Shereef Abu Al Maati

Associate Professor of Computer Science & Information Systems

Dr. Shereef Abu Al-Maati is an associate professor of computer science at the American University of Kuwait (AUK). Dr. Shereef joined AUK as the first Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) professor in 2004 when AUK first opened its doors. 

He became the Founding Division Head of the Sciences & Engineering Division at AUK from 2006-2012 and Department Chair of CSIS from 2012-2015. Prior to joining AUK, Dr. Shereef was an assistant professor at the State University of West Georgia in the USA, teaching both undergraduate and graduate computer science courses from 2000 to 2004. During this period, he also taught summer programs at John Hopkins University and for the Georgia Governor's Honors Program, catering to gifted and talented students. 

Prior to entering Academia in 2000, Dr. Shereef’s early career involved significant industry experience, working at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) in collaboration with prominent organizations such as IBM, Martin Marietta Data Systems, the US Navy, and the Kuwait Air Force. His work primarily focused on automating the Operational Readiness of the Kuwait Air Force, among other projects and clients. 

Dr. Shereef earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the American University in Washington DC and continued his education at the Florida Institute of Technology where he received his master’s and PhD in Computer Science. He has numerous publications, has been a PhD advisor, has been a consultant in industry, served on journal editorial boards and received two fellowships from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He served as a founding board member in the Kuwait National Bureau for Academic Accreditation and Education Quality Assurance under the Ministry of Higher Education. He is also a proud alumni of his high school in Kuwait, the American School of Kuwait.