Wasim Shomar, Ph.D
Lynx Equity Group
Wasim J. Shomar is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Lynx Equity Group (LYNX), a private equity firm specializing in corporate acquisitions and mergers as well as Real Estate development and holdings. The main focus of LYNX is to work closely with its affiliate companies and provide capital, operating and strategic expertise, and a network of strategic industry contacts in order to enhance their market share and earning potential. The LYNX affiliate companies are responsible for employing over 4,200 full-time employees and operate nationally, in at least 18 different states. LYNX currently operates with its total investment funds exceeding $320 millions.
Prior to moving to the private business sector, Dr. Shomar served for four years as the President of the Kendall Campus of Miami Dade College (MDC), which is a four-year nationally accredited institution of Higher Education. Dr. Shomar presided over a campus that employed close to 8,000 individuals, served over 70,000 students a year, and offered undergraduate degrees in 128 various majors. Prior to his appointment to the Kendall Campus, Dr. Shomar served at MDC as the President of the College’s Wolfson campus for a period of two years, the college-wide Dean of the School of Design and Technology for three years, and as a member of the engineering faculty for three years.
Before joining MDC, Dr. Shomar worked at IBM Corporation’s Department of Custom Adapter Products as a Development Staff Engineer and then as a Lead Engineering Supervisor. During that time he attained various United States and European patents on “Methods for Performing Intelligent Network Services with ISDN Network Terminators Located at a Subscriber’s Premise.” Dr. Shomar is the author/editor of twelve publications including books, journals, and conference proceedings in the areas of Telecommunications, Robotic Vision, Artificial Intelligence, and Computer Architecture. He is also the developer of the initial concept of the LoJack® car recovery system.
Throughout his career, Dr. Shomar was instrumental in attaining in excess of $60 millions in grants to fund a multitude of scientific research projects, educational programs and curriculum development and advancement. He also established scores of private-public projects and partnerships, where he single-handedly raised millions of dollars in private donations from various corporations to support these endeavors.
Dr. Shomar received his Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where he specialized in Neural Networks, Computational and Robotic Vision. He received a Post-Doctorate in Physics specializing in Underwater Acoustical Imaging from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Dr. Shomar also holds various graduate degrees and certificates from the University of Harvard’s School of Education as well as John F. Kennedy’s School of Government at the University of Harvard.