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Dr. Sherif Sedky


Dr. Sherif Sedky

Provost at Newgiza University
Sherif Sedky was born in Cairo (Egypt) in 1969. He received the B.Sc. degree, with honors, in Electronics Engineering in 1992, and the M.Sc. degree in Engineering Physics in 1995 both from the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, and the Ph.D. degree in Microelectronics in 1998 from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. In 1995 he joined the MEMS group of the Interuniversity Microelectronics Center (IMEC) in Leuven (Belgium). During the academic year 1999-2000, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and a visiting professor at the same university during Summer 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. In 2002 he was a visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. In Fall 2002, he joined The American University in Cairo as Assistant Professor where he has been promoted to Associate Professor in 2004 and to Full Professor in 2008. In Summer 2009, 2010, and 2011 he was a visiting Professor at Stanford University. During his tenure at AUC, Dr. Sedky served as the director of Yousef Jameel Science and Technology Research Center, and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research. In 2012 Dr. Sedky has been selected by late Nobel Laureate Dr. Ahmed Zewail to serve as the founding Provost of Zewail City, Egypt’s National Project for Scientific Renaissance. Then in 2015, he served as the Provost of the American University in Cairo. In 2017, he was appointed as the Executive President of Zewail City where he served in this post till August 2020. In September 2020, Dr. Sedky was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Sharjah. In July 2021 Dr. Sedky joined New Giza University as Provost and he is currently serving in this position. Dr. Sedky introduced a major reform in higher education in both undergraduate and graduate education through his leading roles in establishing and restructuring leading educational and research institutions in Egypt; namely, Zewail City of Science and Technology (Egypt’s National Project for Scientific Renaissance) and The American University in Cairo. In addition, Dr. Sedky managed to introduce a significant impact on building a solid research foundation in the Arab world that enabled conducting applied research that can be transferred to the industry with the objective of establishing local industry in the Arab world that owns its own knowhow and is capable of providing effective solutions for national strategic challenges. Dr. Sedky also managed to establish a financially self-sustained institution, where he managed to secure an annual operating budget of around 170 M EGP through diversified revenue streams which include, but are not limited to, student tuition fees, externally funded research projects, fundraising, community services, and capital investment. The research expertise of Dr. Sedky is centered around the design, modeling fabrication, and characterization of micro/nanoelectromechanical systems where he managed to have a significant contribution to the field as reflected in more than 100 scientific papers published in prestigious international journals and leading international conferences in the field. In addition, Dr. Sedky holds 19 patents related to the development of miniaturized devices that are critical for strategic applications such as night vision systems, high precision motion sensors, energy harvesters. He is the author of the book titled: “Post-processing techniques for integrated MEMS”. He established a MEMS fabrication facility at The Science and Technology Research Center at The American University in Cairo. His H-index is 25 and his work was cited more than 2200 times according to Google Scholar. Throughout his research career, Dr. Sedky secured more than $25 M from external research funds. He is a recipient of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Prize in 2014, and the 2007 Excellence in research and creative endeavors award offered by The American University in Cairo. He is also a recipient of the Egyptian state merit award in advanced technological sciences in 2002, and the graduate studies award from Cairo University in 1996. He served on the scientific committees of several international conferences. Dr. Sedky served on the board of the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF), the board of the National Center of Electronics Research, the board of Delta University, and the Board of King Salman International University.
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