Shafiq named College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Scholar

Honor recognizes excellence and impact among faculty seeking tenure and promotion to Associate Professor
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Zubair Shafiq
Zubair Shafiq

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) has named Zubair Shafiq of the Department of Computer Science to the honor of Dean’s Scholar for 2020-2022. Dean’s Scholar awards recognize faculty for excellence as evidenced in their promotion record at the time of their candidacy for tenure.

CLAS Dean Steve Goddard congratulated Shafiq on his accomplishment, noting his cutting-edge research into the Internet and computer networks.

"Professor Shafiq is an outstanding computer scientist, and it is my pleasure to recognize his innovative work with the Dean's Scholar honor," Goddard said. "The research he leads has major implications for the way we live in the 21st century. I thank him for his service and am eager to see where his career takes him."

Zubair Shafiq earned his PhD in Computer Science from Michigan State University and joined the University of Iowa Department of Computer Science faculty in 2014. He is the Principal Investigator on three current NSF grants, including a prestigious CAREER award, given to early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Professor Shafiq and his research group design innovative measurement techniques to understand how the Internet works and to develop systems to improve performance, security, and privacy on the Internet. A dedicated teacher and mentor, Professor Shafiq to date has supervised eight doctoral candidates’ research, including serving as Dissertation Committee Chair on six.


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa is a comprehensive college offering 73 majors in the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. More than 17,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by professors at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all UI undergraduates through the General Education Program, and confers about 70 percent of the UI's bachelor's degrees each academic year.