Dr. Salah Aziz

Dr. Salah Aziz: The Visionary Founder and Pioneer of Komar University of Science and Technology

Dr. Salah Aziz, a visionary and trailblazer, is the esteemed founder and driving force behind the establishment of Komar University of Science and Technology (KUST). His remarkable journey embarked with a daring vision that would ultimately evolve into a distinguished institution of higher education. Serving as KUST’s President from 2010 to 2017, Dr. Salah Aziz played an indispensable role in shaping the university’s trajectory and nurturing its growth. His unwavering commitment to education and innovation solidified his legacy as a true pioneer.

Dr. Salah Aziz’s leadership extended far beyond his presidency; he also served as a devoted member of the board and chairman of the University Council. His strategic guidance and steadfast dedication to the institution’s mission were pivotal in securing its success.

KUST thrived as an iconic model of academic excellence and innovation. His foresight drew a team of distinguished Academic Co-Founders, each a leading figure in their respective fields, who contributed their profound knowledge and expertise to lay the university’s academic foundation. Some notable Academic Co-Founders include:

  • Dr. Kamal Tawfiq, a distinguished Civil Engineering professor at Florida State University.
  • Dr. Hayder Al-Shukri, a prominent professor of Applied Sciences at the University of Arkansas.
  • Dr. Peter Garretson, an esteemed History professor at Florida State University.
  • Dr. Abdulaziz AlSebial, an expert in Arabic Literature.
  • Dr. Michal Basile, with a background in International Affairs at Murray State University.

While academic expertise was crucial, financial support was equally essential to realize the university’s ambitious goals.  Alongside a group of dedicated Financial Co-Founders, secured the necessary resources to turn KUST into a thriving institution. Some notable Financial Co-Founders include:


  • Mr. Ahmed Ali Faraj, the proprietor of Miran Groups.
  • Mr. Aso Mohmad Ali, the owner of Halabja Group.
  • Mr. Hissian Salih Sharif, the head of Kaso Groups.
  • Mr. Jamal Abdul, a key figure in education and government initiatives.
  • Mr. Mustafa Abdulrahman, the owner of Ikhwan Groups.
  • Mr. Abed Sulaiman, the proprietor of Diwan Groups.

These individuals, under the visionary leadership of Dr. Salah Aziz, provided the financial support and strategic guidance necessary to transform KUST into a thriving center of academic excellence and innovation.


The collaborative efforts of Dr. Salah Aziz and his co-founders, both Academic and Financial, have left an indelible mark on KUST. Their unwavering commitment to the university’s mission and their tireless pursuit of academic excellence continue to inspire the KUST community to excel in their studies and contribute to the fields of science and technology.