ARO Associate Editorial Board

Aro's Associate editorial board (AEB) is a group of experts who dictate the tone and direction the publication's editorial policy advised by ARO framework.
Once a manuscript has been submitted, the Editor will check the proposed submission for quality. Should the work be approved for starting the review process, the Editor will contact an Associate Editor from an appropriate field of expertise. From this point on, the Associate Editors will be required to handle the manuscript. The Associate Editor will be asked to invite feedback from appropriate and expert reviewers (both in the ARO Editorial Board and using her/his personal contacts). At least two reviews should be obtained or each manuscript, one of which could be written by the Associate Editor herself/himself if the manuscript falls directly in her/his area of expertise.
The Associate Editor will then formulate a recommendation for the manuscript (rejected, conditionally accepted, accepted) and defending his or her recommendation, merging the feedback and providing comments for the authors. The Associate Editor will inform the Editor and pending the Editor’s decision will be asked to communicate with the author until the paper is ready for publication.
The Associate Editor will also be asked to contribute to the journal more broadly with its direction. The Associate Editor will take into consideration one of the main purposes of Contention, namely engaging scholars in multidisciplinary research. The Associate Editor will actively search for interesting ways to bridge papers in each issue, to invite and produce cross-disciplinary commentaries for the papers. Occasionally, the Associate Editor will be invited to write the editorial introduction to the issue. The ideal candidate has good communication skills and is willing to enhance the representation of her/his own discipline within ARO.


To apply for becoming a member of the Editorial Board of ARO, please submit the application form (Click to view). 

AEB list:
  1. Prof. Hamed Muhammed Jassin 
  2. Dr. Husein Ali Husein Shekhbzainy 
  3. Dr. Ikbal Muhammed Gharib 
  4. Dr. Saadun Taha Ahmad 
  5. Dr. Sahar Basil Mahmood
  6. Dr. Tara Fuad Tahir 
  7. Dr. Yazen Adnan Khaleel 

Hamed Muhammed Jassim 

Hamed M. Jassim is a Professor at the Department of Natural Resources Engineering & Management, University of Kurdistan Hewler, Erbil, since 2016. Prior to that, Dr. Jassim held the positions of assistant dean of the college of engineering/ Baghdad University between 1995 and 2002, assistant dean of Al-Khawarizmi Eng. College/ Baghdad University between 2002 and 2003 then acting dean of the same college between April 2003 and June 2003. At Koya University, he was appointed as the head of school of Petroleum & Chemical Engineering between 2010 and 2013. He has a G.C.E. from Dudley Technical College in England 1973, a B.Sc. in Mining Eng. from Leeds University-England in 1976 and M.Sc. from Leeds Univ. in 1977. He completed his Ph.D. in Mining Eng. ( Tunneling Eng. ) from Leoben School of Mines in Austria in 1990. He published two text books and over 18 research papers and technical studies both nationally and internationally. He is a member of the international ALUMNI University. [see TAP]



Hussein Ali Hussein Shekhbzainy

Husein A. Husein is a Lecturer and joined the department of Architectural Engineering at Koya University in 2005, he was appointed as the head of Architectural Engineering Department between 2006 and 2009. He has a B.Sc. degree in Architectural Engineering at the University of Technology-Baghdad in 1990, M.Sc. degree in Public Buildings Design at TU-Berlin-Germany in 2004 and Ph.D. degree in Architectural Technology at Sulaimaniy University in 2011. He is a Consultant at the Iraqi and Kurdistan Engineers Union. Dr. Husein has published (3) Journal Articles and (2) symposium papers. [see TAP



Ikbal Muhammed Gharib Tahir

Ikbal M. Tahir was a researcher in the State Board for Agricultural Research in Baghdad for fifteen years, then a lecturer in the college of Agriculture in Koya University for four academic years and finally an assistant professor in the biology department in the Faculty of Science and Health at Koya University since 2012 -2013 academic year. She has a MSc. and Ph.D degrees from Baghdad University in Horticulture field in the plant and post-harvest physiology. She has many researches in agriculture field. [see TAP]

Saddon Taha Ahmad

Saddon Taha is an Assistant Professor of Nuclear Physics in the Department of Physics, where he joined the work at Koya University since 2006. He gained a B.Sc. degree in Physics from Baghdad University in 1979, and Ph.D. degree in Nuclear Physics from Sussex University - GB, in 1989. He Started his academic carrier in 1979 when he joined the work at the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission IAEC, as assistant researcher in the field of nuclear structure and nuclear reactions, resulted in publishing several articles with his group. In June 1985 he joined Sussex University in a scholarship for PhD degree and because of his experience, published papers and outstanding achievement in graduate courses; he was transferred directly for the PhD degree. - He had the opportunity to carry experimental work for his PhD research in ILL Institute Grenoble - France in 1986-1987. Since 1993 he started his contribution in supervising and teaching postgraduate students, as an individual or cooperative superviser. The results are ten PHD and eight MSc holders all around Iraqi universities. He is the Head of Physics department at Koya 2007- 2011. He has 15 Journal Articles + 3 Conference papers, some of them with international groups. He is a scientific reviewer and member of examination committees for many MSc dissertations and PhD thesis. [see TAPe-mail: 

Sahar Basil Mahmood

Sahar Basil Mahmood is an assistant professor in the Department of Architectural Engineering at Koya University, where she has been lecturing since (2008). She received her BSc in architectural engineering (1997) and MSc in urban design (2005) from the University of Technology, Iraq, and her PhD in urban conservation (2011) from the University of Baghdad, Iraq. Her participation in conferences and publications reflects her research interests in conservation, urban design, and architectural history. She has (4) published Journal papers, (3) conference papers and (2) translated books. She's a consultant architect since 2014, a member in the Iraqi Engineers Union since (1997), and a member in the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)-USA since (2015). [see TAP]


Tara Fuad Tahir

Tara F. Tahir is a Lecturer at the Department Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Science and Health, Koya University, since 2007. She has an M.Sc. degree in Analytical Chemistry, and Ph.D. degreen in Environmental Electrochemistry, School of Chemistry, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia.




Yazen Adnan Khaleel 

Yazen A. Khaleel is an assistant professor; he is an academic staff member in the department of Software Engineering - Faculty of Engineering at Koya University. In 1995 He got his B.Sc. degree in electrical and electronics engineering. He has MSc degree in Signal processing and PhD degree in Electronics and Digital Signal processing. He is a member in Iraqi Engineers syndicate and in Kurdistan Engineering Union. Dr. Yazen has (9) published Journal articles and (3) conference papers. [see TAP]


 Haneen Hayder Falah , Secretarial Office

Haneen H. Falah is the secretary of ARO Journal. In 2016 she achieved her B.Sc. in Software Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering at Koya University. Recently she is a LAB Engineer at the Department of Software Engineering, Koya University.