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     Date Submitted:19-11-2013
     Last Modified:19-11-2013 (09:49)
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     Current job:Electrical Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:US only
     Date available:within a month
     KeywordsControl engineer, test engineer, electrical engineer, software engineer



    To obtain electrical engineer position at a reputable company/organization and apply my expertise in the fields of test, embedded design and control engineering.




    Apr '09            Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Oakland University, Rochester, MI

    Accumulative GPA: 3.87

    Dissertation: Euclidean Adaptive Resonance Theory with Application to Nonlinear and Adaptive Control Systems.


    Mar '95           Master of Science, Nuclear Engineering

    Baghdad University, Baghdad, Iraq

    Accumulative average: 80.904%

    Thesis: General Purpose Setup Using Personal Computer Interface to CAMAC Parallel Branch Highway.


    May '92           Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering

    Baghdad University, Baghdad, Iraq

    Accumulative average: 75.900%

    Ranked 10 in a class of 121 students.

    Graduation Project: Modem Analysis.





    April ‘11, 2011 – Present

    Electrical Engineer

    Beaver Aerospace and Defense. A PSI company.

    - Designing, programming, and hardware implementation of servo control systems.

    - Designing circuit boards for aerospace and defense applications.

    - Converting the design into schematics and PCB boards after doing testing and circuit analysis using Altium software package.

    - Designing testing panels using LabView software package.

    - Troubleshooting existing systems and suggesting solutions for the common problems in order to improve operation.

    - Product testing and release of electrical designs into the engineering system, update design as changes are made and communicate change to customer.

    - Reviewing customer documents and requirements, and translate them into software design.

    - Reviewing customer documents and requirements, and translate them into electrical designs.

    - Data mining and malfunction analysis for failing products and finding solutions for potential design problems.


    Selected projects performed:

    - Cool Runner II CPLD (Xilinx) and Arduino Mega2560-based three phase DLDC motor closed loop control system (R&D project).

    - Bell 429 Helicopter landing gear actuators DAQ Control Board hardware design.

    - Bell 429 Helicopter landing gear actuators V/I Sense Board hardware design.

    - Bell 429 Helicopter landing gear actuators Relay Board hardware design.

    - Bell 429 Helicopter main landing gear actuator ATP test software.

    - Bell 429 Helicopter nose landing gear actuator ATP test software.

    - Bell 429 Helicopter main landing gear actuator Endurance/Fatigue test software.

    - Bell 429 Helicopter nose landing gear actuator Endurance/Fatigue test software.

    - Bell 429 Helicopter landing gear actuator canopy cockpit unit (CCP) test software.

    - Bell 429 Helicopter main/nose landing gear actuator Endurance test software for thermal chamber.

    - Socata/Daher TBM850separation of particles door actuator ATP and Endurance test software.

    - Aurora Flight Sciences servo control system. Hardware/software design and implementation.

    - Lockheed Martin sniper pod system. Endurance, ATP, and QTP test software.

    - Honda Aircraft elevator, aileron, and rudder trim actuators. ATP test software.

    - Honda Aircraft elevator, aileron, and rudder trim actuators. Qual test  software.

    - Erickson Helicopter testing boards analysis and troubleshooting.

    - Piper Aircraft worm gear testing system (Hardware/Software design and Servo Star 300 system configuration).

    - R&D study on commercial motors and their use in aerospace actuator industry.

    - Microprocessor based protection systems for endurance testing units.

    - Updating and correcting PCB circuits for Honda Aircraft project using Altium 10.

    - Lockheed Martin EDS system using Copley Xenus R10-230-40 servo amplifiers.

    - Design and implantation of General Calibration software.

    - Extensive calibration and test stands troubleshooting work.


    May '02 - Present

    Adjunct Faculty Memeber

    Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI

     Teach the following classes and labs
    -Advanced Digital Electronics.
    -Advanced Computer Applications.

    -Circuits I and Circuits II.
    -Computer Organization and Assembly Programming.
    -Microprocessors Lab.
    -Circuits I and Circuits II Lab.

    -Advanced Digital Electronics Lab.
    -Supervise Graduation Projects


    Sep '03 - Sep '06

    Adjunct Faculty Member

    Central Michigan University, Southfield, MI

     Taught the following classes:
    -Data Communication and Computer Networks.
    -Visual Basic.NET.
    -Computer Organization.


    Sep '02 - Dec '05

    Adjunct Faculty Member

    University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI

     Taught a number of Math classes


    Jan '01 - Nov '01

    Diploma Course Manager

    Al-Khawarizmi Center, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    -Directed and supervised the diploma section.
    -Student counseling.
    -Taught a number of computer science classes like C programming language, program design, and computer hardware.


    Sep '99 - Nov '00

    Frist Instrumentation Specialist

    Azzawiya Oil Refining Company, Zawiya, Libya

    -Reviewed the specifications of the refinery instruments.
    -Maintained the control boards of the gasoline production unit.
    -Solved the problems of the governors of the power generating units.
    -Solved the starting unit problems of the fire fighting systems

    - Maintained the schematics imaging system.


    Nov '96 -Sep '99

    Full Time Faculty Member

    The Seventh of April University, Sabratha, Libya

    Taught the following classes:

    -Switching Theory.

    -Microprocessors (Intel 8088/8086).

    -Digital Design.

    -Digital Electronics.

    -Supervised a number of senior projects.


    Sep '95 -Jun '96

    Lab Instructor

    University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq

    Supervised the communication lab and graded reports and tests.






    - R. Kenaya and A. Alghamdi, “FPGA Based Remote Controlled Thermostat,” IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology, EIT 2010. Indianapolis, IN, May 2012.

    - A. Alghamdi, R. Kenaya, “FPGA Based IR Code Recognizer,” WSEAS International Conference on Applied Mathematics in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Harvard, Cambridge, USA January, 2012.  

    -R. Kenaya and K. Cheok, "Back Propagation Neural Controller for a Two-Drive Robot Vehicle," World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science, San Francisco, California, October 2010.

    -R. Kenaya, "Fuzzy Controllers for Electrical Power Steering Systems," World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science, San Francisco, California, October 2010.

    -R. Kenaya, "Neural controllers for Electrical Power Steering Systems," IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology, EIT 2010. Normal, Illinois, 2010.

    -R. Kenaya and K. Cheok, "Euclidean ART Neural Networks," World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science Proceedings, pp. 963-968, San Francisco, California October 2008.

    -R. Kenaya and K. Cheok, "Fuzzy ARTMAP Based Target Tracking Control System," World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science Proceedings, pp. 980-985, San Francisco, California, October 2008.

    -R. Kenaya and K. Cheok, "Euclidean ARTMAP Based Target Tracking Control System," IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology, EIT 2008. Ames, Iowa, 2008.

    -K. Cheok and R. Kenaya, "Lyapunov Stability Method for Model Reference Adaptive Control (MRAC) of a Two-Drive Robot Vehicle," (pending).

    -R. Kenaya and K. Cheok, "EARTMAP Controller for a Two-Drive Vehicle Based on Lyapunov MRAC Data," (pending).

    -R. Kenaya, "Euclidean ART and Fuzzy ART Algorithms," (pending)

    -R. Kenaya, "EARMAP Based Pattern Recognition Systems," (under research).





    -Technical Program Committee Member/Paper reviewer.International Conference on Consumer Electronics, Communications and Networks (CECNet), Xianning, Hubei China.

    -Session chair, paper reviewer, and evaluator, International Conference on Soft

    Computing and Applications, San Francisco, CA.

    -Best student paper award of International Conference on Soft Computing and

    Applications, San Francisco, CA, USA.

    -Certificate of merit for outstanding academic achievement, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Oakland University, 2006.






    -IEEE member (2004 - Present)
    -IAENG member (2008 - Present)




    • FPGA-based remote controlled thermostat. This project employs the Xilinx Spartan-3 FPGA, 1000K gates to create a digital system that resolves the infra red signals of the SONY RMT-D203A remote control unit. The said unit is used as a remote keypad to insert the pin code and then the temperature setting. A complete VHDL code was developed to realize the system functions. The system was fully built and converted to a PCB unit.
    • MBED- based remote controlled thermostat. This project employs the MBED board which is a tool for rapid prototyping with microcontrollers. It uses the NXP LPC1768 ARM microcontroller. A complete C++ code was developed to resolve the infra red signals of the SONY RMT-D203A remote control unit. The said unit is used as a remote keypad to insert the pin code and then the temperature setting.
    • Neural Network based tracking controller. This project employs a trained neural network to track a target moving in the plane. A Back propagation neural network is implemented via MATLAB code. System testing is done via Simulink building blocks.
    • Fuzzy Logic based tracking controller: This is a re-implantation for the above project using fuzzy logic controllers. System testing is done via Simulink building blocks.
    • Robot Path Planning: This is a three-phase project implemented successfully using MATALAB code. A 6-joint PUMA robot mathematical model is realized using MATLAB code. Robot testing is done through route planning represented by drawing a sine wave on a white board.
    • Robot vehicle tracking system: Lyapunov stability method is employed in this project to design a robot controller. This controller governs a two-wheel robot vehicle in a way that makes the robot tracks a moving target. Robot vehicle receives a radar signal from the target. The controller analyses the signal and gives orders to the robot wheel motors.


    • Masters Degree Research. Building a PC interfacing board to connect the personal computer's ISA bus to the CAMAC Parallel Brach Highway bus system. Driver routines and procedures were written in C language. The said routines -that interact with assembly language- are responsible for data flow control and synchronization from/to the CAMAC system. The project was realized as a PCB board.
    • 68HSC12 based remote control signal analyzer: A Remote control signal analyzer to detect/identify SONY RMT-D203A remote control signals. 68HSC12 microcontroller's board is employed. System software is written with 68HCS12 assembly language.



    -LabView programming 2012.

    -LabView FPGA programming 2012.

    -Altium Designer 10.

    -C/C++ programming.

    -Matlab programming and modeling using Simulink.

    -Maple 14.

    -Visual Basic.Net programming.

    -Microcap 10 analog/digital circuit design, drawing, and simulation software.

    -Multisim 10 analog/digital circuit design, drawing, and simulation software.

    -68HCS12 assembly programming.

    -Intel 80x86 assembly programming.

    -MC68000 assembly programming.

    -VHDL descriptive language and Xilinx FPGA applications.

    -PDP11 assembly language.

    -Wide range of experience in digital systems and state machine analysis, design and applications.

    -Wide range of experience in embedded systems analysis and design. 





    Dr. Richard Johnston, Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

    Lawrence Technological University



    Dr. Ka C Cheok, Professor and Chair, Oakland University 



    Dr. Kevin Daimi, Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science Department

    University of Detroit Mercy



    Dr. Lisa Anneberg, Associate Professor

    Lawrence Technological University


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