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Prof. Nagi Wakim, Ph.D.

Prof. Nagi Wakim, Ph.D.

Prof. Nagi Wakim, Ph.D.

Acting Provost & Chief Academic Officer, Zayed University

Prof. Wakim has nearly three decades of experience in teaching, research and development, and administration in government and higher education, with appointments as department chair, dean, vice president, and provost at universities in the in the United States and the Middle East—where he is serving as Acting Provost and Chief Academic Office at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. He earned a BSc in Computer and Engineering Sciences from the City University of New York and MSc and PhD in Computer Science from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

He began his career at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (in Greenbelt, Maryland) working in research and development in distributed, heterogeneous data systems and information ecology—exploring and designing ways to incorporate Artificial Intelligence in science data management and space flight operation.  He was a tenured Professor at Bowie State of the University System of Maryland, where he worked for 15 years while collaborating on projects with federal agencies.  He has extensive professional training and experience in institutional reform and strategic planning, budgeting and assessment.  He has a fond interest in human capital development and the application of information technology to enhance administrative efficiency and effectiveness.

Prof. Wakim participated in numerous panels and program reviews on educational reform and capacity development, particularly in the STEM disciplines for NASA and the National Science Foundation. He has published a number of papers, articles, and technical reports, and has presented his work to national and international audiences.  He is a lifetime member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence since 1995.