Assistant Professor Ashraf Gaffar joined ASU in 2012. He comes with rich industrial experience in software design. Prior to ASU, he worked at SAP as a Senior Design Expert for several years, where he helped design and develop complex software products. He was instrumental in developing new SAP Design Guidelines, methods and tools for SAP mobile applications. Prior to SAP, he worked at other multinational companies including IBM and Johnson & Johnson.
His expertise is centered around major industrial software (ERP & CRM) in different application domains (Retail, HR, Financial, and Medical domains). He is also a certified and practicing Project Manager.
Ph.D., Software Engineering, Concordia University, 2005
Human Centered Design, HCI and human cognition, Human-Car Interaction, Human-Robot Interaction, Software Design Methods, Software concept visualization
Honors and awards
- National Science Foundation, NSF, (TUES program) for iMOD project. (3 year 2013-2015)
- EcoCAR 3, a DoE project, with GM. 4 year grant (2014-17)
- FQRNT Scholarship (le Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Nature et les Technologies, Canada) 2 years
- Power Corporations of Canada Scholarship (Recognition for superior academic achievements), 1 year
- External Grant Holder Scholarship, Concordia University Research Chair Grant, Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering
- SAP Design Innovation Award. Recognition for my work on Ajax Weaver, a visual design & deployment framework for mobile web services
- SAP Peer-to-Peer Recognition Award. Recognition for SAP Core Values among colleagues
- SAP Field Enablement Award. Recognition for my design of mobile CRM software application on iPhone