Dr. Akila is Assistant Professor at the Computer Science Department and Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at Effat University. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science from Institut National d'Informatique in Algeria, a Master of Science degree from the University of Quebec (Montreal) and INI (Algeria) and a PhD in Computer Science from Ecole Superieure Nationale d'Informatique (ESI). She is an IEEE Senior Member.She worked as a Research Assistant and Software Engineer in Canada (Montreal) and as a Senior Software Engineer and Senior Member of Technical Staff in the United States (California) before moving to Saudi Arabia to join the faculty at Effat University in 2002 in the Computer Science (CS) department. She got her Cisco Regional Academy Instructor Certification in 2004 and worked as a Cisco Coordinator till 2011. She served as the Chair of the CS department and then from 2013 as a Dean for the College of Engineering till Summer 2017.
Dr. Akila was the main lead for the College of Engineering NCAAA accreditation (CS, ECE, IS programs). She also led the ABET international accreditation for the three programs (CS, ECE, IS programs). She served as a program reviewer for NCAAA external panel.She is an active researcher and community member. Her current research interests are in Information Retrieval and Ranking Systems in Service Oriented Architecture. She is as well interested in Knowledge Management and Communities of Practice and Knowledge Sharing.