Nature Middle East offers an an interesting interview with David Keyes ’78, who is currently professor of applied mathematics at Columbia University, as well as dean of mathematical and computer sciences and engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, otherwise known as KAUST, in Saudi Arabia.

The publication notes that  Keyes aims to close the gap between Western and Arab scientific standards and intends for the fields of computer science and engineering to lead the way.

“Ultimately, we hope that we can link the best people from the United States, Europe and Asia to the best people in the Arab world so they can collaborate and develop a scientific culture that is so new that there is no dominant advantage from history,” Keyes, who majored in mechanical and aerospace engineering as an undergraduate at Princeton, tells Nature Middle East.

By the way, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics recently awarded Keyes its Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession for his leadership and long-term advocacy of high performance computing and computational science and engineering.