Dr. Atabakhsh formerly served as an Associate Research Scientist and Associate Director of the Coplink Center for Excellence. She received her BSc., MSc.(1984), and Ph.D. (Dec. 1987) in Computer Science from the University of Toulouse in France. She was Assistant Professor in Toulouse from Jan.1988-Jan.1989. She was employed by the National Research Council of Canada, as Research Scientist, from Jan. 1989 - 1996 and worked in areas such as knowledge based systems, object-oriented design and programming, GUI, applications in Manufacturing and Business. She has also been adjunct lecturer at the University of Ottawa as well as at the MIS department (teaching MIS 454/554).