Dr. Amir Asif, Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at Concordia University, is an educator, researcher, and academic leader. At Concordia University, he is leading the development of a new Chemical and Material Engineering department recently approved by the Senate in addition to the establishment of a number of innovative programs, including a Bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering, undergraduate specializations in Biomedical Engineering & Pervasive Computing, and a PhD degree in Software Engineering. Previously, as the founding Chair, Dr. Asif led the transformation of York’s Computer Science department to a comprehensive Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, which is the cornerstone in the new Lassonde School of Engineering at York University. His academic work in statistical signal processing is highly regarded with over 125 peer-reviewed publications in leading international venues that includes a textbook published by Cambridge University Press. He has been recognized for his teaching excellence with the highest teaching award at York University. He continues to serve on editorial boards, technical committees, and advisory councils, and is a professional engineer in the province of Ontario.