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Meet Tarek M. Sobh, Lawrence Technological University New President

posted on: Nov 8, 2021

Meet Tarek M. Sobh, Lawrence Technological University New President
Lawrence Technological University in Southfield announced Tarek M. Sobh has been appointed as its eighth president and will assume office Jan. 1, 2022.

By: Isra Saleh / Arab America Contributing Writer

The Egyptian American Dr. Tarek M. Sobh has been appointed as the eighth president of Lawrence Technological University and will assume office January 1, 2022. Sobh, a licensed professional engineer, has served as vice president of academic affairs and provost at Lawrence Tech since 2020. Previously, he was the interim provost; and the university executive vice president, research and economic development and founding dean of the College of Engineering, Business and Education at the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

He received a Bachelor of Science in engineering with honors in computer science and automatic control from Alexandria University, Egypt, and Master of Science and PhD degrees in computer and information science from the University of Pennsylvania. He began his academic career as a research assistant professor of computer science at the University of Utah.

Lawrence Technological University, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent.

“Lawrence Tech is the creative and innovative university of the future,” said Sobh. “We are the preeminent technological university that prepares students for jobs that haven’t even been created yet. LTU makes a difference in the lives of our students and our community. I look forward to continuing this important work in my new role.”

A Journey to the Center of Bridgeport

Once a teenager fell in love with, what he thought was a toy by the time, a ‘FX-801P Casio’ machine, is now a renowned name in innovative technology. A series of serendipities led to Sobh’s greatest achievements.

Tarek Sobh’s talk, A Journey to the Center of Bridgeport: A Brand New World Amidst Innovation and Technology, drew parallels from his career choices and happenstance, as well as how his own apprehensions in life led to some of his greatest achievements.

Sobh is a noted scholar who has authored more than 250 refereed journal and conference papers and book chapters, in addition to 27 books. He serves or has served on the editorial boards of 18 journals, and has served on the program committees of over 300 international conferences and workshops in the robotics, automation, sensing, computing, systems, control, online engineering and engineering education areas.

He has presented more than 150 keynote speeches, invited talks and lectures, colloquia and seminars at research meetings, university departments, research centers, and companies. His background is in the fields of robotics, computer science and engineering, control theory, automation, manufacturing, AI, computer vision and signal processing.

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