Jihad S. Daba was raised in Lebanon and holds dual Australian and Lebanese citizenship. He received the B.S.E.E. degree in Electrical Engineering with Honours Magna Cum Laud from the University of Houston, Texas, in 1988 and the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, Indiana, in 1990 and 1994, respectively. During his graduate studies, Purdue University was ranked 3rd in the USA according to U.S. News & World Report, March 21, 1994.

His work in leading engineering projects was recognized by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers which granted it him the “Outstanding Engineer Award” in 1988. He was also granted an award by the Phi Kappa Phi National Honour Society, USA, in 1988, in recognition of his superior scholarship. In 1993, he received a David Ross Fellowship and the NSF Research Initiation Award by the Purdue Research Foundation, West Lafayette, Indiana, for his research work in detection and estimation in synthetic aperture radar speckled images. He was also awarded a “Young Scientist Award” by the International Union of Radio Science, USA, for his work on the estimation of the surface reflectivity of Synthetic Aperture Radar images, which was presented at the IEEE International Symposium on Signals, Systems, and Electronics in San Francisco, October 1995.

From 1994 to 1998 he was a Faculty member at the School of Electrical Engineering, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), New South Wales, Australia. While at UTS, Dr Daba received a number of research grants from the Australian Telecommunications and Electronics Research Board (ATERB) and the Australian Research Council (ARC) to conduct research projects in remote sensing and telecommunication. Dr Daba also cooperated with the CSIRO Research Center for Earth Observation, Canberra, Australia, working on synthetic aperture radar signal processing, remote sensing techniques, speckle noise modeling, radar target identification, and radar systems analysis. While in Sydney, Dr Daba served as a consultant for leading telecommunication companies such as One.Tel PTY LTD, Optus Cable & Wireless , and Telstra etc..., to name a few. From 1999 to 2000, Dr Daba was the Director of Studies at Pioneer Coaching College in Sydney, developing practical training programs for the telecommunication industry.

Since 2001, Dr Daba has been on the Faculty of the University of Balamand (UOB), Lebanon, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. While at UOB, Prof. Daba was a founding member of the University of Balamand Research Council from 2002 to 2010, and served as Coordinator and Editor for the Department of Electrical Engineering in 2018-2019 to assist the Department in receiving ABET accreditation, which was granted in 2019. Prof. Daba received a number of research grants from The National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) to conduct research projects in communication and networks.

His research interests are in the areas of synthetic aperture radars, teletraffic engineering, wireless networks, and molecular communication. He has authored more than 60 refereed journal articles, peer-reviewed conference papers, and book chapters. His current Egghe g-index and Hirsch h-index are 16 and 14, respectively, and his research work has received more than 500 citations to date. At the University of Balamand, Prof. Daba regularly teaches the graduate courses ELEN572 Satellite and Radar Communication, ELEN443 Digital Communication, CPEN447 Advanced Teletraffic Engineering, and the undergraduate courses CPEN347 Teletraffic Engineering, ELEN341 Telecommunications, ELEN340 Signal Transmission, and ELEN222 Signals and Systems Theory, in addition to other courses on a non-regular basis.

Prof. Daba is an IEEE Communications Society member and a referee for a number of journals and conferences. He is fluent in English, French, Russian, and Arabic, and enjoys sports and reading Cosmos books.
Honors & Awards
International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Young Scientist Award, San Francisco, USA, October 1995.
David Ross Fellowship and NSF Research Initiation Award (MIP-9010834) Recipient, Purdue Research Foundation, Indiana, USA, 1993-1994.
Outstanding Engineer Award, Society of Professional Engineers, Texas, USA, 1989.
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, USA, in recognition of superior scholarship, 1988.