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Dr. Wahab Almuhtadi
Professor, School of Information Technology, Algonquin College/Carleton University

Research interests

Photonics and Laser Technology, Fiber Optic Networks, Optical Sensors

Application areas

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Dr. Wahab Almuhtadi, P.Eng. is a professor and coordinator of the Algonquin College – Carleton University Joint Degree Program “Bachelor of Information Technology - Photonics and Laser Technology - BIT-PLT” in the School of Advanced Technology, at Algonquin College. Dr. Almuhtadi is also the R&D Coordinator at the Algonquin College Faculty of Technology and Trades. He is also a Member of the 2017-2022 Strategic Plan Advisory Team.  

Dr. Almuhtadi is the founder of the applied research pillar at Algonquin College that led to the creation of the Applied Research and Innovations Office to handle many industry requests for research. As the R&D Coordinator, he provided academic leadership in applied research and managed 36 active and now 54 proposed projects with a totaling $10.5M funded by various agencies such as: NSERC, OCE, IC, CIDA, NCIT, ORDCF, PRECARN. As a senior researcher at the College, his research projects include, for example:  Remote Objective Monitoring of Bio-Signals (ROMOBS) ($0.4 M); QoS Optimization using Adaptive Intelligence Techniques in Satellite Systems ($2.8 M); Remote/Rural WiFi Networks ($100k); Traffic Engineering in WiMAX Mobile and Fixed Networks ($611k); and among others. Dr. Almuhtadi is an author of several technical papers and co-author of books. Dr. Almuhtadi is the founder and designer of a complete Leading-Edge Optophotonics Lab, with SONET/SDH (Nortel/Algonquin College $2.5M project) and recently with Optical Transport Network-OTN 10-100 Gb/s (Ciena 6500 Optical Packet Platform $1M project). 

Dr. Almuhtadi is one of the founders of the new “Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks-CENGN,” with $65M funding from Networks of Centres of Excellence Canada, Alcatel-Lucent, TELUS, Cisco, Juniper, EXFO, JDSU, Rogers, and Allstream. He has connected his lab to CENGN for supporting education in the development of Internet-of-Things (IoT): vast variety of devices and networks enabling emerging consumer electronics technologies such as smart devices, 4k/8k TV, autonomous transportation, real-time remote health care and smart cities solutions.

Wahab Almuhtadi earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic in 1986 and 1990 respectively.  He is a Certified Professional Electrical Engineer of Ontario. Dr. Almuhtadi has more than 21 years of university and college teaching experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also has more than 27 year experience in telecommunication and electrical engineering industries including R&D.  Prior to Algonquin College, Dr. Almuhtadi worked with Nortel in Optical Networks Verification - R&D. Dr. Almuhtadi was also: an Adjunct Professor in the Electronics Department at Carleton University, Canada.

Dr. Almuhtadi is a Senior Member of IEEE. He is actively involved in IEEE and continues to hold many executive posts. Presently, he is currently Chair of the IEEE Canada Conference Advisory Committee; Distinguished Lecture Chair and Member of the Board of Governors of IEEE Consumer Electronics Society (CESoc); Chair of Ottawa IEEE Communications Society & Broadcasting Technology Society Joint Chapter; Chair of Ottawa IEEE Power Engineering Society Chapter; Chair of the Ottawa Section Award Committee; Executive Advisor and Mentor of the IEEE Algonquin College Student Branch. Dr. Almuhtadi has organized and chaired many national and international engineering conferences, symposia, and workshops (e.g. IEEE ICC 2012 Conference). He received several recognition awards from IEEE, academia and industry (e.g. The EIC Canadian Pacific Railway Engineering Medal 2015, IEEE Leadership Award 2010, Algonquin College Laurent Isabelle Award 2009 for Teaching Excellence, and NISOD 2006 Award). Recently, Dr. Almuhtadi has been recognized by the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) as the recipients of the 2015 Canadian Pacific Railway Medal. This medal was established in 1987 to honour the achievements in engineering and in the development of Canada. The CPR Medal is awarded in recognition of many years of leadership and service at the regional, branch and section levels by members of the Societies within the Institute. This medal is one of the highest engineering awards in Canada.

Research areas in sensor networks: