Alaa is a university lecturer in structural geology and remote sensing, working at a remote sensing center at Mosul university in Iraq. His expertise lies in structural geology, remote sensing, GIS, disaster management, urban planning, cultural heritage and seismic activity. He was previously a research fellow at the University of Aberdeen.
Alaa is a member of the ICORP/ICOMOS organisation for cultural heritage protection of disaster risk. In addition to several publications in his field, he has participated in many international conferences and workshops, as well as many international professional training sessions.