Karim S. Karim has been appointed Executive Director of the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB) for a five-year term.
A professor in the electrical and computer engineering department, a researcher in the Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology, and Director of Silicon Thin Film Applied Research, Professor Karim’s involvement with CBB began in 2011, when he was part of the steering committee that garnered the grassroots support within the faculties of Science and Engineering for the centre proposal to reach Senate for approval.
He was one of the two founding Associate Directors for CBB and remained so until August 2017. During his time as a CBB Associate Director, Professor Karim supported the Director and contributed to efforts to engage a diverse set of faculty from across campus, hospital partners, industrial partners and other key stakeholders.
In a memo, Charmaine Dean, Vice-President, Research and International, said these are difficult times to step into a role of leadership.
“We particularly appreciate Professor Karim’s enthusiasm for taking up this role in times of intense change, noting that CBB will play a major role in a transformed future. We look forward to his guidance of CBB’s mission to promote interdisciplinary research, enable access to unique bio-related research, development, and clinical resources, and to cultivate relationships with key stakeholders in human health and medical practice, and how all of these priorities can be brought to bear to enable recovery in a post-COVID world,” she said.