Prof. Wael Akl is the Provost and Acting Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Nile University. Prof. Akl has finished his Ph.D. from the Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Maryland-College Park in 2004 in the field of smart materials and ever since, Dr. Akl has been engaged in research work in the field of smart materials and structures in the past 15 years with over 44 international publications (2005-2020) with focus on Acoustic Metamaterials for the past 5 years. Prof. Akl is the co-founder of the Group for Advanced Research in Dynamic Systems (Largest research group at Ain Shams University), as well as the founder of the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate and Mechatronics Erasmus Joint Masters programs at Nile University. In 2009, Prof. Akl has received the National Encouragement Prize from the Academy for Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT). In 2013, he has been listed in Marquis Who’s Who for his achievements in the area of Smart Materials and Structures and Acoustic Metamaterials.
Prof. Akl has been granted a Research Faculty Fellow and visiting professor at the University of Maryland for 10 years in a row starting in 2006. Prof. Akl has been the PI and Co-PI for several research and capacity building grants funded by STDF (Egypt), FP7 (EU) and TEMPUS/ERASMUS+KA2 (EU) addressing academic capacity building systems in Egypt focusing on bridging the gap between academia and industry, exploitation of technology in domains such as education for STEM and special needs vocational education systems, and using virtual reality technology and e-learning approaches for the improvement of various academic disciplines. Prof. Akl has managed to attract over 300 MEGP international grants in Egypt for research and/or Higher Education Capacity Building. Along his position as the dean of School of Engineering at Nile University, Prof. Akl has been consultant at NAQAAE and among the leading team to develop Egypt’s National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Prof. Akl is currently coordinating an EU funded project to increase the intelligence of Higher Education Institutions in Egypt with focus on automating academic and research processes towards quality standards of choice by the institution.