Dr. Abdalla Darwish, a professor of physics, was recently named Dillard University’s first Presidential Professor. The award is a non-renewable four-year appointment that recognizes and honors outstanding faculty scholars who have records of significant and sustained research, creative artistic work, or a history of securing grant/external funding, and who have achieved national or international reputation by virtue of accomplishments in their fields.
Darwish obtained his BS in Nuclear Engineering from University of Alexandria, MS in Solid State Physics and PhD in optics and laser physics from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He has been a Dillard University faculty member for sixteen years and has served the university in numerous administrative roles, including chair of the physics department, chair of the School of STEM, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Darwish is an expert in thin film fabrication using the Pulse Laser Deposition technique and ion implantation. He has authored over 80 publications in the areas of nonlinear optical materials, magnetic resonance, waveguides, thin film fabrication and optical sensors. Over the course of his tenure at Dillard, Darwish has been able to secure over $13 million in grant funds as a PI or CoPI to establish many programs and research enterprises in physics and the School of STEM such as the summer bridge program, LA-LAMP, GAELA, TESSE, GAMP, AGAP, NASA- LA SPACE consortium, NASA-NORC for STEM retention, and PLD of materials. These projects were funded by research grants from the Air Force Office of Scientific research, Air Force, Navy, Army, NASA, NSF, NASA EPSCoR and most recently HBCUs as leaders and teachers in STEM from the University of Pennsylvania. Darwish has also received multiple Louisiana Board of Regents grants.
Darwish has established a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art laser ablation lab on the Dillard University campus. Earlier this year he filed for patent on his new invention of double laser ablation, and he is in the process of filing his second patent. According to the Composites B Engineering journal, his most recent publication about the invention of double laser ablation was downloaded over 296 times in just three months. This critical paper springs lots of scientific interactions and collaboration internationally through many countries: Japan, Malaysia, England, and China which changes the way the pulse laser deposition is done around the world.