How long have you worked at UOW?

I have been working at UOW since 2012. From 2012 to 2019 as part time teaching academic and from 2019 to present as a lab Manager for School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering (SECTE).


What’s your/your team’s role at the University?

Managing all School of Electrical, Computer & Telecommunications Engineering (SECTE) teaching laboratories. This includes interfacing between academic and technical staff to maintain equipment, software, lab notes and all other functions related to the laboratories. I am also responsible for training and managing lab and tutorial causal staff and the development of advanced new laboratories.


What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is developing my skills and helping to develop and improve our labs as well as providing the required training for our casual staff. The other part what makes my job rewarding is working with professional and academic staff who motivate and challenge me.


What’s the most challenging?

Currently, the most challenging part of my role is managing the labs and causal academics during the transition from face-face demonstration to online environment due to COVID-19 pandemic. This period of transition is challenging for everyone. However, we have been working on managing the resistance to this change and providing alternative solutions to make sure that we can deliver a high quality remote learning experience.


Proudest work achievement at UOW?

My proudest work achievements at UOW were when I was nominated and won the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning (OCTAL) Sessional Faculty Award in 2016.


What goals are you/your team working towards in 2020?

We are working on how to remotely deliver our electrical, telecommunication and computer practical and software based labs to our local and international students. I am also currently working on developing and creating self-paced tutorials for some subjects such as ECTE363, ECTE202, ECTE927 so that students can access and practise these questions online.


What’s your fondest memory so far of working at UOW?

In the OCTAL Award ceremony when I received my OCTAL Sessional Faculty Award in 2016.


Random fact about you or hidden talent?

I have Diploma in Petroleum industrial and I worked as an operator in control room, crude oil pump station, Diesel topping unit and petroleum laboratory in Arabian Gulf Oil Company from 1999 to 2010. Then, I completed graduate diploma (GDipENG), masters (MEngMGMT & MEng) and PhD degrees at UOW.


What’s your favourite place in the world and why?

I was born and grow up in Tripoli, Libya and I love travel and visit Libya to meet my family and friends but Wollongong is my favourite place in the world. It is beautiful and amazing place. I have been in Wollongong for 10 years, my two kids were born and grow up her and I feel it is like my home.


Something on your bucket list you’d care to share?

I would love to take my family to New Zealand and to do a road trip around most places there.