Biography

Dr. Rifa J. El-Khozondar is an associate professor at the physics department at Al-Aqsa University.   She has earned her B.Sc. in physics from Birzeit Universiy at Palestine in 1986. She has received her M.Sc. in physics in 1996 and her Ph. D. in computational material science in 2002 from New Mexico State University in the USA. Her research work is a challenging multidisciplinary involving material science (grain growth), numerical methods (Monte Carlo Potts model), and geophysics (Earth’s evolution). Additional vital contributions on optical fiber sensors, metamaterial applications, nonlinear transmission lines, photovoltaic cells, and data mining techniques. She has attended several national and international conferences. She also has been awarded several scholarships including the regular associate award of ICTP, the DAAD short study visit, and the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung scholarship. She serves as a member of editorial board and a referee for several international and national journals.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. 2002

    Ph.D. in Computational material science

    New Mexico State University

  • M.Sc. 1996

    M.Sc. in Physics

    New Mexico State University

  • Diploma 1993

    Teaching Certificate

    Islamic University

  • B.SC. 1986

    B.SC. Physics

    Bier Ziet University

Professional Experience

  • Present2010

    Associate Professor

    Physics department, Al-Aqsa University, Gaza, Palestine.

  • 20102002

    Assistant Professor

    Physics department, Al-Aqsa University, Gaza, Palestine.

  • 20021997

    Lecturer

    Physics department, Al-Aqsa University, Gaza, Palestine.

  • 19881988

    Teacher

    Mininstry of Education, Gaza, Palestine

Contribution to the University

  • March 2017
    The title of woman in 2016 for academic and research excellence
  • July 2017
    Alexander von Hamboldt renewed research stay
    Alexander von Hamboldt renewed research stay for 2 months beginning in July 2017, Physics department, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität, Magdeburg, Germany, 2017.
  • 2013
    Alexander von Hamboldt short study research visit
    Alexander von Hamboldt short study research visit, Physics department, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität, Magdeburg, Germany, 2013.
  • 2012
    Marquis Who's Who
    Marquis Who's Who, 2012
  • 2009
    Max-Planck-Institut für Physik Komplexer Systeme Research visit
    Max-Planck-Institut für Physik Komplexer Systeme, Dresden, Germany, 2009.
  • 2008
    Georg Forster Research Fellowship
    Georg Forster Research Fellowship, Institute of Physical Metallurgy and Metal Physics (IMM), RWTH, Aachen, Germany, 2008.
  • 2008
    DAAD award for study visit
    DAAD award for study visit, Institute of Physical Metallurgy and Metal Physics (IMM), RWTH, Aachen, Germany, 2008.
  • 2004-2011
    Regular Associate of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)
    Regular Associate of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy, 2004-2011.
  • 2004
    DAAD award for study visit in Germany
    DAAD award for study visit in Germany, Institute of Physical Metallurgy and Metal Physics (IMM), RWTH, Aachen, Germany, 2004
  • 1999-2002
    Research Assistant at New Mexico State University
    Research Assistant at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, USA, 1999-2002.
  • 1994-1996
    Teaching Assistant at New Mexico State University
    Teaching Assistant at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, USA, 1994-1996.
  • 1990
    Student Scholarship at Van der Waals-Zeemann Laboratorium
    Student Scholarship to do training at Van der Waals-Zeemann Laboratorium, Universiteit Van Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Holland, 1990.