Taan S. ElAli, PhD and full professor since 2002, is currently a full professor of electrical engineering at Benedict College, and the executive director of STEM Services and Solutions LLC, a firm that provides educational services to the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. He has served as the chairman of the curriculum committee of the new College of Engineering at King Faisal University (KFU) from August 2008 when the committee was formed, to August 2009 when the final draft of the curriculum and its quality assurance plan for the college of engineering was approved by the University Council, the President of KFU, and the Ministry of Higher Education. From August 2009 to August 2010, Dr. ElAli was responsible for the implementation of the college of engineering curriculum quality assurance plan and the chairman of the electrical engineering department. Dr. ElAli has worked fulltime at several academic institutions in the United States of America for more than eighteen years in the areas of curriculum development, accreditation, teaching, research, etc. He received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1987 from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA, his M.S. degree in systems engineering in 1989 from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, USA, and his M.S. in applied mathematical systems and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering, with a specialization in systems, controls, and signal processing from the University of Dayton in the years 1991 and 1993 respectively. Dr. ElAli has discovered a new approach to dynamic system identification and arrived at new mathematical formula in an automatically controlled dynamic system. Dr. ElAli was nominated at King Faisal University to receive the Arab Creativity Award (جائزة الابداع العربي) offered by Arab Thought Foundation for 2009 and 2010 consecutively. He received Who's Who in the World from 2005 to 2013, Strathmore's Who's Who from 2007 to 2013, permanent listing in Who is Who in Engineering Academia, Who's Who in American Education from 2005 to 2013, Who's Who in Science and Engineering from 2004 to 2013, Who's Who in America from 2004 to 2013, and Who's Who Among America's Teachers award for 1998 & 2000. Dr. ElAli is the author and co-author of eleven books and textbooks in the area of electrical engineering and engineering education. He has contributed many papers and conference presentations in the area of dynamic systems and signal processing. In his efforts to revolutionize the engineering education, Dr. ElAli has developed a Project-Based Curriculum (PBC) Approach to Engineering Education that is the first in the entire Middle East and the second in the World. This approach has lead to the restructuring of one of the major courses in the engineering curriculum and thus to the restructuring of the textbooks used for the course. From this restructuring, two textbooks have emerged for the first time in the history of engineering education: "Continuous Signals and Systems with Matlab" and "Discrete Systems and Digital Signal Processing with Matlab." Universities like Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Texas at San Antonio, The University of Georgia, New Mexico State University, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Texas A&M University at Kingsville, Western New England College, Lakehead University, University of New Haven, etc. have come onboard to use these textbooks. He has taken the PBC approach to engineering education one step further and introduced Student-Focused Learning through Project-Based Curriculum. Dr. ElAli has contributed a chapter to the well known "The Engineering Handbook" by CRC press, another to the well known "The Electrical Engineering Handbook", by Francis and Taylor Press, and another two to "Advances in Systems", and "Computing Sciences and Software Engineering", by Springer, Germany, 2006 and 2007 respectively. Dr. ElAli is a member of American Association of University Professors (AAUP), a Fulbright Scholar, and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a rare honor attained by fewer than eight percent of IEEE's more than 400,000 members and is conferred only on those who have outstanding research achievements and who have performed great service to the scientific community.
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