Dr. Mai Osama Sallam

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Mai Sallam was born in Cairo, Egypt. She received her B.Sc. degree in electronics and communications engineering (Hons.) from Ain Shams University (2008), an M.Sc. degree in Physics (2012) from The American University in Cairo (AUC), and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Katholieke Universteit Leuven, Belgium (2017).

During her graduate studies, she received several fellowships, including KAUST, Yousef Jameel, and Fonds Voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO) fellowships. Additionally, she received several travel grants which allowed her to participate in top international conferences/workshops in her research area. Dr. Mai authored/co-authored a US patent and 37 international papers published in highly ranked peer-reviewed journals and conferences. In 2018, she received the Nokia Bell scientific prize, which recognizes the Ph.D. thesis with the most original contribution in the field of information and communication technologies across Belgium. In 2022, Dr. Mai was awarded the Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Program fellowship, where she spent 10 weeks at the University of Texas in Austin. She also received the IEEE Mojgan Daneshmand grant in July 2023. Dr. Mai is currently an associate member (2024-2029) in the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) which enables her to maintain long term connections with ICTP research centers.

Dr. Mai joined Nile University as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2021, where she teaches core physics courses to undergraduate students from different disciplines. Prior to joining Nile University, she had experience in teaching other courses including electromagnetics and electric circuits. Dr. Mai’s main research interests include antenna design, plasmonics, and computational electromagnetics.

  • Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Fellowship, University of Texas in Austin (2022).
  • Nokia Bell Scientific Prize, Belgium (2018).
  • Highest GPA award, The American University in Cairo (2011).
Research Tracks
  • Electromagneitcs and antennas
  • Computational electromagnetics
  • Plasmonics 
Research Project

Plasmonic Sensors for Biomedical and Infra-Red Detection Application

Objective/Contributions: The project aims at proposing a new Infra-Red sensor design by employing a plasmonic effect. Plasmonic devices have great potential for biomedical applications due to the sensitivity of the localized surface plasmon resonance to the surrounding medium. Therefore, proposed metasurface sensors are tuned for Biomedical applications as medical diagnostic tools. Enhancing
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Terahertz Metamaterial Structures for Biomedical Sensing Applications

A new design of interdigitated E-shaped metamaterial sensor has been proposed. The structure has been intensively studied using CST software and is optimized to achieve ultrahigh sensitivity at the Terahertz range. Two different structures of the E-shaped sensors have been proposed. Both structures are characterized by a high absorption level at their resonant peaks with an ultra-high sensitivity