Dr Mahmoud holds BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees in electrical, control and systems engineering; he completed his graduate studies in Germany, Sweden, and the UK, and his professional and scholarly expertise is in Innovation and Strategic Development in Higher Education. Mahmoud worked after PhD completion in the UK in R&D before joining Qatar University in Fall 2011 as joint faculty member between the college of engineering and the college of education, and progressed in innovation advisory and strategic development assignments with Engineering Dean’s office, the Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Office, and he is currently Associate Professor with the College of Engineering and Director of Strategic Initiatives with the President Office.

Mahmoud's scholarly approach in exploiting systems control and process engineering methods into strategic development and education systems/processes design (e.g. ENGINEERING the Education) is relatively unique; he is among few experts in this area globally. These translational methods enable effective, accelerated, goal oriented, and systematic outputs. In scholarship, Mahmoud has ranked among top 50 scholars globally in the field of Engineering Education Research (EER) in last five years in terms of indexed publications number in Scopus (2012 till 2017 period). 

He has published two Springer Books, one book chapter, 60+ peer-reviewed conference and journal articles, and developed 40+ institutional report/framework or strategy. In his current organization, Mahmoud is the second most cited faculty in the area of education (among 50+ faculty), and third most cited in the closely related area of management and entrepreneurship (among 30+ faculty). He attained several industry funds, academic recognitions/awards, and best papers distinctions from various Universities and organizations, as well as three funded fellowships from University of Technology Sydney, University Science Malaysia, and from USA Department of State (Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

Dr. Mahmoud Abdulwahed

Director of Strategic Initiatives Office, Qatar University



900 17th Street NW

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Washington, DC 20016

United States

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