Dr. Ahmad Faizal bin Mohd. Zain is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and heads the Centre for Wireless and Radio Science (WARAS) at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia where he was instrumental in the founding and establishment of the Centre. WARAS operates the first and only digital interferometric ionosonde and magnetic observatory in Malaysia. He read for both his Electronic Engineering Bachelor’s Honours degree and Master of Engineering (Microwave Communications Engineering) degree at the University of Sheffield. In 1990, Faizal was conferred a Ph.D. degree from The Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A., for his “Investigation of the Obliquely Downgoing ELF/VLF Generated Waves during Ionospheric Modification Heating Experiments at High Latitudes.” The research was carried out under the auspices of the Office of Naval Research, Department of Defence, U.S.A., at Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska. He is a qualified Professional Engineer registered with the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Malaysia (IEM). Dr. Faizal is also a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, U.S.A. (IEEE). He has worked as Vice President at TelSys Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, USA, a NASA spin-off, space technology-based company involved in reconfigurable computing, producing satellite telemetry equipment for the NASA’s International Space Station. He was a founding member of the first Malaysian Microsatellite Consortium set up in 1992. Prof. Faizal has published and presented more than 100 papers both internationally and locally, in the field of ionospheric and space science, antennas and propagation, and engineering education. He is a keen golfer and enjoys Amateur Radio with both a full class Malaysian and an American Extra Class license
with callsigns, 9M2DX and WT3E. He is an avid fan of jazz and plays the piano and saxophone. His current research activities are the study of the equatorial ionosphere, ionospheric-litospheric coupling for detection of earthquakes, antenna and propagation, microwaves and RF engineering, and
engineering education.


  1. A.F.M. Zain, S. Abdullah, M.J. Homam, F.C. Seman, M. Abdullah, and Y.H. Ho (2007): Observations of the F3-layer at equatorial region during 2005, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics 70 (2008), 918-925.
  2. Abdullah, M., A.F.M. Zain, N. Misran, and D. Koh, 2006: Pembangunan laman pelayan aktif (Active Server Page) untuk pemaparan maklumat satelit, Journal of Industrial Technology (SIRIM), 15(1), 101–119, 2006. ISSN 0128–4940.
  3. M. Alias and A. F. M. Zain, 2006: Relationship between entry qualifications and performance in graduate education, International Education Journal, 7(3), 371-378.
  4. Abdullah, M., A.F.M. Zain, N. Misran, and D. Koh, 2006: Pembangunan Laman Pelayan Aktif (Active Server Page) untuk memaparkan maklumat satelit, Journal of Industrial Technology (SIRIM), 15(1), 101-119, 2006. ISSN 0128-4940. Ahmad Faizal Mohd. Zain, Ho Yih Hwa, and Harlisya Harun, 2005: Mapping of the Regional
  5. Total Electron Content Latitude and Longitude Profile, Journal of The Institutions of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM), Vol. 66, No. 3, September 2005.
Source: web.uthm.edu.my/ps/stafsiswazah/fkee/profirdrahmadfaizal.pdf

He went to Maktab Rendah Sains MARA, Muar, Johor, Malaysia for his secondary school. He pursued his degree at the University Of Sheffield, England, and graduated with the B.Eng. (Hons) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 1992. Upon graduation, he worked as a tutor in the Electronics Department at University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia. He then enrolled at the University Of Sheffield, England, in 1994, where he was awarded the M. Eng. in Microwave Communications Engineering in 1996. Thereafter, he taught Electromagnetic Theory as well as Microprocessor Design and Applications at the Electrical, Electronic, and Systems Engineering Department at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia. In 1999, Mr. Abdullah attended the Graduate School of The Pennsylvania State University and was admitted into the Ph.D. program in Electrical Engineering in 2004. During this time, he was a research assistant with the Communications and Space Sciences Laboratory (CSSL), where he had 3 million dollar University Research Initiative sponsored by the Office of Naval Research. He participated in four campaigns in Fairbanks, Alaska, to make low frequency measurements of the high-latitude ionosphere, using the High Power Auroral Simulation (HIPAS) ionospheric heater facility. He was also a teaching assistant with the Electrical Engineering Department
of The Pennsylvania State University in 2000. Mr. Abdullah has co-authored three papers in areas of Microprocessor Applications and Theoretical and Experimental aspects of ionospheric heating. He is currently a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE). He is also an active amateur radio operator holding callsigns N3FLX and 9M2DX with much interest in satellite, moonbounce, and packet communications.

Source: http://ps.uthm.edu.my/en/download/doc_download/53-app-q.html

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