Associate Professor

Ph.D. Software Engineering, University of Alberta, 2009


Dr. Mohamed El-Attar completed his B.Eng Computer Systems degree from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in 2003. He then completed his Ph.D. in Software Engineering from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 2009. Dr. El-Attar worked in the industry in Canada and the USA as a software tester and front-end developer, respectively. After 1.5 years of industrial experience, Dr. Mohamed El-Attar started his academic career at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran, KSA, as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted at KFUPM to Associate Professor in only four years. After 6 years at KFUPM, Dr. El-Attar worked one year at Mississippi State University, USA, followed by one more year at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada. Dr. El-Attar, then returned to KSA to work at Alfaisal University where he was the Chair of the Software Engineering department. Dr. El-Attar is now a faculty member at the College of Technological Innovation at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Mohamed El-Attar has many undergraduate and graduate courses at various institutions across multiple continents. He supervised several graduate students. His research focuses on the two main areas of software modeling and requirements engineering. In particular, his research is concerned with, UML, especially use case models, model consistency assurance, model transformation, human aspects in software modeling, and secure software engineering. His research has been published in the most prestigious software engineering journals and conferences such as IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Empirical Software Engineering, Information and Software Technology, Systems and Software, Software and Systems Modeling, Secure Software Engineering and Requirements Engineering


Abu Dhabi - Khalifa City, MF1-1-036


+971 2 599 3209

Teaching Areas

Software Engineering

Research and Professional Activities

J1. M. El-Attar, “Empirically Evaluating the Effect of the Physics of Notations on Model Construction,” IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering – IEEE Computer Society, 2022. (In Print) (Impact Factor: 6.226)

J2. M. El-Attar, “Are Models Better Read on Paper or on Screen? A Comparative Study,” Journal of Software and Systems Modeling – Springer, 2022. (In Print) (Impact Factor: 1.910)

J3. M. El-Attar, “Evaluating the Accessibility of a PoN-Enabled Misuse Case Notation by the Red-Green Colorblind Community,” Journal of Software and Systems Modeling – Springer, 2022. (In Print) (Impact Factor: 1.910)

J4. N. Nasser, N. Khan, L. Karim, M. El-Attar, K. Saleh, “An Efficient Time-Sensitive Data Scheduling Approach for Wireless Sensor Networks in Smart Cities,” Computer Communications – Elsevier, vol. 175, pp. 112-122, 2021. (Impact Factor: 3.167)  

J5. H. U. Khan, M. Niazi, M. El-Attar, N. Ikram, S. U. Khan, A. Q. Gill, "Empirical Investigation of Critical Requirements Engineering Practices for Global Software Development," IEEE Access – IEEE, 2021. (In Print) (Impact Factor: 3.367)