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Interview With Dr. Amro Nour Summer 2021 Faculty Fellow


Amro Nour is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at AUK. He spent the summer at Dartmouth working on multiple research collaborations with Fridon Shubitidze, Associate Professor at Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering. 

We interviewed Dr. Nour to get more insight into his research and his Faculty Fellowship Program experience. 

What interested you ABOUT thE FACULTY FELLOWSHIP program INITIALLY?


All faculty members have two important roles. The first is to teach and transmit knowledge from our research to students. The second is conducting research. My research interests include electromagnetic systems, microwave systems, and biomedical systems. I was seeking an opportunity to further my involvement in these fields, and Dartmouth has a very good infrastructure to help advance my research goals. A key thing here, as well, was the opportunity for collaboration. In any scientific research, the more you collaborate the more you go forward. 

WHAT PROJECTS YOU ARE WORKING ON WHILE AT DARTMOUTH? 

There are two key projects we are working on. The first focuses on the use of magnetic nanoparticle (MNP) hyperthermia for the treatment of deep tissue tumors. The objective of this research is to optimize the size, frequency, composition, and configuration of external electromagnetic energy source to achieve desirable heat in cancerous cells and to minimize unwanted heat in normal tissue.  

The second is a classification system that can be used to classify and extract dangerous objects left behind in the soil. This technology reduces the costs of soil extraction and could be used for various purposes. We want to extend this project to Kuwait to help with leftovers from the Gulf War, and possibly finding oil fields and/or faulty oil pipes. 

What has your OFF-CAMPUS experience been like?


New Hampshire has its own vibe compared to the rest of the United States. The people are friendly and supportive. The atmosphere is unique and soothing. The town is basically built around Dartmouth. With COVID restrictions, things are at a slower pace. However, I still go for walks and hikes, as the nature here is very special.  

What is one unforgettable memory ABOUT YOUR TIME AT DARTMOUTH?

 
My studies in Canada at the University of Toronto shaped me as a person. When I came here, I remembered those days when you have all the capabilities and facilities in front of you to think outside of the box - freely, with no restrictions. This experience has reminded me of that time, when you’re collaborating with different colleagues and trying to develop something beneficial for everyone. That's something I miss and have always believed in. Every research project should be, at the end of the day, beneficial for humanity. 

What are your plans for the future OF THIS COLLABORATION?


I am definitely interested in extending my collaboration with Dartmouth. I am working on different projects and seeing what I can get from here that can also benefit Kuwait, and AUK specifically. For example, we are looking into possible Master's programs for students, and also looking at how to connect our research to the training needs of companies and industries in Kuwait.  At the end of the day, when you invest in research and development, you can move forward in industry and education.