Asst Director, Academic Svcs
Campus Address: Twin Rise South Wing 530A
Abdi Hajikandi is the Assistant Director for Academic Services in the Educational Opportunity Program at Buffalo State. He is also an Adjunct faculty in the Mathematics Department and the Muriel A. Howard Honors Program. He graduated with honors, obtaining dual Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from University at Buffalo in Pure and Applied Mathematics, as well as Electrical and Computer Engineering. Since 1984, he has worked in various capacities to provide academic support for students. With over 28 years of experience teaching mathematics at SUNY Buffalo State and the University at Buffalo, Hajikandi has presented on mathematics and related topics at several local and regional conferences. He is active in the campus community, and has served as a member of the International Student Advisory Council, McNair Scholars Program Advisory Board and its Recruitment Subcommittee, and the President’s Council on Campus Equity and Diversity.
He is the recipient of several awards including the EOP Staff Merit Award, student-nominated Instructor of the Year and Outstanding Faculty awards, and the McNair Scholars Program Instructor of the Year Award. As part of his service to the community at large, over the last few years, Hajikandi received several mini-grants by the Center for Development of Human Services (CDHS) to work on projects related to mentoring foster care children and to training foster care caseworkers.
Hajikandi is passionate about teaching mathematics, its applications in the Real World, and in assisting his students succeed, not only in his courses, but also in their overall academic endeavors. He has been involved with Learning Communities at Buffalo State, both as a Staff Liaison and as a faculty teaching mathematics, and finds it to be particularly rewarding to work closely with other faculty and staff members in the CSI Learning Community in achieving common goals.
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