I completed my first degree in Land Resources from Ain-Shams University, obtained my M.Sc. degree in Geographic Information Science from the Faculty of Geoinformation Science (ITC) at the University of Twente and my Ph.D. in Environmental Physics and Remote Sensing from the School of Environmental Science at the University of Guelph. My graduate research focused on studying the physics of diffusion processes (e.g., heat) in the environment and developing remote sensing methods to monitor land surface.
I had different opportunities to apply my knowledge in designing systems to support farmers and monitor regional environmental changes. However, I developed a particular interest in studying urban environments. Cities and population centers offered me plenty of opportunities to examine different aspects of the transport phenomena such as diffusion of people, ideas, information, goods, and diseases, in addition to physical diffusion such as the transport of pollutants and water. I also worked extensively with structured and unstructured geospatial big data to study the spatial heterogeneity and connectivity of urban fabric and how they impact urban flows.
On my spare time, I design tessellation art, go for geocaching with my wife, Autumn and enjoy spending time with our two sons and our four blue cats.