Dr. Omar Fakih Hamad
Dr. Omar Fakih Hamad was born on the 21st of March, 1971 at Kwamwewe, Pandani, Wete, Pemba. In February 2008, Dr. Omar graduated PhD in Computer Engineering from Chonnam National University, South Korea. In 2000, he graduated Master of Engineering in Electronics and Communications specialized in Microwave from Birla Institute of Technology, India, where he also graduated his Bachelor of Electronics and Communications Engineering in July 1998. In December, 1996, he received Correspondence Postgraduate Diplomas in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations (PGD-PMIR), International Relations (PGD-IR), and Investment Planning and Control (PGD-IP&C) from Central Institute of Management, India.
Dr. Omar is currently Associate Professor of Computer and Telecommunications Engineering at the Engineering Faculty, Zanzibar University in Tanzania. Since August 2011 until October 2012 2 he was Senior Lecturer and Dean of the School of Mathematics, Computational and Communication Science and Engineering at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology where, he has been teaching and doing research in the field of Information and Communication Science and Engineering.
Between April and July 2011, Dr Omar had briefly been the Coordinator of Planning and Resource Mobilization at the College of Information and Communication Technologies (CoICT) of the University of Dar es Salaam. Dr Omar was a post-doc fellow at the University of Johannesburg in 2010-2011. Among the committees and management assignments that Dr. Omar has been involved include: ICT Resource Centre (IRC) Committee; Resource Mobilization and Investment (ReMoI) Committee; Member of Communication and Institutional Partnership (CIPa) Committee; Member of the Senate; Member of Tender Board all of the NM-AIST. He has been a member of the College Management Committee, of the College of Information and Communication Technologies; Members of Research and Postgraduate Studies Committees of the College of Engineering and Technology and of the College of Information and Communication Technologies of the University of Dar es Salaam.
Dr. Omar has attended trainings on Research Methodologies in Science and Engineering; Teaching Methodologies in Higher Learning Institutions; and Effective Methods of Teaching in Institutions of Higher Learning. Dr. Omar has received several awards including: The 2011 Best Academic Staff Award in the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering of the University of Dar es Salaam; 2009 TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Award for Young Computer Scientists Working and Living in Africa; and 2008-2009 Brain Korea (BK21) award for Graduate Researchers. In terms of international research collaborations and MoUs, Dr. Omar has been a member in a team for VLIR-UOS 12 years’ Project between the NM-AIST, Arusha and the Flemish Universities in Belgium. Together with NM-AIST’s VC, Dr. Omar has recently developed a successful USD 1.3 Million Grant Proposal for Establishment of ICT Resource Centre with ICT and Telecommunications Testbeds, funded by Indian Government.
Dr. Omar is a professional member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); Institute of Electronics and Information Communications Engineers (IEICE); New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) Council; Central Institute of Management; National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE). He has been a reviewer and Technical Programme Committee member in several international conferences and journals including the South African Journal of Sciences, AFRICOMM, and ICT Africa. Dr. Omar has published several refereed journals and conference papers. “Analog, Digital and Multimedia Telecommunications” is the book that Dr. Omar has recently completed to write and it has been originally and widely published in UK, USA, and Australia.