Dr. Gabbar is a full Professor in the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, and cross appointed in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, where he has established both the Energy Safety and Control Lab (ESCL) and Advanced Plasma Engineering Lab. He is leading national and international research in the areas of nuclear safety and control, advanced plasma systems and their applications on nuclear fusion, as well as on control and protection of smart grids and micro energy grids. He is leading research in Canada with international recognition in energy safety and control for nuclear and energy production facilities. Dr. Gabbar obtained his B.Sc. degree in 1988 with first class of honor from the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University (Egypt). In 2001, he obtained his Ph.D. degree from Okayama University (Japan) in the area of Safety Engineering.
From 2001 till 2004, he joined Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), as a research associate in the area of process systems engineering. From 2004 till 2008, he joined Okayama University (Japan) as a tenured Associate Professor, in the Division of Industrial Innovation Sciences.
From 2007 till 2008, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, in the Mechanical Engineering Department.
He has been successful in attracting national and international funds from a number of organizations including, Qatar National Research Foundation, NSERC, OCE, MaRS, and other industrial collaboration, including NSERC Discovery Grant on Resilient Interconnected Micro Energy Grids, and Regional Planning of Gas-Power Grids for Energy and Transportation Infrastructures with different fuel options in Ontario, Canada. His research have been widely recognized and reflected to his publications in patents, books, chapters, and journal and conference papers.
He has been invited and participated in world-known conferences and delivered plenary talks on number of scientific events and through invitations to international universities, including: Alexandria University-Egypt, Helwan University-Egypt, Qatar University-Qatar, PI-UAE, Mayor of Nanjing-China, Tsinghua University-China, China University of Petroleum-China, UTM-Malaysia, Oil & Gas Industry-UAE / Kuwait, University of New Mexico-USA, Durham Strategic Energy Alliance (DSEA)-Canada, R&D Priorities to Integrate Natural Gas and Electricity infrastructure to Maintain Flexible-Canada, Canada Mission to China, Energy Hearing Committee in the House of Commons in Ottawa-Canada, and Canadian Workshop on Fusion Energy-Canada.
He has supervised and hosted undergraduate, graduate, postdocs, visiting researchers and scholars from different countries including: Japan, India, Qatar, Egypt, Mexico, Malaysia, China, Brazil, Chili, UAE, and Colombia.
Dr. Gabbar has been active in developing and conducting educational and training courses and workshops for undergraduate, graduate students as well as for professionals from industry in the areas of energy safety and control engineering for nuclear, energy, and oil & gas facilities, including shutdown systems, safety design, safety verification, intelligent control and protection systems, integrity management, risk management, disaster management, and resilient energy infrastructures.
Dr. Gabbar has been active in leading national and international scientific and community events and activities, including: Nuclear Safety Standards within CSA – Canadian Standard Association, IEEE Annual Conference on Smart Energy Grid Engineering (SEGE), IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) Symposium on Real Time Measurement, Instrumentation, and Control (RTMIC), IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Symposium on Plasma and Nuclear Systems (SPANS), and other international events. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Process Systems Engineering (IJPSE), and member of IEEE Smart Grid Committees.