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AUIS Awards Certificates of Appreciation to DITAB Members

To strengthen the ties between educational requirements and market needs, AUIS continuously invites and incorporates inputs from industry experts and the private sector. A few years ago, the Information Technology program at AUIS established the first Department of Information Technology Advisory Board (DITAB). The role of DITAB is to contribute to the development and operation of the IT program by providing feedback on current activities and inputs for future initiatives of the program. Validating current activities and establishing new ones based on teaching guidelines, academic research, and industry demands ensure that the program is more beneficial to the students and to the society at large. “University programs, especially programs of fields that change very fast such as IT, need to be tied to industry needs and demands. AUIS practices this understanding through different activities on an institutional scale, but having an advisory board focused on one program has been more relevant and valuable to the program and the university”, said Dr. Hemin Latif, assistant professor of Information Technology who initially established and oversees DITAB. Dr. Atheer Matroud, chair of Information Technology Department stated, “DITAB is an essential component of our department. Throughout the years, DITAB helped us to understand the IT market, which guided us in making changes to our curriculum accordingly.” The first DITAB was composed of five industry experts from various companies in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, with IT and business expertise. The members included Dr. Faris Al-Salihi, CEO of Com Tech Communications, Mr. Jabbar Tahir, CEO of MidyaTech, Mr. Ahmed Rasheed, CTO of Gorannet, Ms. Zino Faruk, CEO of Rasan Pharmaceutical, and Ms. Bnar Salah, office manager at Genel Energy.   Recently, the term of the first DITAB members ended and the department is in the process of establishing the second term of the board. As a gesture of appreciation for the valuable contributions of the current members, AUIS presented certificates of appreciation to the members. The members reassured AUIS that they will continue their support to help AUIS create a better future for all.

Webinar on the Economic Benefits of Cultural Heritage

  February, 14, 2017 - Dr. Tobin Hartnell and the Center for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (CACHE) at AUIS, facilitated a webinar by Dr. Edward Salo, a professor at Arkansas State University, on the economic benefits of cultural heritage. The event was attended by AUIS students and a few guests from the University of Sulaimani. Dr. Salo talked about the importance of  using historic preservation as a way to help create communities and to encourage economic development, which as he explained is “not just about saving pretty buildings”. He started by explaining what historic preservation can do,“It can give us roots, enhance community pride, teach and inspire us, make communities more attractive and encourage travel and tourism.” He presented an interesting linkage between the past and future and how crucial historic preservation has been in unveiling the history of minorities in the United States. Dr. Salo also expressed his interest in the historic sites in Iraq, and mentioned how historic places are used in the United States and what they bring to their communities, “ They are used to create a basis for heritage tourism and that way they can enhance the economy and identity of communities,” he explained.  Photos contributed by Sara Aso. News contributed by Bana Aso.

Wikipedia Education Program Workshop

A workshop by Wikipedia Education Program for students and faculty on how best to use Wikipedia for assignments and research; editing Wikipedia pages, and creating new content.  About the Workshop While you read this, Wikipedia and its sister projects develop at a rate of over 10 edits per second, performed by editors from all over the world in more than 295 languages.   Currently, the English Wikipedia includes 5,288,573 articles while the Kurdish Wikipedia has only about 18,000 articles and the Arabic Wikipedia has only around 477,000 articles. Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing!  Please join us to learn how to be a Wikipedian and find out how easy and simple it is to add free and useful content about a topic of your interest!    The presentation will include: Brief introduction about Open knowledge and Wikipedia. Learning how to edit an article and how to create a new article. Introduction of Wikipedia Education Program and how to implement it in American University of Sulaimaniya. Notes for participants Please bring your laptops with you to the workshop Please create an account on Wikipedia before attending the workshop. It only takes a few minutes! 

AUIS Establishes First Honor Society for International Studies in the Region

May 2016 - Sulaimani (KRG), Iraq - The Department of Social Sciences is proud to open the first chapter of the official International Studies Honor Society (Sigma Iota Rho) outside of Europe and the Americas. Sigma Iota Rho is based at the Ivy-league University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The Department of Social Sciences started the process of gaining an official affiliation in May of 2015. Over the last year, International Studies students, under the guidance of Assistant Professor Dr. Tobin Hartnell, have created a constitution and organized plans to promote the benefits of International Studies both on campus and in the community. The AUIS Iraq Chapter of Sigma Iota Rho was officially launched on April 27, 2016, in a small ceremony which was attended by the Chairman of the AUIS Board of Trustees, Dr. Barham Salih and Acting President, Dr. Esther Mulnix, in addition to staff and faculty members. The first members and office-holders were formally inducted into the Society and were awarded with certificates and the official Sigma Iota Rho regalia and materials. The Social Sciences faculty members also gifted the Honor Society with their own room on campus at the launch ceremony. Constitution of the Iraq Chapter of Sigma Iota Rho - AUIS Honor Society for International Relations The members of the new Honor Society will join colleagues from every major city of Europe and the United States in a global network working on international affairs. "Our Honor Society students will be able to reach out to chapters wherever they go and have an instant network to ask questions and get support for their studies," said Professor Hartnell. The Honor Society would like to thank Dr. Frank Plantan, President of Sigma Iota Rho, for his help and support in establishing the AUIS International Honors Society; and Dr. Samuel Helfont, University of Pennsylvania, who kindly hand-delivered the material for the Honor Society as he attended the Sulaimani Forum at AUIS earlier this year.  The AUIS International Studies Honor Society will recognize the best students from the IS major. The Honor Society is open to all students in their second year or above who have a GPA of 3.3 and a GPA in their International Studies major of 3.4. Applicants should register their interest with Dr. Frederick Monsma or Dr. Tobin Hartnell. Find out more about Sigma Iota Rho on their website:

IT Capstone Display

The IT department is holding its capstone projects demonstration on May 17th in the AUIS Conference Hall. Presentations will be held from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. All members of the AUIS Community are welcome and encouraged to attend.

AUIS Professor Uses Satellite Imagery to Discover Ancient Cities in Iraqi Kurdistan

Tobin Hartnell, an AUIS professor and archeologist with almost two decades experience in the field, uses the latest technology and satellite imagery to discover the ancient cities of Iraqi Kurdistan. Dr. Hartnell points out that present day Iraq - known in classical antiquity as Mesopotamia - is home to the oldest civilizations in the world, with a cultural history of over 10,000 years. Some of the earliest developments of human civilizations and technological advances started in Mesopotamia, today’s Iraq. Iraqi Kurdistan was a vital part of this civilization, yet not enough documents are recorded on its contribution to Mesopotamian civilization. As Hartnell explains, the prosperity of Mesopotamian civilization began in the Fertile Crescent, a quarter-moon shaped land that goes from the Arabian Gulf, through south of Iraq - Euphrates and Tigris - all the way to the north (Kurdistan), across Syria and Southern Turkey and then to the Mediterranean sea. This unusually fertile soil - known as the Cradle of Civilization - is regarded as the birthplace of agriculture, urbanization, and the domestication of animals. The cultivation of wild grains and wheat was widespread, irrigation of agricultural crops was developed, writing, trade, and science were adapted and villages and cities began to rise. This then led to the emergence of early complex societies. Iraqi Kurdistan was one of the most important places in Mesopotamia and thus the early history of the world, yet researchers don’t understand it as relatively few archaeology projects have been conducted and a large part of the region remains relatively unknown. As an archaeologist himself, he, along with a group of AUIS students and faculty members will expedite an archaeology survey and excavation to identify, map, and date all pre-modern habitation sites, as well as mapping ancient irrigation systems (karez) by using the latest technology and satellite imagery. Satellite imagery can be used as a methodological procedure for analyzing archeological sites in an accurate and quantified manner. “It has become an increasingly important tool for archaeologists,” Hartnell says, “because it can link information to exact physical locations and it can integrate information drawn from multiple sources.” "The latest digital technologies, such as the iPad and Tablet, can bring different experiences for archaeologists," says Hartnell. Technology has changed the process of exploration so much that archaeologists no longer need notebooks, sketchpads, or pencils. Time is also important, as archeologists get one chance to record as much information as possible during excavation before it is ruined. Therefore, collecting data when the discovery is made is very essential. iPads, even smart phones for example, have become the normal way of collecting, mapping and archiving information first hand. “With iPads and other tablets, archaeologists at the site can take notes as they excavate items, look up information on relational databases, create spreadsheets, complete drawings, take photos and make audio and video recordings to insert into their notes as they work.” Hartnell says, “it makes the process much easier and less time consuming.” Harnell divides the project into four stages; stage one will use satellite images and aerial photos to identify potential undiscovered sites; stage two involves going to the sites and collecting informations on the ground first hand; then Hartnell and his team will choose the most important sites and use specialized geophysical survey equipment, such as magnetometry, to map the remains that lie underneath the surface. These new tools can literally peer beneath the soil and create a map of the structures lying below. Finally, the team will excavate those structures that offer the most potential to reveal more about the history of Iraqi Kurdistan. As the project matures, Hartnell expects that AUIS students will quickly take a greater role, and conduct original research in archaeology as part of their university experience. This project is currently funded by USAID and private donations.

AUIS is First University in Iraq to Print 3D Prototype

Sulaimani, Iraq – April 27, 2014 – AUIS reaffirmed its position as a leader in Iraq’s education sector as the first university in Iraq to own a 3D printer, as well as printing a prototype. Professors in the Department of Engineering printed the prototype of a side release buckle on the University’s Stratsays uPrint SE Plus 3D printer. This is particularly exciting news for AUIS engineering students, who will have the opportunity to use the technology to print their own models and functional prototypes. “There aren’t any other engineering programs in Iraq that offer hands-on experience like this to their students. They’re just teaching theory. Meanwhile, AUIS students are actually acting,” said AUIS Professor Header Haddad. “Our students are exposed to technology that no other engineering students in Iraq have access to.” AUIS’s engineering laboratory facilities and resources are among the best in the country. Designed in consultation with the University of Colorado, Boulder, AUIS’s state-of-the-art facilities include a wet lab, a dry lab, fabrication shop, computer-aided design lab and flexible classroom.  The labs have the capability for advanced machining and welding, materials mechanical testing, fluid dynamics, and electrical circuit characterization. The AUIS Department of Engineering also uses a range of cutting-edge software, including MatLab, AutoCad, and SolidWorks. Equipped with fluency in English, technical knowledge, and analytical and problem-solving skills, graduates of AUIS’s engineering programs have the skills and knowledge to make a difference in the world, as well as exceling in Iraq’s quickly-evolving job market. For more information about AUIS’s engineering and mechanical engineering programs, including specializations in control systems, energy, production management, and construction management.


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