Professor Shaarawi is the holder of two Bachelor of Science degrees: one in electrical engineering (1978) and one in physics (1980), both from Cairo University, Egypt. Shaarawi received his Master of Science (1984) and Doctor of Philosophy (1989) degrees in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
As a graduate student he worked on the characterization of dielectric materials using time domain techniques, hybrid microelectronics and studying the slow decay of ultra-wideband localized pulses.
In 1989, Shaarawi joined the department of engineering, physics and mathematics at Cairo University as an assistant professor. During this period, he taught undergraduate and graduate physics courses to engineering students. Shaarawi was a recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, for which he spent the 1996-1997 academic year as a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
In September 1999, Shaarawi joined the physics department at the American University in Cairo. In addition to his teaching duties, he was the coordinator of a core curriculum course on scientific thinking (2000-2008), and he served as the advisor of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter at AUC (2000-2006). He is affiliated with the Youssef Jameel Science and Technology Research Center at the AUC. His research interests include theoretical studies of ultra-wideband localized pulses and ultra-fast transmission of tunneling pulses. In addition, he works on modeling of ultra-short, slowly decaying pulses, their generation, propagation and scattering.
From September 2006 to August 2010, Shaarawi was the associate dean for graduate studies and research at the School of Sciences and Engineering; a period that witnessed a significant increase in the number of graduate programs offered by the school, including the first PhD program in applied sciences and engineering. During the same period, the extramural funding and the number of research grants increased substantially. Currently, Shaarawi serves as the dean of graduate studies.
Shaarawi is a member of the Optical Society of America. He is also a member of the Antennas and Propagation Society and Photonics Society; the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; and the Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society.
His research interests include the theoretical studies of ultra-wideband localized waves and ultra-fast transmission of tunneling pulses, modeling of ultra-short slowly decaying pulses (their generation, propagation and scattering), and photonic bandgap structures.
In recognition of his scientific efforts, Shaarawi received the Fulbright senior research fellowship and the AUC Excellence in Academic Service award.