From the Editors of MainGate
Your Key to AUB and its World
Dear Alumni and Friends,
While on campus this fall researching
the winter 2003 issue, we met with a number of female faculty members,
administrators, and staff for our cover story on women at AUB today.
During one of these interviews, mechanical engineering Professor
Nesreen Ghaddar, an enthusiastic and determined scientist, called
an impromptu meeting with her departmental colleagues who comprise
the De-Mining Technology Team. These faculty members are developing
remote mine-detection technology based on infra-red imaging that
will safely and readily spot landmines in the recently liberated
areas of South Lebanon. This noble and cutting-edge project will
make these areas safer for its inhabitants while encouraging the
development of resettlement, commerce, and ultimately, hope.
Sitting there with these ambitious
and energetic faculty members we immediately decided that this project
needed to be shared with you, our readers, as their momentum and
excitement was just too contagious. The De-mining Technology Team’s
story is one of many that will fill this and upcoming issues of
MainGate. Our campus is full of faculty collaborating on exciting
projects that not only
contribute to international scholarship but also benefit the people
of Lebanon and the world.
MainGate’s goal is to provide
you with the broadest insight possible into AUB today. Our cover
story takes that one step further and introduces you to some of
the many extraordinary women at the University. We’ll let
you join in the 50th anniversary celebration for the Faculty of
Agricultural and Food Sciences, and bring you front and center to
alumni activities around the world, including a spectacular gala
in New York City with Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan and an elegant
dinner for the UK launch of the Campaign for Excellence.
In short, MainGate is your key to
AUB and its world. We are committed to bringing you stories that
show the excitement that is AUB and keep you in touch with its vibrant
alumni community. Your comments help us better achieve this goal.
In fact, the number of emails and letters we received on the first
issue delighted us — so keep them coming at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your input helps us make MainGate the magazine of the American University
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