Edward A. Mazloum (BA ’57) was awarded the Lebanese
Silver Order of Merit with Leaves by President Emile Lahoud in recognition
of his distinguished scientific and cultural achievements. Mazloum
joined the staff of AUB after graduation and was appointed assistant
registrar in 1970. He was promoted to associate registrar in 1993,
a position he held until his retirement in 2000.
Zaven Messerlian (BA ’59, MA ’63), historian,
author, and principal of the Armenian Evangelical College, received
an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Sciences of the Republic
of Armenia in Yerevan on July 30, 2003 for his contributions to
the field of modern Armenian history and education.
Salah D. Salman (MD ’61), former
professor and chairman of the Otolaryngology Department at AUB,
authored two unique medical books: An Atlas of the Nasopharynx and
An Atlas of Diagnostic Nasal Endoscopy. Both books, printed in full
color, were published by The Parthenon Publishing Group in 2003.Arpi
A. Yeghiayan Simonian (BS ’61, MS ’63) is the author
of a newly published book, Slimmer and Trimmer: Daily Tips for Permanent
Weight Loss, which promotes a weight-loss plan based on a lifestyle
change. It incorporates all four contributing factors essential
for weight control—namely, nutrition education, behavior modification,
physical activity, and self-reliance—and advises that they
should be adopted in everyday life. Written in a supportive, enthusiastic
style, the book gives daily tips for healthy living. For ordering
information, contact Vantage Press in New York at 1-800-882-3273.
Dimitri Azar (BS ’79, MD ’83)
was promoted to professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School
in 2003. Dr. Azar, who is director of Corneal, External Diseases,
Contact Lens, and Refractive Surgery Services at the Massachusetts
Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School, has been on the
faculty of Harvard since 1990, and has received a number of awards
for his teaching excellence and professional stature.
Loutfi K. Echhade (BBA ’73) writes that his career
in public accounting and financial advising has spanned more than
30 years in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, and
the United States. He is currently based in Saudi Arabia and is
a senior partner of Ernst & Young Middle East. His clients include
multinational, regional, and local companies in the fields of banking,
construction, insurance, trading, manufacturing, and retail. Echhade
is married and has four children. His son Basil is currently studying
at AUB and his daughter Dena will join him next year as a freshman.
Christos Folias (BA ’75), who
has had a long career as a civil servant in Greece and is active
in politics, has been a member of the European Parliament since
1999. He is currently a member of the Committee on Agriculture and
Rural Development; the Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research,
and Industry; and the European Interparliamentary Delegation for
relations with Switzerland, Iceland, and Norway in the European
Parliament. In addition, he has been the copresident of SME Union
since 2003. Folias is also an active board member of the Chambers
of Commerce and Industry of Athens and of Thessaloniki, as well
as a being a member of the Executive Committee of Konstantinos Karamanlis
Institute for Democracy since 1998.
Nadim F. Fuleihan (BE ’71)
was named senior vice president by Ardaman & Associates, an
engineering firm in Orlando, Florida, in January. He has been with
the firm since 1976 and is a registered professional engineer in
Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. He received his
PhD in geo-technical engineering and an MS in civil engineering
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mohamad I. Trabulsi (BE ’76)
received the Diamond Award of the American Council of Engineering
Companies of New York (ACECNY) for his work as team project engineer
for Han-Padron Associations (HPA). ACECNY had named HPA’s
Hudson River Park, Segment 4, as the project of the year for Site/Landscape
Maha Soubra Abou-Haidar (BA ’80)
was appointed associate principal at NTD Architects, a top-500 multidisciplinary
architectural/engineering firm with offices in California and Arizona.
She joined the firm’s Phoenix office in 2000 as its senior
health care architect and has completed several major hospital projects
throughout the southwest United States. Abou-Haidar is a registered
architect in Arizona and is a member of the American Institute of
Architects. She is married to Nabil Abou-Haidar (BA ’81) who
is also a practicing architect in Phoenix. They have a four-year-old
daughter, Maya, and have been living in Arizona since 1986.
Marwan Adib Takieddine (MD ’82)
writes: “I am grateful to have the opportunity to express
my gratitude and love to the people and institution that have shaped
my career, success, and indeed my whole life.” After graduating,
Dr.Takieddine completed his training in Internal Medicine at Wayne
State University in Detroit and a fellowship in hypertension at
the University of Michigan. He then joined the Division of Nephrology
and Hypertension at the University of California, San Diego, where
he received grants from the National Institute of Health, the Veterans
Administration, and the National Kidney Foundation. Takieddine moved
to Nevada in July 1994, where he joined a private group practice
as a member of the Hypertension and Renal Institute of Nevada in
Las Vegas. In 2002, he received the Medical Leader of Year award
from the National Kidney Foundation, Southern Nevada Chapter.
Ala Sharara (MD ’87), associate
professor of medicine, head of the Division of Gastroenterology,
and director of the Endoscopy Unit at AUB, is the recipient of the
Presidential Poster Award of the American College of Gastroenterology
(ACG) for his research on a novel treatment for helicobacter pylori,
a common organism responsible for stomach ulcers and, in some cases,
stomach cancers. The research was completed by a group of AUB physicians,
headed by Sharara, in collaboration with the School of Pharmacy
at the Lebanese American University. Their work was presented at
the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the ACG, held October 10 to
15 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Mabrouk to Sana Ghulmiyyah (BA ’94)
on her marriage to Dr. Joe Naoum! The happy occasion took place
on July 31, 2003. The couple resides in Galveston, Texas.
Edward Jaoude (MD ’94), an
ophthalmologist based in Lewes, Delaware, presented a lecture on
eye problems and conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma, and
macular degeneration, on February 20 at St. Jude the Apostle Church
in Lewes. He recently relocated to Delaware from Emory University
in Atlanta, Georgia, where he had received fellowship training in
corneal transplant, cataract, and laser surgery.
Amal Khoury (BA ’96, MA ’99)
received the Outstanding Teaching for a PhD Candidate Award from
American University’s School of International Service in Washington,
DC, in April 2004. This promising academic, by the way, is the daughter
of MainGate Coeditor Ibrahim Khoury.
Tony Slieman (MS ’95) taught
a seminar in February on “Bioterrorism: The Role of Biological
Agents in Bioterrorism and Biological Warfare” at Northcentral
Technical College in Wausau, Wisconsin, where he is a biomedical
science instructor. His seminar focused on the causative agents
of anthrax, small pox, and plague and explored the history of biological
warfare, the diseases it can cause, and the defense strategies that
can be used against it. Slieman received his MS in microbiology
from AUB and a PhD in pathobiology from the University of Arizona.
Maha el Choubassi (BE ’03)
was selected in March 2004 to receive a James M. Henderson Fellowship
for First Year Graduate Students in Electrical Engineering, owing
to her outstanding academic achievements and her demonstrated leadership
in activities and research as an undergraduate. El Choubassi joined
the University of Illinois–Champagne in August 2003 to work
on her PhD in electrical engineering.
Jihane Hajj (BSN ’02) married
Ala Rababy in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in August 2003. The couple
is now living in Philadelphia, where Hajj is a registered nurse
at Hahnemann Hospital and Rabady is a senior associate in the firm
of Pricewaterhouse Coopers.