Dr. Tarek Shawki is the Dean of the School of Sciences and Engineering at the American University in Cairo. Educated at Cairo University and Brown University in Rhode Island, U.S. Dr. Shawki spent 13 years as a researcher and professor of theoretical and applied mechanics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the top engineering schools in the world. He has a Ph. D. and an M. Sc. in engineering, an M. Sc. in applied mathematics, and a B. Sc. in mechanical engineering.