The Team

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Iyad A. Katib

HPCC Director


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Iyad A. Katib

HPCC Director

Iyad Katib is an Associate Professor with the Computer Science Department and the current Vice Dean and the College Council Secretary of the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology (FCIT) in King Abdulaziz University (KAU). He is also the Director of KAU High Performance Computing Center. Iyad received his Ph.D. and MS degrees in Computer Science from University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2011 and 2004, respectively. He received his BS degree in Statistics/Computer Science from King Abdul Aziz University in 1999. His current research interest is on Computer Networking, High Performance Computing and Big Data.

Ehab A. Abozinadah

HPCC Deputy Director for Technical and Administrative Affairs


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Ehab A. Abozinadah

HPCC Deputy Director for Technical and Administrative Affairs

عمل اكثر من خمس سنوات في أبحاث مدعومة من شركات عالمية (قوقل – فيس بوك – تويتر) والتي تختص في إصطياد الحسابات المخادعة والوهمية في مواقع التواصل الإجتماعي بإستخدام تقنيات الذكاء الإصطناعي. ونشر عدة أبحاث في الأمن السيبراني الذكي. حصل على عدة شهادات عليا من الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية. دكتوراه في الأمن السيبراني الذكي, ماجستير في نظم المعلومات, ماجستير في تقنية المعلومات, دبلوم دراسات عليا في أمن المعلومات, دبلوم دراسات عليا في التجارة الإلكترونية. الإهتمامات: الأمن السيبراني – الذكاء الإصطناعي – البيانات الضخمة – الحاسوبات العملاقة.

Sanaa A. Sharaf

HPCC Deputy Director for Academic Affairs


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Sanaa A. Sharaf

HPCC Deputy Director for Academic Affairs

Sanaa Sharaf is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science Department at FCIT, KAU. She got her Bsc with first honor degree from King Abdulaziz University and Msc with Distinction from University of Bradford, UK in Information Security. Sanaa finished her PhD in Grid Computing from University of Leeds, UK in 2012. Since then she started some administrative assignments includes: Supervisor of Information System department - Sulaymniah branch, FCIT vice-dean in both Faisliyah branch and University of Jeddah. In addition to administrative experience, she has a teaching experience since she got her bachelor degree teaching most of undergraduate’s courses and some postgraduate course recently.

Rashid I. Mehmood

Director of Research, Training, and Consultancy


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Rashid I. Mehmood

Director of Research, Training, and Consultancy

Rashid Mehmood is the Research Professor of Big Data Systems and the Director of Research, Training, and Consultancy at the High Performance Computing Centre, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia. He has gained qualifications and academic work experience from universities in the UK including Swansea, Cambridge, Birmingham, and Oxford. Rashid has over 20 years of research experience in computational modelling and simulation systems coupled with his expertise in high performance computing. His broad research aim is to develop multi-disciplinary science and technology to enable a better quality of life and Smart Economy with a focus on real-time intelligence and dynamic system management. He has published over 150 research papers including 5 edited books. He has organised and chaired several international conferences and workshops including EuropeComm, Nets4Car, SCE, SCITA, and HPC Saudi. He has led and contributed to academia-industry collaborative projects funded by EPSRC, EU, UK regional funds, and Technology Strategy Board UK with the value over £50 million. He is a founding member of the Future Cities and Community Resilience (FCCR) Network. He is a member of ACM, OSA, Senior Member IEEE and former Vice-Chairman of IET Wales SW Network.