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Dr Rihab Al Seyab

Senior Lecturer in Engineering

I am a senior lecturer in electrical and electronics engineering, driven to inspire students to pursue academic and personal excellence in the world of engineering and technology.


Following my academic qualifications and two PhD degrees in the field of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, I spent 23 years in research, teaching, supervising and courses leading for undergraduate and postgraduate students in a number of national and international universities. I also have significant experience on industry projects during my work as a process engineer, leader for engineering group, consultant engineer, and recently senior design engineer in the modelling team at the Center of Integrated Photonics (CIP) Technologies in Ipswich, UK. As Academic Course Leader for our undergraduate and postgraduate courses I manage the program’s content to ensure that graduates obtain the range of competences and skills required for successful careers in industrial technologies and control engineering.


  • PhD: Dynamics of Spin-Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs), School of Science & Electronic Engineering, University of Essex, 2013
  • PhD: Nonlinear Model Predictive Control using Automatic Differentiation, School of Engineering, Cranfield University, 2006
  • MSc: Large-Signal Temporal Response of Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser, School of Engineering, University of Basra, 1997


  • Outstanding academic staff for year 2016-2017 in the System Engineering Department, Military Technologies College (MTC), Muscat, Oman
  • PhD Studentship awarded by the British Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) with the University of Essex, Colchester, UK, 2009-2012

Membership of professional bodies

Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (MIEEE)

Member of IEEE’s Control Systems Society

Member of IEEE’s Photonics Society

Fellow in Women’s Engineering Society (FWES)

Teaching & Research


I teach Principle of Electrical Engineering, Analog and Digital Electronics, Sensors and Actuators, Matlab Workshops for the undergraduate level.

I teach “Simulation, Modelling, and Virtualization”, Discrete Control System, Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) for postgraduate level.


The following research topics may be useful for students interested in pursuing further postgraduate research in MSc a PhD:

Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (NMPC) for Cyber physical systems

Complex systems modelling using arterial neural networks (ANNs)

Robotics control systems

3D optical sensors using Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL)

Semiconductor lasers applications in biomedical sector

Secure communication systems for IoT based on chaos in spin- VCSELs

External reflectivity tolerance Distributed Feedback (DFB) lasers

Integrated Photonics devises


More publications from Dr Rihab Al Seyab can be found in the Research Repository.