About ORG

The Office of Research and Grants aims to realize the potential of AUK as a research institution as well as manage and streamline the University’s research and scholarly activities by funding research, conducting workshops and outreach for collaboration with academia and industry.

Major operations at the Office of Research and Grants are performed through its standing committees. The Office maintains two main committees:

Committee on Research and Grants (CRG): The Committee on Research and Grants is established to encourage and support scholarship, original research, creative work reflective inquiry, and knowledge translation by members of the faculty.

Institutional Review Board (IRB): 
The AUK Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged with ethical aspects of research proposals such as reviewing, approving/disapproving, as well as monitoring research involving human participants. The establishment of the committee is to review and oversee all ethical aspects of research to ensure its conformance to the international standards.
IRB will be responsible for the training and certification of any faculty whose research involves human subjects, as this is now required and is funded by AUK.

  • Dr. Iyad Abu Doush


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    Iyad Abu Doush is an associate professor of computer science at the American University of Kuwait. Since 2020 he serves as the director of the Office of Research and Grants. Dr. Abu Doush is a consultant in technology accessibility and an invited expert in Mada (Qatar Assistive Technology Center). Dr. Abu Doush is a certified ABET program evaluator (PEV). Dr. Abu Doush has received his BSc. in computer science from Yarmouk University in Jordan in the year 2001; he obtained his Ph.D. from the Computer Science Department at New Mexico State University / USA in 2009. In April, 2009 he was awarded a merit-based enhancement fellowship from graduate school for outstanding service to New Mexico State University as a teaching and research assistant. Dr. Abu Doush has supervised and advised several senior projects and master theses. Dr. Abu Doush served as a coach and committee member in the ACM Jordanian Collegiate Programming Contest for three years and the Kuwaiti Collegiate Programming Contest for two years. Dr. Abu Doush received several fundings to research his areas of expertise by different agencies including USAID, Microsoft, King Abdullah II Design & Development Bureau, Deanship of Research & Graduate Studies at Yarmouk University, and Jordanian Scientific Research Support Fund. Dr. Abu Doush secured a fund in 2016 from USAID to establish the first accessible computer laboratory for people with disabilities in northern Jordan at Yarmouk University. In 2012 he was selected as a visiting researcher at Universiti Sains Malaysia, School of Computer Sciences. In 2013, he was selected for a staff mobility visit through the EPIC program sponsored by the EU Erasmus Mundus to visit Vilnius University in Lithuania. Also, in 2018 he was awarded the Dartmouth-AUK Fellowship at Dartmouth College in the USA to pursue research in collaboration with Dr. Eugene Santos, Jr., Professor of Engineering at the Thayer School of Engineering. Dr. Abu Doush has published more than 90 articles in international journals and conferences. He has high h-index and citation records. Dr. Abu Doush served as a reviewer and committee member of several specialized international journals and conferences. His research interests include optimization algorithms, machine learning, human-computer interaction, and accessibility. 

  • Ahmad Alsaber

    Assistant Director

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    Dr. Ahmad R. Alsaber received a B.Sc. (mathematics) and an M.Sc. (statistics) from Kuwait University in 2002 and 2007, respectively; and a Ph.D. from the University of Strathclyde in 2022. After that he started his faculty career at the American University of Kuwait (AUK) College of Business and Economics. He became the assistant director of the Research and Grants Office (ORG) in 2021. His specialty is related to data-science, artificial intelligence, and multivariate time-series analysis with a focus on random forest, neural network, and missing imputation analysis. In his research, he targeted materials with environmental, rheumatology studies, time series of diabetics, and multivariate time series analysis between the effect of environmental aspects toward public health applications. He was well-trained in using programming software such as Python, RStudio, and STATA. In addition, he has been working as an instructor in many private universities in Kuwait as well as working as a consultant for statistical studies in many governmental organizations. Also, he has sufficient programming skills to deal with data analysis. Dr. Alsaber is a frequent reviewer of over 20 international journals in the fields of data science and epidemiology.

  • Afsah Abdullah

    Research Assistant

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    Ms. Afsah Abdullah is working as a part-time research assistant in the Office of Research and Grants at the American University of Kuwait (AUK). She has received her bachelor’s degree in electronics and control engineering from the Australian University (AU) (formerly ACK) in September 2020 with an Academic Excellence Award. After graduating, she worked as a production engineer at Kuwait Plastic Manufacturing Company in 2021.
    While pursuing her bachelor’s degree she received several recognition awards and won several competitions. Her team won the Best Company Award for Injaz Company Program Competition and later represented her university in Oman. In 2018 and 2019 respectively, she won 2nd place locally in the Huawei ICT competition and was nominated to participate in China for the regional finals. Ms. Afsah received two full scholarships for obtaining a high GPA in her university. Moreover, she was selected to participate in an innovation tour in the UAE, and was appointed by the AU president for the membership of AU’s student council. She was a board member of Engineers Australia and IEEE student branch. Ms. Afsah has also conducted research projects which consisted of robotics, PLC, SCADA systems, embedded operating systems, sustainability, renewability, and programming. She was also awarded the highest score in her final thesis project.


Scholarly Contribution Total
Books 16
Peer Reviewed Book Chapters & Articles 95
Other Articles and Book Chapters (Non-Peer Reviewed) 16
Journal Article 96
Conference Presentations/Proceedings 277
Conference Papers 35
Exhibitions and Performances 74
Creative Work (Fiction, Film, Television, etc.) 32
External Research Grants 17
Designs and Patents 8

Source: AUK Library