- PhD, Oxford University- Oxford-UK:
- B.Sc., Sussex University- Brighton-UK, Electrical Engineering
- Executive Leadership Certificate Program, Cornell University- New York, USA
He is currently President of Rochester Institute of Technology- Dubai, a leading not for profit American University, established in conjunction with the Dubai Government in Dubai Silicon Oasis. Prior to this he was Dean of the College of Engineering (CEN) at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) where he was one of the founding members of the electrical engineering and computer engineering programs.
Dr. Al-Assaf was also one of the founding members and Chair of the Industrial Engineering Department at University of Jordan where he headed Outreach and External relations, focusing on industry links.
During his tenure at RIT Dubai, he has ensured that the university plays a major role in the ecosystem of Dubai Silicon Oasis and has introduced a number of new programs to meet the needs of industry and technology partners including: Smart City Sciences, Industrial Engineering, as well as Energy majors.