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Provost Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lawrence Carin as Provost of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

At Duke, Carin held the James L. Meriam and William H. Younger Distinguished Professorship in Engineering and was the Chair of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department and Vice Provost for Research. Dr. Carin is a world-class researcher in the areas of AI & Machine Learning. Across all fields of computer science, he is ranked #435 worldwide and #279 in the U.S. His background in AI is highly complementary to the new digital thematic priority at KAUST and will help attract top-caliber talent to the Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) since 2001 and has co-authored over 450 academic papers with a Google Scholar H-Index of 86.

As the Lead of the Duke Science & Technology Initiative (where several U.S. National Academic Members were hired) and through his other administrative positions at Duke, Carin has a strong track record of recruiting pre-eminent faculty. As part of his role as Vice President for Research, he oversaw the Duke Office of Licensing and Ventures. He also co-founded the Signal Innovations group (acquired by BAE Systems in 2014) and established Infinia ML to commercialize his research in AI/ML.

As KAUST Provost, Carin will provide strategic and administrative leadership in all matters pertaining to faculty, students, and education programs, including recruitment, retention, promotion, and talent development, as well as curriculum, dual/joint degrees, online and continuing education, and new academic programs.

Prior to his tenure at Duke, Carin held assistant and associate professor positions at the Polytechnic University in Brooklyn (now New York University Tandon School of Engineering), New York. He received his doctoral, master's and bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Sean Farrell led this search with Robin Dougherty and Clay Batley.

For the full announcement, please visit: https://www.kaust.edu.sa/en/news/lawrence-carin-named-kaust-provost


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