Dr. El-Gayar is a Professor of Information Systems at Dakota State University. Dr. El-Gayar has an extensive administrative experience at the college and university levels as the Dean for the College of Information Technology, United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and the Founding Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Dakota State University. His research interests include: analytics, business intelligence, and decision support with applications in problem domain areas such as healthcare, environmental management, and security planning and management. His inter-disciplinary educational background and training is in information technology, computer science, economics, and operations research. Dr. El-Gayar's industry experience includes working as an analyst, modeler, and programmer. His numerous publications appear in various information technology related fields. He is a member of AIS, ACM, INFORMS, and DSI.