Magda Metwally was born in Cairo, Egypt. She received her B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Ain Shams University in Cairo in 1967. She became the first female to obtain an M.Sc. degree from the Electric Engineering Department at the University of British Columbia in Canada in 1972. Ten years later she made history again as the first woman to obtain a Ph.D. degree from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Santa Clara University.
Dr. Metwally began teaching at Santa Clara’s School of Engineering as an adjunct lecturer in 1987. She taught AMTH 106, AMTH 230, and AMTH 231. She received her first Gerald E. Markle Award for Teaching Excellence in 1991, then again in 2001 and 2019.
She balances her teaching career with her numerous other responsibilities as a wife, mother, and grandmother, along with being an active member of the community. She regularly contributes her time and efforts to several charitable organizations in the Bay Area. Her hobbies include cooking and reading about alternative health advances.