It was founded in 1997 by Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. Sheikh Sultan envisaged the university as a leading educational institution in the Persian Gulf region. Located in University City in Sharjah, American University of Sharjah is a not-for-profit, independent, institution of higher education formed on the American higher education model. It is a very diverse university that brings together more than 5,000 students from more than 82 countries and a full-time faculty of more than 350.
AUS offers 26 majors and 54 minors at undergraduate level and 14 masters’ degrees through the College of Architecture, Art and Design, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the School of Business and Management.
The university is licensed by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (UAE) in the United Arab Emirates, which recognizes all undergraduate and graduate programs. American University of Sharjah is accredited in the United States of America by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by the Department of Education of the State of Delaware.
A research team at American University of Sharjah (AUS) has made an important breakthrough in energy harvesting technology that can benefit many sectors, from bio-medicine to construction.
The device works by harnessing electromagnetic radiation from different sources and then reusing it to energize low-power circuits.
Potential uses of the technology include being placed in a medical chip that measures blood sugar levels in diabetes patients; powering wireless sensors on bridges, roads and buildings to monitor structural safety factors; or improving the battery life of mobile phones.
Team members include Dr. Lutfi Albasha, Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering; Dr. Nasser Qaddoumi, Professor and Interim Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering; a full-time research associate and six undergraduate students including three UAE nationals.
“One of the main obstacles present when it came to energy harvesting technology was low efficiency. Despite many innovations in the field, one common problem, in most cases, was that the harvester itself utilized most of the collected energy,” Dr. Albasha commented.
Typically, harvesters would provide 5 percent efficiency. However, the AUS team was able to minimize its harvester’s energy consumption and to raise efficiency to more than 80 percent. Launched in 2011, the project is set to have its final testing soon.
Sponsored by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and Mubadala Technologies Company, the AUS team taped-out a chip using Global Foundries 65 nanometer advanced analog CMOS process. The chip comprises dedicated harvester circuits with very high conversion efficiencies.
In addition, the team was also equally successful in designing a novel wide-band antenna for the same system. “The antenna, reported to be the smallest and best-in-class, is very small and enjoys a wide frequency bandwidth. Tests have shown that this flat antenna can pick up signals from mobile phones, TV signals and even Wi-Fi and toll systems at 5GHz,” said Dr. Qaddoumi.