In Brief

MEPI-TLSer’s Research on Gender and Reform Receives Recognition

Electrical engineering student and Middle East Partnership Initiative (US MEPI) Gender Scholar Pia Kattoura was selected to give a presentation at the end-of-year conference on a gender-inclusive public sector in Lebanon and the region. Impressed by her insights, communications skills, and policy paper, US MEPI leaders invited her to share her research and contribute to current work in anti-corruption reform.


Graphic Design Seniors Exhibit their Journeys, Visually

Topping off a journey that was marked by their pivot to online learning, LAU’s graphic design seniors aptly named their annual exhibit “*22 Bit” in reference to the most basic unit of information in digital communications. Through it, the 12 students showcased the outcome of their academic journeys and their aptitude to produce innovative, socially responsible designs with the latest technology.


Architecture Students Spend a Term at Kent State

Reaching out to LAU students amid this economic crisis, the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University generously offered six fully-paid scholarships for LAU architecture students covering the spring 2022 semester. Dean Elie Haddad expressed his gratitude to Dean Mark Mistur for this wonderful initiative, a “testimony to the persistence of goodwill, the human desire for building bridges and the great values of American higher education.” Read more. (Archive photo)


Innovating with L’Oréal

For the past decade, LAU has been collaborating with L’Oréal, shaping students’ learning experience in business and research, and offering them unique opportunities to innovate. In the most recent L’Oréal Brandstorm Competition 2022, two student teams from the Adnan Kassar School of Business mentored by Associate Professor Zahy Ramadan were among the finalists. They are Aya Farhat, Gina Kazzi, Karim Fattah, Rose Sroujian, Hiba Ali, and Youssef Attach.


TLS Students Published in Al Raida

A special issue of Al Raida, the flagship journal of the Arab Institute for Women, features research policy papers by 15 undergraduate students of the LAU Middle East Partnership Initiative-Tomorrow’s Leaders Gender Scholars Program (MEPI-TLS). The papers cover a plethora of timely topics in gender studies such as women’s labor, heteronormativity and gender inequality in the workplace.


Machine Learning Bootcamp a Hit

More than 135 university students from various Lebanese universities, including LAU, took part in a Machine Learning bootcamp organized by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, in collaboration with the Logistics Automation and Artificial Intelligence student clubs. They benefited from seminars and hands-on training at the School of Engineering Labs and Research Center, under the supervision of 15 LAU seniors.


LAU to Train MoPH Researchers on SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing

As part of a WHO grant secured by Professor of Microbial Genomics Sima Tokajian at the School of Arts and Sciences, her team will train two researchers from the Ministry of Public Health on SARS-CoV-2 sequencing and data analysis at LAU’s Pathogenomics Lab. Similar training will be offered to 30 LAU senior biology students. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Dr. Tokajian’s lab has been a reference for the MoPH and the WHO on circulating variants in Lebanon.


LAU Petroleum Engineers Win First Place, Again

For the second year running, the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter at LAU has claimed first place at the university program competition of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), outdoing participants from across the MENA. The team (L to R) – Mohamad El Zein, Catherine El Riachy, Omar Bekdache and Zahrah Ghannam – was advised by Dr. Zisis Vryzas.


First Prize for Architecture Student

The summer workshop course in Furniture Design with instructor Vanessa Dammous has culminated in a first prize win for second-year architecture student Carina Joseph at Atelier Mobile’s En Plein Air Competition. Joseph’s design, Becoming One, consisted of two elements that create a seat using integrated wooden joinery. Graduates Soumar Al Kamand and Rachelle Saliba also received an honorable mention for their transformable multifunctional frame.


MEPI TLG: Youth Leadership Through Interdisciplinary Knowledge Production

In partnership with the Middle East Partnership Initiative, the American University of Beirut and the American University in Cairo, LAU closed the inaugural year for Tomorrow’s Leaders Graduate Program (TLG) with a virtual conference: Youth Leadership Through Interdisciplinary Knowledge Production. The two-day event showcased, acknowledged and celebrated students’ achievements, particularly in producing full-fledged research.


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