Engineering Alumni Recognized
for Outstanding Achievements
The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture awarded the Distinguished
Alumnus Award to six former AUB engineering students on May 17, in a ceremony
that kicked off the Fifth FEA Student Conference, at which students' final
year projects and engineering inventions were showcased.
Abdullah Zakhem (BE '62) was honored for his outstanding career in engineering
and his contributions to the world of construction. Zakhem founded Zakhem
Engineers with his brother George in 1964. Later the company was restructured
into Zakhem International, a holding company in Luxembourg.
Fawwaz Ulaby (BS physics, '64), currently a professor at the University
of Michigan, was recognized for his outstanding contributions to education
and basic research in electromagnetics, microwaves, and remote sensing
technology. He received his PhD in electrical engineering from the University
of Texas at Austin in 1968. Ulaby is the recipient of several awards,
including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Centennial and Millennium medals and the NASA William Pecora Award.
Suad Amiry (BA, '77), the director of Riwaq, a center for architectural
conservation in Ramallah, Palestine, was honored for her pioneering study
and protection of the architectural heritage of Palestine. She was a member
of the 1991-93 Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, and has published a prize-winning
novel that has been translated into 15 languages. Amiry received her PhD
in architecture from Edinburgh University in 1988.
Hani Mahmassani (attended AUB, 1973 to 1975), professor at the University
of Maryland, was recognized for his excellence in research in the fields
of transportation systems and transportation planning. He earned a PhD
in Transportation Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mahmassani is editor-in-chief of Transportation Science. He is a transportation
consultant to companies and also advises universities on their research
Habib Najm (BE, '83) received the award for his outstanding contributions
to research in combustion, electrochemical microfluid systems, and biotechnology
devices. He earned his PhD in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology and. is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins
University. Najm is a co-inventor of 11 US/international patents.
Ali Khayrallah (BE, '84) was recognized for his outstanding research,
inventions, and contributions to the development of cellular and wireless
communication systems. He received his PHD from the University of Michigan
in 1989, and is now the director of research at Ericsson, North Carolina,
where he manages projects related to cellular systems. He holds more than
40 patents, and received the Ericsson Inventor of the Year Award in 2001.