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El Fiqi

Associate Professor
Department of Physics


Brief Biography

Ashraf El Fiqi was appointed as the Vice President of Student Affairs at The American University in Cairo (AUC) on January 1, 2005.  The Student Affairs area at AUC covers, but is not limited to, recruitment and enrollment services, admissions, registration, transfer credits, students' housing, student counseling and mentoring, sports facilities, student union and student activities, student financial affairs, career center, international student services as well as the study abroad and exchange programs.  Coordination with AUC's New York Office is maintained through different offices of student affairs.

Dr. El Fiqi joined AUC in 1990 as a full time visiting faculty member in the physics department. He was granted tenure in 1996 and a was elected as the Physics Unit Head that same year, a position he held till Fall 2000, when he was elected as the first chair of the new Physics department. He served as chair of the physics department for two consecutive terms which ended in Fall 2004.  During his administrative services in the physics department and through the team efforts of physics department faculty, a new successful graduate program in physics was launched in 2000. 

Prior to joining AUC, Dr. El Fiqi started his academic professional career as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, in 1981. During his service at Cairo University (1981-1990), as assistant and associate professor, El Fiqi taught undergraduate and graduate theoretical physics courses and supervised a set of MSc and PhD theses.  

Professor El Fiqi holds two bachelor degrees in Electronics Engineering (1972) and Physics (1975) from Cairo University. He earned MSc (1978) and PhD degrees in Physics (1981) from the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. ElFiqi was also the recipient of the "Outstanding Teaching Award" offered by AUC's Parent's Association in 1994 as well as several Student Union Certificate Awards and certificates of merit.  He is a member of the American Physical Society (APS), the New York Academy of Sciences (1991), and the American Association of Physics Teachers. He initiated and served as the advisor of the AUC chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) for over a decade. He has attended a large number of conferences and his publications and research activities are in the field of theoretical physics. He speaks Arabic, French and English. 


  • Ph.D. 1981, University of Nevada-Reno, Reno Nevada, USA (Nuclear Physics)
  • M.Sc. 1978, University of Nevada-Reno, Reno Nevada, USA (Nuclear Physics)
  • B.Sc. 1975, Cairo University, Faculty of Sciences, Physics Department (Distinction with Honors)
  • B.E.E. 1972, Cairo University, Faculty of Engineering, Electronics and Communications Department (Very Good with Honors)


  • R.E.Marshall, A.R.Elfiqi and J.K.Kliwer: “Measurement of stopping powers using ion-induced X-ray emission”; Nuclear Instruments and Methods, 150, 241 (1978)
  • James Kliwer and Ashraf ElFiqi: “Applications of ion-induced X-ray emission for the measurement of stopping powers”; IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, Vol. NS-26, No.1, 1323 (1979).
  • T.Hoffer, T.Reale and A.R.Elfiqi: “Icing on wind energy systems”; professional report for DOE, contract number DE-Ac06-79ET23170 (1979-1981)
  • S.El-Nahawy, A.R.Elfiqi and S.A.S.Soudy: “Effect of the energy distribution of interface states on the barrier height of an MIS solar cell”; Scientific Engineering Bulletin, Cairo Univ. 3, 33 (1984).
  • A.R.Elfiqi: “Applications of particle induced X-ray emission (PIXE) in environmental and biomedical studies”; First Egyptian-British Radiation Protection symposium proceedings, 172 (1985).
  • A.R.Elfiqi and H.M.Sallam: “Electric Field Gradients in general triclinic lattices”; Egyptian Journal of physics, 17,No.2, 273 (1986).
  • A.R.Elfiqi: “A hypothetical model of confinement in a dia-electric medium”; Physica A,144A, 105 (1987).
  • H.Hussein, A.R.Elfiqi and G.Guirguis: “A feasibility study of the integration of solar and wind resources into a renewable energy package (I)”; Journal of Faculty of Sciences, UAE University, 3 No.1, 37 (1991).
  • A.R.Elfiqi, H.Hussein, and G.Guirguis: “A feasibility study of the integration of solar and wind resources into a renewable energy package (II)”; Journal of Faculty of Sciences, UAE University, 3 No.1, 54 (1991).
  • A.R.Elfiqi: “ Quark-Lepton generation mixing in a U(3)xSU(2)LxSU(2)R gauge theory”; Journal of Engineering and Applied Science, Cairo University, Vol.38, 857 (1991).
  • A.K.Bassiouny, A.R.Elfiqi and S.I.Mostafa: “A renormalization group analysis of the chirally symmetric SU(2)xSU(2) Sigma model”; Journal of Engineering and Applied Science, Cairo University, Vol.39 No.2, 231 (1992).
  • A.R.Elfiqi: “Perceptions on Environment and Development in Egypt”; invited presentation in the Workshop on Environment and Development, Tunisia (1992)
  • A.K.Bassiouni, I.Y.Isaac and A.R.Elfiqi: “Phase Transitions in a one-dimensional Ising model with long range interaction using Monte Carlo simulations”; Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on the Numerical Analysis of semiconductor devices and integrated circuits”; Nasecode VIII, Vienna, Austria, 123 (1992).
  • A.K.Bassiouni and A.R.Elfiqi: “ Parity violation cross sections in a mixed Lagrangian variant of the Standard Model”; Journal of Engineering and Applied Science, Cairo University, Vol.41 No.3, 459 (1994).
  • A.R.Elfiqi: “Einstein-Maxwell geometrodynamics on a polarizable gravitation vacuum”; Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Engineering Mathematics and Physics (ICEMP-94), Cairo, Egypt, 299 (1994). 


Co-Author of two books published by the Faculty of Engineering Press, Cairo University: Modern Physics (1984) in English, and Electricity and Magnetism (1988) in Arabic.