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.

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.

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.

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.

Deanships for Alumni in Lebanon and the Emirates

President of RDCL-World Dr. Fouad Zmokhol (BS ‘96, MBA ’99) – who is also a member of the Board of Trustees – has taken on the deanship of Saint Joseph University’s Faculty of Business and Management. Meanwhile, Dr. Wassim Almawi (BS ’80) was appointed dean of the College of Health Sciences at Abu Dhabi University in April 2020.

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.

Help Continues from Student Clubs

Following the explosion in Beirut, some 60 LAU students from the Architecture, Nursing, Poetry and First Responder Clubs offered immense help through cleaning up hospitals, homes and streets. Some also tended to injured patients in the Emergency Room and in Intensive Care Units.

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