Who We Are

The Directed Energy Research Center at the Technology Innovation Institute is an international center of excellence for research into advanced directed energy systems and technologies. Through ground-breaking advances, we are protecting the world around us in areas as diverse as medicine and infrastructure protection.

By leveraging the most powerful capabilities in the world in high-power electromagnetics, photonics and acoustics, we created an unique environment for world-class research and scientific discoveries.

With a community of award-winning and internationally recognised scientists and engineers working alongside partners globally, we have a significant impact in the field, through theoretical advancements and practical solutions designed for the real world.

DERC is part of the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), a UAE-based research center that aims to lead global advances in artificial intelligence, autonomous robotics, quantum computing, cryptography and quantum communications, directed energy, secure communication, smart devices, advanced materials, and propulsion and space technologies.

Our research environment is enriched by the vibrant TII ecosystem, enabling a high degree of cross-functional collaboration.

We belong to the Abu Dhabi Government’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), which oversees technology research in the emirate.

What We Do

At DERC, we conduct advanced research into the physics behind high-power and high-energy systems and their behaviour when interacting with different materials, systems, and environments.

Our team is empowered with access to the most advanced laboratories in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, including anechoic chambers, a pulsed power laboratory, an acoustic test chamber, and a laser evaluation environment.

We take an agile, contemporary, and results-focused approach to our research, unencumbered by legacy thinking or processes. Cultivating a culture of ‘makers,’ we deploy rapid prototyping in a spirit of continuous improvement.

Electromagnetics

Electromagnetics

Laser

Lasers

Plasma power & plasma physics

Plasma power & plasma physics

Acoustics

Acoustics

Remote sensing

Remote sensing

Our Team
Dr. Ray O. Johnson
Dr. Ray O. Johnson Chief Executive Officer Technology Innovation Institute and ASPIRE
Chaouki
Dr Chaouki Kasmi

Chief Researcher

Directed Energy Research Center
Electromagnetics
Dr Felix Vega
Dr Felix Vega
Senior Director Electromagnetic Radiators
Dr Nicolas Mora
Dr Nicolas Mora
Senior Director Electromagnetic Effects
Oliver
Oliver Silva
Lead RF Researcher
Dr John Pantoja
Dr John Pantoja
Lead High Power Researcher
Dr Fernando Albarracin
Dr Fernando Albarracin Lead RF & Electronics Researcher
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Dr Ernesto Neira
Lead High Voltage Researcher
David Martinez
David Martinez
Senior Pulsed Power Researcher
Mae Al Mansoori
Mae Al Mansoori
Senior Mechanical Researcher
Gideon Appiah
Gideon Appiah
Senior High Voltage Engineer
Mohammed AlKaabi
Mohammed AlKaabi
Senior Electrical Engineer
Ali Al-Ali
Ali Al-Ali
Senior Electric & Electronic Engineer
Hend AlKetbi
Hend AlKetbi
Senior Electric Engineer
Shehab AlDahmani
Shehab AlDahmani
Senior Chemical Engineer
Mariam Alhammadi
Mariam AlMenhali
Senior Electrical Engineer
Hasan AlHammadi
Hasan AlHammadi
Senior Electric & Electronic Engineer
Hamad AlYahyaee
Hamad AlYahyaee
Senior Electric & Electronic Engineer
Mohamed AlYousef
Mohamed AlYousef
Senior Mechanical Designer
Yaser Alnuaimi
Yaser Alnuaimi
Senior Electrical Engineer
Abdulla Al Ali
Abdulla Al Ali
Senior Design Engineer
Ahmed AlEbri
Ahmed AlEbri
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Aysha Al Neyadi
Aysha Al Neyadi
Senior Associate Researcher
Shaikha Aldhaheri
Shaikha AlDhaheri
Senior Associate Researcher
Moza Mohamed
Moza Mohamed
Senior Associate Researcher
Nouf Salem Nasser AlEissaee
Nouf AlEissaee
Senior Associate Researcher
Aaesha AlAli
Aaesha AlAli
Senior Associate Researcher
Asilah
Asilah Almesmari
Mechanical Engineer
Jarrah Al Hammadi
Jarrah Al Hammadi
Senior Associate Researcher
Edrees AlMansoori
Edrees AlMansoori
Senior Associate Researcher
Ali Yaqoob
Ali Yaqoob
Senior Associate Researcher
Hamad Deiban
Hamad Deiban
Senior Associate Researcher
Bharathidasan
Bharathidasan Sugumaran
Senior High Power RF Engineer
Dr Papa Ousmane Leye_DERC1
Dr Papa Ousmane Leye
Lead EMC Researcher
Islem Yahi_DERC
Dr Islem Yahi
Senior EMC Engineer
Signals Electronics and Acoustics
Milosch Meriac
Milosch Meriac
Senior Director Signals & Electronics
Santiago
Santiago Morales
Senior Radio Frequency & Electronics Engineer
Venkata
Venkata Veeramachaneni
Acoustic Researcher
Adamo
Adamo Banelli
Senior Microwave Engineer
Luciano
Dr Luciano De Oliveira
Senior Radar Researcher
Sairajan
Dr Sairajan Sarangapani
Principal Acoustic Researcher
Fares
Dr Fares Mehouachi
Lead Machine Learning Researcher
Qingjie
Dr Qingjie Yang
Senior Wave Physics Researcher
Iman Prayudi
Iman Prayudi
Electronics Engineer
Laser, Photonics and Optoelectronics
Dr Guillaume Matras
Dr Guillaume Matras
Senior Director Laser, Photonics, Optoelectronics
Dr Abdellatif Bouchalkha
Dr Abdellatif Bouchalkha
Lead Laser Researcher
Juan Coronel
Dr Juan Coronel
Lead Microwave Photonics Researcher
Ant
Dr Antaryami Mohanta
Lead Laser Researcher
Amit Kumar
Amit Kumar
Lead High Power Engineer
Dr Steevy Cordette
Dr Steevy Cordette
Lead Photonics Researcher
Nikita Kondratyev
Nikita Kondratyev Senior Researcher
Evgeny Lonshakov
Evgeny Lonshakov Senior Researcher
Dr. Ramzil
Ramzil Galiev Senior Researcher
DERC_v3-12_0
Mariam Al Khateri
Associate Researcher
Afra Rashed Al Mheiri
Afra Rashed Al Mheiri
Associate Researcher
Maryam Alraeesi
Maryam Alraeesi
Associate Researcher
sara
Sara Al Hosani
Associate Researcher
Athra
Athra Al Suwaidi
Associate Researcher
Rashed
Rashed Alhayyas
Associate Researcher
Mohamed AlKamali
Mohamed AlKamali
Associate Researcher
Saif Almazrouie
Saif Almazrouie
Associate Researcher
Juma Alrumeithi
Juma Alrumeithi
Associate Researcher
Abdulla Alamri
Abdulla Alamri
Associate Researcher
Hamdan Alhashmi
Hamdan Alhashmi
Associate Researcher
Eisa Al Neyadi
Eisa Al Neyadi
Associate Researcher
Roman
Dr Romain Baudoin
Lead Laser Researcher
scurria
Dr Giuseppe Scurria
Senior Laser Researcher
Shaikha
Shaikha AlMarzooqi
Electrical Engineer
Abdalla
Abdalla Hableel
Optical Engineer
AlQaydi
Maryam AlQaydi
Senior Associate Researcher
ali
Ali Al Blooshi
Mechanical Engineer
DERC_v3-12_0
Safa Al Hosani
Electronics Engineer
Reem Al Ameri
Reem Al Ameri
Mechanical Engineer
DERC_v3-12_0
Layla AlShehhi
Software Engineer
Jawaher AlAmeri
Jawaher AlAmeri
Senior Associate Researcher
Shamma AlMazrouei
Shamma AlMazrouei
Senior Associate Researcher
DERC_v3-12
Asma Al Ahmadi
Electronics Engineer
Aaesha Alteneiji
Aaesha Alteneiji
Laser Matter Interaction Lab Engineer
taif
Taif Alhmoudi
Optics Laser Lab Engineer
Labs and Operations
leslie
Leslie Dias
Lead Lab Operations Engineer
baba
Abdul Baba
Senior Lab Engineer
(Mechanical Engineering)
Suganthi
Suganthi Mathiyalagan
Senior Project Manager
palavi
Pallavi Shirke
Finance/Budget Coordinator
Umesh
Umesh Panicker
Senior Manager L&D
Leonides
Leonides Jr Rodriguez
Warehouse Officer
Pawan
Pawan Chavan
IT Consultant
Olena - DERC
Olena Grymak
Executive Assistant
bader
Bader Al-Ali
Senior Project Manager
Selogen Govender_DERC1
Selogen Govender
HSE Specialist
Joey Trillo
Joey Trillo
Mechanical Designer Associate
Scientific Advisory Board

We have assembled a scientific board of world-renowned researchers specialising in DERC’s areas of expertise.

Prof. Vladimir Baryshevsky
Prof. Vladimir Baryshevsky
Dr Alexandra Gurinovich
Dr Alexandra Gurinovich
firs
Dr Lars Ole Fichte
Dr Sébastien Lalléchère
Dr Sébastien Lalléchère
Mustapha
Prof. Mustapha Jouaid
agos
Prof. Agostino Monorchio