Dr. Rasha Morsi is an Associate Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator, and founding director of the Creative Gaming and Simulation (CGS) lab in the Department of Engineering at Norfolk State University (NSU). She received a first class honors B.Eng. degree in Computer Systems and Electronics Engineering from King’s College, University of London, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Old Dominion University.
Dr. Morsi is an exceptional scholar with extensive research experience in the areas of Modeling, Simulation, Visualization, and Training Technologies (MSV&TT) design and development, Formal Methods, and Data and Visual Analytics. Dr. Morsi's research has been supported by several agencies securing her over $5.3M in funding from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense, among other public and private agencies.
Dr. Morsi is also a pioneer in the design and development of assessment based games and interactive simulations for education. Her unique and exemplary experience as a teacher, scholar, and software developer has afforded her the means to design and lead several cutting edge projects which include console-based games, mobile apps, and interactive web-based tools for K-16 education. Her innovation in the use of modeling and simulation in the design and development of these educational tools has earned her Governor McDonnell's prestigious 2012 SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award. This is just one of Dr. Morsi's slew of honors and awards. Dr. Morsi has been recognized as the 2009 YWCA Woman of Distinction for Science and Technology for her service to her profession and the community. She was also named one of the 2008 Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s Emerging Scholars. In 2007, she was the first recipient of the NSU ‘University Award of Excellence,’ an award given to a faculty member who has performed in a superior manner in teaching, scholarly activity, and service. This is one of the highest honors the University can bestow on one of its faculty. Other awards and honors include the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology’s Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Grantsmanship, and Engineering’s Top Faculty.
Her research interests include:
Modeling and Simulation and Object Oriented Design
Data and Visual Analytics
Educational Game Design and development
E-learning tool design and development
Computer and Digital Mobile Cellular Telecommunication Communication Networks and Protocols
Women in Engineering, Gender Diversity in STEM fields
Rasha Morsi, Linton Russell, ‘CLDT: A Combinational Logic Design Interactive Web-based Tool’, IJME International Conference, October 19-21, 2006, New York.
Rasha Morsi, Patrice C. Smith, Sandra J. DeLoatch, ‘Student Success Seminars: A School Level Freshman Intervention Program’, Frontiers in Education Conference, Milwaukee, WI, Oct. 10-13, 2007.
Rasha Morsi, Wael Ibrahim, Frances Williams, ‘Concept Maps: Development and Validation of Engineering Curricula’, Frontiers in Education Conference, Milwaukee, WI, Oct. 10-13, 2007.
Rasha Morsi, Edward Jackson, ‘Playing and Learning? Educational Gaming for Engineering Education’, Frontiers in Education Conference, Milwaukee, WI, Oct. 10-13, 2007.