Dr. Kinda Khalaf

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Short Bio:
Dr. Kinda Khalaf is currently the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences and the leader of Rehabilitation at the Health Engineering Innovation Center at Khalifa University of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, where for the last 10 years she served as founding Interim chair, associate Chair and accreditation leader of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Prior to joining KU, she held faculty appointments in Engineering and Medicine at the University of Miami (Florida, USA), the American University of Beirut (Lebanon), where she held the first joint appointment between the faculties of Engineering and Medicine, and the American University of Sharjah (UAE). Dr Khalaf is a US National Merit Scholar and is on the list of International Who is Who of Professionals.

She has been awarded the prestigious LAMME Scholarship, the Woman of Engineering Award for outstanding Academic Achievement, the Presidential Fellowship Award, the University of Miami College of Engineering Teaching Award, and the Khalifa University Faculty Excellence award. Dr. Khalaf is currently the director of the Gait the Rehabilitation Labs at KU. Her research focus spans neuromusculoskeletal biomechanics and control, computational biomechanics, biorobotics, and innovation in biomedical wearables, sensors, and devices. Her research record is reflected in over 200 publications in high impact journals, conference proceedings and book chapters, patents, multiple national and international research grants,multidisciplinary keynote speeches and lectures, in addition to the regular organization and chairmanship of local and international conferences.

An advocate of innovation in engineering and medical education, Dr. Khalaf has established an interdisciplinary education research group focusing on implementing curricular innovative pedagogies and the design of quantitative assessment instruments and employability skills in engineering and medical programs. She serves on the Board of Trustees for E or Emirates College of Technology since 2021, Siemens Healthineers Innovation Think Tank since 2020 and is on the review board of the Abu Dhabi Council for Education (ADEK) Programs since 2019. In 2021, Dr. Khalaf co-founded a startup company AL MASHYAH for smart sensor-based and markerless gait and motion assessment platforms ( Since then, the company was awarded the Khalifa Innovation Center (KIC) Award, the Mohamad Bin Rashid AL Maktoum Innovation Award, and the MENA Silicon Valley Award in 2022 and 2023, respectively.