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Old Dominion University has selected Mohammad A. Karim, dean of engineering at City College of New York (CCNY) of the City University of New York (CUNY), as the vice president for research, it was announced today by President Roseann Runte. His appointment, pending Board of Visitors' approval, will begin July 1.

Karim was selected following a nationwide search which yielded a pool of highly qualified candidates, according to John R. Broderick, vice president for institutional advancement and chief of staff, who chaired the search committee of faculty, staff, students and administrators.

Karim has served as dean of engineering at the New York campus since 2000. He also served as a professor of electrical engineering. He came to CCNY from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where he was a professor and department head for the electrical and computer engineering division.
Prior to joining the faculty at Tennessee, Karim was at the University of Dayton from 1986-98. He earned full professor status during his tenure there and also served as chair of the electrical and computer engineering department. While in Ohio, Karim was the founding director of the Electro-Optics Program.

He also has held faculty positions at Wichita State University in Kansas and the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. Karim earned his doctorate as well as master's degrees in both physics and electrical engineering from the University of Alabama. He received his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Dacca in Bangladesh.

According to Runte, Karim will bring a strong record to ODU in the areas interdisciplinary and multiuniversity academic and research initiatives, research infrastructure development, academic leadership, collaborative decision-making and sponsored research. He has played a major role in entrepreneurship, strategic planning and establishing partnerships with government, foundations, business and industries.

He also has a significant record of scholarly and research accomplishments, as evidenced by his teaching awards, contributions to books, publications and journals in his field, and supervision of more than 50 graduate students. He has generated sponsored research in excess of $4 million.

Karim is married and has three children.

This article was posted on: April 30, 2004

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