Shad Dalhousie

Program Directors

Mike Smit, PhD​

Associate Professor
Acting Associate Dean-Academic

Mike’s (he/him) Shad story began with the launch of Shad at Dalhousie University in July 2001, where he started as a Program Assistant. Since then he has held various roles including PA, faculty, Program Manager, and now Director.

Mike is a professor at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Management, in the School of Information Management. He completed his PhD at the University of Alberta, was a postdoctoral fellow at York University, and holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Dalhousie University.  He conducts interdisciplinary research that includes challenges in using cloud computing, supporting for research dissemination and discovery, managing of cloud-scale data, leveraging IT to meet research and educational needs, enabling open data and information, and understanding ethical issues in information and technology (particularly emerging technology).  As a Shad-inspired believer in the importance of integrating science, technology, and entrepreneurship, he is involved with a research commercialization start-up company, his own software consulting company, and several industry research partners.

Mike tells us that taking one month each year to do Shad is energizing and inspiring, so much so that he’s even more productive the other 11 months of the year. When he’s not working hard to ensure that promise comes true, he enjoys photography and is a voracious reader.

Abdullah Al-Shaghay, PhD

Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics, Saint Francis Xavier University

Abdullah’s (he/him) introduction to Shad started when he joined as a Junior Faculty Member in 2017. Since then, he has been excitingly looking forward to Shad each summer and the experiences it brings. He appreciates working with the wonderful staff and students in this unique environment each year.

Abdullah received his Phd from the department of Mathematics and Statistics at Dalhousie University where he completed all of his post-secondary education. His specialization and research interests are in Number Theory. He is currently an Assistant Professor at StFX University in Nova Scotia.

Abdullah has always had a passion for mathematics outreach and teaching. He has worked with Nova Scotia Math Circles, Nova Scotia Math League, and done some volunteer tutoring. In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors, reading, and trying to learn about and experience new things.