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McCormick Partners with Nile University for Nanoelectronics Research and Education
The McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science has partnered with Nile University — based in Cairo, Egypt — to establish a joint research center and graduate program.
Julio Ottino, dean of the McCormick School, and Tarek Khalil, provost and acting president of Nile University, signed a Memorandum of Understanding at a ceremony June 19.
“We are pleased to formalize this alliance with Nile University because it allows us an opportunity to expand our research relationships with academic collaborators in the Middle East,” Ottino said.
The alliance will include a joint research center called Nanoelectronics Integrated System Center. The center has already received funding and state-of-the-art equipment from Intel, IBM, and Mentor Graphics. McCormick students will have access to this equipment for their research.
The alliance will also establish joint masters and PhD programs, which will enable Nile University students to visit McCormick and take courses. Yehea Ismail, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at McCormick, helped establish both the relationship and the center while on leave from Northwestern last year. He will serve as the school’s primary ambassador to Nile University.
The memorandum is the latest initiative in the school’s continuing effort, called Global McCormick, to expand its strategic global initiatives.
“We want our students to be global citizens and to have a broad view of the world that, for them, is only going to get smaller,” Ottino said.
Nile University is a not-for-profit, privately-owned and autonomously-managed institution of higher learning that aims to contribute to the development of the technology-driven economies in Egypt and the region through the pursuit of education and research at the highest levels of excellence.