Prof. Ghassan Al-Qaimari

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Prof. Ghassan Al-Qaimari

Position: Dean (Acting) Faculty of Engineering, Provost & CAO
QUALIFICATION: PhD (Heriot-Watt), MSc & BSEE (Detroit Mercy)

Ghassan Al-Qaimari is a Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering, and the Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Emirates College of Technology in Abu Dhabi since May 2016. He is currently the Acting Dean of the newly established Faculty of Engineering.

He has a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master Degree in Computer Engineering from University of Detroit Mercy He received his PhD in Computer Science and Software Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh in 1994.

During the period from January 2004 to May 2016, Dr. Al-Qaimari held a number of executive management positions, including Founding President of Fujairah College, and Head of the Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. He has also held tenured faculty positions at RMIT University in Melbourne (1995-2003).

Dr. Al-Qaimari has taught a variety of advanced undergraduate and postgraduate courses, Human-Computer Interaction, Software Engineering, Usability Engineering, Intelligent Systems, and Object-Oriented Databases. He is the author and co-author of more than 100 refereed journal and conference articles and book chapters. He gave numerous presentations at international forums and served as a member of different conference committees. He is on the editorial boards of a number of Journals, and he is a member of a number of professional organizations around the world. As a researcher and IT expert, Dr. Al-Qaimari has over 20 years of experience in industry consulting and has been actively involved with major industry players, such as IBM, Telstra and Mercedes-Benz.

Selected publications: (for a complete list please refer to

  • Faisal, S. & Al-Qaimari, G. (2020), WhatsApp Acceptance: A Comparison between Individualistic and Collectivistic Cultures”. In the IBIMA Journal of Internet Social Networking and Virtual Communities. ISSN: 2166-0794.
  • Faisal, S. & Al-Qaimari, G. (2019), “Persuasive System Design Principles that Impact the Usability of Smartphone Applications,” In the IBIMA Business Review-Journal: Volume 2019. Article ID 580715, ISSN: 1947-3788.
  • Al-Qaimari. “Global-WDLC: A Web Development Strategy That Supports Internationalization, Localization And Usability Evaluation”. In the Proceedings of Oxford Business and Economics Conference, Oxford, England, June 22-24, 2008.
  • G. Al-Qaimari and D. McRostie, “Evaluating User Performance using KALDI: A Computer-Aided Usability Engineering Tool”. In the proceedings of The IASTED International Conference on Software Engineering, IASTED-SE’2006,  Innsbruck, Austria – February 13-16, 2006.