Abdulla Ismail obtained his B.Sc. (’80), M.Sc. (’83), and Ph.D. (’86) degrees, all in electrical engineering, from the University of Arizona, U.S.A. Currently, he a full professor of Electrical Engineering and assistant to the President at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubai, UAE. He worked as a Senior Executive Advisor of Science & Technology Program at Emirates Foundation in Abu Dhabi (2009 – 2011), Corporate Manager of Education at Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, Dubai (2006-2008). He spent 24 years as Professor of Electrical Engineering at UAE University, AL-Ain, UAE. He is a senior member of the IEEE and past Counselor of the IEEE Student Branch at UAE University. He is also a member of national and international professional societies. He is a recipient of the IEEE Millennium Medal, the Fulbright Scholarship, and the College of Engineering Distinguished University & Community Service Awards for 1998, 1999, and 2008.
His main interests are in applied control systems, intelligent systems, desalination plants control, and power systems control. He taught courses in all areas of control engineering, intelligent systems, and applications of information technology in engineering and business. He published over 77 technical research papers in regional and international journals and conferences. He co-authored three books in engineering and science education. He organized and delivered many training workshops for University Faculty Members and practicing engineers in the UAE. He held several administrative positions at UAE University, among which was Vice-Dean of the College of Engineering and Advisor to the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Computer Affairs. Also, he held the chairmanship and membership of several planning, advisory as well as executive committees and boards at local universities and the Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs (MOE-HEA). Currently, he is a professor of Electrical Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology – Dubai Campus and an active evaluation member of several elite awards like the Khalifa Educational Award (Education & Sustainable Environment) and Zayed Future Energy Prize.