Dr Rabee Rustum

PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Associate Professor
Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society
Rabee Rustum


Director of Studies (DOS), Civil Engineering

Dr Rabee's main responsibilities are to lead the development of a learning and teaching culture within the civil engineering department and to support the DoLT and DoQ in addressing all learning and teaching quality issues including APMRs, quality audits, accreditation visits and student surveys, and where required develop quality enhancement plans.


Dr Rabee Rustum is a civil and environmental engineer specialising in hydro-informatics with experience in water and wastewater related projects. He joined Heriot-Watt University, Dubai in February 2012.

Dr Rustum graduated with a BSc degree from Damascus University, Syria in 2001. After graduation, he worked as an environmental engineer for the Water Pollution Control Department, Ministry of Irrigation, Syria. In 2002, he received a postgraduate diploma in civil and environmental engineering from Damascus University, Syria; and in 2003 he obtained a masters degree in environmental risk management from the University of Poitiers, France.

Dr Rustum started his research career in 2005 and in June 2009 he obtained his PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Heriot-Watt University, UK; Thesis title: Modelling activated sludge wastewater treatment plants using artificial intelligence techniques (fuzzy logic and neural networks).

From June 2008, he worked as a water and wastewater hydraulic modeller for Mouchel Group, Stirling office, in Scotland. In September 2009, he joined King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia as Assistant Professor in Environmental Engineering before joining the water research group at the Heriot-Watt University, Dubai.

In November 2015, Dr Rustum obtained his postgraduate certificate in academic practice. In August 2018 he was promoted to Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering.


Data handling for water resources planning and management.

Water resources planning under climate change and variability.

Data mining and artificial intelligence (AI) to water and wastewater-related problems.

Software sensor applications to water and wastewater quality.

Artificial intelligence modeling for the operation, control and optimisation of wastewater treatment plants.

Modeling of evaporation and evapotranspiration and application in irrigation water scheduling and application.

Uncertainty management in water and environmental modelling.

Data clustering algorithm to water and wastewater problems.

Water supply system management, design and optimisation.


Ramachandran, A, Rustum, R & Adeloye, AJ 2019, 'Anaerobic digestion process modeling using Kohonen self-organising maps', Heliyon, vol. 5, no. 4, e01511. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2019.e01511

Bhatt, DD, Charif, K & Rustum, R 2018, Effect of Soil Parameter on the Long Drive Micro-tunelling Process a Case Study of Al Jadaf Area, Dubai, UAE. in M Badr & A Lotfy (eds), Sustainable Tunneling and Underground Use: Proceedings of the 2nd GeoMEast International Congress and Exhibition on Sustainable Civil Infrastructures, Egypt 2018 – The Official International Congress of the Soil-Structure Interaction Group in Egypt (SSIGE). Springer, pp. 19-30. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-01884-9_2

Rustum, R 2018, Teaching hydrology: A case study of teaching and learning. in 2018 Advances in Science and Engineering Technology International Conferences (ASET). IEEE, 1st Advances in Science and Engineering Technology Multi-Conferences 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 6/02/18. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICASET.2018.8376913

Rustum, R & Rizvi, S 2018, Study the Effect of Precipitation on the Performance of Wastewater Treatment Plant using KSOM. in 6th Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering 2018. Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF). https://doi.org/10.5176/2301-394X_ACE18.61

Rustum, R & Forrest, S 2017, 'Fault Detection in the Activated Sludge Process using the Kohonen Self-Organising Map' Paper presented at 8th International Conference on Urban Planning, Architecture, Civil and Environment Engineering, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 21/12/17 - 22/12/17, .

Rustum, R, Adeloye, AJ & Mwale, FD 2017, 'Spatial and temporal Trend Analysis of Long Term rainfall records in data-poor catchments with missing data, a case study of Lower Shire floodplain in Malawi for the Period 1953–2010', Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2017-601

Ojha, CSP, Lohani, AK, Adeloye, A, Kumar Jain, S & Rustum, R 2017, Surface Water Data Collection and Processing. in Sustainable Water Resources Management. American Society of Civil Engineers, pp. 15-50. https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784414767.ch02

Datt Bhatt, D, Charif , K & Rustum, R 2017, 'Challenges faced for micro-tunelling works in Jadaf, Dubai for long drive on large scale projects (case study)', MATEC Web of Conferences, vol. 120, 02021. https://doi.org/10.1051/matecconf/201712002021

Sameer, M & Rustum, R 2017, 'Studying the impact of construction dewatering discharges to the urban storm drainage network(s) of Doha city using infoworks integrated catchment modeling (ICM)', MATEC Web of Conferences, vol. 120, 08010. https://doi.org/10.1051/matecconf/201712008010

Cosarsonas, LC, Rustum, R & Garcia , S 2016, 'Comparison of two water regeneration strategies for activated carbon loaded with hydrogen sulphide gas', Modern Environmental Science and Engineering, vol. 2, no. 7, pp. 445-453. https://doi.org/10.15341/mese(2333-2581)/07.02.2016/002

Rustum, R & Venugopal, A 2016, 'Sustainability Rating System for Infrastructure Projects in UAE' Paper presented at 18th International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2016, Prague, Czech Republic, 30/03/16 - 31/03/16, .

Forrest, S & Rustum, R 2016, 'Design Optimisation of Marine Wastewater Outfalls', International Journal of Sustainable Water and Environmental Systems, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 7-12. https://doi.org/10.5383/swes.8.01.003

Rustum, R 2016, 'Performance Evaluation of Small-Scale Solar Powered Wastewater and Grey Water Treatment Systems', International Journal of Sustainable Water and Environmental Systems, vol. 8, no. 1. https://doi.org/10.5383/swes.11.01.00

Griffiths, BS, Hallett, PD, Daniell, TJ, Hawes, C, Squire, GS, Mitchell, SM, Caul, S, Valentine, TA, Binnie, K, Adeloye, A, Rustum, R & Nevison, I 2015, 'Probing soil physical and biological resilience data from a broad sampling of arable farms in Scotland', Soil Use and Management, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 491-503. https://doi.org/10.1111/sum.12214

Mwale, FD, Adeloye, AJ & Rustum, R 2014, 'Application of self-organising maps and multi-layer perceptron-artificial neural networks for streamflow and water level forecasting in data-poor catchments: The case of the Lower Shire floodplain, Malawi', Nordic Hydrology, vol. 45, no. 6, pp. 838-854. https://doi.org/10.2166/nh.2014.168

Rustum, R, Aga, O, Abdel-Magid, IM, Bero, R, Hariri, ABS & Faris, FQ 2014, 'THE DEVELOPMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING CURRICULUM: A CASE STUDY FROM UNIVERSITY OF DAMMAM', International Journal of Educational Studies, vol. 1, no. 3, 12, pp. 125-136.

Rustum, R & Adeloye, A 2013, Hybrid unsupervised-supervised artificial neural networks for modelling activated sludge wastewater treatment plants. in A Bacciga & R Naliato (eds), Recent Advances in Artificial Intelligence Research. Nova Science Publishers, pp. 1-26.

Rustum, R & Adeloye, A 2012, 'Improved modelling of wastewater treatment primary clarifier using hybrid ANNS', International Journal of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 14-22.

Adeloye, A, Rustum, R & Kariyama, ID 2012, 'Neural computing modeling of the reference crop evapotranspiration', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 61-73. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2011.10.012

Mwale, FD, Adeloye, A & Rustum, R 2012, 'Infilling of missing rainfall and streamflow data in the Shire River basin, Malawi – A self organizing map approach', Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, vol. 50-52, pp. 34-43. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pce.2012.09.006

Adeloye, A & Rustum, R 2012, 'Self-organising map rainfall-runoff multivariate modelling for runoff reconstruction in inadequately gauged basins', Hydrology Research, vol. 43, no. 5, pp. 603-617. https://doi.org/10.2166/nh.2012.017

Rustum, R & Adeloye, A 2011, 'Infilling of missing rainfall and streamflow data for flood forecasting in the lower shire floodplain of Malawi: a self organizing map approach' Paper presented at 12th WaterNet/WARFSA/GWP-SA Symposium: Harnessing the Rivers of Knowledge for Socio-Economic Development, Climate Adaptation and Environmental Sustainability , Maputo, Mozambique, 26/10/11 - 28/10/11, .

Adeloye, A & Rustum, R 2011, 'Lagos (Nigeria) flooding and influence of urban planning', Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers- Urban Design and Planning, vol. 164, no. 3, pp. 175 - 187. https://doi.org/10.1680/udap.1000014

Adeloye, AJ, Rustum, R & Kariyama, ID 2011, 'Kohonen self-organizing map estimator for the reference crop evapotranspiration', Water Resources Research, vol. 47, no. 8, pp. 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1029/2011WR010690

Mohey El-Dein, A, Aga, O & Rustum, R 2011, 'Wastewater management in Eastern Province on life cycle approach' Paper presented at Water Arabia 2011, Bahrain, Bahrain, 30/01/11 - 1/02/11, .

Rustum, R & Adeloye, A 2011, Artificial Intelligence modelling of wastewater treatment plants: Theory, applications and limitations. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.

Adeloye, A & Rustum, R 2011, Kohonen Self-Organizing Map as a software sensor estimator of reference crop evapotranspiration. in SW Franks, E Boegh, E Blyth, DM Hannah & KK Yilmaz (eds), Hydro-climatology: Variability and Change: Proceedings of the Symposium JHS02 held during the IUGG GA in Melbourne (28 June-7 July 2011). vol. 344, IAHS Press, WALLINGFORD, pp. 7-14, 25th General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, Melbourne, 28/06/11.