AU Scientific Research Center
The Scientific Research Center (SRC) was established to coordinate and monitor the University’s research initiatives and operations, as research is one of AU’s strategic pillars. Its goal is to promote cutting-edge research, including collaborative and interdisciplinary research on a local, regional, and international level. Faculty, infrastructure, and collaboration with organizations such as the Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), international partners, local, regional, and international universities, and industry in general are all supported by the SRC.
AU’s faculty members are diverse and highly skilled, with considerable levels of competence in a wide range of subject areas. Faculty at AU work hard to educate top-notch graduates who are prepared to meet the industry’s ever-changing and difficult needs.
The research program of AU is aimed at boosting the influence and productivity of research and scholarly activities within and beyond the university, as well as across disciplines.
- To enhance the research profile of AU locally and regionally.
- To create national and international impact in the field of applied research.
- To establish a research program supportive of the applied teaching model at AU.
- To create interdisciplinary and collaborative lines of research.
- To sustain strong partnerships with research and funding organizations (KFAS, KISR) and industry.
The Research Strategy provides the road map for our research vision at AU. The Strategy was developed based on the evaluation of the current research profile, AU Strategic Plan, the potential provided by different departments of the University and its main goals as a higher education institute.
The major components of the Research Strategy are:
- Provide the research mission that highlights the nature, scope, and goals of envisioned AU research profile.
- Provide a road map to achieve the mission.
- Provide the strategic goals and the mechanisms to achieve them. These goals are proposed as means to materialize the research mission and involve four dimensions: scope of research, capacity, infrastructure, and systems.
An important component of the strategy is the establishment of a governance model for AU research. This model was developed to best fit the capabilities and structure of AU. The model involves a Research Council overseeing all the research work as AU, headed by the President and assisted by the Research Center Manager. The Research Council oversees the implementation of the research strategy.
AU research themes were defined based on eight research clusters formed from AU researchers working of fields of national interest as follow:
Water and Environment
- Desalination and Water Treatment
- Sustainability and Green Buildings
- Waste Management
- Air Quality and Climate Change
- Computations Fluid Dynamics
- Energy Efficiency and Conservation
- Renewable Energy
- Production Optimization and Enhanced Oil Recovery
- Reservoir Analysis and Simulation
- Materials Behavior
- Forensic and Repair of Construction
- Testing Methods
Mechatronics and Automation
- Electrical Machines and Controls
- Signal and Image Processing
- Control and Dynamics of Complex Systems
- Industrial Automation and Robotics
Learning Philosophies and Frameworks in Higher Education
- Project-Based Learning
- Mathematics Education for Business and Engineering
- Provisions for Learning Difficulties and Learning Support in Higher Education
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Sustainable Energy
- Small & Medium Enterprises (EMEs)
- Commercialization of Products & Services
Business Management and Finance
- Organizational Behavior
- Macro and Micro Finance
- Strategic Marketing
- Consumer Behavior
- Service Marketing
- International Marketing
Dr. Abbas Amini
Antisolvent Engineering to Optimize Grain Crystallinity and Hole-Blocking Capability of Perovskite Films for High-Performance Photovoltaics
Strained Epitaxy of Monolayer Transition Metal Dichalcogenides for Wrinkle Arrays
Phase Management in Single-Crystalline Vanadium Dioxide Beams
Ion Modification of Transition Cobalt Oxide by Soaking Strategy for Enhanced Water Splitting