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Al Akhawayn University

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Kenitra, Morocco

Al Akhawayn University is a university located in Ifrane, Morocco, 70 kilometers from the imperial city of Fes, in the midst of the Middle Atlas Mountains.The creation of Al Akhawayn University was largely funded by the King of Saudi Arabia from a large endowment intended for the cleanup of an oil spill off the coast of Morocco. However, the cleanup was never realized as the wind blew the oil spill away and the endowment was used to create the university. Al Akhawayn University was founded by Royal Decree in 1993 and officially inaugurated by the former King Hassan II of Morocco), on January 16, 1995. Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 13, 2017
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Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne Doermer School of Business selected Hoosier Hill Farm for an International marketing research project in December of last year. "We were contacted by professor Ahmed Rachdi who wanted to interview us for the program", said Peter Roesner, president of Hoosier Hill Farm LLC. "the following week we met with Ahmed and Dr. Melissa Gruys, dean of the Doermer School of Business and we elected to participate". In February, the class traveled to Morocco to launch a market research program on behalf of two Fort Wayne companies: Hoosier Hill Farm LLC and DeBrand Fine Chocolates. While they were there, the IPFW students worked jointly with teams of Moroccan students enrolled in a similar marketing research course at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. The trip was led by IPFW's Ahmed Rachdi, the instructor of D490 Special Study in International Business who is also a native of Morocco. May 5th students presented to the group of business members the results of their research, which included each student explaining different segments of the study. Roesner noted that "all of the students showed a genuine and cohesive interest in our products. The depth and breadth of the research was fantastic - including very detailed survey results, market analysis, competitive analysis, price points, regulations, logistics, and packaging recommendations. It was evident by the amount of detail and specific observations that these students were completely immersed in the facts and tasks of the project." The IPFW and AUI students ran marketing research focus groups together to gather data for the client firms. "We feel the results of the study were positive and our Belgium sister company may be the best logistics strategy to reach into the Moroccan marketplace with US made goods, since the labeling requirements are similar to the European Union". Says Roesner, referring to Hoosier Hill Farm's parent company Willshire Capital which has a subsidiary in Belgium. Hoosier Hill Farm LLC, based in Fort Wayne, was ranked By Inc. Magazine as No. 174 on its Inc. 500 for 2016, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.


El Boukili A.,Al Akhawayn University
COMPEL - The International Journal for Computation and Mathematics in Electrical and Electronic Engineering | Year: 2017

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to develop and apply accurate and original models to understand and analyze the effects of the fabrication temperatures on thermal-induced stress and speed performance of nano positively doped metal oxide semiconductor (pMOS) transistors. Design/methodology/approach - The speed performances of nano pMOS transistors depend strongly on the mobility of holes, which itself depends on the thermal-induced extrinsic stress σ. The author uses a finite volume method to solve the proposed system of partial differential equations needed to calculate the thermal-induced stress σ accurately. Findings - The thermal extrinsic stress σ depends strongly on the thermal intrinsic stress σ0, thermal intrinsic strain σ0, elastic constants C11 and C12 and the fabrication temperatures. In literature, the effects of fabrication temperatures on C11 and C12 needed to calculate thermal-induced stressσ0 have been ignored. The new finding is that if the effects of fabrication temperatures on C11 and C12 are ignored, then, the values of stress σ0 and σ will be overestimated and, then, not accurate. Another important finding is that the speed performance of nano pMOS transistors will increase if the fabrication temperature of silicon-germanium films used as stressors is increased. Practical implications - To predict correctly the thermal-induced stress and speed performance of nano pMOS transistors, the effects of fabrication temperatures on the elastic constants required to calculate the thermal-induced intrinsic stress σ0 should be taken into account. Originality/value - There are three levels of originalities. The author considers the effects of the fabrication temperatures on extrinsic stress σ, intrinsic stress σ0 and elastic constants C11 and C12. © 2016 Emerald Publishing Limited.


The fossil record of Red Sea fringing reefs provides an opportunity to study the history of coral-reef survival and recovery in the context of extreme environmental change. The Middle Pleistocene, the Late Pleistocene, and modern reefs represent three periods of reef growth separated by glacial low stands during which conditions became difficult for symbiotic reef fauna. Coral diversity and paleoenvironments of eight Middle and Late Pleistocene fossil terraces are described and characterized here. Pleistocene reef zones closely resemble reef zones of the modern Red Sea. All but one species identified from Middle and Late Pleistocene outcrops are also found on modern Red Sea reefs despite the possible extinction of most coral over two-thirds of the Red Sea basin during glacial low stands. Refugia in the Gulf of Aqaba and southern Red Sea may have allowed for the persistence of coral communities across glaciation events. Stability of coral communities across these extreme climate events indicates that even small populations of survivors can repopulate large areas given appropriate water conditions and time. © 2017 Casazza.


El Boukili A.,Al Akhawayn University
Proceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management | Year: 2017

The aim of this paper is to develop accurate models to take into account the effects of the fabrication temperatures on the elastic constants of Silicon, germanium, and Silicon-Germanium thin films used as performance boosters in the new generation of nano pMOS and nMOS transistors and solar cells. We are calculating the elastic constants of Silicon-Germanium (Si(1-x)Ge(x)) using a linear extrapolation based on the Germanium mole fractions x and the elastic constants of Silicon and Germanium materials. And, to calculate accurately the temperature dependent elastic constants of Silicon and Germanium, we are using Taylor's expansion around room temperature with polynomials of degree two. We found an excellent agreement between the calculated temperature dependent elastic constants and the experimental data. The values of the calculated elastic constants of Si(1-x)Ge(x)) films have been used to calculate accurately the resulting intrinsic and extrinsic stresses in 14 nm nano pMOS transistors developed by Intel in 2014. We found out that the values obtained for theses intrinsic and extrinsic stresses are in excellent agreement with the experimental data found in literature. The obtained simulation results in three dimensions will be presented and analyzed for various temperatures. © IEOM Society International.


Aissaoui W.,Al Akhawayn University
Proceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management | Year: 2017

Shipping primary products worldwide in considerably large quantities involves keeping track rigorously of the materials quality, especially when the product shipped is quantified in tons. Keeping that in mind, the team has to provide the customer few samples, which will be analyzed for quality, chemical and mineral composition, water concentration, and particle size. The degree of homogeneity among phosphate lots is very small, meaning that we can find very dispersed quality proportions of the product throughout the lot. Accordingly, the sampling team must make sure to follow certain criteria to retrieve the sample. This paper aims at setting a correct sampling guideline for phosphate. © IEOM Society International.


El Boukili A.,Al Akhawayn University
26th European Modeling and Simulation Symposium, EMSS 2014 | Year: 2014

We are developing new model to calculate the lattice thermal expansion coefficient of Silicon Germanium (Si(1-x)Ge(x)) thin films used as performance boosters for nanoscale PMOSFETs. These models take into account the dependence of thermal expansion coefficient on Germanium mole fraction x and temperature. This thermal expansion coefficient is used to calculate the thermal induced intrinsic stress in Si(1-x)Ge(x) thin film after deposition. And this intrinsic stress is used to calculate and simulate numerically the resulting extrinsic stress in the channel of a nano PMOS based on Intel technology. 3D simulation results of channel stress will be presented, analyzed, and compared with literature.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: INT-07-2015 | Award Amount: 2.40M | Year: 2016

The Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture: mapping geopolitical shifts, regional order and domestic transformations -the MENARA Project- will study the geopolitical order in the making in the South and East Mediterranean Countries and the Middle East amid all deep-reaching social and political changes unfolding since 2010. The project aims at describing the main features of the regional geopolitical order, its origins, and evolution; identifying and mapping the decisive domestic, regional and global actors, dynamics and trends; building future scenarios for 2025 and 2040; and informing EU policies and strategies. It will examine whether, where and when conflict and/or cohesion dynamics prevail, the level and depth of regional fragmentation and the effects of regional and domestic processes on global dynamics and vice versa. This will be achieved by analysing ideational and material factors (national, sub and supra-national identities; religion and politics; global identities; demography; energy; economy; military; environment) and by conducting in-depth research on specific case studies on ongoing dynamics at three different levels (domestic, regional and global). All this research will be based on quantitative and qualitative methods -including fact finding missions on the ground, interviews, focus groups, Delphi surveys - and innovative foresight techniques. Research will be accompanied by pioneering dissemination methods willing to increase the projects impact not only over the specific academic community and policy-making circles but also over broader general public. This will include the translation of research results into accessible deliverables such as audio-visuals, futures notes series, infographics and interactive maps, and a Massive Open Online Course.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-SICA | Phase: ENERGY.2013.2.9.1 | Award Amount: 6.30M | Year: 2013

The scientific targets of the EUROSUNMED project are the development of new technologies in three energy field areas, namely photovoltaics (PV), concentrated solar power (CSP) and grid integration (GI), in strong collaboration with research institutes, universities and SMEs from Europe in the north side of the Mediterranean sea and from Morocco and Egypt from the south of the sea. The focus in PV will be on thin film (Si, CZTS) based solar cells and modules while the goal in CSP field is to design and test new heliostats as well as novel solutions for energy storage compatible with these technologies. The project aims at producing components that will be tested under specific conditions of MPC (hot climate, absence of water, etc.). Such investigations are complemented with studies on grid integration of energy sources from PV and CSP in Morocco and Egypt context. Additionally, the consortium envisages to train PhD students and Post-Docs in these interdisciplinary fields in a close and fruitful collaboration between academic institutions and industry from EU and MPCs. The consortium is well placed around leading academic groups in materials science and engineering devices and equipments for the development of PV and CSP, and also in the promotion of the renewable energies in general. Moreover, technology transfer and research infrastructure development in the targeted areas will be provided. Disseminating the results of the projects will be done through the organization of summer schools, workshops and conferences towards large public from universities, engineering schools and stakeholders involved in the three selected energy areas and beyond. Another outreach of the project will be the proposal for a roadmap on the technological aspects (research, industry, implementation) of the PV, CSP and grid area as well as on the best practice for the continuation of strong collaboration between the EU and MPCS partners and beyond for for mutual interest and benefits.


Ross E.,Al Akhawayn University
Urban Studies | Year: 2011

The Muslim holy city of Touba, self-defined 'capital' of the Murid Sufi order in Senegal, is increasingly thriving on its global connectedness. This article situates the phenomenon of Touba's globalisation within current literature on the global city and world city networks. It assesses four of the processes through which the holy city's values and structures are diffusing across the global North. First, the universality of Touba in Murid historiography is considered. Secondly, the diffusion of the toponym 'Touba', through the naming of expatriate associations and institutions, is analysed. Thirdly, the types and distribution of businesses set up in the US by Murids is assessed. Fourthly, the diffusion of typical Murid images is discussed as they too contribute to Touba's international renown. © 2010 Urban Studies Journal Limited.


El Boukili A.,Al Akhawayn University
Proceedings of 2015 International Conference on Electrical and Information Technologies, ICEIT 2015 | Year: 2015

In this paper, we are developing new analytical models based on exponential function to calculate the thermal expansion coefficient of Silicon Germanium thin films for low and high temperatures. These new models are more accurate than polynomial based models. And, they take into account the effects of temperature and Germanium mole fraction. This thermal expansion coefficient is used to calculate the thermal induced intrinsic stress in Silicon Germanium thin films after deposition. And, this intrinsic stress is used to calculate and simulate numerically the resulting extrinsic stress in the channel of an Intel nano PMOSFET transistor. Validation of these models using available experimental data and channel stress will be discussed and analyzed according to literature. © 2015 IEEE.

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