Mustafa Faramawi taught at Medaille College from 2000 until 2008, teaching courses in business, management, econometrics and computer information systems. At the time of his death, he was a Ph.D. candidate at the University at Buffalo's Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Faramawi's research involved computer networks, grid computing, and distributed systems. He earned his bachelor of science from Canisius College and his MBA from Medaille.
Farmawari had been diagnosed with colon cancer and took a leave of absence in the spring semester before his death.
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