I am pleased to announce the appointment of Prof Mounir HAMDI, Professor
of Computer Science and Engineering, as Head of Department of Computer
Science and Engineering with effect from 1 July 2008. Prof Hamdi is
succeeding Prof Lionel NI, the current Head of Computer Science and
Engineering, upon his retreat to an academic position in the department.
Prof Hamdi earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of
Pittsburgh in 1991. He joined HKUST as Assistant Professor in the same
year and rose through the rank to Full Professor in 2004. He was the
Director of the Computer Engineering Program from 1998 to 2006. He is
currently the Director of the Master of Science in Information Technology,
the Director of the Computer Engineering Lab and the Co-convenor of the
UGC Outcome-based Education Committee. He is an internationally renowned
researcher in the filed of high-speed networking. He has held a visiting
professor position at Stanford University in 2000.
Please join me in congratulating Prof Hamdi and in giving him your
generous support in his new capacity as Head of the department.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Prof Lionel Ni for his
leadership and contribution to the department as Head of Computer Science
and Engineering in the past six years. Also many thanks to members of the
Search Committee, Professor Khaled Ben Letaief (Chair), Professor Kar Yan
Tam, Professor Frederick Lochovsky, Professor Siu Wing Cheng, Professor
Dit Yan Yeung and Professor Qian Zhang, for their time and effort in
conducting the search for the headship position.