Brac University has appointed Professor Charalabos (Haris) Doumanidis as Brac University's inaugural Vice President for Research, recently.
Professor Doumanidis has a distinguished track record as an academic and an administrator in the US and international institutions, says a press release by the university.
He has been a prolific researcher, able to attract research funding and recognized for his excellence in teaching. He will initially focus on building Brac University's research infrastructure and helping grow its international and national profile.
Before joining Brac University, Professor Doumanidis was the Marie Curie Distinguished Professor and served as the Founding Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Vin University in Vietnam. Prior to that, he was Vice Provost for Research at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan.
Professor Doumanidis started his career with Tufts University in the USA where he progressed from an assistant professor to a full professor and served as the Director of Thermal Manufacturing Laboratory.
He subsequently served for more than a decade as the Founding Program Director of Nanomanufacturing Program at the prestigious National Science Foundation of USA. During that period, he also worked as a research engineer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
His other experiences include senior academic and administrative positions at University of Nevada at Reno in the USA, Khalifa University of Science in the UAE, and University of Cyprus.
He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University, and a bachelor's degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece.
Welcoming Professor Doumanidis to Brac University, Vice-Chancellor Professor Vincent Chang said, "Research with impact is one of the core initiatives in our journey to become a global university from Bangladesh, and Professor Doumanidis' joining would help us achieve that goal."