Spring 2007 Vol. V, No. 3
Mona Asfour Saba and Robert Bahij Saba
Mona Asfour Saba (BA 53) and Robert Bahij Saba (BA 52, BSCE
53) live in Allison Park, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
where Mona volunteers at the local hospital and at Christ Episcopal Church.
Robert Bahij, who also earned an MS in civil engineering from MIT in 1961,
is retired but still actively involved in technology transfer as a consultant
to FirstLink, a Department of Defense National Center of Excellence for
first responders, at the University of Pittsburgh.
Mona writes: "I was so glad to visit Beirut this past October and
share a few weeks of comfort and joy with family and friends. I thoroughly
enjoyed walking through the AUB campus and marveling at all
the growth and improvements. The museum in particular was fabulous.
Then, of course, I visited the AUB Chapel (Assembly Hall) where my husband
and I were married in 1954. The number of students milling around in front
of the gates and all over the campus was such an uplifting sight. Thank
you AUB for being there for all of us: "Well Salute Thee Alma
Mater. Hail! O Hail! To Thee!" We hope our five grandchildren will
be able to visit some day!
(MD 59) and his family are happy to announce that they are the proud
grandparents of Isabel (born to their son Ramzi and his wife Shawna) and
Dylan (born to their daughter Rania and her husband Josh). Munir can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(MA 67) has had a long and successful career as a legal and civic
advocate in corporate and governmental affairs in North America and Africa.
She is a barrister-at-law in England and a barrister and solicitor in
Canada. She returned to her native country South Africa in 1993 to work
with the ANC government. She writes, "I am currently in South Africa.
I receive copies of MainGate from time to time and remain in contact with
fellow alumni: Najwa Khouri, Usama Mugharbil, Amal Shammaa, Munir Shamma,
Rashid Khalifa, and Adnan Bakhiet. I was in Beirut and Jordan last
April for a reunion and met up with some of these friends there. I hope
to attend my Class of 67 Reunion. It is wonderful to go back in
time and recall my student days in Beirut. They were my best!! I was vice
president of the graduate residence Bustani Hall..." Zubeida can
be reached at email@example.com.
Thomas Hasler writes: Bonnie Hasler (MA, Middle East Studies, 68)
and I met at the Middle East Studies Seminar organized by Professor Joseph
Malone. I was an editor at The Daily Star on a journalism internship from
the University of Michigan trying to understand something about the Middle
East. We got married in Beirut the day after Bonnie defended her thesis
on the Kurds. Returning to the US, I found a job as a journalist at the
Baltimore Sun and Bonnie went into the human services field, first with
the State of Maryland, then as a consultant in Washington. She was diagnosed
with ovarian cancer in 1991, but before her demise in 1995 she worked
on a challenging
USAID contract that established the first senior center
in Moscow shortly after the fall of communism. I subsequently left the
Sun and was involved in several IT ventures in the business intelligence
area. More recently Ive been an independent investor and film producer.
I reconnected with AUB after the Israeli attack on Lebanon. I can be reached
(BS 75, MS 79, PhD 81) was the keynote speaker at the
4th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference in Singapore February 8-11,
2007 where he delivered a paper, Innovative Simulations to Assess
Professional Competence. He was also asked to speak at the
Headquarters Office of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland
on February 23 on the challenges and opportunities of medical education
in the 21st century.
On a personal note, Drs. Tekian and Haroutune Armenian (BS 64, MD
68, president of the American University of Armenia), climbed 17,044-foot
Mount Ararat with four other people on August 27, 2006. It was one
of the most challenging experiences of their lives.
Raja G. Khouri
(BA 81) was appointed commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission
(OHRC) after completing a one-year appointment at the Hate Crimes Community
Working Group. Raja was national president of the Canadian Arab Federation
(2002-04) and a strong advocate for community rights and civil liberties.
In 2001, he directed a landmark national study of the Canadian Arab community
and authored the book Arabs in Canada: Post 9/11. Raja is an organizational
and community development consultant and a regular commentator in Canada.
He is currently writing a book on Palestinian contemporary artists. Raja
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(BA 83), writes: "I am living in the Maldives, still fresh
out of AUB after my 1983 graduation. I want to thank the AUB community
and the people of Lebanon for having given me life in more than abundance
right in the middle of a raging civil war!" Ibrahim particularly
wants to thank AUBs honorary university marshal Nabeel Ashkar for
his encouragement. "I recall with great fondness his suddenly calling
me Grand Maestro when I was trying to play some jazz bass
as per the score (!) and then decided to peel off from the rest of the
gang and improvise instead. I also recall his fondness for AUB and its
historysomething that has instilled the same quality in me."
Leila Sami Alameddine
(BA 85, MMB 88) has been appointed managing director and head
of the new European Private Banking Division at Europe Arab Bank (EAB)
in London. She joins EAB from JP Morgan where she was vice president of
Sales, Global Corporate Trust Department responsible for new business
development and the sales and marketing strategy for Western Europe, the
Nordic region, and the Middle East. Leila is also a member of EAB's Executive
Committee. She can be contacted at Alamleila@hotmail.com.
(BE 93) lives in Beirut and works in Siemens's regional office,
which serves the Middle East and North Africa, as a director for network
consulting. Siemens is a multinational telecommunications company.
Amal Ibrahim Khoury
(BA 96, MA 99) has received a PhD in international relations
from The American University in Washington, DC. Her 400-page thesis, Castles
in the Sand? An Integrative Approach to Peace Building and Development
to Repatriate Lebanons Internally Displaced, explores the
theoretical link between peace building and development to facilitate
reconciliation in deeply divided societies. She concludes that various
efforts to return internally-displaced persons failed not only for political
and economic reasons, but also because they did not emphasize the social,
cultural, and human facets of the return process.
Lama Zeinoun Tabet
(BBA 96) worked for many years teaching accounting, marketing, and
business studies at schools offering the American system of education.
Lama has also worked as an administrator and career counselor. She recently
moved to the business sector and is now an administrative officer at Lahoud
Engineering. She is also a member of the Chabibeh Sports Club, a basketball
club in Chiah. The team placed second this year in the Lebanese Basketball
Championship for the fourth division, and was promoted to the third division.
Lama is involved in the club's social committee that is creating a free
career counseling center in the region. Lama is married and has a seven-year
old son. Her email is email@example.com.
(BA 97, MA 99) started her professional career at HSBC
in Beirut working in the Corporate Credit Department before moving to
the Gulf Bank in Kuwait and then to Banque Audi in Beirut. Rana emigrated
to Canada in 2004 where she completed her MBA from HEC Montreal (2005).
She currently lives in Toronto and works as the business process officer
in the Private Investment Counsel Division of TD Waterhouse where
she provides advice, business expertise, and recommendations on operational
and business processes related to the discretionary money management
of high net-worth clients. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(BA 97) and her husband Ibrahim Hout have been blessed with the
arrival of a new baby girl named Tatiana.
The happy couple has three other children: Issam (6 years), Celine (4
years), and Stephanie (2 years). Maha still works at BankMed in the Human
Resources Division. Her husband Ibrahim is an architect with his own construction
and contracting business.
(BA 98) reports that after graduation she moved to Australia. Karine
earned her master's degree in information systems in 2002 with high honors.
In 2004, she went to work at the University of New South Wales as an alumni
and event manager. She recently moved to Dubai where she is a manager
of education services for the Victorian Government Business Office which
covers the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Middle East.Karine would
love to hear from old classmates and AUB alumni. Her e-mail is email@example.com.
(BBA 98, MBA 05) is a senior consultant with KPMG. She consults
on public infrastructure finance and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(BS 99, MS 02) is a third-year PhD candidate in the Civil
Engineering Department at the University of Toronto. Her focus is transport
and the environment and how to promote sustainable transportation plans
in Canadian urban areas. She is currently working towards the development
of decision-support tools/models that assist policymakers in the appraisal
of strategic land-use and transportation plans. Marianne can be reached
(BS 00, MD 04) performed a benefit piano recital in Iowa City
on October 18, 2006 for the UNICEF Lebanon Children's Fund. Approximately
150 of Ihab's friends, colleagues, and Iowa City residents attended the
concert. Contact email@example.com
to order a CD or DVD of the event.
(BA 00) earned his master's in international relations from Hawaii
University. After one year at Zawya Dow Jones, Nadim was promoted to assistant
news editor. He recently published his first article in the European edition
of the Wall Street Journal. Nadim also writes for the Lebanon-based Executive
Magazine and Jordan Business. In May 2006, he won first prize in a contest
sponsored by Annahar Newspaper and Iqra Association for a children's book
he wrote to be published in 2007. Nadim and his wife, who were married
three days after the start of the July 2006 war, live in Bchemoun. He
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zeina Muhieddine Ghalayini
(BBA 02, MBA 06) has moved to Kuwait with her husband and
is working at the National Bank of Kuwait as a marketing researcher.
(BE 02) is an information security adviser with Ernst & Young
LLPs Security & Technology Solutions where he helps Fortune
500 clients assess, evaluate, and implement solutions to protect their
information. After earning his degree in civil engineering from AUB, Hassan
went on to get an MS in information security policy and management from
Carnegie Mellon University. He lives with his wife Maisaa in Dearborn,
Michigan and can be reached at email@example.com.
Celine El Khoury El Bourgi
(BBA 05) has moved around quite a bit in the last few years. She
is now working as a trader at Capital Markets in Beirut. Her email address
Recently honored alumni
Nicolas Hayek, former AUB student, receives The Economists
Innovation AwardLebanon-born Nicolas G. Hayek, the cofounder and chairman
of the Swatch Group, was recently chosen to receive The Economist's Innovation
Award, which recognizes individuals "who dream up new ideas and turn
them into reality." Hayek, 74, who graduated in 1945 from AUB's preparatory
college (which later became International College or IC), was chosen to
receive one of the awards that are presented each year in six fields:
bioscience, computing and communications, energy and environment, social
and economic innovation, consumer products, and a flexible "no boundaries"
category. Hayek is credited with saving the Swiss watch industry from
collapse in the 1980s when it was facing fierce competition from low-cost
Japanese products. He received the award for the consumer products category
at a ceremony in London on November 9, 2006.
(BE 06) writes: Ive started working at Schlumberger as a field
engineer. I was in Syria, then Malaysia, and am finally back in
Syria. I currently live in Derezor, about 500km away from Damascus, on
the border with Iraq, and sometimes go on jobs for days and days in the
desert. I lose all sense of time and direction there... and let me tell
you something about the cold. When it is 16 degrees Celsius in the morning,
the sand is covered with a grayish white layer of crystals. It's just
beautiful! The freezing weather keeps me strangely awake and energetic.
On the longest job I've done, I was in the desert for ten days working
24 hours at a time, sleeping for two hours, then working for 24 hours,
and so on.
But I love my job here! Its a great mixture of the technical and
the practical. As field engineers, we send our tools down a well via a
cable called a wireline to gather data. We transmit power and send and
receive data on this wire. We study the communication of tools with the
acquisition system, which is called telemetry. We study the QPSK,
QAM, downlink, uplink rate, CRC error check, phantom technique, digital
telemetry bus... apart from telemetry we also study how the tools work,
whether they are based on resistivity, nuclear, acoustics, imaging, pressure
samples... pressure, valves, pistons...and the raw data of the tools is
then input to software inversion, least squares estimation and correction,
On the practical side, when you're alone in the field, 500 kilometers
away from the base and the tools fail, you really learn how to troubleshoot
any of the following situations- an oil leak, a failed-O ring, a short
in the cable, a failed module, an AC power failure, a stuck tool, the
maximum tension to be applied, mechanical or differential pressure stuck...
and of course the interpretation of data, hydrocarbons, shale, sand, fracture,
water, gas... yes, I've been kind of busy!
Yalla... take care :)