Husam Yaghi, Ph.D.

An ordinary retired young man with passion and desire to leave a legacy.  

I hope I could add to your positive energy today.   

Even though I retired, I wish I could continue contributing to mankind to make up for the sins I had committed.
I'm a free bird as I have done a lot in the past 50 plus years.  I published more than 20 papers, conducted funded research, and built few companies, in addition to teaching Electrical Engineering (digital systems) for over 10 years. 

Now I'm focusing on blockchain (the Internet of value).  No, I have nothing to do with bitcoin.  I am interested in blockchain because of its potential to improve identity management, management of precious goods, land registry, court documents, insurance claims, patients records, education, students records, and payment processing; just to name few.  You may visit for further info, if interested.

I guess I could claim that, proudly I got my teenage boys interested in entrepreneurship at the age of 13 and 14.  Through them, I was lucky to meet some of the best people out there.  Now, Amer who is 18 is studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of California in La Jolla (UCSD) and is active in entrepreneurship there.  Amer now is a firm believer in blockchain for healthcare, eCommerce, and identity management.  Here is a sample of photos from their journey

 I am also helping my kids on their Chillax-I-Can social initiative via their Youth Entrepreneurship Club at school ( and I'm helping my 11 year old daughter, Tamara, on her Smiles for Kids initiative; provide toys and school supplies to refugee kids and the less fortunate (

 To keep my brain alive, I own and manage a blog for the promotion of Arabic content on the Internet ( along with apps for iOS and Android devices.

Over 30 years ago, I designed, implemented, and managed one of the first FDDI high speed backbones connecting several engineering buildings and linking to a national high-speed research network; the Synthesis Coalition.  At the same time, I secured external funding to build the first Internet & email network on campus; BitNet; funded by the National science Foundation.

Back then, long time ago, I published 22 scientific papers, presented at numerous conferences, conducted funded research for NSF, NASA, IBM, DoD, DoE, BellCore, AT&T and others.  I was featured in local newspapers for my social entrepreneurship initiatives for K-12 schools.

Long ago, I published a heavily mathematical book on Reservoir Simulation along with a computer program to predict the amount of oil or gas in a given geographical area.
Well, I was recognized back then: received awards for teaching excellence, awards for exceptional work, and awards for research initiatives.

Over 40 years ago, I learned and mastered chess.  My coach was a chess champion in Jordan and was a blind man, Dr. Mohamed Younis.  I still have that very first chess board which was specially made for the visually impaired.

Last but not least, I'm a lousy husband, a photographer, a chess player, and a peace lover.   I love women: my mother, my wife, my daughters, and my sisters.

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."  _Leo Tolstoy