Those close to Dr. Mohamed Elmasry, founding member of the Canadian Charger’s editorial board and professor emeritus of computer engineering at the University of Waterloo, have often heard him say that he wants to do more than earn a living: He wants to make a difference.
Now, appearing in a Georgetown University publication entitled “The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World” is a clear indication that he has made a difference.
Prof. Elmasry was selected for his scholarly work in microchip design and many leadership roles including being the founding president of the Canadian Islamic Congress and Islamic History Month Canada and founding editor of islamnow.com and thecanadiancharger.com
During his academic career, Dr. Elmasry has supervised the research work of more than 1,000 doctoral and master's candidates and undergraduate students, including RIM (BlackBerry) co-founder Mike Lazaridis.
Audiences have heard his lectures on Islam, as well as on microchip design, in more than 40 countries -- including China, Japan, India, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia, the former USSR, the Arab world, Europe, United States and Canada.
Born in Cairo, Egypt, he has continued to work in the area of microchip design for the last 40 years.
This year’s volume of The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World is edited by Profs John Esposito and Ibrahim Kalin...Elmo may rank well down in the list, but surely Prof. John Esposito must rank in the top two Western apologists for Islam on the planet. Which rather makes Elmo's "honour" pale by comparison.