Wasim J. Shomar, PhD.
CEO & Chairman of The Lynx Companies
Dr. Wasim J. Shomar is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Lynx Companies, a portfolio of companies operating in various sectors of the U.S. economy. They use their expertise to help talented management teams and entrepreneurs build private companies of significant value. The main focus of LYNX is to work closely with its affiliate companies in providing capital, operating and strategic expertise, as well as a network of strategic industry contacts, that ultimately enhance each affiliate’s market share and financial performance.
Dr. Shomar’s professional and academic background – earned in both the private and public sectors – reflect his passion for education and development. As an academic, educator, engineer and entrepreneur, Dr. Shomar believes in constantly attending to the details of development, both professional and personal. He brings his passion for education and management to his role as CEO of Lynx, where he strives to create a culture of excellence that permeates affiliate companies’ performance, client business, workplace development, employee performance and community development.
Prior to transitioning to the private business sector and leadership of Lynx, Dr. Shomar served for four years as the President of the Kendall Campus of Miami-Dade College (MDC), 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 his tenure at MDC, Dr. Shomar worked at IBM Corporation’s Department of Custom Adapter Products as a Development Staff Engineer, and later as a Lead Engineering Supervisor. During that time he attained four United States patents and a European patent 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.
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 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.
Finally, a resident of Miami-Dade County for more than 30 years, Dr. Shomar is a family man of 19 years, married to Virginia Shomar, whom is originally from Venzuela, since 1996. Together, they have raised two sons, Joseph and Alfred Shomar.