The Associate Editorial Board (AEB) of Aro - The Scientific Journal of Koya University plays a crucial role in shaping the publication's editorial policy and advising on the ARO framework. Once a manuscript is submitted, the Editor carefully assesses its quality. If the work meets the standards for review, the Editor will engage an Associate Editor who possesses expertise in the relevant field.

From that point forward, the assigned Associate Editor takes charge of handling the manuscript. They are responsible for seeking feedback from appropriate and expert reviewers, both within the ARO Editorial Board and through their personal contacts. It is expected that at least two reviews are obtained for each manuscript, one of which may be provided by the Associate Editor themselves if the subject aligns with their expertise. Drawing on the feedback received, the Associate Editor will formulate a recommendation for the manuscript, categorizing it as rejected, conditionally accepted, or accepted. They will defend their recommendation, amalgamating the feedback and providing constructive comments to the authors.

The Associate Editor will communicate their recommendation to the Editor, who will make the final decision. The Associate Editor will also maintain correspondence with the author until the paper is ready for publication. Additionally, the Associate Editor contributes to the broader direction of the journal, taking into consideration one of the main purposes of Aro—to engage scholars in multidisciplinary research. They actively explore innovative ways to connect papers within each issue, inviting and producing cross-disciplinary commentaries. On occasion, the Associate Editor may be invited to write the editorial introduction for an issue.

An ideal candidate for the Associate Editor position possesses excellent communication skills and a willingness to enhance the representation of their own discipline within Aro. By actively participating in the AEB, the Associate Editor contributes significantly to maintaining the journal's high standards and facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration.

Associate Editorial Board Members:
1. Prof. Hamed Muhammed Jassim
2. Dr. Ikbal Muhammed Gharib
3. Prof. Saddon Taha Ahmad
5. Dr. Layth Imad Abd Ali Daabel
6. Prof. Basim Mohammed Fadhil
7. Dr. Abdulbasit Kamil Faeq AL-Talabani


Hamed Muhammed Jassim

Hamed M. Jassim is a highly experienced academic and researcher in the field of natural resources engineering and management. Currently serving as a Professor at the Department of Natural Resources Engineering & Management at the University of Kurdistan Hewler in Erbil, he has held various leadership roles throughout his career. From 1995 to 2002, Dr. Jassim served as assistant dean of the College of Engineering at Baghdad University, and later as assistant dean and acting dean of Al-Khawarizmi Engineering College. During his tenure at Koya University, he served as the head of the School of Petroleum & Chemical Engineering from 2010 to 2013. Dr. Jassim holds a G.C.E. from Dudley Technical College, a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from Leeds University, and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mining Engineering from Leeds University and Leoben School of Mines, respectively. He has published two textbooks and over 18 research papers and technical studies, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Jassim's expertise and contributions to the field make him a valuable member of the Aro editorial team.
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Ikbal Muhammed Gharib Tahir

Ikbal M. Tahir is an accomplished academic with a strong background in agricultural research and teaching. With fifteen years of experience as a researcher at the State Board for Agricultural Research in Baghdad, followed by four academic years as a lecturer at the College of Agriculture in Koya University, Dr. Tahir currently holds the position of Assistant Professor in the Biology Department of the Faculty of Science and Health at Koya University since the 2012-2013 academic year. She earned her MSc. and Ph.D. degrees in Horticulture from Baghdad University, specializing in plant and post-harvest physiology. Dr. Tahir has made significant contributions to the field of agriculture through her extensive research work. With her expertise and dedication, she brings valuable insights and knowledge to the Aro journal, particularly in the realm of horticulture and plant physiology. [see TAP]
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Saddon Taha Ahmad

Saddon Taha Ahmad is a Professor of Nuclear Physics at Koya University, where he has been a dedicated member since 2006. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Physics from Baghdad University and obtained his Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from Sussex University, UK, in 1989. Saddon's academic journey began in 1979 when he joined the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission as an assistant researcher, specializing in nuclear structure and reactions. He has published numerous articles in collaboration with his research group. During his Ph.D. studies, Saddon conducted experimental work at the ILL Institute in Grenoble, France, showcasing his commitment and expertise. Throughout his career, Saddon has supervised and taught postgraduate students, guiding thirteen Ph.D. and twelve M.Sc. holders across various Iraqi universities. He has published over 30 journal articles and presented at three international conferences. Saddon serves as a scientific reviewer for reputable international journals indexed by Clarivate Analytics with WOS-IF (Web of Science Impact Factor). His significant contributions and extensive knowledge in nuclear physics make him a valued member of the academic community. [see TAP]
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Layth Imad Abd Ali Daabel

Layth Imad Abd Ali Daabel is an esteemed member of the Aro editorial team, serving as an Assistant Professor of Analytical Chemistry in the Chemistry Department at the Faculty of Science and Health. With a strong academic background, he joined Koya University in 2010 as an Assistant Lecturer. Dr. Daabel holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the College of Science at Kufa University, an M.Sc. degree in Analytical Chemistry from Al-Mustansiriya University, and a Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry from UTM in Malaysia. His notable contributions to the field include a patent and publications in renowned journals, as well as presentations at international conferences. Dr. Daabel's research interests lie in the areas of analytical chemistry, separation methods, trace metal analysis, magnetic nanoparticles, and pharmaceutical analysis. His expertise and commitment to advancing analytical chemistry make him an invaluable asset to the Aro editorial team. [see TAP]
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Basim Mohammed Fadhil

Basim Mohammed Fadhil is an esteemed Professor at the Department of Automotive Technology in Erbil Polytechnic University, located in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. With a strong academic background, he holds a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Technology (2000), an M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Technology (1993), and a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Technology (1985). In addition to his impressive qualifications, Prof. Fadhil completed a Post-doctorate at the University of Nantes in France in 2018. Throughout his career, he has supervised numerous M.Sc. theses and has published a significant number of research articles in indexed international journals. Prof. Fadhil's research interests encompass a wide range of topics including the behaviour of composite materials under impact load, mechanical and thermal behaviour of materials, fracture mechanics of materials, and materials modelling and analysis using the finite element method (FEM). With his extensive expertise in these areas, Prof. Fadhil greatly contributes to the advancement of automotive technology and materials science. [see TAP]
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Abdulbasit Kamil Faeq AL-Talabani

Abdulbasit Kamil Faeq AL-Talabani is an Assistant Professor who holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and has emerged as a prominent figure in Machine Learning and Software Engineering. With several contributions, he has established a legacy of excellence in academia. Dr. AL-Talabani earned his PhD in Computer Science from The University of Buckingham, a testament to his commitment to advancing the forefront of knowledge in this dynamic discipline. Dr Al-Talabani's intellectual journey has been marked by over 20 influential publications across various domains, including speech processing, computer vision, and machinery condition monitoring. With a rich teaching experience spanning two decades, Dr Al-Talabani's impact on the educational landscape has been profound. He excels in teaching mathematical fundamentals and AI-based courses, infusing theoretical concepts with practical applications. His ability to nurture critical thinking and innovation has earned him admiration from students and colleagues alike. As the Head of the Software Engineering Department at Koya University, Dr. AL-Talabani has solidified his commitment to shaping the next generation of software engineers. His leadership and contributions have elevated the department's stature, fostering an environment of academic excellence and research-driven innovation. . [see TAP]
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