In Brief

President Mawad Recognized in Stanford Study

LAU President Michel E. Mawad has been listed among the top 2% scientists worldwide in his field, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging, in a study conducted by Stanford researchers. Dr. Mawad’s research over his 40-year career has focused on cerebrovascular disease, resulting in more than 107 publications in prestigious medical and scientific journals, six book chapters, and 211 scientific papers.

LAU Engineering Shines in Stanford Study

In a study of the top 2% scientists of the world by Stanford researchers, School of Engineering Dean Lina Karam and GSR Dean Samer Saab ranked no. 1 in Lebanon in Artificial Intelligence & Image Processing, and Industrial Engineering & Automation, respectively. Professor Chadi Abou Rjeily was listed under Networking & Telecommunications. The three are professors of Electrical Engineering.

Society of Petroleum Engineers Wins First Place in Abu Dhabi

LAU’s SPE Student Chapter seized first place at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference – University Programme Competition. The team, supervised by Assistant Professor Zisis Vryzas, topped 23 university teams from across the MENA region. After having won third place last year, this marks the LAU team’s second year of participation in ADIPEC.

Best Paper Award for AKSOB Faculty

AKSOB Assistant Professor of Marketing Omar Itani has won the Wessex press Best Paper Award for “The Impact of Salesperson Moral Identity Centrality on Internal and External Customers” at the 2020 National Conference in Sales Management. ­This underlines “the high impact and quality of the research at LAU’s AKSOB despite the difficult times we are facing,” he said.

Dr. Lina Karam: Plenary Speaker at IEEE Conference

Dr. Lina Karam, dean of the School of Engineering, was invited as Plenary Speaker at the premier 2020 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing. A fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Dr. Karam holds a longstanding association with the institute. Her talk Towards Resilient Deep Learning was delivered to thousands of attendees worldwide.

QS Ranks LAU No. 2 in Lebanon

The 2021 QS Arab Region University Rankings has ranked LAU second in Lebanon and 14th in the region, up one place from 2020. Major strengths were once again Employer Reputation – placing 4th regionally, up from 8th in 2020 – and Citations per Paper, where it ranked first in Lebanon, a testament to the quality and impact of its research.

Ceramics Instructor Earns Silver Plaque

Ceramicist and adjunct faculty member at the School of Architecture & Design Samar Mogharbel (BS 1982) has won silver at the MIKS 20: International exhibition of ceramics and glass, out of 73 artists from 12 countries. Due to COVID-19, some participants exhibited virtually. Mogharbel’s work has been showcased in Sweden, Lebanon, Croatia and the UAE.

HES Scholars’ Welcome

The Outreach and Civic Engagement Department (OCE) welcomed 66 new Ambassador Merit Scholars in a virtual annual homecoming event for the USAID Higher Education Scholarship (HES) Cycle II. The scholars were greeted with warm wishes for the new academic year by LAU President Michel E. Mawad, USAID Mission Director Eileen Devitt, Vice President Elise Salem and Assistant VP for OCE Elie Samia.

Alumnus Appointed Nestlé’s Chairman & CEO MENA

LAU alumnus Remy Ejel (BS ‘92) has been appointed Nestlé’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for the Middle East and North Africa region. “It is a privilege for me to work together with a strong team of knowledgeable and passionate people,” he said, describing himself as a Mediterranean at heart with roots in several countries.

Dr. Jad Melki Receives Shoman Award

LAU Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Jad Melki received the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers – the second such award for LAU – for his work on the impact of social media in the Arab world. Among his recent publications are Media Uses and Trust during the protests and Mitigating Infodemics: Media Uses in Lebanon During the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Jabbras Donate Personal Library

Drs. Joseph and Nancy Jabbra have donated to our Byblos library the 2,000+ books, periodicals and multimedia items that used to fill every shelf of the outgoing president’s office. The collection, an estimated value of over $40,000, spans the social sciences, history, and geography — and will continue to enrich the minds of scholars for generations to come.

Alumna Paper Published in OBVIA

Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at Laval University Nadia Naffi (BS ‘95) has recently published a white paper investigating the disruption of teaching and learning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. LAU Associate Professors and Assistants to the Provost Drs. Barbar Akle and Rula Diab contributed to the paper and will join an online symposium on October 2 as a follow-up.

USAID HES Orientation Day

As part of the integration process of the newly admitted 66 HES-USP VIII C2 & RSS Cycle 2 into the University Scholarship Program, the Outreach and Civic Engagement Department at LAU organized an online orientation session to tackle topics such as adapting to a new lifestyle, minimizing the cultural gap, managing finances, and hands-on usage of technological platforms.

MEPI TLers Ready for a New Chapter

A new cohort of Middle East Partnership Initiative Tomorrow’s Leaders (MEPI-TL) scholars were welcomed through a virtual orientation. Along with 15 new undergraduate students from all over the Arab World, a total of 295 scholars from Lebanon joined the new Gender Scholars program (TLS), which is designed to strengthen awareness on gender education and activism.

CP’s IPE Practice Recognized by ACEND

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) has selected the BS in Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program (CP) at LAU’s School of Arts and Sciences as one of the 2020 Noteworthy Practice Honorees among the ACEND-accredited programs for its Interprofessional Education (IPE). The CP’s noteworthy practice was highlighted on ACEND’s website

SOE Alumna and Faculty Talk Aviation

LAU alumna Gaelle Abi Younes (BE ‘19) and Associate Professor of Civil Engineering John El Khoury have been featured in the fall edition of Aviation Newsletter. Abi Younes spoke about her final year project at LAU, an expansion plan for the Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, while Dr. El Khoury offered valuable advice to students aspiring for a career in aviation. 

Win for SArD Faculty’s Proposal

SArD Assistant Professor of Practice Marwan Zouein and his team shared the winning prize for their entry at the Beyond Cement Competition, focused on the environmental, economic and urban challenges facing Chekka, Koura and the Collar Towns. The team’s proposal called for restoring the existing quarried landscape by recreating alternative agricultural practices based on the principle of agroforestry.  

LAU Ranked in Nature Index

LAU has ranked second in Lebanon and among the top 15 in the Arab world in the Nature Index 2020, an indicator of global high-quality research output and collaboration. The Nature Index tracks contributions to research articles published in 82 high-quality natural science journals,  selected on reputation by an independent panel of leading scientists in their fields.

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