Commemorating the Life of Professor Emeritus Arthur Sanderson Paul, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus Arthur Sanderson Paul, Ph.D.

From the Howard Newsroom:

Dear Howard University Community,

I regret to inform you of the recent passing of Professor Arthur Sanderson Paul, professor emeritus in the Department of Computer Science. Dr. Paul served at Howard University for over 38 years as a faculty member in the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Science. After graduating from Presentation Brothers College in St. George’s, Grenada, Arthur Paul attended Howard University where he majored in Mechanical Engineering.

As an undergraduate student, Dr. Paul was active in the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, and the Caribbean Student Association. He always desired to do something different with his Mechanical Engineering education and began working with Dr. Don Coleman, then an Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering, as a student assistant to help in the development of a new program in urban engineering. In 1971, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, and in 1972, Professor Paul was the first student to be awarded a graduate scholarship from the School of Engineering at Howard University for a new interdisciplinary graduate program in Urban Systems Engineering. After completing the Master of Science degree in Urban Systems Engineering in 1974, he was awarded a fellowship to a newly established PhD program in Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia. While pursuing his Ph.D., Dr. Paul consulted for the US Army Corps of Engineers, as well as, served in a part time capacity on the faculty at Howard University in the Mechanical Engineering and Urban Systems Engineering Departments within the School of Engineering, and the Department of Information Systems within the School of Business.

In 1981, Dr. Arthur Paul began a tenure-track appointment as an assistant professor in Urban Systems Engineering at Howard University. Dr. Paul was a catalyst in the development of the Systems and Computer Science program, the first accredited Computer Science program at an HBCU in the nation. During his 38 years at Howard University, Dr. Paul rose through the ranks to achieve the status of full professor with tenure in the Department of Systems and Computer Science. He also served as Interim Associate Provost for Research, during a time when the university was reorganizing the complex process of managing external grants and contracts, while maintaining compliance. Dr. Paul was also a co-founder of the Analysis Group, Inc., a Washington, DC based consulting firm that would receive prestigious national awards such as: Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year, and Minority Business Enterprise of the Year in 1986 and 1987.

Dr. Paul was an active member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), the Sigma Xi Honorary Research Society, and the Grenada Cultural and Social Association.

From all who knew him, Dr. Arthur Sanderson Paul was a brilliant individual, a humble personality, a good man, and a great friend. The university will plan on celebrating Dr. Pauls' life as a community when it is safe and appropriate.  Please keep the Paul Family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Excellence in Truth and Service,

Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D., R.Ph.

Provost and Chief Academic Officer


Alumni and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science