M. Samer Sharifa

Research Assistant

King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals

Mob: +966506236308 P.O. Box: 1311 Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia, E-mail:  msharifa@kfupm.edu.sa


Educational Background:

King Fahd University Of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Master of Science Candidate in Mechanical Engineering, expected graduation in April 2005 (GPA 3.47 / 4)

Aleppo University, Aleppo City, Syria

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, September 2001 (GPA 3/4) 

Professional Experience:

v        September 2002-Present:

Graduate Research Assistant & Master Student King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Thesis’ title:   Proximate Time-Optimal Control of Hard Disk Drive’s Positioning System (Funded project)

·         Relevant courses are: Robotics & Control, Linear Control, Optimal Control, Advanced Dynamics, Noise & Vibration Control, Control Systems

·         TA (teaching assistant) of the following courses : Dynamics, System Dynamics, Acoustics, Energy Conversion, Finite Element Analysis in Mechanical Design (Using Ansys)

v        January 2002-August 2002                     

Monitoring Engineer Water Supply Establishment, Aleppo, Syria

v        September 1996- August  2001

 Undergraduate student Aleppo University, Aleppo city, Syria

During the last year of the undergraduate study, he was a member of a team who designed and produced a new part in car’s suspension system, aimed improve the stability of the vehicles during the turning time and it was manufactured in a private workshop and tested successfully in a sedan (Toyota Corolla 1998)

My senior project’s title is “study of control systems of solar collectors”

Research work:

My research work includes linear control theory, time-optimal control and its application, Robotics and motion planners of mobile Robots, FEA applied on solid mechanics (using ANSYS soft.), noise and vibration control, and control of solar systems.     


Ø      Samer M. Charifa, Ahmad A. Masoud "Planning Motion for a Mobile Robot in an Unknown Environment" 2nd GCC Conference in Bahrain 2004

Ø      Samer M. Charifa, Ahmad A. Masoud A Solids Mechanics-Inspired, Sensor-based Motion Planner” 2005 IEEE Conference on Control Applications, Toronto, Canada (Accepted)

Ø      Samer M. Sharifa, M. Kalyon “ Continuous Proximate Time-Optimal Control of HDD Servo System” 

(In Progress).


Arabic, English (fluent), Japanese (first level), TOEFL score is: 597/677. GRE 790 Q 590 A 300 V

Activities and Interests:

Hobbies: Reading scientific articles, swimming, basketball, soccer, volleyball, chess, table tennis and billiard

Technical and Software Experience:

Matlab+Simulink, Ansys, Visual Basic, AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Mathematica