Dr. Amr Shaarawi

Amr Shaarawi is a Professor of Physics at the American University in Cairo (AUC). He has been with AUC since September 1999. Before that, he taught at Cairo University Faculty of Engineering from 1989-1999. Shaarawi was appointed Provost of AUC from November 2012 to June 2014. He has also served as the Dean of Graduate Studies from September 2010 to December 2013, and as the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at the School of Sciences and Engineering from 2006 to 2010. Shaarawi was the acting Director of the AUC Forum in 2017-18) and he has also been serving as the Chair of the AUC University Senate since June 2017.

Since 2013, Shaarawi has been serving as a member of the Supreme Advisory Board (SAB) and the Board of Directors (BoD) of Zewail City, Giza Egypt. In addition, he is currently a member of the Technical Committee of the Science and Technology Development Fund (2018 to present).

Shaarawi received two B.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Cairo University, Egypt, in 1978 and 1980. He completed his doctoral and Master’s degrees at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1984 and 1989, respectively. His research interest includes photonic bandgap materials, shaping of pulsed beams, and the propagation of wideband pulses. He has published more than 90 articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings in addition to giving numerous presentations in international conferences and symposia. Shaarawi’s other responsibilities at AUC included serving as the coordinator of a core curriculum course on Scientific Thinking (2000-2008) and being the advisor of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter at AUC (2000-2006). Shaarawi is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society. He is the recipient of the Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship Award (1996-1997), the AUC Excellence in Service Award in 2010, the AUC Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors in 2012, and the AUC President Award for Innovation and Impact in 2014.

Shaarawi’s first novel “Tokar”, written and published in Arabic, appeared in January 2016. It received an award from the “Academy of Arabic Language in Cairo,” in August 2016, for the best historical novel printed in the past 5 years. He published his second novel in January 2019.

Honors and Awards

  • 1996-1997: Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship
  • 2010 the AUC Excellence in Academic Service Award
  • 2012 the AUC Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors
  • 2014 AUC President Award for Innovation and Impact
  • 2016 Best historical novel published in the period from 2011-2016. Awarded by the Academy of Arabic Language in Cairo



  • 1989: Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • 1984: MSc, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • 1980: BSc in Physics, Cairo University, Egypt
  • 1978: BSc in Electrical Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt


Research Interest

  • Theoretical studies of ultra-wideband pulses
  • Beam and Pulse Shaping
  • Modeling of slowly diffracting pulses (their generation, propagation, and scattering)
  • Photonic bandgap structures