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About the VP of Research and Innovation

Ahmed M. Mahdy, Ph.D., is the Vice President for Research and Innovation (VPR) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC). He is also a Professor of Computer Science. Ahmed earned his Ph.D. and MSc. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; both in Computer Science, in 2005 and 2001, respectively. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering - Electronics and Electrical Communications from Cairo University in 1998.

In the role of VPR, Dr. Mahdy leads the planning, coordination, and implementation of programs of excellence in research. With the mission of cultivating a nurturing environment and promoting a culture of innovation, Dr. Mahdy facilitates the pursuit of major research, scholarly and creative advancements, and multidisciplinary and 

interdisciplinary initiatives involving, as appropriate, major external funding and industries. The Division of Research and Innovation (R&I), formerly Research, Commercialization and Outreach, is comprised of the Office of Research Development and Commercialization, Office of Sponsored Research Administration, Office of Research Compliance, Office of Community Outreach, Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft System Center of Excellence and Innovation (LSUASC), and the National Spill Control School.

As the Founding Director of the Innovation in Computing Research Labs (iCORE), Dr. Mahdy oversaw iCORE’s four labs; Remote Sensing and Networking Lab, Innovative Computing Lab, Human Computer Interaction Lab, and Visualization and Graphics Lab. Dr. Mahdy’s expertise is in the areas of wireless networking, innovative computing, and software engineering. His research agenda promotes basic and applied research that enables innovative technologies in order to enhance the quality of life. His federally and privately sponsored research creates novel solutions for a smarter global community. Some of his research projects include virtual cloning, situational-aware collaborative augmented reality environments, novel autopilot and mission control software for unmanned systems and human-machine interaction.

Dr. Mahdy has participated, as the lead or in a supporting role, in awarded grants and contracts totaling over $15.5M. He has a strong record of over 50 peer-reviewed publications in international journals and conference proceedings and numerous peer-reviewed presentations and posters. He has been a keynote speaker for various meetings including international conferences and served on program committees for national and international conferences. Dr. Mahdy is active in diversifying higher education and is committed to supporting underrepresented groups especially in computing sciences. He is also engaged in promoting regional economic development and initiatives.

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