Alaa Abd-El-Aziz

Alaa S Abd-El-Aziz
UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor
McDougall Hall 214
Island Scholar:
Island Scholar Biography

Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz assumed his responsibilities as the sixth President and Vice-chancellor of the University of Prince Edward Island on July 1, 2011. The formal installation ceremony for Dr. Abd-El-Aziz was held September 24, 2011 during the Celebrate UPEI! Weekend.

Dr. Abd-El-Aziz received his BSc and MSc degrees from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, and his PhD from the University of Saskatchewan. After completing an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto, he joined the chemistry department of the University of Winnipeg, becoming a full professor in 1997. He served as Dean of Science, Associate Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies, and Vice-President, Research, International & External Affairs.

Most recently, Dr. Abd-El-Aziz was Provost of the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus in Kelowna, which he joined in 2006. As Provost, he provided leadership and direction in the areas of planning, policy development, and resource management. His responsibilities also encompassed the Okanagan campus’ academic and research mandates.

Throughout his administrative career, he has remained actively engaged in chemistry and plans to continue while at UPEI. He has made significant contributions to research and teaching in his field.

The UPEI Presidential Search Committee, led by UPEI Board of Governors Chair Frederick Hyndman, selected Dr. Abd-El-Aziz after a 12-month search that involved extensive outreach to students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community.

Research Interests
  • Investigation of structural variations on the thermal properties of polymers
  • The role of different metals in changing the reactivities of substituted benzenes toward nucleophilic aromatic substitution and addition reactions
  • Degradation of organic contaminants
  • Development of new synthetic methodologies for organic and organometallic polymers
  • Polymers
  • Chemical Synthesis and Catalysis