Ashraf Fagih

Ashraf Fakih

Dr. Ashraf Ihsan Fagih, an esteemed academic and creative writer, currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. Born in Cairo, in September 1977, he hails from a family originally from Medina and grew up in Riyadh.

Dr. Fagih embarked on his computer science journey with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from King Fahd University in Dhahran, earned with honors in 2000. This marked the start of his enduring connection with the university, initially as a faculty member in the College of Computer Science and Engineering. He further enhanced his expertise by obtaining a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University in 2004 and a Ph.D. from Queen’s University, Canada, in 2013. His Ph.D. research made significant contributions to wireless communication technologies, particularly in the realm of the Internet of Things.

In his doctoral studies, Dr. Fagih actively contributed to developing wireless sensing technologies for smart city applications and made notable advancements in the Canadian shale oil industry. His research interests encompass wireless communication networks, sensor platforms, RFID technologies, and emerging fields such as bio-computing, quantum computing, and Big Data applications. His research work has been widely recognized, with numerous publications in esteemed conferences and scientific journals.

Apart from his academic pursuits, Dr. Fagih is also known for his creative writing, especially in the science fiction genre. His literary journey began early, with his first collection of short science fiction stories, “Ghost Hunter,” published when he was just twenty years old in 1997. He continued to explore the realms of science fiction before shifting his focus to historical fantasy. His novel “The Impaler,” published in 2012, is a fascinating exploration of the Eastern origins of the Dracula legend. Currently, he is working on a historical novel about Muhammad Ali Pasha’s campaign in the Arabian Peninsula.

Dr. Fagih’s role extended beyond academia and literature into cultural leadership, as he served as the Head of Programs at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra). During his tenure at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals from 2000 to 2018, Dr. Fagih made significant contributions, notably serving as the Supervisor of Community Relations and Communication.

In the literary realm, Dr. Fagih stands out as a prominent figure in the science fiction genre in the Arab Gulf region. His unique style is characterized by a blend of intellectual substance and imaginative storytelling. His first foray into novel writing came with “The Impaler” in 2012, a reimagining of the Dracula legend grounded in its original Eastern context and historical events. In 2020, he published “Drawing of Nothingness,” a novel that delves into the life of the mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci and the introduction of Indo-Arabic numerals in medieval Europe.

Dr. Fagih has shared his insights and expertise through lectures and workshops on creative writing, science fiction, and historical novels globally. He has also contributed to the development of the literary community by participating in several workshops, including the ninth edition of the Creative Writing Workshop “Al-Nadwa,” organized by the International Prize for Arabic Fiction for emerging Arab writers.

In addition to his academic and literary accomplishments, Dr. Fagih has been a prolific contributor to scientific and cultural magazines. He served as the scientific editor of “Al Qafilah,” the cultural magazine published by Saudi Aramco, and has written extensively for “Training and Technology” magazine, “Mawhiba” magazine, and various newspapers. His journalistic works often reflect his keen interest in simplifying and explaining complex scientific concepts to a broader audience.

Books Written by Ashraf Fagih