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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About Me: 

 

     AHMED AAL-TAANI

  On leave at Zayed University, UAE.

  

  Professor

  Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences

  Yarmouk University

  Irbid, Jordan

  Phone: (+962) 2-7211111 ext. 2921, 2823

  Fax: (+962) 2-721117

  E-mail: taaniun@hotmail.com    taaniun@yu.edu.jo


A.    Education

   

   Ph.D. Environmental Science and Health, University of Nevada, Reno, USA 1/2005-12/2008

           Non-biological Fixation of Atmospheric Nitrogen to Nitrate on Titanium Dioxide and Desert Soil Surfaces.

   M.Sc. Civil Engineering-Environmental Engineering, Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, Germany 10/1999-09/2002

        Low-cost Treatment of Squeezed Peat Water for the Removal of Phosphate, Nitrate and Other Pollutants.

   B.Sc.  Earth and Environmental Sciences, Yarmouk University, Jordan ​8/1994-06/1998

 

A.    Employments and Work Experience

 

8/2019-present


09/2018-9/2019


03/2018-8/2019


09/2016–9/2017

​Professor, Dept. of Life and Environmental Sciences, College of Natural and Health Sciences, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates.

Vice Dean, Deanship of Scientific Research and Graduate Studies, Yarmouk University

Professor, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Yarmouk University, Jordan​

Chairman, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Yarmouk University, Jordan

05/2013–3/2018

Associate Prof. Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Yarmouk University, Jordan

01/2015–6/2015

09/2017-1/2018

Part-time Associate Prof. Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Al albayt University, Jordan


10/2011–2013


Member of the Climate Change Thematic Research Group of the National Climate Change Committee-Jordan

6/2012–9/2013

Acting Director, UNESCO Chair for Desert Studies and Desertification Control, Yarmouk University

02/2009–5/2013

Assistant Prof. Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Yarmouk University, Jordan

8/2006–12/2008

Research Assistant, College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, University of Nevada, Reno, USA

01/2005–1/2006

Research Assistant, Desert Research Institute, Division of Hydrologic Sciences, Reno, USA.

11/2002–10/2003

Part-time Engineer, Ingenieurbüro Dr.-Ing.V. Patzold; Bochholz-NordHeide, Germany.

08/2001–10/2002

Researcher, Ingenieurbüro Dr.-Ing.V. Patzold; Bochholz-NordHeide, Germany.

01/2001–06/2001

Research Assistant, Ingenieurbüro Dr.-Ing.V. Patzold; Bochholz-NordHeide, Germany.

08/2000–12/2000

Geophysical Exploration Intern, Ingenieurbüro Dr.-Ing.V. Patzold; Bochholz-NordHeide, Germany.

01/1999–08/1999       

Technician of Archeometry, Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, Yarmouk University, Jordan.

09/1998–11/1998

Teacher of Geology, Ministry of Education, Jordan.

06/1998–08/1998

Research Assistant (Solid Waste Management in Aqaba), Aqaba Region Authority, Yarmouk University and GTZ (German Agency for Technical Cooperation)


B.     Patents

Miller C. Glenn, Al-Taani A. Ahmed, 2015. Nitrogen Fixation by Titanium Dioxide. Patent number: US9029282B2, issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

 

C.    Certificates

  • International Business Management, awarded by Northern Institute of Technology (NITHH) organized by Roland Berger, Germany (Strategic, project and Production Management, Marketing, Sales, Accounting, Finance, organization, Innovation and leadership).
  • International Law, awarded by Northern Institute of Technology, organized by Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, Germany (Mergers, Acquisition, Bidding, Taxation and Intellectual Property).
  • Humanities, awarded by Northern Institute of Technology, organized by Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, Germany (Science and Technology, Philosophy and Ethics)

D.    Grants and Scholarships

  • Assessment of Reservoir Sediments of King Talal and Al-Mujib Dams: Implications for Agricultural Use and Water Quality, (~$ 68,000) funded by the Scientific Research Support Fund, Jordan, 2012.
  • Geochemistry and Mineralogy of the Sediments Across the Fringing Reef of Aqaba, Red Sea: Implications for Coastal Management. Funded by the deanship of scientific research and graduate studies, Yarmouk University, Jordan, 2011.
  • Investigation of Soil Nitrate under Desert Pavement in NE Badia of Jordan. Funded by the deanship of scientific research and graduate studies, Yarmouk University, Jordan, 2011.
  • An Assessment of Geological and Sediment Properties of the Soil in Al-Ramtha Area, Northeast Jordan. Funded by the deanship of scientific research and graduate studies, Yarmouk University, Jordan, 2010
  • Recipient of the Graduate Student Scholarship awarded by the Graduate School, University of Nevada, Reno, USA, 2007.
  • Recipient of the SEPHAS Grant (Scaling Environmental Processes in Heterogeneous Arid Soils), Nevada NSF EPSCoR Program, USA, 2007.
  • Recipient of one-year ICSC World laboratory Scholarship (T-1 project), Switzerland, 2005.
  • Recipient of a 4-year Yarmouk University Scholarship for pursuing graduate studies (Ph.D.) at the University of Nevada, Reno, USA, 2005-2009.
  • Recipient of the most prestigious scholarship (2 years) awarded by Dogmoch Group of Companies for pursuing graduate studies (M.Sc.) at the Northern Institute of Technology (affiliated with Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg), Germany, 1999-2001.
  • Recipient of a 4-year scholarship awarded by Jordan Ministry of Higher Education for pursuing undergraduate studies at Yarmouk University, Jordan, 1994-1998.

 E.     Honors and Certifications 

·     Certificate in recognition of the review made for the Journal of Mountain Science-Springer in 2016.

  • Received the GSA Travel Award (Graduate Student Association) to represent the University of Nevada, Reno at the 236th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting held on August 17-22, 2008, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • 3rd place award, Graduate Student Poster Competition, the 236th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Agrochemical graduate student poster session, held on August 17-22, 2008, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Received the AGRO Graduate Student Travel Award for the best abstracts to participate in the graduate student research poster symposium at the 236th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting held on August 17-22, 2008, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Received Certificate of Honor for Outstanding Participation in the Intercultural Understanding Program awarded by Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, Germany.
  • Received Yarmouk University Alumni Certificate of Scientific Excellence for 1st Rank Holders awarded by Princess Rahma bint El Hassan, 1998.
  • Named to the Honor List of faculty of Science for seven-straight semesters with seven times distinction, 1994-1998.
  • 1st place award and Certificate of Recognition for Academic Excellence, Yarmouk University, 1998.
  • 1st place award and Certificate of Recognition for Academic Excellence, Yarmouk University, 1997.
  • 1st place award and Certificate of Recognition for Academic Excellence, Yarmouk University, 1996.
  • 1st place award and Certificate of Recognition for Academic Excellence, Yarmouk University, 1995. 

F.     Research Interests

 

  • Environmental resources management and quality assessment.
    • Water management: water quality evaluation, monitoring, vulnerability studies, water and wastewater treatment (physical), health risk assessment)
    • Soil management: soil nutrients, contaminant transport and fate..
    • Nitrate in arid soils (photochemical/thermal formation of nitrate).
    • Air pollution assessment (monitoring, sources, airborne contaminants
    • Coastal management
  • Environmental and marine geochemistry
  • Thermal fixation of nitrogen on titanium dioxide and other semiconductors surfaces

 

G.    Teaching Activities

 

Courses taught:     Ecotourism (Env. 642)

                                Management of Environmental Systems (Env. 361)

                        Soil and its Pollution (Env. 211A)

                        Environment and Public Health (SCI 101)

                        Meteorology (at Al albayt University)

                        Environmental Sciences 101A (Env. 101A)

                        Environmental Sciences 101B (Env. 101B)

                        Environmental Sciences 103 (Env 103)

                        General Geology 2 (Geo 102)

                        General Geology 1 (Geo. 101)

                       

H.    Master's Thesis Supervision

 

  • Yassmen A. Al-Hazimeh, M.Sc. of Geology, April 2014. Thesis entitled “Geochemistry and Quality Assessment of King Talal Reservoir, Jordan”.
  • Mae'n H. Alrashdan, M.Sc. of Geology, December 2013. Thesis entitled “Geochemistry and mineralogy of the sediments across the fringing reef of Aqaba, Red Sea: implications for coastal management”.
  • Amal Al-Dardoor, M.Sc. of Geology, July 2013. Thesis entitled “Drought assessment using advanced GIS and remote sensing techniques: A case study of Yarmouk River basin”.

 

I.       External Examiner for Master's Thesis Defense

 

  • Walaa Al-Saqar, M.Sc. of Geology, August 2013. Thesis entitled “Assessment of landslides hazards in NW of Jordan”.
  • Fatima T. Bataineh, M.Sc. of Geology, July 2013. Thesis entitled “Microfacies, Diagenesis and Geochemistry of Wadi As Sir and Um Ghudran Formations Northwest of Irbid (North Jordan).
  • Zied M. Al-Jezawi, M.Sc. of Biology, July 2012. Thesis entitled “The effect of nutrients supplement on the development of early stages of giant clam (Tridacna spp.)”.