Magda El Zarki received the B.E.E. from Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt in 1979 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, New York City, NY in 1981 and 1987 respectively with a two year break from 1981 -1983 when she worked as a network planner in the international telecommunications department at Citibank, N.N., NYC, NY.
Magda El Zarki currently holds the position of Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine, where she is involved in various research activities related to telecommunication networks and networked computer games. She is the Director of the Institute for Virtual Environments and Computer Games and co-founded the Computer Game Science Program. Prior to joining UC, Irvine, she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where she also held the position of Director of the Telecommunications Program. She was director of the Networked Systems Graduate Program at UC, Irvine from 2005 – 2007. From 1992 – 1996 she held the position of Professor of Telecommunications at the Technical University of Delft, Delft, The Netherlands. She was the recipient of the Cor Wit Chair in Telecommunications at TU Delft from 2004 – 2006.
Ms. El Zarki is an editor for several journals in the telecommunications area, and is actively involved in many international conferences. She was on the board of governors of the IEEE Communications society and was the vice chair of the IEEE Tech. Committee for Computer Communications. She is co-author of the textbook: Mastering Networks – An Internet Lab Manual.