Bassam Ahmad Harb, Ph.D


Al Ain Campus

+971 3 7024959


 Dr. Harb joined the Department of Telecommunication Engineering at Yarmouk University in 1995, where he is now holding a Tenure-Track Full Professor. During his career at Yarmouk University he was appointed as the head of Telecommunication Engineering Department at the Hijjawi Faculty of Engineering Technology (1999-2001) and Vice Dean of the college during the periods (2006-2008) and (2012-sep 2015). In 2008-2009 he was granted a sabbatical leave to join the Electrical Engineering Department at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST). During (2012-2014) he served as interim head of the newly established Industrial Engineering Department. During the academic years (2015-2017), he served as the Dean of the college. As dean, he was the chief academic and administrative officer for the college, which has about 110 Faculty, nearly 4,500 undergraduates and 220 graduate students and about 70 staff. Through his long career ( over twenty years) at Hijjawi college of Engineering with his devotion, experience and creativity, he assisted in the growth of the faculty and students. Currently he is holding the position of Dean of Scientific Research and Graduate Studies at Al Ain University in UAE since Sep 2018. His research interests are signal processing, communication theory and systems, synchronization theory and techniques, chaos based communication systems, chaos in phase locked loops and nonlinear circuits, and chaos synchronization. He is a Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE), Circuits and Systems Society, Jordan Engineers Association.


PhD. Electrical Engineering, University of Alabama – Huntsville.

MSc. Applied Physics, University of New Orleans, USA.

MSc. Electrical Engineering , University of New Orleans, USA

BSc. Electrical Engineering, Louisiana State University USA

Research Interests

Signal Processing, Communication Theory and Systems, Synchronization Techniques, Chaos in Phase Locked Loops and Nonlinear Systems, Applications of Chaotic Systems, Wireless Communication and Networks.

Selected Publications

  • Stensby, J., Harb, B., “ Computing the Half-Plane Pull-in Range of Second-Order  PLLs”.  IEE  Electronics Letters, Vol. 31, No. 11, pp. 845-846., 1995.
  • Harb, B., Stensby, J., “ The Half-Plane Pull-in Range of a Second-Order  Phase-Locked loop”.   Journal of Franklin Institute. Vol. 333 ( B ) No.2 , pp. 191-199, 1996.
  • Al-Ajlouni, A., Harb, B., “ Periodic Active Noise Cancellation Using Recursive Estimation of  the Unknown Fundamental Frequency”.   AMSE Advances in Modeling, Vol. 46(8) pp 1-14, 2003.
  • Harb, B.,Harb, A., “ Chaos and Bifurcations in a Third-Order Phase Locked Loop.” Chaos, Solitons and Fractals., Vol. 19, pp 667-672., 2004.
  • Harb, A.,  Harb, B., “  Galerkin-Based Method for Analyzing Bifurcations in  a Single Machine Infinite Busbar Power System”. Electric Power Components and Systems. Vol. 32, (2) pp 121-130, 2004.
  • Harb, A., Harb, B.,“ Chaos Control of Third Order Phase Locked Loop Using Backstepping Nonlinear Controller ”. Chaos, Solitons and Fractals. Vol. 20(4) pp.719 – 723., 2004.
  • Harb, B., Al-Ajlouni, A., “ A Collocation-Based Algorithm for Computing the Pull-in Range of  a Class of Phase-Locked Loops”. Nonlinear Dynamics .Vol. 35 pp 249 – 258., 2004.
  • Harb, A., Harb, B., “ Controlling Chaos in Josephson Junction Using Nonlinear backstepping Controller”. IEEE  Transaction On Applied Superconductivity, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp 1988-1998, Dec, 2006.
  • Ahmed, SM, Al-Ajlouni AF, Abo-zahhad M, Harb, B., " ECG signal compression using combined modified discrete cosine and discrete wavelet transforms ". Journal of Medical Engineering Technology. Vol. 33 , No. 1, pp 1 – 8, 2009.
  • Al-Ajlouni, A., Yamin, H.Y, Harb, B.,  " Effect of instructional software on achievement of undergraduate students in Digital Signal Processing". Computer Applications in Engineering Education. Wiley Interscience, Vol. 18, Issue 4, pp 703-708, December, 2010.
  • A. F. AL-Ajlouni, H. Y. Yamin and B. Harb, " Novel Approach for Dynamic Optimal Power Flow Using Nonlinear Network Flow Algorithm". Journal of Active and Passive Electronic Devices. Vol. 6, Number 3-4, pp 193-202, 2011.
  • Harb, A., Harb, B. "Chaos Synchronization in Josephson Junctions".  Journal of  Superconductivity and  Novel  Magnetism Springer, Vol. 25 number 6 (2012),  pp 1647–1653.
  • Gharaibeh, K.,Harb, Bassam., Bany Salameh, Haythem., Zoubi, Asem., Shamali, Ahmed, Murphy, Noel., and Brennan, Conor (2013). Review and Redesign of The Curriculum of a Masters Programme in Telecommunications Engineering – Towards an Outcome-Based Approach. "European Journal of Engineering Education"., Taylor and Francis. Vol. 38, Issue 2, pp 194-210.
  • Al-Fahoum A, Harb B., (2013) " A Combined Fractal and Wavelet Angiography Image Compression Approach" .,  The Open Medical Imaging Journal, Vol. 7, pp 9-18.
  • Harb, B., (2014). “Effect of Time Delay on The Pull-In Range of Phase Locked Loops ". Journal of Vibroengineering. Vol. 16, Issue 1, pp 369-377
  • Khaled M. Gharaibeh, Hazem Kaylanib, Noel Murphy, Conor Brennanc, Awni Itradatd, Mohammed Al-Bataineh, Mohammed Aloqlah, Loay Salhieh, Safwan Altarazi, Nathir Rawashdeh, María del Carmen Bas Cerdá, Andrea Conchado Peiró, Asem Al-Zoubia, Bassam Harb, Haythem Bany Salameh "A Masters Program in Telecommunications Management – Demand-Based Program Design". European Journal of Engineering Education , (2014)
  • Salameh, H., Kasasbeh, H. and Harb, B. An Opportunistic Guard-band-aware Channel Assignment: A batch-based Approach,  IEEE WCNC 2016. Qatar, pp 1-6.
  • O.M. Khreis, A.N. Al-Omari, and B.A. Harb, “ An Error-function Compositional Grading Scheme in Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers”.  December 2016 DOI: 10.1109/ICEDSA.2016.7818554. IEEE 5th International Conference on Electronic Devices, Systems and Applications (ICEDSA-2016), At American University of Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

  • Salameh, H., Kasasbeh, H. and Harb, B." A Batch-based MAC Design with Simultaneous Assignment Decisions for Improved Throughput in Guard-band-constrained Cognitive Networks" IEEE Transaction on Communications, Vol. 16, issue 3 pp 1143-1152., 2016.
  • B.A. Harb, A.F. Al-Ajlouni, A.A Eyadeh " A Collocation-Based Algorithm For Analyzing Bifurcations in Phase Locked Loops with Tanlock and Sawtooth Phase Detectors". Mathematical Problems in Engineering   2018 (1) :1-7                     

    DOI: 10.1155/2018/8532546.

  • B. Harb, A. Harb,  A.Al-Ajlouni,  " Chaos Control of Third Order Phase Locked Loop Using Sliding Mode Nonlinear Controller ". International Review on Modelling and Simulations. Vol. 12, N. 4, pp 240-244., 2019.

  • Mallat, N.K.Nouri, M.Aghdam, S.A., (...), Harb, B.Jafarieh, A.A dual circularly reconfigurable polarization patch antenna for fifth generation mobile communication systems”. Progress In Electromagnetics Research C . 105, pp. 73-84, 2020.

  • Harb, B.Qudah, M.Ghareeb, I.Harb, A.. “ Chaos and bifurcation in time delayed third order phase-locked loop.”  International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering 11(2), pp. 1431-1438, 2021..


  • Harb, B., Stensby, J., “ Galerkin-Based Analysis of Bifurcations in Phase Locked Loop”.  27th IEEE  Southeast Symposium on System Theory, Starkville, Mississippi, pp. 159 – 163., March 1995.
  • Harb., B., Harb, A.,  “ Controlling Chaos in a Second-Order Phase Locked Loop CW Interference” .  IASTED International Conference on Applied Simulation and Modeling., Marbella, Spain, pp 410-413, 2003.
  • Harb, B. Harb, A., Harb, B., Qananwah, Q., “ Intermittency From Mutually Coupled Autonomous Third-Order Phase Locked Loop”. 37th IEEE  Southeast Symposium on System Theory. Tuskeggee, Alabama, USA . pp  182-186, March 2005.
  • Harb, B. " Computing the Pull-In Range of Second-Order Phase Locked Loops with Tanlock and Sawtooth Phase Detectors" 11th  International Conference on Circuits, Systems, Electronics, Control & Signal Processing (CSECS '12), Montreux, Switzerland, December 29-31, 2012, pp 27-32.
  • Harb, B., Obeidollah, H., " Blind Channel Equalization of Single Input Single Output Chaotic Communication System Using Stochastic Gradient Algorithms". The 6th International Conference on Chaotic Modeling and Simulation, CHAOS 2013,. Istanbul, Turkey, June 11-14,2013, pp 243-250.
  • An Error-function Compositional Grading Scheme in Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers December 2016 DOI: 10.1109/ICEDSA.2016.7818554. IEEE 5th International Conference on Electronic Devices, Systems and Applications (ICEDSA-2016), At American University of Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

Professional Experience

  • 9-2018 - 9-2021  Dean of Scientific Research and Graduate Studies, Al Ain University, Al Ain - UAE
  • 2015 -2017   Dean, Professor, Communication Engineering Department, Hijjawi Faculty for Engineering Technology. Yarmouk  University, Irbid-Jordan. (over 4800 students, 110 faculty, 70 staff).
  1. Provided leadership and was responsible for all issues ( academic and administrative) of the college such as upgrading academic programs to the highest quality, establishing new programs and hiring staff and managing the budgets.
  2. Establishing links with alumni, government agencies and local industry.
  3. Working closely with faculty and staff to advance the college’s mission and vision and to get ABET accreditation.
  4. Implementing the strategic plan of the college that is in line with the university mission and vision.
  5. Reporting semi-annually to the President all accomplishments achieved by the college of engineering in accordance with the strategic plan of the college and university. 
  • 2012 - 2015   Vice Dean, Professor, Communication Engineering   Department, Hijjawi Faculty for Engineering Technology. Yarmouk  University, Irbid-Jordan.
  1. Worked closely with the dean and department chairs to establish new programs and review/modernize all existing academic programs.
  2. Engagement in hiring and promoting academic staff.
  3. Worked closely with the Dean, assistant deans and the department chairs to advance the academic mission and vision of the college.
  4. Leading graduate studies committee for implementing graduate activities and managing all graduate studies issues.
  • 2009 - 2012 Associate Prof., Communication Engineering Department, Hijjawi Faculty for Engineering Technology, Yarmouk University, Irbid- Jordan.
  • 2008-2009  Visiting Associate Prof., Department of Electrical Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) Irbid- Jordan.
  • 2006 - 2008   Associate Prof., Vice Dean, Hijjawi College for Engineering Technology, Yarmouk  University, Irbid-Jordan.
  • 2004 - 2006  Associate Prof.: Communication Engineering Department, Hijjawi
  • Faculty of  Engineering Technology. Yarmouk University, Irbid-Jordan.
  • 2004 - 2006  Adjunct Faculty: Associate Prof. New York Institute of Technology (
  • NYIT ) Amman- Jordan. Teaching Graduate / Undergraduate classes.
  • 2001 -   2003 Assistant Prof, Communication Engineering Department, Yarmouk, University, Irbid – Jordan.
  • 1999 - 2001 Assistant Prof,  Head of the Communication Engineering Department, Yarmouk University, Irbid – Jordan.
  • 1995 -1999  Assistant Prof, Communication Engineering Department, Yarmouk, University, Irbid – Jordan.
  • 1992 - 1994  Teaching Assistant: Electrical Engineering Department. The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, Alabama.
  • 1990 – 1992   Research Assistant: Electrical Engineering Department: the University of  Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, Alabama. Research Topic:“ Electromagnetic Effects of Arcing on Space Station Freedom” Supervisor: Prof. N. Singh   Grant # NAS8-36955  NASA / MSFG.
  • 1989 - 1990   Research Assistant: Electrical Engineering Department. University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana. Research Topic:“ Development of a 450 VAC, 200 AC, 60 Hz, 3-phase Electrical Fault Current Limiter”  Supervisor:   Prof. Russell Trahan. Grant # N61533-89-C-0057 for Navy.
  • 1989 - 1990  Teaching Assistant: Physics Department, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Teaching Courses

Probability Theory and Statistics, Introduction to Numerical Methods, Data and Computer Communications, Digital Signal Processing.


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  • Senior Member, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CAS).
  • Member, Jordanian Engineering Society.