Rafic A. Ayoubi received a BS degree in electrical engineering (computer option), as well as MS and PhD degrees in computer engineering from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana in 1988, 1990, and 1995, respectively. He then spent one year as a postdoc at the University of Louisiana before joining The University of Balamand in the Fall of 1996, where his current role is an associate professor.
In 2000, Dr. Ayoubi was subcontracted by EnvirSonic Int, Lafayette, LA as a technical consultant to design and implement an FPGA solution to high precision measurement of temperature and pressure in down-hole oil wells. In the summer of 2001, he was also subcontracted by the same company to design and implement an FPGA solution to improve the accuracy of ultrasonic measurement of fluids depth in storage tanks by applying Dithering technique to the acquisition system.
Dr. Ayoubi has worked on several interdisciplinary projects with professors from the University of Balamand as well as from other universities that led to several publications. For instance, he had joint projects in telecommunication with Dr. Inaty and Dr. Daba. He also collaborated with Dr. Abche in image processing. Moreover, he had a joint project submitted to CEDRE with teams from Lebanese University and University of Grenoble (TIMA), France. In this work, a study of the prediction of error rates due to transient faults in integrated circuits was conducted.
Dr. Ayoubis teaching experience is at both undergraduate and graduate levels. At the undergraduate level, he has taught courses in the domain of circuits, analog and digital electronics, microprocessor and embedded systems, computer networks, and computer architecture. At the graduate level, he has taught artificial neural networks, VLSI, switching theory, and advanced computer architecture.
Dr. Ayoubi has served on several committees both at the university and faculty levels. At the university level, he has served on the library committee, financial aid committee, and admission committee. At the faculty level, he is currently a member of the orientation committee. He also participated in the ABET accreditation of the BS program of the Computer Engineering department.
Dr. Ayoubi has maintained a strong relationship with his ex-advisor, Professor Magdy Bayoumi, at the University of Louisiana. Thus, he was able to usher several of his students into joining the PhD program at the University of Louisiana with full financial support inclusive of living expenses and tuition fees.
He is a member of the IEEE.
Honors & Awards
First prize winner in the Second Annual exhibition for Industrial Research Achievements in Lebanon, 1997.