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SPE Student Chapter Awarded Excellence Award

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) has awarded the 2021 Excellence Award to LAU’s Student Chapter, recognizing them among the top 20 worldwide, for the second year in a row. Associate Professor and Petroleum Engineering Program Coordinator Caesar Abi Shdid said that “winning this award despite Lebanon’s compounded challenges is testament to the resilience of LAU’s students.”

Tatyana Antoun’s Collection Featured in Fashion Film

Vamata, a collection by Tatyana Antoun (BFA, Fashion Design ’18) was featured in Museum Leila, a fashion film commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum in collaboration with Contemporary Art from the Middle East. Antoun’s work – “power dressing that offered the possibility of detaching from her social role” – had earned the Prix du Jury at LAU’s 2018 graduate fashion show.

LAU Faculty to Represent Lebanon at UN Panel

Dr. Sima Tokajian, professor of microbial genomics at the School of Arts and Sciences has been selected for her work on sequencing and revealing circulating variants to represent Lebanon at the United Nations technical briefing on COVID-19 Genome Sequencing. The panel was organized by the permanent missions of the UK and Lebanon to the UN with the World Health Organization.

LAU Joins the VIP Consortium

Thanks to a recent MEPI grant to adapt and apply the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) at LAU, the university has joined the VIP Consortium, which includes 45 universities from around the world. Originally conceived by The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), the program allows teams of students from across academic years and disciplines to develop innovative projects.

MEPI Recognizes Dina Abdul Rahman

Together with the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), the US Embassy in Beirut has recognized LAU’s MEPI-TL Executive Director Dina Abdul Rahman for her invaluable service to the program. She received the certificate of appreciation with gratitude and humility, thanking MEPI and highlighting the value of their support to the youth of the MENA region, especially during these challenging times.

Alumna’s Film Reaps Awards

Untold, a film by LAU alumna Sara Fouladkar (BA ’21) won Best First Time Director Award at the Art Film Awards Festival and the Jury Special Award Best Short Film at the Europe Film Festival. It tells the story of a young woman facing trauma and anxiety amid COVID-19 and the August 4 Beirut explosion. She dedicated the film to “those struggling on their own.”

New LAU Medical Center With More Reach

Extending excellence and compassion in healthcare to the Keserwan district and beyond, LAU will soon be inaugurating its LAU Medical Center-St John’s Hospital in Jounieh. Benefitting from LAU’s expertise and research in healthcare, it will be directly managed and operated by LAU, making it the only university medical center in the area.

Elie Saab Oversees Promotion 2021 Jury

The graduating cohort of fashion design students showed their collections in the presence of Mr. Elie Saab during a closed jury at LAU. The visit, said Director of the Fashion Design Program Silia Abou Arbid, provided “a valuable opportunity for hearing new ideas, encouraging students to critically evaluate their development, carry exploration, and revise or assert decisions before the runway show.”  

Coding for the Future

LAU Tomorrow’s Leaders undergraduate program (TLU) scholar Manel Benabid, who is a computer science major, volunteered her time and skills at World Learning Algeria to teach high schoolers the basics of programming and coding. Through interactive, free-of-charge courses, her students were able to develop problem solving skills creatively.

ASCE Distinguished Chapter Award for LAU

LAU was the only university outside the US to receive the Distinguished Chapter Award from the American Society for Civil Engineers, placing it in the same league as top university student chapters worldwide. “The credit,” said Civil Engineering Chair Caesar Abi Shdid, “goes to the students, the student chapter leadership board, and their faculty advisor and mentor Dr. John El-Khoury.”

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