Eihab Abdel-Rahman

Professor, Assoc Chair Grad Studies

Contact InformationEihab Abdel-Rahman

Phone: 519-888-4567 x37737
Location: E7 6422

Biography Summary

Eihab Abdel-Rahman is a Systems Design Engineering Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo.

His research expertise lies in the area of Micro– and Nano– Electronic Mechanical Systems (MEMS/NEMS). He has collaborated with Professor Ali Nayfeh to develop, an accurate, robust, and numerically efficient approach to the modelling and simulation of MEMS and NEMS.

Professor Abdel-Rahman has used the modelling technique to analyze and design a wide array of MEMS sensors and transducers such as Radio Frequency (RF) switches, mirrors, filters, and pumps. He is currently working on new filter designs, control strategies for torsional micromirrors, and improving resonant micro-sensors.

He is specifically interested in the continued refinement of the modelling and simulation technique, as well as applying it to the design of novel MEMS and NEMS devices for communications and biomedical applications. The biomedical aspect of his work involves applied research in the use of MEMS to build the associated experimental rigs and to design “smart” prosthetic devices.

Wideband Micro Power Generators are also of interest to Professor Abdel-Rahman. He has developed a new class of vibration-based wideband MPGs in collaboration with 2 other UWaterloo professors. Vibration-based MPGs collect energy only from environmental vibrations that lie in a narrow frequency band. His invention replaces a linear oscillator with a nonlinear oscillator as the energy harvesting element of the MPG. Experimental results show that the bandwidth of the new design improves the harvesting bandwidth of "wideband electromagnetic MPGs" by 200-600%.

Threshold Mass Sensing is also an area in which Professor Abdel-Rahman holds expertise. He has developed 2 new mass sensing mechanisms that are made of MEMS electrostatic resonators. The sensors detect whether a mass deposited on a sensing platform exceeds a pre-set critical (threshold) value rather than trying to quantify it. The unique feature of these mechanisms is that they eliminate the need for readout electronics. Professor Abdel-Rahman is currently leading efforts to use these mass sensors as platforms to develop vapor/gas and biological sensors

Research Interests

  • Biomechanics
  • Ergonomics
  • Human factors and biomedical
  • Connectivity and Internet of Things
  • IoT
  • Devices
  • Sensors and Actuator
  • Micro-electro-mechanical systems
  • Nanoelectromechanical systems
  • Nanotechnology
  • Energy Harvesting
  • Micro-Power Generators
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Multi-body dynamics and control
  • Simulation and Design of Mechanical Systems
  • Nonlinear Systems
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Complex Systems
  • Bifurcations and Chaos


  • 1997, Doctorate, PhD, University of Toledo
  • 1991, Master's, MS, University of Toledo
  • 1988, Bachelor's, BS, Kuwait University


  • NANO 702 - Nanotechnology Tools
    • Taught in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • SYDE 683 - Modeling, Simulation and Design of MEMS and NEMS
    • Taught in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • SYDE 182 - Physics 2 (Dynamics)
    • Taught in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • ME 321 - Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines
    • Taught in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • GENE 499 - Special Topics in Fourth Year Engineering
    • Taught in 2018
  • SYDE 750 - Topics in Systems Modelling
    • Taught in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • BME 451 - Biomechanics of Human Movement
    • Taught in 2019
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Liu, Guocheng and Zhao, Songrui and Henderson, Robert DE and Leonenko, Zoya and Abdel-Rahman, Eihab and Mi, Zetian and Ban, Dayan, Nanogenerators based on vertically aligned InN nanowires, Nanoscale, 8(4), 2016, 2097 - 2106
  • Eltaher, MA and Khater, ME and Park, S and Abdel-Rahman, E and Yavuz, M, On the static stability of nonlocal nanobeams using higher-order beam theories, Advances in nano research, 4(1), 2016, 51 - 64
  • Lajimi, SAM and Heppler, GR and Abdel-Rahman, EM, A mechanical--thermal noise analysis of a nonlinear microgyroscope, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 2016
  • Saritas, R and Khater, M and Park, S and Dagdelen, T and Abdel-Rahman, E and Yavuz, M, Techniques for dynamic analysis of bonding wire, Microelectronics Reliability, 58, 2016, 73 - 81
  • Liu, Guocheng and Mrad, Nezih and Abdel-Rahman, Eihab and Ban, Dayan, Cascade-type hybrid energy cells for driving wireless sensors, Nano Energy, 26, 2016, 641 - 647