faculty Attends Seminar on Research Methods

On October 14, 2017, Dr. Atheer Matroud, assistant professor of Information Technology at AUIS, along with some faculty members of other Iraqi universities, conducted a seminar titled “Sober Scientific Research and Publication in International Journals” organized by The House of Wisdom, in Baghdad. The House of Wisdom is an intellectual and scientific establishment that deals with scholarly research and academic studies. The purpose of the seminar was to establish the best method for writing effective research papers. The audience was introduced to software tools for writing, referencing, and checking for plagiarism. They also addressed problems concerning academic writing in Iraq. During the seminar, Dr. Matroud prioritized the impact of plagiarism, whether done intentionally or unintentionally, citing examples. Unintentional plagiarism is when you accidentally fail to cite your sources correctly, which is still counted as plagiarism and is not acceptable. Dr. Matroud stressed that any form of plagiarism can lead to serious legal implications as well as destroyed reputation or even the loss of a career. The seminar was well attended and organized, with representation from many universities in Iraq. The audience also enjoyed listening to new methods and approaches for writing academic research papers. Some members of public universities also requested to host similar seminars at their institutions. Commenting on the seminar, Dr. Hemin Latif, chair of the IT department at AUIS, said, “Our faculty members at AUIS bring a lot of international expertise that the higher education sector in the country can, and must, benefit from. Dr. Matroud’s seminar is a very good step toward bridging the expertise gap between AUIS and other national institutions.”  Commenting on the quality of research and academic writing at AUIS, Dr. Matroud said: “I have found that at AUIS we are way ahead in training our students, especially, on the topic of writing and plagiarism.” Article by IT Department Communications Intern, Mr. Aran Kamaran.


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