Lebanese American University

www.lau.edu.lb
Jbail, Lebanon

The Lebanese American University is a secular, private and independent American university and research institution located in Lebanon. The university is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges . It is composed of two campuses, one in Beirut and the other in Byblos, and offers programs leading to degrees in Arts, Business, Engineering, Nursing, science, Pharmacy, and Medicine.LAU is governed by a Board of Trustees that oversees the primary functions of leadership, stewardship and audit. A Board of International Advisors provides counsel on university policies and other matters to the Board of Trustees, president, and senior management. Wikipedia.

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News Article | July 12, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

The Lebanese American University (LAU) and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that establishes research collaboration between the two institutions. LAU President Dr. Joseph Jabbra and Dr. Fadi Deek, NJIT provost and senior executive vice president, signed the MOU June 20, 2017 on LAU's Byblos campus. Graduates from the Lebanese American University with a master's degree will be able to apply for admission in Ph.D. programs offered at NJIT, and after admission by NJIT, will be able to be co-advised jointly in dissertation research by faculty from both participating institutions. This collaboration will initially focus on engineering programs and paves the way for additional programs. The second objective of the MOU was to enable NJIT Ph.D. engineering students to spend up to two semesters at LAU to carry out their dissertation research. The MOU seeks to provide opportunities for collaborative research between LAU and NJIT faculty, involving LAU M.S. graduates and NJIT exchange students. Such collaboration is expected to lead to joint research proposals for funding and higher research productivity for Ph.D. students since research expertise, infrastructure, co-supervision and research outputs will be shared. At the signing ceremony, Dr. Jabbra called on NJIT to work closely with LAU's dean of the School of Engineering to "find ways to enable access to our students, who are looking to pursue higher education and who meet all of your institution's criteria." "In the coming stages, I hope we can finalize the establishment of a collaborative Ph.D. program between the two institutions," he added. In response, Dr. Deek praised the academic excellence of the LAU students currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs at NJIT and anticipated full support for LAU students admitted to NJIT programs who are working on projects funded by various agencies, as is the case with currently enrolled students. "We have also started work on establishing a collaborative Ph.D. program. This may eventually lead to a fully-fledged joint Ph.D. program which will be truly unique. I look forward to the consolidation of our partnership," he said. One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,400 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT is among the top U.S. polytechnic public universities in research expenditures, over $130 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Smile Telecoms Holdings Ltd (“Smile”) (www.SmileComs.com), a Pan-African telecommunications group with operations in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is delighted to announce the appointment of Ahmad Farroukh to its Board as Executive Director, Operations, effective 1 May 2017. Multimedia content can be accessed here (http://APO.af/MngKIU). Ahmad is an experienced telecoms executive with a distinguished record of commercial success, extensive experience working in Africa and an impressive ability to drive strategy and profitability in accordance with international standards. He has held executive management positions at Investcom Holdings and the MTN Group, including being CEO of MTN Nigeria for five years, CEO of MTN South Africa and MTN Group Chief Operating Executive (responsible for 19 countries). Most recently, he served as CEO of Mobily, Saudi Arabia’s second largest telecommunications operator. Given the extent of the opportunity and the significance to Smile, Ahmad will spend the majority of his executive time in Nigeria. “The Africa telecoms market is as dynamic as it is challenging, and Ahmad Farroukh is perfectly suited to lead Smile’s next exciting phase of growth, as we have transitioned from a spectrum rich start-up to the most reliable data gigabyte factory in Sub-Sahara Africa,” said Irene Charnley, Smile Group’s Chief Executive Officer. “Africa is experiencing explosive data growth, and I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead the operations of the continent’s best 4G LTE network at this exciting time. It has also been a revelation after over 20 years in the industry to witness the power and versatility of Smile’s proprietary technology applications and billing platform, which was developed in-house and provides a huge competitive and cost advantage,” said Ahmad. Ahmad holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the Lebanese American University and is a Certified Public Accountant (New York, USA). Distributed by APO on behalf of Smile Telecoms Holdings Ltd. About Smile Telecoms Holdings Ltd: Smile (www.SmileComs.com), founded in 2007, is a Mauritius-based Pan-African telecommunications group with operations in Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Africa. The company is majority owned by Saudi-based, Al Nahla group. Smile has the largest sub-1 GHz 4G LTE commercial network in Africa, operating in the 800 MHz band, providing SuperFast and Reliable broadband services to its customers. Smile was the first to launch VoLTE on its network and has continued with its innovation, having introduced SmileVoice, which is a free mobile app that enables customers with any Android or Apple handset (including those which are not VoLTE-enabled) to make SuperClear voice calls over Smile’s 4G LTE networks. Smile was also the first to introduce an Unlimited offering, which enables SuperFastReliable data and SuperClear voice, all in one bundle.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Smile Telecoms Holdings Ltd (“Smile”) (www.SmileComs.com), a Pan-African telecommunications group with operations in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is delighted to announce the appointment of Ahmad Farroukh to its Board as Executive Director, Operations, effective 1 May 2017. Multimedia content can be accessed here (http://APO.af/MngKIU). Ahmad is an experienced telecoms executive with a distinguished record of commercial success, extensive experience working in Africa and an impressive ability to drive strategy and profitability in accordance with international standards. He has held executive management positions at Investcom Holdings and the MTN Group, including being CEO of MTN Nigeria for five years, CEO of MTN South Africa and MTN Group Chief Operating Executive (responsible for 19 countries). Most recently, he served as CEO of Mobily, Saudi Arabia’s second largest telecommunications operator. Given the extent of the opportunity and the significance to Smile, Ahmad will spend the majority of his executive time in Nigeria. “The Africa telecoms market is as dynamic as it is challenging, and Ahmad Farroukh is perfectly suited to lead Smile’s next exciting phase of growth, as we have transitioned from a spectrum rich start-up to the most reliable data gigabyte factory in Sub-Sahara Africa,” said Irene Charnley, Smile Group’s Chief Executive Officer. “Africa is experiencing explosive data growth, and I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead the operations of the continent’s best 4G LTE network at this exciting time. It has also been a revelation after over 20 years in the industry to witness the power and versatility of Smile’s proprietary technology applications and billing platform, which was developed in-house and provides a huge competitive and cost advantage,” said Ahmad. Ahmad holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the Lebanese American University and is a Certified Public Accountant (New York, USA). Distributed by APO on behalf of Smile Telecoms Holdings Ltd. About Smile Telecoms Holdings Ltd: Smile (www.SmileComs.com), founded in 2007, is a Mauritius-based Pan-African telecommunications group with operations in Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Africa. The company is majority owned by Saudi-based, Al Nahla group. Smile has the largest sub-1 GHz 4G LTE commercial network in Africa, operating in the 800 MHz band, providing SuperFast and Reliable broadband services to its customers. Smile was the first to launch VoLTE on its network and has continued with its innovation, having introduced SmileVoice, which is a free mobile app that enables customers with any Android or Apple handset (including those which are not VoLTE-enabled) to make SuperClear voice calls over Smile’s 4G LTE networks. Smile was also the first to introduce an Unlimited offering, which enables SuperFastReliable data and SuperClear voice, all in one bundle.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP-SICA | Phase: SSH.2013.4.1-2 | Award Amount: 3.12M | Year: 2014

Young people in the South and East Mediterranean area are enduring a multiple transitions. In addition to the political and socioeconomic transformations, there is the transition to adulthood from the famous tripartite division of the life cycle in preparation for professional life, working life and retirement. Other experiences of socio-economic transformation, as in East Europe, may give us learnt lessons to manage economic, political and social change. Today, there are no longer substantial differences separating the young people of west and east. Nevertheless, there are important differences in economic resources, education and social between two shores of the Mediterranean. In addition, the SEM young Europeans differ in cultural values and practices different from their counterparts in the north. Still, some processes linked to economic globalization and the precarious living conditions, labor and difficulties in individual empowerment, among others, suggest the emergence of a youth crime and its consolidation as a category of scientific analysis. This argument lets you put so research that supports integrating the European experiences in youth employment, political participation and gender equality, the youth situation in the context of transition and European double in similar scenarios on the south bank. To articulate such research dimensions the project will articulate the concept of triple transition, taking into account political transitions, socio-economic transitions, and invisible transition such as cultural trends and emotions related to youth and the insecurity about the future (resident generation)


Khabbaz M.J.,Concordia University at Montréal | Assi C.M.,Concordia University at Montréal | Fawaz W.F.,Lebanese American University
IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials | Year: 2012

Nowadays, wireless networks are witnessing several deployments in various extreme environments where they suffer from different levels of link disruptions depending on the severity of the operating conditions. In all cases, their operation requirements are differently altered and their performance is negatively affected rendering them heterogeneous by nature. In the open literature, these networks are known as Intermittently Connected Networks (ICNs). The existing Internet protocols fail to operate properly in the context of ICNs, thus raising a variety of new challenging problems that are attracting the attention of the networking research community. Delay-/Disruption-Tolerant Networking emerged as a highly active area of research where networking experts compete in addressing the various ICN problems. Over time, unicast routing, one of the architectural key components common to all ICNs, became an almost independent field of research in which significant efforts continue to be invested. In contrast, network architectural designs, scheduling and forwarding issues dating from the early days of Inter-Planetary Networks (IPNs) have received relatively little attention and accumulate numerous pending challenges. Moreover, the gap caused by the lack of accurate ICN mathematical models is still large irrespective of some of the appreciated seminal works in this direction. This paper sheds the light over the latest advancements in each of the above-mentioned research sectors and highlight pending open issues in each of them. © 1998-2012 IEEE.


Tokajian S.,Lebanese American University
Clinical Microbiology and Infection | Year: 2014

Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterial pathogen that is distributed worldwide and represents an increasing problem, both in hospitals and in the community. Global transmission of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) has been the subject of many studies. Determining the incidence of colonization with community-acquired MRSA in hospitalized patients and outpatients has been the aim of several studies conducted in the Middle East (western Asia). The local epidemiology within countries in this region is changing, owing to the introduction of new strains with the intercontinental exchange of several clones. Sequence type 80-MRSA-IV is one common clone detected in different countries within the region showing country-based differences, and hence more likely to form clonal lineages. MRSA is endemic in this region, and the burden and the difficulty in detecting imported strains are increasing. This is also increasing the risk of domestic and global transmission. To counter the threat associated with the high incidence of MRSA carriage and infections, systematic surveillance of both hospital and community isolates is required, along with appropriate measures designed to limit their spread. Additionally, antibiotic stewardship is needed to contain the further development of the observed resistance and to help in preserving antibiotics as precious therapeutic resources. It is critical for countries in this region to establish both national and international initiatives to develop better measurements designed to limit and control the spread of infections. Finally, more sequence-based studies are needed to better understand the pathogenicity and epidemiology of these important pathogens. Clinical Microbiology and Infection © 2014 European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.


Arnaout J.-P.,Lebanese American University
Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing | Year: 2013

This paper addresses the Euclidean location-allocation problem with an unknown number of facilities, and an objective of minimizing the fixed and transportation costs. This is a NP-hard problem and in this paper, a three-stage ant colony optimization (ACO) algorithm is introduced and its performance is evaluated by comparing its solutions to the solutions of genetic algorithms (GA). The results show that ACO outperformed GA and reached better solutions in a faster computational time. Furthermore, ACO was tested on the relaxed version of the problem where the number of facilities is known, and compared to existing methods in the literature. The results again confirmed the superiority of the proposed algorithm. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.


Abou-Rjeily C.,Lebanese American University
Journal of Lightwave Technology | Year: 2013

In this paper, we evaluate the performance of a selective-relaying (SR) protocol that is suitable for cooperative free-space optical (FSO) communications with any number of relays. The SR strategy is based on transmitting all information symbols either along the direct link between the source and the destination or along one of the indirect links via the relays. We derive closed-form expressions of upper-bounds on the average error probability that can be achieved over Rayleigh and lognormal fading channels. We also provide an asymptotic analysis for quantifying the diversity gain and reduction in fading variance that can be realized by the cooperative scheme. The performance analysis shows the superiority of the SR scheme over the strategy that corresponds to activating all available links. © 1983-2012 IEEE.


Habchi W.,Lebanese American University
Tribology International | Year: 2014

This paper presents a finite element model for the solution of thermal elastohydrodynamic lubrication in coated circular contacts. The model is based on a full-system finite element resolution of the elastohydrodynamic and heat transfer equations. The effects of the coating's thermal and mechanical properties on lubrication performance are investigated. Two categories of surface coatings are considered based on thermal properties: high and low thermal inertia. It is found that low thermal inertia surface coatings act as insulators leading to a localized increase in the lubricant's temperature at the center of the contact. Therefore, friction can be significantly reduced while film thickness is barely affected. The opposite effect is observed for high thermal inertia coatings. These effects increase with coating's thickness. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.


Hanna S.,Lebanese American University | El-Sibai M.,Lebanese American University
Cellular Signalling | Year: 2013

The last decades have witnessed an exponential increase in our knowledge of Rho GTPase signaling network which further highlighted the cross talk between these proteins and the complexity of their signaling pathways. In this review, we summarize the upstream and downstream players from Rho GTPases that are mainly involved in actin polymerization leading to cell motility and potentially playing a role in cancer cell metastasis. © 2013.

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