Taan ElAli

Professor, College of Aeronautics; Program Chair, BS in Engineering
Department of Engineering and Technology
Worldwide College of Aeronautics
Worldwide campus

Areas of Expertise

Signals, Signal Processing, Controls, and Engineering Education

Taan S. ElAli, Ph.D., is a full professor of electrical engineering since 2002. While on a two-year sabbatical leave, he has served as the curriculum committee chairman of the new College of Engineering at King Faisal University (KFU) from August 2008 to August 2009. During this first year, he wrote the electrical engineering curriculum, the common core course requirements for all engineering programs, and the academic quality assurance plan for the entire college curriculum. During the second year of the leave, ElAli was responsible for the implementation of the college of engineering quality assurance plan and served as the electrical engineering department chair.

Dr. ElAli has worked full-time at several academic institutions for more than 23 years in the areas of curriculum development, accreditation, teaching, research, etc. Dr. ElAli has discovered a new approach to dynamic system identification. Dr. ElAli has contributed many papers and conference presentations in the area of dynamic systems and signal processing. In his efforts to revolutionize the engineering education, Dr. ElAli has developed a new approach to Electrical Engineering education. This approach has led, among others, to the restructuring of one of the major courses in the engineering curriculum and thus to the restructuring of the textbooks used for the course. From this restructuring, two textbooks have emerged for the first time in the history of engineering education: "Continuous Signals and Systems with Matlab" and "Discrete Systems and Digital Signal Processing with Matlab." Universities like Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Texas at San Antonio, The University of Georgia, etc. have come onboard to use these textbooks. He has taken the PBC approach to engineering education one step further and introduced an engineering program on Student-Focused Learning through Project-Based Curriculum. Dr. ElAli has contributed a chapter to the well-known "The Engineering Handbook" by CRC press, another to the well-known "The Electrical Engineering Handbook", by Francis and Taylor Press, and another two to "Advances in Systems", and "Computing Sciences and Software Engineering", by Springer, Germany, 2006 and 2007 respectively. 

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering, University of Dayton
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Applied Mathematics, University of Dayton
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Systems Engineering, Wright State University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Ohio State University

Dr. ElAli is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a rare honor attained by fewer than eight percent of IEEE members and is conferred only on those who have outstanding research achievements and who have performed great service to the scientific community.

He received Who's Who in the World from 2005 to 2006, Strathmore's Who's Who from 2007 to 2014, permanent listing in Who is Who in Engineering Academia, Who's Who in American Education from 2005 to 2017, Who's Who in Science and Engineering from 2004 to 2017, Who's Who in America from 2004 to 2017, and Who's Who Among America's Teachers award for 1998 & 2000.