Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Associate Vice President, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Research interests: silicon thin-film applied research; microelectronic circuits; device and process development for large area electronics


Karim S. Karim received his BASc in Computer Engineering in 1999 and his PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2002, both from the University of Waterloo, and completed an MBA in Health Sector Management from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in 2012. He was with Simon Fraser University from 2003 to 2007 as an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Science and is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo.
He was a founding member of the Center for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB) at the University of Waterloo and served as its Associate Director from 2011 to 2017. Since 2017, Karim has served as the Associate Dean of Outreach and Diversity for the Faculty of Engineering.
Karim’s vision is to accelerate the adoption of cutting-edge X-ray imaging solutions in underserved regions globally to dramatically improve health outcomes. Since 1998, Karim has developed hardware and software technology for advanced X-ray imaging by incorporating unique ideas from solid-state physics into conventional engineering approaches where a manufacturing base already exists. He has trained over 40 PhD and MASc students and has co-authored 200+ publications and more than 20 unique patents. 
Karim is a Full Member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, a Senior Member of the IEEE and a registered Professional Engineer in Canada. Karim is also a cofounder and CTO of KA Imaging, a UW spinoff located in the Waterloo Region that commercializes his lab’s X-ray imaging innovations into solutions for medical, industrial, veterinary, security and life sciences sectors.


  • MASc, Electrical Engineering, University of Waterloo, 1999
  • PhD, Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, 2002

Karim S. Karim

    University of Waterloo