Tyseer Aboulnasr

B.Eng.(Cairo), M.Sc.(Queen's), Ph.D.(ibid.)

 Professor and dean

Faculty of Applied Science

University of British Columbia


Tyseer Aboulnasr is currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering and dean of Applied Science at University of British Columbia, Vancouver as of September 1, 2008.  She is currently in the process of becoming an adjunct professor at University of Ottawa so she can continue supervision of her graduate students at University of Ottawa.

Dr Aboulnasr received the Bachelor of Engineering degree from Cairo University, Egypt, M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Queen's University, Kingston, Canada; all in Electrical Engineering. She was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa for 1998-2004 and Associate Dean (Academic) for 1996-1998. She was chair of the Council of Ontario Deans of Engineering for 2001-2002. Dr. Aboulnasr received the Ottawa-Carleton YWCA Women of Distinction Award (Education) in 1999 and was elected Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2002 and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2003.  She was named as one of the 100 most influential people in Ottawa in 2001.  She received her highest honour in 2005 when she was named as a 2004 recipient of the Order of Ontario.

As dean at UBC, Dr Aboulnasr leads the Faculty of Applied Science bringing together 11 engineering disciplines at the Vancouver campus along with three schools: Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Nursing as well the school of Engineering at the Okanagan campus.

Dr Aboulnasr’s research is in the area of digital signal processing.  She is currently the PI on an interdisciplinary inter-university project on smart hearing aids with Siemens (Germany).  Her research has been funded by Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Communications and Information Technology Ontario (CITO), National Capital Institute for Telecommunications (NCIT) as well as industry. 

As a professor, Dr. Aboulnasr taught a variety of undergraduate (in English and in French) and graduate courses as well as short courses for industry. She consistently had excellent rapport with students and achieved evaluations in the top band of her Faculty.  She has also developed and taught a very successful course on professional practice of engineering highlighting all non-technical skills and knowledge needed by engineers as well as their responsibility towards society.

On the personal side, Dr Aboulnasr is mother of three young adults; two young ladies and one young man.  She is a first degree Black Belt in Taekwon Do.  She is also a novice motorcyclist.  She is actively involved in several community groups aimed at building bridges and fostering understanding amongst Canadians of different backgrounds.