Technological University of America Appoints Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs as New University Opens in Broward

Sep 01, 2010, 09:00 ET from Technological University of America

COCONUT CREEK, Fla., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Technological University of America (TUA) announced today that the renowned scholar and educator Dr. Kia Makki has been named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs as the new state-of-the-art university opens in Broward this month.

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The Executive General Chair of the telecommunications industry's premier event, the 2010 IEEE Global Communications Conference, to be held in Miami, Florida, 6-10 December, 2010, Dr. Makki brings to the new TUA University more than 25 years of worldwide recognition as an academic leader and researcher in the computer and telecommunication fields.

"Dr. Makki is an exciting choice," said TUA's President Roger Amuruz Gallegos. "At a time when so many things are happening on campus, Dr. Makki brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our student-centered university. He's a great leader and an effective administrator with a demonstrated ability to lead vibrant academic and research programs at TUA. As TUA's chief academic officer, Dr. Makki will promote TUA's academic mission and scholarship by developing and implementing a campus-wide strategic and operational plan to support these efforts. He will also provide the executive and administrative leadership for further development."

Dr. Makki said, "I'm deeply honored to be entrusted with the academic stewardship of this new University which I expect to become a flagship institution in technology. I have no doubt that TUA University is well positioned to become a leader in higher education, not only in Florida but also nationally and internationally. We are at an exciting time for technology and TUA's curriculum encompasses some of today's most workforce-driven programs."  

In addition to his organizational and administrative skills, Dr. Makki is highly regarded within the academic and research community for his achievements, energy, enthusiasm. A former Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing and the Lucent Technology Professor and Co-Director of the Telecommunications and Information Technology Institute at Florida International University, Dr. Makki received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Davis, and two M.S. degrees from Ohio State University and West Coast University in Computer and Information Science and Computer and Teleprocessing Systems respectively.

Previously he was a tenured faculty member with an O'Krepki Chair Professorship at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, the Director of the Center for Telecommunications Studies, and the Co-Director of the NOMAD and Advanced Computer Laboratory which was partially funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA.

Dr. Makki's technical interests include mobile and wireless communication networks, ad-hoc networks, sensor networks, network security and privacy, routing & multicasting and optical telecommunications, algorithms, software design, computer optimization, operating systems, databases and information technology.

Editor-In-Chief of the scholarly peer-reviewed, international scientific Journal of Communications (JCM), Dr. Makki is also the co-Author of four well-received books and has authored numerous publications in refereed Journals and conferences. His research has been funded by top organizations including NASA, IBM, Cisco, NSF, Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Homeland Security, and his work has been extensively cited.

About Technological University of America

Located at 3700 Coconut Creek Parkway, at the intersection of Coconut Creek Parkway and Florida's Turnpike next to Broward Community College's North campus, Technological University of America ( offers students a world of opportunity with its brand new, state-of-the-art facilities, prime location, practical educational philosophy and dedicated, highly qualified faculty. The university's mission is to develop highly competent and involved individuals to serve and lead in a diverse global society.


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