Mohammad A. Karim, Ph. D. is Provost, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, and Chief Operating Officer of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Previously, he served as the first Vice President of Research of the Old Dominion University in Virginia (2004-2013), and other institution. He is an elected fellow of the Institution of Electrical & Electronics Engineering (IEEE), Optical Society of America (OSA), the Society of Photo-Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), the Institute of Physics, the Institution of Engineering & Technology, and the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences. Professor Karim is author/editor of 19 text and reference books, over 365 research papers, 8 book chapters, 3 US patents, and of numerous technical reports. Dr. Karim served as guest editor of 36 journal special issues and as research mentor for over 55 MS/PhD students. Mohammad Karim received his BS Honors degree in physics from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1976, and MS in physics, MS in electrical engineering, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering degrees from the University of Alabama respectively in 1978, 1979, and 1981.