New Interim Provost Named at the University of Bridgeport

Tarek Sobh

Tarek SobhThe University of Bridgeport has named a new interim provost. Stephen Healey, interim president, announced that after consulting with faculty and staff, he has named Tarek M. Sobh, PhD, PE, interim provost, effective immediately.

Sobh currently serves in the capacity of executive vice president of research and economic development and distinguished professor of engineering and computer science. Most recently, he served as the dean of the College of Engineering, Business, and Education and has held numerous leadership positions during his 25 years at the University.

Sobh’s disciplinary expertise is in the fields of computer science and engineering, STEM education, control theory, robotics, automation, manufacturing, artificial intelligence, computer vision, and signal processing. He is internationally recognized as a scholar and major contributor to his field: publishing 250 refereed journals, conference papers, and book chapters, as well as 27 books. He served on the editorial boards of 18 journals, and as chair, technical program chair, and program committee member on over 300 international conferences and workshops.

“Professor Sobh has distinguished himself as a member of the University of Bridgeport community and faculty, and I am delighted that he is serving in this capacity,” Healey said.

As a teacher, mentor, and advisor to hundreds of students, he supervised over 50 award-winning graduate and undergraduate students working on different projects within robotics, prototyping, computer vision, control, and manufacturing, as well as more than 300 undergraduate and graduate students completing their BS projects, Master’s thesis, or PhD dissertations.

Joining the University of Bridgeport community as associate professor of computer science in 1995, Sobh has held several leadership positions at the University. He was the founding director of several interdisciplinary programs and centers, including the CTech IncUBator, the UB research division, the Bauer Hall Innovation Center, as well as the Interdisciplinary Robotics, Intelligent Sensing, and Control (RISC) laboratory.

Sobh earned a BSc in engineering degree with honors in computer science and automatic control from the Faculty of Engineering, at Alexandria University, Egypt in 1988, and MS and PhD degrees in computer and information science from the School of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and 1991, respectively. He is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences and a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. He received the American Society for Engineering Education’s Northeastern U.S. Distinguished Engineering Professor of the Year award, the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Northeast Technological Innovation Research Award, and an American Council on Education’s Higher Education Award.

Sobh will select and announce an interim dean of the College of Engineering, Business, and Education in the days ahead.