Nazek El-Atab
Affiliation: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
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Dr. Nazek El-Atab is currently a Research Scientist with Professor Muhammad Mustafa Hussain at the MMH labs at KAUST. Her current research focuses on the design and fabrication of futuristic electronics. She received her B.Sc. degree in Computer and Communications Engineering from the Hariri Canadian University, Lebanon, in 2012, her M.Sc. degree in Microsystems Engineering from the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE, in 2014, and her Ph.D. degree in Interdisciplinary Engineering from the Masdar Institute in 2017, funded by the US office of Naval Research. During her PhD, she worked as a visiting researcher with Prof. Krishna Saraswat at Stanford University. She has received several awards for her research, including the 2015 For Women in Science Middle East Fellowship by L’Oreal-UNESCO, Best Paper Award in the Micro/Nano-systems section at the UAEGSRC 2016 conference, the 2016 IEEE Nanotechnology Student Travel Award in Japan, the 2017 International Rising Talents Award by L’Oreal-UNESCO, the 2018 “Hariri Canadian University” Alumni Award, and was portrayed in the 2019 “Remarkable Women in Technology” by UNESCO. Most recently, Dr. El-Atab was selected to attend the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany. She has published over 30 papers in international peer-reviewed scientific journals, 40 conference presentations, 2 book chapters, 2 books and has 7 filed U.S. patents. She has served as a Jury member for several scientific competitions co-sponsored by UNESCO. Her research has been highlighted extensively in international media including BBC, America’s Navy, National Geographic, Skynews Arabia, Nature research, Fast Company, IEEE Spectrum, MBC, etc.