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SOE Student Wins Global Challenge

Mechanical engineering student Noeman El Hassanieh has won second place in the Dassault Systèmes Model Mania 2021 3D Experience Student Challenge, a worldwide, virtual competition where hundreds of participants attempt to create a 3D design out of a 2D drawing. The most robust and accurate structures in shape and dimensions, which are produced within the shortest time frame, are announced as winners.

A Year of HELM

To give a glimpse into a myriad of leadership activities and experiences, LAU’s USP/HES Scholars have been documenting their inspirational stories and initiatives in the monthly Higher Education Leadership Magazine (HELM), which celebrates its first publishing anniversary this month.

Funded by USAID, this unique scholarship program offers students endless opportunities to develop soft skills, serve their communities and prepare for their careers.

Lebanese Dialect a Hit

In a SINARC first, the program hosted a series of free workshops introducing the Lebanese dialect to more than 300 international students. The online series was made possible through combined efforts of SINARC faculty and LAU student buddies, who prepared a rich deck of interactive Lebanese content from idioms and traditions to cuisine and current events.

Presenting Alter, a Graphic Design Student Exhibit

As graphic design students reckoned with immense changes on the local and global level, they crafted and aggregated different forms of creative expression. The outcome of their work has now been launched through a virtual exhibit themed Alter, a reflection on their innovative, unique journeys, as they had to adapt across the board.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Student Clubs Help With Relief Efforts

Student volunteers from the Nutrition Club collaborated with the Lebanese Food Bank to distribute food in some of Beirut’s hardest-hit neighborhoods, while also helping with the clean up. Their peers from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Engineering Without Borders Clubs cleared the rubble at homes and hospitals that were damaged by the blast.

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