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Brahim Medjahed, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer and Information Science

Brahim Medjahed has been an assistant professor at U of M-Dearborn since September 2004, and focuses his research on service-oriented computing and data and information management. Originally from Algeria, Dr. Medjahed received his Ph.D. in computer science from Virginia Tech, where he was also a research assistant, in May 2004.
Paul Watta, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Paul Watta joined the U of M-Dearborn faculty in September 1997 as an assistant professor before moving into his current role in 2003. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate engineering courses, he does research in the area of pattern recognition, artificial neural networks and image processing. Watta received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Wayne State University in 1994. 
Kristopher Bechamp
Computer Engineering major
A Livonia, Mich. native, Bechamp joined the SYNC project to get a hands-on feel for the type of software development projects that take place outside the classroom. Bechamp is preparing to bump up his school workload as he prepares for his senior year and the potential for graduate school after he gets his degree.
Samip Desai
Graduate student, Computer and Information Science
Originally from India, Desai now lives in Canada while attending the University of Michigan-Dearborn. When he learned about the SYNC program, Desai was immediately attracted to the chance to work with cutting-edge mobile technology in a real-world commercial setting. He graduates in December 2009 and is hoping to find a position as a software developer/analyst for a leading technology firm.

Matt Hartzel
Computer Engineering major
Also hailing from Livonia, Hartzel was attracted to the University of Michigan-Dearborn and its engineering program. As an iPhone enthusiast, he was immediately attracted to the chance to develop mobile apps for the platform while gaining additional experience during the semester. Though unsure of his exact path, Hartzel hopes to be using his engineering education in some capacity in the future.
Brandon King
Computer Science major
King grew up in Garden City, Mich., finding the location and engineering program of U of M-Dearborn to be major draws. Aware of the huge impact mobile apps were having on the technology landscape, King jumped at the chance to work with Ford on the SYNC API program. Upon graduation, King hopes to apply his education and insight on innovative products and projects similar to SYNC.
Ed Malinowski
Software Engineering major
Another Livonia resident, Malinowski has a family history of University of Michigan-Dearborn graduates, all of whom provided positive feedback. Malinowski’s interest in mobile technologies led him to the SYNC program, as did the chance to gain valuable collaborative and technical experience for his portfolio. Although he hopes first to spend time in the work force, Malinowski has his eyes on an advanced degree that will help him shape the future of Web technology.
Robert Muir
Software Engineering major
A resident of Canton, Mich., Muir already knew he was interested in software engineering – the reason he came to U of M-Dearborn. And, as a Ford Focus owner, he was already familiar with SYNC and curious about how to expand the platform. The SYNC project helped open Muir’s eyes to the world of mobile applications in a unique way, and he hopes to work on mobile app development upon his graduation in 2010.

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