Amir Asif is Vice President Research and Innovation and a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at York University. An emerging voice among academic leaders in Canada, Asif is rethinking how to unlock the full potential of the higher education institutions for greater social impact through academic innovation, by transcending traditional boundaries of conventional approaches and disciplines, and by addressing systemic issues that have been holding the engineering profession back.
With more than fifteen years of experience serving in senior university leadership positions, including the founding Dean of Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science at Concordia University (2014-2020) and founding Chair of Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at York University (2007-2014) and as a specialist in signal processing, Dr. Asif focuses on developing next-generation technologies for a variety of societal applications, including health and medical devices, radar and sonar applications, distributed multi-agent networked systems and electrical power grids. He has authored over 175 technical contributions, including invited ones, published in IEEE journals and conference proceedings, and the textbook “Continuous and Discrete-Time Signals and Systems” published by the Cambridge University Press. He received his Masters and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, and his BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan. Asif is a registered professional engineer in the province of Ontario and a senior member of IEEE.