American University of Sharjah

American University of Sharjah

Björn Kjerfve

Dr. Björn Kjerfve

Chancellor, American University of Sharjah, UAE

Dr. Björn Kjerfve leads American University of Sharjah (AUS) on a national, regional and international level. In fostering educational excellence, as well as the development of the institution, he ensures that the university is fully engaged with both the local and international communities. Dr. Kjerfve upholds the overall mission and long-term strategy of AUS, in accordance with its Board of Trustees.

As AUS welcomes its 20th anniversary later in 2017, Dr. Kjerfve is guiding efforts in developing and sustaining long-term research at AUS and is also helping drive the development of the newly established Research, Technology and Innovation (RTI) Park, together with AUS Enterprises LLC.

Prior to joining AUS, Dr. Kjerfve was President of the World Maritime University (2009-2015), having previously been the Dean of the College of Geosciences and Professor of Oceanography at Texas A&M University (2004-2009). Prior to that, he was Professor of Marine and Geological Sciences at the University of South Carolina and served as the Director of the Marine Science Program (2000-2004).

Dr. Kjerfve holds PhD, MS and BA degrees from Louisiana State University (Marine Sciences), University of Washington (Oceanography) and Georgia Southern University (Mathematics), respectively.

Dr. Kjerfve's scientific expertise is in coastal and estuarine physical oceanography. He has published 12 books and some 250 scientific journal papers, book chapters and reports. He has supervised 14 PhD dissertations and 24 MS theses, and taught more than 6,000 oceanography students. His research focuses on estuarine and coastal waters, as well as climate change, which has attracted US$20 million in research funding for some 90 projects. In 2013, he became the corresponding member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.

Chancellor Kjerfve's full curriculum vitae is available here.

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