Dr. Said Abushamleh

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Office: BHS 239   |    Phone: (308) 865-8079   |    Email: abushamlehs2@unk.edu

Dr. Said Abushamleh

About Said Abushamleh

Said A. Abushamleh received a B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (2007), from the Hashemite University in Zarqa, Jordan. He received his M.Sc. in Wireless Communications (2009) from Lund University in Sweden, and from June 2009 to June 2010 worked at Lund University as a research assistant in the Department of Electrical and Information Technology as part of the Faculty of Engineering LTH.

In August 2010, Abushamleh attended the Collaborative Optical and Wireless Information Networking (COWIN) Laboratory in the Systems Engineering Department at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, where he received his Ph.D. degree (2015) in antenna engineering and electromagnetics. As part of his various academic achievements, he won 3rd place in the Student Research and Creative Works Expo in 2013 and 2014. 

From 2015-2016, Dr. Abushamleh was a postdoctoral research associate with the Advanced Radar Research Center at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. In 2016, he joined the Engineering Foundations Program in the Department of Physics at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering.

Dr. Abushamleh has published 10 peer-reviewed journal papers and 15 conference presentations. His research areas include design and analysis of microstrip antennas for mobile radio systems, Electromagnetic Band Gap structures (EBG) and their applications in antenna engineering, planar soft surfaces for mutual coupling reduction between patch antennas, microwave filters, and metamaterials.

Academic Degrees

Ph.D., Systems Engineering, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2014.
M.S., Wireless Communications, Lund University, Sweden, 2009.
B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan, 2007.

Areas of Research and Professional Interest

Dr. Abushamleh’s research work involves the study and design of new antennas for weather measurements, mobile phones and devices, and biomedical devices. His research also includes the study of the unique properties of specific electromagnetic surfaces and how to implement and apply them in the design of antennas. In addition, he is exploring how to find new techniques to miniaturize antennas for extremely small applications where the interference between antennas is high. During his research career, he has gained expertise in laboratories and testing, engineering and design software, and programming languages. 

Teaching Interests and Approach

Dr. Abushamleh teaches Introduction to Engineering and Engineering Circuits courses at UNK where students have the chance to gain knowledge about electronic circuits and apply this knowledge in the lab. UNK provides well-equipped labs for electrical circuits. The function of the engineering profession is to manipulate materials, energy, and information, thereby creating benefit for humankind. Dr. Abushamleh believes that, in order to do this successfully, engineers must have a knowledge of nature that goes beyond mere theory; this knowledge is traditionally gained in educational laboratories.

Dr. Abushamleh has found all aspects of teaching to be stimulating and rewarding: lecturing, interacting with students, formulating problem sets and lab experiments, and even grading homework. He believes that undergraduate students should be involved in research to improve their performance. Research has shown that students who participated in undergraduate research for more than a single semester have showed an increase in GPA.

Curriculum Vitae