I am an Experimental Physcisist and an aspiring Data Scientist. My main interests are in machine learning for materials science; optimal tracking and control (e.g. Kalman Filter); time series analysis (e.g. ARIMA models); and optical signal processing.
- PhD, Experimental Solid State Physics, University at Buffalo, NY, USA.
- BSc, Electrical Engineering, Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine.
- Lead Engineer, ASML, Wilton, CT 08/2019 - 01/2020
- Lead a team of 7 engineers in optical product development.
- Developed requirement specifications for electronic and optical teams.
- Lead the development, testing and documentation of sensor improvements.
- Implemented quality-focused ways of working to improve system’s quality.
- Sr. Design Engineer, ASML, Wilton, CT 01/2017 - 08/2019
- Calculated the impact of process variation on accuracy using Monte Carlo.
- Characterized shot and electronic noise sources and their impact on precision.
- Simulated and measured sensor performance using Maxwell’s equations.
- Interfaced with marketing team to help reach a better data-based marketing strategy.
- Modeled and estimated optical sensor drift using time series analysis.
- Reduced drift calibration time by 89% by optimizing calibration scheme.
- Invented a method to reduce laser-induced damage by up to 83%.
- Proposed an alternate electronics architecture that can reduce cost by up to 26%.
- Research Assistant, University at Buffalo, NY 01/2013 – 12/2016
- Investigated electronic transport in novel materials by fabricating Nano-devices.
- Utilized advanced statistical data analysis and signal processing techniques to discover dynamic transport across metal-insulator transition in NdNiO3 using low-noise measurements.
- Analyzed experimental data using statistical analysis and signal processing.
- Teaching Assistant, University at Buffalo, NY 08/2014 – 12/2016
- Taught physics labs and recitations to science and engineering students.
- Lead 20+ teacher assistants, making sure all are following agreed plans.
- Microwave Engineer, JAWWAL, Gaza, Palestine 06/2009 – 08/2012
- Designed microwave networks in the Ku (12-18 GHz) and K (18-27 GHz) bands for 350+ cell towers, including specifications of antennae, radio, channel and polarization.
- Optimized microwave channel re-use, increasing utilization with no interference.
- Statistical analysis using probability, Kalman Filter and time series analysis.
- Signal processing using digital filter design and signal analysis in frequency domains.
- Fluent in MATLAB, experienced in LabVIEW, Python and R.
- Optical simulation of reflected /transmitted EM waves from thin films using RCWA.
- Device fabrication using lithography, etching, deposition and wire-bonding.
- Electrical characterization using spectrum analyzers, oscilloscopes and lock-in amplifiers.
- Low temperature measurements using cryostats, along with associated vacuum systems.
- Ali Alsaqqa, Josh Adams and Bin Li. “Alignment system with modulated light source”. Patent pending. Application number: 62/908,101.
- Ali Alsaqqa, et. al., “Variable Diffraction Grating”. Patent pending. Application number: 62/927,206.
- Outstanding Teacher Assistant Award, University at Buffalo, 2016.
- Fulbright Fellowship, U. S. Department of State, 2012.
- Ali Alsaqqa, et al. “Phase coexistence and dynamical behavior in NdNiO3 ultrathin films”, Phys. Rev. B 95, 125132 (2017).
- Colin Kilcoyne, Ahmed Ali, Ali Alsaqqa, et. al., “Gate-tunable transport characteristics of Bi2S3 nanowire transistors”. Solid State Communications 270, p. 135-139 (2017).
Conference Presentations (Select)
- Correlation-driven metal-insulator transition in CuxV2O5 nanobeams probed by resistance noise spectroscopy. American Physical Society, New Orleans, LA (2017).
- Resistance noise spectroscopy across the thermally and electrically driven metal-insulator transitions in VO2 nanobeams. American Physical Society, Baltimore, MD (2016).
- Finite size effects in electrical transport and noise measurements in mesoscopic NbSe3 nanobeams. American Physical Society, Denver, CO (2014).