Prof Khaled Abou-El-Hossein

041 504 3368
North Campus, Block C, Room 234

Biography / Background

Prof Abou-El-Hossein is a Professor at Nelson Mandela University. He is a professional mechanical engineer registered by the Engineering Council of South Africa.

He holds a PhD and Masters in Manufacturing Engineering from the National Technical University of Ukraine. He also holds a Graduated Certificate in Tertiary Teaching from Curtin University in Australia

Awards and Achievements
Teaching award (Students’ Choice), Curtin University (2007)
Teaching award (Students’ Choice), Curtin University (2008)
Researcher of the Year (School of Engineering) , NMMU (2011)
NMMU’s Research Excellence Award, NMMU (2014)
Researcher of the Year (School of Engineering), NMMU (2018)

Professional Activities
Member of the SA Technology Programmes Accreditation Committee (TPAC) of ECSA since 2014
Chair of School RTI Committee
Member of Steering, Management Committees and Advisory Board of Centre for HRTEM (Prof. Neethling)
Member of CRAC
Member of European Society of Precision Engineering (EUSPEN)



Teaching Interests

In addition to sharing technical experiences in the class, I discovered that creating a teaching and learning environment where the students have more questions spinning in their minds than answers is absolutely effective. One of the ways I follow to realize such an environment is to start and to finish my lectures with open-ended questions. When I start a new topic, for example, I always try to show the student pictures and short videos of the applications of the knowledge that they are about to be exposed to. I find that this makes the students feel the importance of the subject and get them engaged in an endless process of deep thinking. I judge this by the kind of questions pouring into the class by the end of the lecture.

Besides the subject matter, I strive to help my students appreciate the importance of soft skills such as presentation, management, and negotiation skills for their careers. Also, I always highlight in the class the extreme importance of integrity and frankness in professional engineering. I strongly believe that students, especially those working closely with me for their final year projects, are a reflection of me and the University. Therefore, I try my best to help them strengthen their positive values and views about the University in particular and professional society in general.

Research Interests

Prof Abou-El-Hossein is rated by the National Research Foundation of South Africa. He has established an optics manufacturing laboratory that is the only one of its kind on the African continent. His research interests include:
- Machining and general cutting of engineering materials
- High precision manufacturing of optics
- Precision hybrid machining technologies
- Artificial intelligence in manufacturing
- Materials processing robotics
- Materials characterisation


Representative Publications

Prof Abou-El-Hossein has published extensively in manufacturing and materials engineering journal and publication. He has published about 150 scientific articles in different research forums and publications.

1. S. Hatefi, F. Smith, K. Abou-El-Hossein, and J. Alizargar, “COVID-19 in South Africa: lockdown strategy and its effects on public health and other contagious diseases”, Public Health 185, 159
2. S. Hatefi, and K. Abou-El-Hossein, “Design and development of high-precision hybrid controller for ultra-precision non-conventional single-point diamond turning processes”, Majlesi Journal of Electrical Engineering 14 (2), 61-70
3. F. El-Dahabi, R. Dib, K. Abou-El-Hossein, S. Hatefi, A. Abbas, Z. Hweju, “Effect of machine-tool rigidity on geometric error formation in turning operation”, Intl. J. of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research 9 (5)
4. A.I. Jumare, and K. Abou-El-Hossein, “Effects of cutting parameters on surface finish quality of ultra-high precision diamond-turned optical grade single-crystal silicon”, Intl. J. of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research 9 (4)
5. A.A.S. Abbas, and K. Abou-El-Hossein, “Smart bone drilling machine”, Intl J. of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research 9 (2).
6. F.A. Oyekunle, and K. Abou-El-Hossein, “Effects of cutting fluids on surface roughness in single-point diamond turning of rapidly solidified aluminium (RSA 431)”, Key Engineering Materials 853, 18-23
7. L.N. Abdulkadir, K. Abou-El-Hossein, and M.M. Liman, “Comparative study of optical silicon nanomachining experimental results and MD simulation outputs”, Solid State Phenomena 305, 185-190
8. Z. Hweju, K. Abou-El-Hossein, “Effect of coolant type on surface roughness and RSM Modelling in single-point diamond turning of RSA443 optical aluminium”, Solid State Phenomena 305, 117-121
9. Z. Hweju, and K. Abou-El-Hossein, “Surface roughness prediction based on acoustic emission signals in high-precision diamond turning of rapidly solidified optical aluminum Grade (RSA443)”, Key Engineering Materials 841, 363-368
10. F. Le Roux, S. Hatefi, K. Abou-El-Hossein, T. Van Niekerk, and K. Hatefi, “Design of Rechargeable Battery System for Mandibular Distraction Osteogenesis Device”, Intl. J. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering & Telecommunications, vol. 9 (11), 2020.
11. S. Hatefi, and K. Abou-El-Hossein, “Review of single-point diamond turning process in terms of ultra-precision optical surface roughness”, Intl. J. Of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, vol. 106 (5) pp. 2167-2187, 2020.
12. Z. Mkoko and K. Abou-El-Hossein, “Effects of Machining Parameters on Surface Roughness when Ultra-High Precision Diamond Turning RSA443 Optical Aluminum”, Solid State Phenomena, vol. 287, pp.30-34, 2019
13. M. Liman, K. Abou-El-Hossein, and L. Abdulkadir, “Fuzzy logic-based modeling and analysis of surface roughness, electrostatic charge, and material removal rate in ultrahigh precision diamond turning of rigid contact lens polymer”, J. of Thermoplastics Composite Materials, doi: 10.1177/0892705719850602
14. L. N. Abdulkadir, K. Abou-El-Hossein, M.M. Liman, P. Odedeyi Peter Babatunde and A. Jumare, “Molecular dynamic study of combined effects of diamond tool rake angle and duncut/Redge ratio on nanomachining behaviour of monocrystalline optical silicon”, Int. J. Computational Materials Science and Surface Engineering, vol. 8, Nos. 3/4, pp. 245-268, 2019
15. M. M. Liman and K. Abou-El-Hossein, "Modeling and multiresponse optimization of cutting parameters in SPDT of a rigid contact lens polymer using RSM and desirability function," The Intl. J. of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, vol. 102, pp. 1443-1469, 2019
16. L. N. Abdulkadir, K. Abou-El-Hossein, A. I. Jumare, P. B. Oded Liman, and T. A. Olaniyan, "Ultra-precision diamond turning of optic a review," The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing vol. 96 pp. 173-208, 2018.
17. A. I. Jumare, K. Abou-El-Hossein, W. E. Goosen, Y.-C. Cheng, L. N. Abdulkadir, P. B. Odedeyi, and M. M. Liman, "Prediction model for single-point diamond tool-tip wear during machining of optical grade silicon," The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, vol. 98, pp. 2519-2529, 2018
18. A. A. S. Abbas and K. Abou-El-Hossein, "Investigation of Drill Bit Temperature during Automatic Bone Drilling," International Journal of Engineering Materials and Manufacture, vol. 3, pp. 245-250, 2018
19. M. M. Liman, K. Abou-El-Hossein, and P. B. Odedeyi, "Modeling and Prediction of Surface Roughness in Ultra-High Precision Diamond Turning of Contact Lens Polymer Using RSM and ANN Methods," in Materials Science Forum, 2018, pp. 139-143.
20. T. Otieno and K. Abou-El-Hossein, "Cutting forces and acoustic emission in the diamond turning of rapidly-solidified aluminium," Insight-Non-Destructive Testing and Condition Monitoring, vol. 60, pp. 11-18, 2018.