Nabil Adam | Interview

Dr. Nabil Adam is a tenured professor at Rutgers University, bearing the title of Distinguished Professor of Computer and Information Systems and of CIS. In addition to these esteemed titles, he is also the Founder and Director of the Rutgers Center for Information Management, Integration, and Connectivity, as well as the Rutgers Institute for Data Science, Learning, and Applications. Prior to these positions, he held various teaching positions at the college, co-founded and directed the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute, and was Chair of the MS/CIS Department. Alongside his current titles, Dr. Adam serves as a Professor of Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, is a founding member and is on the Board of Directors team at Consortium for System of Systems Security, and is a member of the International Advisory Board and the Institute of Public Safety Research at China’s Tsinghua University.

Nabil Adam

Dr. Adam’s career is lined with years of research experience and applied teaching methods. Recently, he was one of the joint recipients of the North East Big Data Hub research award for his conjoined contributions to Artificial Intelligence in its relation to predicting and preventing adverse events in cancer treatment. 


Throughout his career, Dr. Adam has found innovative technologies and has grown involved in his field at an international level. Not only does he influence and mentor numerous students at Rutgers University, but he also contributes to programs at Tsinghua University in China and has traveled to the Netherlands to fulfill visiting professorships. 


Dr. Adam has lent his knowledge and research results to a lengthy list of publications, books of his own, and conferences as a keynote speaker. He has been recruited for an impressive amount of speaking engagements, speaking on cybersecurity, digital government research, higher education, internet safety, and more. 


His latest award only adds to a handful of other recognitions he has received regarding his leadership, science and technology expertise, and research efforts.

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Question: What’s the most important thing we should know about you?

Nabil Adam: I value being kind to others and always try to lend a helping hand without expecting anything in return.

Question: Name the most impactful lesson you learned from failure.

Nabil Adam: I’ve learned a great deal about perseverance and persistence.

Question: What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Nabil Adam: I’m most proud of being able to make a difference in the lives of some of my students, postdoctoral associates, and colleagues.

Question: Name a tool you use for work that you can’t live without.

Nabil Adam: My laptop is my number one tool; I would be lost without it. 

Question: What is your favorite hobby and why?

Nabil Adam: Skiing. I love being out in the fresh air, below the blue skies coming down the white slope is exceptionally exhilarating. 

Question: What excites you the most about your industry right now?

Nabil Adam: The most exciting aspect of Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence is its tremendous potential to bring about revolutionary changes in many application areas, including healthcare and cybersecurity.

Question: What concerns you most about your industry right now?

Nabil Adam: The most concerning aspect of Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence is the potential adverse effects of automation and Artificial Intelligence.

Question: What’s the greatest risk you’ve ever taken?

Nabil Adam: The greatest risk I’ve ever taken is leaving my home country and immigrating to the US.

Question: What tips do you have for getting a seat at the table?

Nabil Adam: If you want a seat at the table, it’s important to do the homework, listening to others, and then actively contribute. 

Question: Which do you value more, intelligence or common sense? Why?

Nabil Adam: I would have to say common sense; I believe everyone is intelligent in some respects.

Question: What would you consider to be the perfect day?

Nabil Adam: For me, the perfect day is one where at the end of the day, I feel that I’ve taken some small steps toward where I want to be in my life.