Mahir Awrahem is an alumnus of the University of Detroit Mercy-UDM, Northcentral University, and University of Mosul, Iraq. Before becoming a professor of Computer Sciences, he studied Theology at OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP Church /Mosul, Iraq. As a theology student, Awrahem formally studied Aramaic in its written and spoken forms (in the Assyrian Syriac dialectical tradition) with university and religious scholars for four years before immigrating to the United States with his family.

In addition to teaching at University of Detroit Mercy and the Ishtar Cultural Center since Winter 2009, Professor Awrahem teaches at Oakland University since Fall 2013, Wayne County Community College since Winter 2014, Oakland Community College since Fall 2014, and he taught at Baker College for 12 years as computer programming instructor. Additionally, he updates and evaluates UDM’s Aramaic proficiency tests (both written and oral components). The Aramaic proficiency test was reviewed by an advisory panel which includes renowned scholars in Aramaic and Middle Eastern Studies: Abdul Massih Saadi, Ph.D. (University of Notre Dame) and Edward Odisho, Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus, Northeastern Illinois University).