What is your educational background?
- Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Pittsburgh, 2013
- B.S., Computer Science, American University of Science and Technology, 2004
What are the main focuses of your research?
My primary research is in big data management. My focus is to build systems that manage and store large amounts of data. In the past, I have worked on Data Stream Management Systems. Currently, I am working on NewSQL systems.
What specific courses or specialties do you teach, and/or what has drawn you to those specialties?
I like teaching introductory level classes because I enjoy making computer science accessible to anyone. I love teaching systems classes because I enjoy analyzing and optimizing complex systems. I have taught the following classes:
- Introduction to Computer Science
- Programming I
- Database Management
- Computer Architecture & Organization
- Data Communication and Networking
- Operating Systems
What is the most important piece of advice you give students to help them succeed?
Computer science is a constantly changing field. In order to succeed, a computing professional needs to learn new skills and stay up-to-date with the field. Thus, I encourage my students to always learn something new. This drives me to continuously learn new skills and read technical articles. Whenever possible, I include some of what I learn into my classes.
- "Auction-based Admission Control for Continuous Queries in a Multi-Tenant DSMS," International Journal of Next-Generation Computing, 2012.
- "Adaptive Class-Based Scheduling of Continuous Queries," 7th IEEE International Workshop on Self-Managing Database Systems.
Is there any additional personal experience you would like for us to share?
I grew up and went to college in Lebanon. I traveled to the United States for graduate school. Throughout this time, I met a variety of people from different backgrounds. This journey has taught me to stay true to who I am, to practice kindness and compassion wherever I am, and to always lend a helping hand whenever possible.