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Saima Akhtar

Saima Akhtar

Associate Director for the Vagelos Computational Science Center


Computational Science Center, Library


Dr. Saima Akhtar is the Associate Director of the Vagelos Computational Science Center (CSC) at Barnard College. She is a computational social scientist with a background in architecture and software engineering. Prior to joining Barnard, Saima was a postdoctoral associate in the Yale University Department of Computer Science, where she managed digital cultural heritage preservation projects between the fields of computer science and architecture.

At the CSC, Saima looks forward to working with faculty and students on creatively and critically thinking about the application of computing across disciplines, with a broad focus on the sciences.

  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.S., B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor