Fifth Annual FEA Student Conference Held
|Dean Hajj and Provost Heath cutting the
cake alongside distinguished alumni
The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture held its Fifth Annual Student
Conference on May 17-18. The two-day event began with the ceremonial presentation
of awards to six distinguished FEA alumni (see accompanying article).
The conference agenda was composed of a number of technical sessions,
presented by both students and alumni, and included a display of the projects
of final year students.
The annual FEA event is of special benefit to the students. Participation
in the technical sessions allows them to gain experience in writing, presenting,
and displaying their research findings. Faculty members and alumni also
benefit; they have the opportunity to hear about the projects of others
and to share in the exchange of ideas that is the valuable hallmark of
any well organized conference.
The variety of topics addressed by the speakers was enormous, ranging
in nature from the philosophical to the intensely technical. The eight
technical sessions included everything from graphic design to computer
vision to robotics, and every session hosted at least four student presenters.
The alumni who spoke during the four plenary sessions also covered a wide
range of topics; some presented their current projects and others delineated
their experiences as engineers after graduating from AUB. One even explained
how he left the field to become a writer.
The FEA is dedicated to constantly improving and updating its technology
components. Both the alumni and students participating in the conference
demonstrated their commitment to this purpose, especially in the utilization
of technology in the creative aspect of design and invention.