Abdullah Mohammed Alshamsi was appointed as the Vice Chancellor of The British University in Dubai (BUiD) in February 2007. Under his leadership, BUiD has expanded its offering of postgraduate and doctoral programmes, recruited specialized faculty staff and experienced increased enrollements.
In 1980 Alshamsi graduated from Eckerd College, St Petersburg, USA with a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics), followed by a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Honors in 1982 and a Masters in Civil Engineering in 1983 both from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. Alshamsi went on to complete his PhD at Leeds University (UK) in the area of Concrete Properties in Hot Climates in 1988. In 1989 Alshamsi joined UAE University College of Engineering as an assistant Professor where he was promoted to the ranks of Associate Professor and finally full Professor of Civil Engineering in 2002.
Alshamsi has published numerous journals worldwide in the areas of effectively using concrete materials and developing sustainable structures, and has presented at international educational and specialized industry forums around the world.
He was also a Member and Chair of numerous committees and task teams at UAE university level. Prof. Alshamsi is also serving on various committees nationally and internationally including The Rashid Bin Humaid Award. He was also an Associate Member of ACI 305 Hot Weather Concreting Committee and the head of the UAE Building Materials Specification and currently a member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CiArb).
With over 30 years of experience in academia supported numerous HE workshops and conferences as well as significant research experience, Alshamsi brings to BUiD a wealth of expertise and direction to a highly regarded institution that holds unlimited scope for growth.