Prof. Hala J. El-Khozondar was born in Gaza, Palestine. She received her B.Sc. in Physics from BirZeit University, Palestine in 1987. She earned her Ph.D. in physics from New Mexico State University (NMSU), USA in 1999. She joined the physics faculty at BirZeit University in 1987. She had a Postdoc award at Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg, Germany in 1999. In 2000, she worked as assistant professor in the electrical engineering (EE) department at Islamic University of Gaza. In 2007, she was promoted to associate professor at EE department. She is now a full professor at EE department.
Further, she is ICTP senior fellow and fellow for the world academy of science (FTWAS) and for the Arab region FTWAS-ARO. She holds the title “Alumni Research Ambassador” by Technical University of Munich. She has high leadership and administrative skills demonstrated by her work in initiating and developing the quality assurance unit and the external relations at Islamic University of Gaza. She is member of several scholarships and prizes selection committees. She advises several graduate and undergraduate students. She participated in several conferences and workshops. She has lead several session in international conferences and she is also chairwoman of the scientific committee and member of the steering committee of the 5th international conference that jointly organized by the faculty of Engineering at Islamic University of Gaza, Gaza City (Palestine) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Malaysia. Her research covers a broad spectrum and is aimed at developing technical solutions for the world of tomorrow. For example, she and her team are working on innovative solar system problems, developing optical fibers for faster data transmission and on optical sensors for more precise diagnosis of diseases. Moreover, she has major contributions on studying Wireless communication, optical communication, nonlinear optics, optical fiber sensors, magneto-optical isolators, optical filter, MTMs devices, biophysics, electro-optical waveguides, and numerical simulation of microstructural evolution of polycrystalline materials. She has 100 publications in national and international journals with high reputations including Journal of Light Wave Technology, IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics and Optics Letter.
She is a recipient of international awards and recognitions, including a Fulbright Scholarship, DAAD short study visit, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Scholarship, Erasmus Mundus, Altaawon and Bank of Palestine Zamalah senior visit, Mevlana Exchange Programme, the Islamic University Deanery Prize for applied sciences, TWAS medal lecture 2017 and ISESCO Prize in Science & Technolgy 2014. She is also coordinator for several projects including TEMPUS for promoting long life learning, and Al-Maqdisi to enhance collaboration with French partners.
She became an IAS Fellow in 2016.