Dr. Walid Sabbah Profile

Faculty Member

Academic Rank: 
Assistant Professor

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Education: 
University/College NameDegree ReceivedSpecialization
Brigham Young University, Utah, USA (2004)
Phd
Civil & Environmental Engineering with GIS and Hydrological Modeling Emphasis
University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan (1991)
MA
Geology & Hydrogeology
Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan (1988)
BA
Geology & Environmental Sciences
Academic Experience: 
FromToPresentPositionInstitutionDescription
20/09/2014
Assistant Professor for GIS and Hydrological Modeling. Duties include: Teaching GIS and hydrological modeling related classes including, Principles of Geology, Introduction to Computers, Computer Skills for GIS, Introduction to GIS, Intermediate GIS, Introduction to Remote Sensing and Image Processing, GIS Applications in Hydrology and Spatial Modeling, Meteorology and Climate, Geopolitics of Natural Resources, Geo-database Design and Management
Arab American University-Jenin, Palestine
01/06/2004
31/12/2005
Assistant Professor for Geology and Hydrological Modeling. Duties include: • Teach environmental geology, hydrology and groundwater classes. • Train faculty of Earth Science department on using GIS for geologic and environmental applications
Utah Valley University, Utah, USA
01/08/2005
31/12/2005
Visiting assistant professor for hydrology and groundwater classes for fall semester 2005
Brigham Young University, Utah, USA
04/01/2000
30/04/2004
Graduate Teaching Assistant and Substitute for the following classes: Fluid Mechanics; Hydrology; Hydraulic Engineering; Geo-Environmental Engineering; Ground-water Modeling; Water Quality Management.
Brigham Young University, Utah, USA
15/09/1988
14/09/1991
Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant. Duties include teaching labs and conduct research while pursuing my masters graduate studies
University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
Administrative Experience: 
FromToPresentPositionInstitutionDescription
01/12/2014
31/08/2016
Chairman - GIS Department. Duties included: • Running the department’s GIS program, modifying and updating the GIS study and advisory plan, and establishing a GIS & Remote Sensing laboratory, writing research proposals and running funded research and related grants, as well as organizing workshops and seminars, and career fairs. • Conducting short term GIS training courses for local community and other private and public institutions.
Arab American University-Jenin, Palestine
16/02/2006
15/09/2014
GIS and Hydrological Modeling Specialist and Research Coordinator. Duties include: • Advanced GIS simulation and modeling to assess environmental and water resources using ArcGIS and other related GIS software. • Using hydrological and spatial GIS modeling for evaluating regional surface water and ground-water flow budgets with special focus on ground-water recharge for various watersheds and ground-water basins. • Running advanced GIS tools to facilitate the US census on the town, city, county, and state levels. • Constructing ground-water flow models for various aquifers, contingent on funding and priority, and calibrate them to be used for future water resources planning and management in Utah. • Setup hydrological models to simulate and quantify pollutants leaked from septic tanks, fertilizers, pesticides, and other human related activities into surface water and ground-water. • Setting up drinking water source protection plans. • Run water quality sampling, interpretation, and quality modeling studies. • Measure water levels in ground-water wells in selected basins under study. • Publishing technical articles/ reports on the findings of various water resources related projects in Utah.
Utah Geological Survey, Utah, USA
01/06/2004
31/12/2005
Technical Consultant for GIS & Hydrological Modeling. Duties include: • Oversee the needs of the Earth Science Computer Lab in terms of the machine upgrading and installing the required software that could be applied for earth and environmental research studies. • Manage the Earth Science Lab materials and equipment including the field water quality samplers and kits, water-level meters, and lab equipment and establish a database for all lab materials and properties. • Conducting research on hydrological and GIS modeling for small projects conducted by the Earth Science Department. • Setting up a drinking water source protection plans for groundwater wells used as outdoor research facilities for Utah Valley University
Utah Valley University, Utah, USA
04/01/2000
30/04/2004
Graduate Research Assistant. Duties include testing the various GIS and GMS packages of the Groundwater Modeling System (GMS) software with main focus on the use of geo-statistical interpolation techniques for 3-D Plume Characterization.
Brigham Young University, Utah, USA
01/03/1999
31/12/1999
Technical Consultant for Hydrological and Spatial GIS Modeling. Duties include: • Establish a GIS relational database used for spatial hydrological modeling and groundwater recharge evaluation. • Using GIS to prepare hydro-geologic maps for the various Palestinian aquifer basins. • Using GIS and spatial modeling to integrate a Vulnerability Map for various aquifer basins of the West Bank of Palestine based on the recharge regions, land use, and water quality.
CH2MHILL-MWH USAID Water Project, Ramallah, Palestine
01/10/1998
31/10/1999
Technical Director for Geographic and Hydrological Information Systems. Duties include: • Establishing a GIS department and a relational GIS database for the Maps and Survey Department. • Technical Director of regional planning and land property management project for Jerusalem District. Various maps and documents on the Palestinian land properties, regional development plans in Jerusalem during the British, Jordanian and Israeli administrations were collected from different sources and integrated into Relational GIS Database. • Establishing and running a spatial hydrological database with a special focus on the water and environment of Jerusalem District.
Department of Maps and Water, Arab Studies Society, Jerusalem
01/11/1993
01/10/1998
Director and Research Associate of Water Research Unit. My duties included: • Running all water related projects conducted by ARIJ. • Establishing and preparing ARIJ water and agricultural database depending on different GIS-related database software available at the institute. • Using the various GIS software facilities to identify the inter-related effects between groundwater, irrigation activities, and other land use patterns in Palestine. The target was to identify the potential sources of pollution and to control and protect the groundwater quality. • Preparing and submitting requests of funding for proposed water, environmental, irrigated and non-irrigated agricultural studies. • Participate in research teams to conduct environmental studies to survey and report the locations, quality, and quantity of available water resources, agricultural activities, renewable energy sources, and pollution sources of surface and groundwater.
Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Palestine
Courses Taught: 
Course TitleLevel
Principles of Geology
Undergraduate
Introduction to Computers
Undergraduate
Computer Skills for GIS
Undergraduate
Introduction to GIS
Undergraduate
Intermediate GIS
Undergraduate
Introduction to Remote Sensing and Image Processing
Undergraduate
GIS Applications in Hydrology and Spatial Modeling
Undergraduate
Geodatabase Design and Management
Undergraduate
Geopolitics of Natural Resources
Undergraduate
Meteorology and Climate
Undergraduate
GIS Applications in Geological Studies
Undergraduate
Groundwater Hydrology
Undergraduate
Environmental Geology
Undergraduate
Introduction to Geology
Undergraduate
Introduction to Geology Lab
Undergraduate
Introduction to IT & Lab
Undergraduate
Advanced GIS
Undergraduate

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