Who We Are

The Directed Energy Research Centre at the Technology Innovation Institute is an international centre of excellence for research into advanced directed energy systems and technologies. Through ground-breaking advances, we are protecting the world around us in areas as diverse as medicine and infrastructure protection.

By leveraging the most powerful capabilities in the world in high-power electromagnetics, photonics and acoustics, we created an unique environment for world-class research and scientific discoveries.

With a community of award-winning and internationally recognised scientists and engineers working alongside partners globally, we have a significant impact in the field, through theoretical advancements and practical solutions designed for the real world.

DERC is part of the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), a UAE-based research centre that aims to lead global advances in artificial intelligence, autonomous robotics, quantum computing, cryptography and quantum communications, directed energy, secure communication, smart devices, advanced materials, and propulsion and space technologies.

Our research environment is enriched by the vibrant TII ecosystem, enabling a high degree of cross-functional collaboration.

We belong to the Abu Dhabi Government’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), which oversees technology research in the emirate.

What We Do

At DERC, we conduct advanced research into the physics behind high-power and high-energy systems and their behaviour when interacting with different materials, systems, and environments.

Our team is empowered with access to the most advanced laboratories in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, including anechoic chambers, a pulsed power laboratory, an acoustic test chamber, and a laser evaluation environment.

We take an agile, contemporary, and results-focused approach to our research, unencumbered by legacy thinking or processes. Cultivating a culture of ‘makers,’ we deploy rapid prototyping in a spirit of continuous improvement.

electromagnetics

Electromagnetics

High-energy lasers

Lasers

Pulsed power and plasma physics

Plasma Physics

 

Pulsed power and plasma physics

 

Pulsed Power

Radar and remote sensing technologies

Remote Sensing

High-power acoustics

Acoustics

Our Team

Dr Chaouki Kasmi

Chief Researcher
Directed Energy Research Centre

Electromagnetics

Dr Felix Vega

Electromagnetic Radiators Director

Dr Nicolas Mora

Electromagnetic Effects Director

Jhon Pantoja
Dr John Pantoja

Lead High Power Researcher

Fernando
Dr Fernando Albarracin

Lead RF & Electronics Researcher

Ernesto
Dr Ernesto Neira

Lead High Voltage Researcher

David
David Martinez

Senior Pulsed Power Researcher

Mae Al Mansoori
Mae Al Mansoori

Senior Mechanical Researcher

Gideon
Gideon Appiah

Senior High Voltage Engineer

Mohammed
Mohammed AlKaabi

Electrical Engineer

Ali
Ali Al-Ali

Electric & Electronic Engineer

Hend
Hend AlKetbi

Electrical Engineer

Shehab
Shehab AlDahmani

Chemical Engineer

Mariam
Mariam AlMenhali

Electrical Engineer

Hasan
Hasan AlHammadi

Electric & Electronic Engineer

Hamad
Hamad AlYahyaee

Electric & Electronic Engineer

Mohamed Ghassan Jamal AlYousef
Mohamed AlYousef

Mechanical Designer

yaser
Yaser Alnuaimi

Electrical Engineer

Abdulla
Abdulla Al Ali

Design Engineer

Ahmed
Ahmed AlEbri

Mechanical Engineer

Shamma
Shamma AlMazrouei

Associate Researcher

Aysha
Aysha Al Neyadi

Associate Researcher

Shaikha
Shaikha AlDhaheri

Associate Researcher

Moza
Moza Mohamed

Associate Researcher

Nouf
Nouf AlEissaee

Associate Researcher

Jawaher
Jawaher AlAmeri

Associate Researcher

Aesha
Aaesha AlAli

Associate Researcher

Jarrah
Jarrah Al Hammadi

Associate Researcher

edrees
Edrees AlMansoori

Associate Researcher

Ya
Ali Yaqoob

Associate Researcher

Ali
Ali AlHammadi

Associate Researcher

Hamad
Hamad Deiban

Associate Researcher

Alvarez
Jesus Alvarez

Senior Electronics Engineer

Signals Electronics and Acoustics

Milosch Meriac

Director Signals & Electronics

Santiago
Santiago Morales

Senior Radio Frequency & Electronics Engineer

Venkata
Venkata Veeramachaneni

Acoustic Researcher

Adamo
Adamo Banelli

Senior Microwave Engineer

Luciano
Dr Luciano De Oliveira

Senior Radar Researcher

Fares
Dr Fares Mehouachi

Lead Machine Learning Researcher

Qingjie
Dr Qingjie Yang

Senior Wave Physics Researcher

Laser, Photonics and Optoelectronics

Dr Guillaume Matras

Director Laser, Photonics and Optoelectronics

Dr Abdellatif Bouchalkha

Lead Laser Researcher

Dr Juan Coronel

Lead Microwave Photonics Researcher

Ant
Dr Antaryami Mohanta

Lead Laser Researcher

Amit
Amit Kumar

Lead High Power Engineer

Dr Steevy Cordette
Dr Steevy Cordette

Lead Photonics Researcher

Mariam
Mariam Al Khateri

Associate Researcher

Afra
Afra Rashed Al Mheiri

Associate Researcher

Maryam Alraeesi
Maryam Alraeesi

Associate Researcher

sara
Sara Al Hosani

Associate Researcher

Athra
Athra Al Suwaidi

Associate Researcher

Rashed
Rashed Alhayyas

Associate Researcher

AlKamali
Mohamed AlKamali

Associate Researcher

Saif Almazrouie
Saif Almazrouie

Associate Researcher

Juma
Juma Alrumeithi

Associate Researcher

Abdulla
Abdulla Alamri

Associate Researcher

Hamdan
Hamdan Alhashmi

Associate Researcher

Eisa
Eisa Al Neyadi

Associate Researcher

Giuseppe
Dr Giuseppe Scurria

Senior Laser Researcher

Shaikha
Shaikha AlMarzooqi

Electrical Engineer

Abdalla
Abdalla Hableel

Optical Engineer

AlQaydi
Maryam AlQaydi

Senior Associate Researcher

ali
Ali Al Blooshi

Mechanical Engineer

Labs and Operations

leslie
Leslie Dias

Lead Lab Engineer
(High Voltage)

baba
Abdul Baba

Senior Lab Engineer
(Mechanical Engineering)

Suganthi
Suganthi Mathiyalagan

Senior Project Manager

Umesh
Umesh Panicker

Senior Manager L&D

Leonides
Leonides Jr Rodriguez

Warehouse Officer

Chandrika
Chandrika Kohli

HSE Specialist

Pawan
Pawan Chavan

IT Consultant

Olena
Olena Grymak

Executive Assistant

bader
Bader Al-Ali

Project Manager

Scientific Advisory Board

We have assembled a scientific board of world-renowned researchers specialising in DERC’s areas of expertise.