Faculty Merit Awards

May 20th, 2013

Our three Award juries have just decided the latest winners of the AUC Faculty Merit Awards for Excellence in Academic Service, Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors, and Excellence in Teaching. Now as ever, the jurors had difficult decisions to make.

Juries include a mix of recent past Award winners and representatives from each of the AUC Schools. Winners will be honored at the June 15, 2013 Commencement ceremonies.

For a full list of past Award winners, please see the following webpage (today’s winners will be added to the list within the next few days):



Excellence in Academic Service

Mahmoud Farag, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mahmoud has been with AUC since 1971. In recent years he has been most visible through his work in the University Senate. From 2008-2010 he was the first Senate Chair at the New Cairo Campus; since that time, he has been the tireless Chair of the Senate Faculty Affairs Committee. Among his many achievements in the latter role was his success in building consensus for the replacement of the old PPP document by the new Faculty Handbook (the Handbook resolution passed, astonishingly enough, by unanimous vote). From 1992-2005, he served as Vice Provost of the University, transforming AUC’s Faculty Support Grants Program into what it is today. Also while Vice Provost, he founded such familiar AUC entities as the Research Advisory Council, the Graduate Admissions Office, and the Annual AUC Research Conference (which he directed for its first thirteen years of existence). He is also the Director of Engineering and Science Services, which serves more than 600 major public and private sector companies, banks, and governmental agencies, enrolls more than 3,500 trainees, and offers 6 professional certificates and more than 90 intensive courses. These are simply a few of the highlights of Mahmoud’s vast service record, which fully qualifies him for this well-deserved award.


Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors

Maki Habib, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Maki joined AUC in 2007, having spent much of his previous career in Japan. He is Professor of Robotics and Mechatronics, and his research topics strike a futuristic as well as a humanitarian note. Among the most prominent articles for which he was the lead author are “Efficient Method to Generate Collision-Free Paths for an Autonomous Mobile Robot Based on a New Free-Space Structuring Approach” and “Simulation Environment for an Autonomous and Decentralized Multi-Agent Robotic System.” His work in the area of removing dangerous landmines can be found in such obviously useful works as “Humanitarian Demining: Reality and the Challenge of Technology– The State of the Art,” “Mechanical Mine Clearance Technologies and Humanitarian Demining: Applicability and Effectiveness,” and “Controlled Biological and Biomimetic Systems for Landmine Detection.” Maki is the author of more than 200 refereed journal articles and conference proceedings publications, has written more than a dozen book chapters, and authored or edited six books. Described by one of his colleagues as “the pillar of the Mechatronics concentration in the Department of Mechanical Engineering,” he is known to his students as a tough but likable mentor. Maki is the fourth winner of the Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors Award from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, an AUC record.


Excellence in Teaching (2 winners)

Rania Jabr, English Language Institute

Rania is a Senior Instructor who joined AUC in 1990. She is praised by students not only for her abilities as an instructor of English, but for her skills in teaching writing as well. Despite evidence that she can be a rather demanding instructor (“strict” is a word frequently encountered in the course evaluations), the popularity of her classes is considerable. Highly organized, and not inclined to waste even a minute of valuable class time, Rania is praised for leading her classes “at a balanced tempo,” while “communicating with students in a gentle manner.” It is remarkable how often students seem to be almost stunned by their improved skills after spending a semester with her. Indeed, a fair number of students wish that they could take “every class at AUC” with her. “Friendly,” “helpful,” and “perfect” are other words frequently used to describe the classroom persona of Rania Jabr. Her record shows a consistent pattern of teaching excellence.


Hani Sayed, Department of Law

Hani joined AUC in 2005. Although he was so surprised to be nominated that he did not even submit materials to our office the first time it happened, the testimony of students and colleagues shows an outstanding track record in the classroom. One department colleague writes that Hani’s main strengths as a teacher are “his impressive intellect, a natural teaching ability and commitment to and respect for his students.” He is described as “an intellectual master at the top of his craft,” one who “challenges, cajoles, prods, and provokes” the students to reach new levels of academic performance. Hani addresses not only the top students in the class, but (his colleagues report) has given special attention to students with learning disabilities. One well-travelled former student, who describes herself as “thrilled” to write an unsolicited letter of nomination, found Hani to be an even more skilled teacher than the best professors she had at SOAS in London and at Harvard. Other students frequently describe him as “the best professor I’ve ever had,” and often give even more precise compliments. For example: “[Dr. Sayed’s class is a] class of thoughts; it gives the seeds to grow new scholars.” He is praised for always coming to class prepared, always covering enough material for the full three hours to be fruitful, and always being excited about the class and the material. It would be no exaggeration to say that Hani has changed the lives of many AUC students.

Please congratulate our newest winners the next time you see them. The next set of Awards will be announced in December 2013, for presentation at the February 2014 Commencement ceremonies. For any questions about the nomination or selection process, please contact me at gharman@aucegypt.edu.

Allow me to begin by thanking all AUC faculty for their patience during the current grant cycle. Following our announced two-week delay due to the September strike, there was another, unexpected delay as the Associate Provost for Research Administration was trapped in New York by Hurricane Sandy.

As always, the following list includes faculty grants only. Graduate student grants are now handled exclusively by Dr. Amr Shaarawi, Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies. Please contact Dr. Shaarawi’s office for news about the status of applications for Graduate Student Grants.

My office will process the checks for the following grants as quickly as we can, but please allow some time for this to happen, since there is a very heavy workload for my assistant (Nancy Wadie) once the grant decisions are made. If you have not yet provided a letter of acceptance from the conference for which you have received a grant, no check will be issued until we receive such a letter.

If you see any typographical or other errors, or if you believe yourself to be wrongly missing from this list, please contact me immediately at gharman@aucegypt.edu.



BUS (School of Business)

*Hala El-Ramly (ECON). San Diego, CA, USA. January 2013.

*Mohamad al-Issis (ECON). Beirut, Lebanon. December 2012.

*Maha Mourad (MGMT). Tallinn, Estonia. November 2012.

*Dina Rateb (MGMT). Barcelona, Spain. November 2012.

*Pierre Rostan (MGMT). Cape Town, South Africa. November 2012.

*Tarek Selim (ECON). Pittsburgh, PA, USA. May-June 2012.

*Samir Youssef (MGMT). Orlando, FL, USA. January 2013.


GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Hamid Ali (PPAD). Ifrane, Morocco. November 2012.

*Ronnie Close (JRMC). Brighton, UK. October 2012.

*Mohamed Elmasry (JRMC). Atlanta, USA. November 2012.

*Shems Friedlander (JRMC). London, UK. October 2012.


GSE (Graduate School of Education)

*Gihan Osman (GSE). Louisville, KY, USA. October-November, 2012.

*Stacie Rissmann-Joyce. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. March 2013.


HUSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

*Ashraf Abdou (ALI). Madrid, Spain. September 2012.

*Ebony Coletu (RHET). San Juan, Puerto Rico. November 2012.

*Matthew Crippen (PHIL). Calgary, AB, Canada. October 2012.

*Sayyed Daifallah (ALI). Denver, CO. November 2012.

*Ibrahim Elnur (POLS). Japan. November 2012.

*Sophie Farag (ELI). Liverpool, UK. April 2013.

*Atta Gebril (ELI). Dubai, UAE. November 2012.

*Allana Haist (RHET). Belfast, Northern Ireland. November 2012

*Rasha Hassan (ALI). Denver, USA. November 2012.

*Azza Hassanein (ALI). Denver, CO. November 2012.

*Ivan Ivekovic (POLS). Japan. November 2012.

*Ellen Kenney (ARIC). New York, USA. October 2012.

*Sanaa Makhlouf (ELI). Dallas, USA. March 2013.

*Mark Mikhael (RHET). Orlando, FL, USA. January 2013.

*Amy Motlagh (ECLT). Istanbul, Turkey. August 2012.

*Bernard O’Kane (ARIC). New York, USA. October 2012.

*Jee-Kwang Park (POLS). Orlando, FL, USA. January 2013.

*Julia Seibert (HIST). Philadelphia, USA. November-December 2012.

*Bonnie Settlage (SAPE). Lima, Peru. March 2013.

*Surti Singh (PHIL). Rochester, NY, USA. November 2012.

*Mohammed Tabishat (SAPE). San Francisco, USA. November 2012.

*Adam Talib (ARIC). Portland, OR, USA March 2013.

*Timothy Warren (RHET). Doha, Qatar. November 2012.

*Mark Westmoreland (SAPE). Canberra, Australia. December 2012.


SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Ashraf Abdelbar (CSCE). Bali, Indonesia. November 2012.

*Hassan Azzazy (CHEM). Venice, Italy. October 2012.

*Florin Balasa (CSCE). Chonqin, China. October 2012.

*Gregg De Young (MACT). Rohtak, India. November 2012.

*Samer Ezeldin (CANG). Melbourne, Australia. December 2012.

*Justin Grubich (BIOL). San Francisco, USA. January 2013.

*Maki Habib (MENG). Daejeon, South Korea. January-February 2013.

*Wael Hassan (CANG). Pittsburgh, PA, USA. May 2013.

*Hoda Mostafa (CLT). Orlando, FL, USA. January 2013.

*Mohamed Moustafa (CSCE). Ouro Preto, Brazil. August 2012.

*Khaled Nassar (CANG). Copenhagen, Denmark. September 2012.

*Hanadi Salem (MENG). San Antonio, TX, USA. March 2013.



BUS (School of Business)

*Iman Seoudi (MGMT). “Toward Venture Capital Policy Framework in the New Egypt.” Cairo. October 2012-December 2013.


GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Hamid Ali (PPAD). “Darfur Political Economy: A Quest for Development.” Cairo. June-October 2012.


HUSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

*Aissa Deebi (Arts). “The Pavilion of Palestine in Venice Biennale 55.” Venice, Italy. September 2012-June 2013.

*Amy Austin Holmes. (SAPE) “The Specter of the Arab Spring: Popular Uprisings, Sectarian Strife, and Civil Military Relations in Egypt and Bahrain.” London, UK & Manama, Bahrain. January 2013.

*Sam Haselby (HIST). “The Impact of the Opium Trade and China Missions on Anglo-American Protestantism.” Cambridge, MA. December 2012-January 2013.

*Jee-Kwang Park (POLS). “Crime, Fear of Crime Victimization, and Judicial Election.” Cambridge, MA and Cairo. October 2012-February 2013.


SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Mina Abd-el-Malek (MACT). “Application of the Lie Group Method for Solving Boundary Value Problems.” Cairo. October 2012-July 2013.

*Ali Darwish (EENG). “Thermal and Linearity Analysis of GaN MMICs.” Cairo. October 2012-August 2013.

*Khaled El-Ayat (CSCE). “Cubesat Pico Satellite.” Cairo. September 2012-December 2013.

*Khalil Elkhodary (MENG). “Computational Modeling of Continuum Curvature Due to Inhomogeneous Deformations.” Cairo. October 2012-October 2013.

*Salah El-Sheikh (PHYS). “Preparation and Characterization of Pb-Ge-Te and Sn-Ge-Te Ferroelectric Low band Gap Semiconductor Alloys in Bulk and Thin Film States.” Cairo. June 2012-June 2013.

*Yasser Gadallah (EENG). “Towards an End-to-End Information Access: Investigating the Integration of Wireless Sensor Networks and Broadband Wireless Access Networks.” Cairo. November 2012-August 2013.

*Justin Grubich (BIOL). “Territory Size and Growth Rates in the Red Sea Lionfish (Pterois miles).” El Gouna, Egypt. October 2012-September 2013.

*Mohamed Swillam. (PHYS). “Novel Nanophotonic Devices.” Toronto, Canada. November 2012-October 2013.

*El Sayed M. Zanoun (MENG). “Interior and Exterior Flow Field Investigations for Compartment of a Passenger Car.” Cairo. January 2013-December 2013.



GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Allison Hodgkins (PPAD). “Keeping the King’s Peace: The 1994 Wadi Araba Treaty and Jordan’s National Interest.” Amman, Jordan. December 2012-January 2013.



SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Ashraf Abdelbar (CSCE). “Annual ABET Assessment Symposium.” Portland, OR, USA. April 2013.



SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Basil Kamel (CANG). “Integrating the Nile in Urban Development.” Cairo and Nile Delta, Egypt. Spring 2013.

*Magda Mostafa (CANG). “Sustainable Interventions in Urban Cairo.” Cairo. November 2012.

The following list includes only faculty grants. Graduate student grants are now handled exclusively by Dr. Amr Shaarawi, Dean of Graduate Studies. Please contact Dean Shaarawi’s office for news about graduate student grant applications.

My office will process the checks for the following grants as quickly as we can, but please allow some time for processing, since there is a very heavy workload for my assistant, Nancy Wadie, once the grant decisions are made. If you have not yet provided a letter of acceptance from a conference for which you have received a grant, no check will be issued until we receive such a letter.



BUS (School of Business)

*Mohamad Al-Issis (ECON). Stanford, CA, USA. April 2012.

*Nizar Becheikh (MGMT). Hsinchu, Taiwan. March 2012.

*Khaled Dahawy (ACCT). Ljubljana, Slovenia. May 2012.

*Hala El-Ramly (ECON). Rome, Italy. June 2012.

*Mohamed Hegazy (ACCT). Ljubljana, Slovenia. May 2012.

*Mohamed Hegazy (ACCT). Istanbul, Turkey. May 2012.

*Dina Rateb (MGMT). Provo, UT, USA. April 2012.

*Dina Rateb (MGMT). Vienna, Austria. May 2012.

*Hamed Shamma (MGMT). Milan, Italy. May-June 2012.

*Khaled Soliman (MGMT). Istanbul, Turkey. May 2012.

*Samir Youssef (MGMT). Nottingham, United Kingdom. April 2012.


GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Dalia Ashmawi (JRMC). Las Vegas, USA. April 2012.

*Kim Fox (JRMC). Las Vegas, USA. April 2012.

*Benjamin Geer (MEST). Beirut, Lebanon. July 2012.

*Naila Hamdy (JRMC). Las Vegas, USA. April 2012.

*Naila Hamdy (JRMC). London, United Kingdom. April 2012.


GSE (Graduate School of Education)

*Ana Gil Garcia (GSE). Vancouver, Canada. April 2012.

*Ted Purinton (GSE). Barcelona, Spain. June 2012.

*Stacie Rissmann-Joyce (GSE). San Juan, Puerto Rico. April 2012.


HUSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

*Hala Abd AlHak (SAPE). San Juan, Puerto Rico. April 2012.

*Mona Amer (SAPE). Cape Town, South Africa. July 2012.

*Mariam Ayad (SAPE). Providence, RI, USA. April 2012.

*Dalia Basiouny (PVA). Dearborn, MI, USA. May-June 2012.

*Amy Carrillo (SAPE). Cape Town, South Africa. July 2012.

*Victoria Clark (RHET). Lodz, Poland. May 2012.

*Matthew Crippen (PHIL). Windsor, ON, Canada. April 2012.

*Matthew Crippen (PHIL). Waterloo, ON, Canada. May 2012.

*Aissa Deebi (PVA). Austin, TX, USA. March 2012.

*Ira Dworkin (ECLT). Beirut, Lebanon. May 2012.

*Rasha Essam (ALI). Lexington, KY, USA. April 2012.

*Lori Fredricks (ELI). Loughborough, England. March 2012.

*Atta Gebril (ELI). Ankara, Turkey. May-June 2012.

*Camilo Gómez-Rivas (ARIC). Toronto, Canada. April 2012.

*Hani Henry (SAPE). Las Vegas, USA. February 2012.

*Abeer Heider (ALI). Bologna, Italy. March 2012.

*Sean McMahon (POLS). Madrid, Spain. July 2012.

*Yasmine Motawy (RHET). London, United Kingdom. August 2012.

*Amy Motlagh (ECLT). Santa Clara, CA, USA. April 2012.

*Alissa Nostas (ELI). Dubai, UAE. March 2012.

*Bernard O’Kane (ARIC). Philadelphia, USA. March-April 2012.

*Rashmika Pandya (PHIL). Tallinn, Estonia. May-June 2012.

*Gavin Rae (PHIL). London, United Kingdom. February 2012. (retroactive)

*Heba Salem (PHIL). Oxford, United Kingdom. May 2012.

*Shahira Yacout (ALI). Denver, USA. November 2012.


LLT (School of Libraries and Learning Technologies)

*Meggan Houlihan (Library). Anahaeim, CA, USA. June 2012.

*Hoda Mostafa (CLT). Buffalo, NY, USA. May 2012.

*Carolyn Runyon (Library). Anaheim, CA, USA. June 2012.


SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Mohamed Abdel-Mooty (CANG). São Paulo, Brazil. July 2012.

*Sherif Aly (CSCE). Lugano, Switzerland. March 2012.

*Asma Amleh (BIOL). Montreal, Canada. November 2011. (retroactive)

*Mustafa Arafa (MENG). Chicago, USA. August 2012.

*Hassan Azzazy (CHEM). Frankfurt, Germany. March 2012.

*Rachid Belhachemi (MACT). Venice, Italy. April 2012.

*Gregg De Young (MACT). Seoul, South Korea. July 2012.

*Mohamed Elbarkouky (CANG). Edmonton, Canada. June 2012.

*Lamyaa El-Gabry (MENG). Copenhagen, Denmark. June 2012.

*Jeff Langman (CORE). Venice, Italy. June 2012.

*Khaled Nassar (CANG). Birmingham, UK. April 2012.

*Ahmed Rafea (CSCE). Dublin, Ireland. June 2012.

*Karim Seddik (EENG). Paris, France. April 2012.

*Mohamed Shalan (CSCE). San Francisco, USA. June 2012.

*Nagwa Sherif (CANG). Paris, France. July 2012.



BUS (School of Business)

*Mohamad Al-Ississ (ECON). “Eliciting the Price of Religiosity Through a Laboratory Experiment on Islamic Banking.” Cairo. March 2012-March 2013.


SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Ashraf Abdelbar (CSCE). “Hybridizing Ant Colony and Particle Swarm Optimization.” Rolla, MO, USA. August 2012.

*Nageh K. Allam (PHYS). “Design and Assembly of Nanostructured Electrodes for Solar-Driven Fuel Production.” Cambridge, MA, USA & Cairo. April 2012-January 2013.

*Florin Balasa (CSCE). “Power Analysis and Optimization Techniques for the Memory System in Digital Signal Processing.” Leuven, Belgium & Cairo. October 2012-September 2013.

*Salah El-Haggar (MENG). “Natural Fiber Plastic Composites.” Cairo. March 2012-March 2013.

*Amal Esawi (MENG). “Hierarchically-Designed Ultra High Strength Materials.” Cairo. Summer 2012-Summer 2013.

*Ali Hadi (MACT). “Regression Analysis by Example, Fifth Edition.” New York, USA & Cairo. February-August, 2012.

*Ezzeldin Soliman (PHYS). “Novel Micromachined Dielectric Resonator Antennas (DRA) for mm-Wave Applications.” Leuven, Belgium & Cairo. June-July 2012.



SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Maki Habib (MENG). “Mechatronics Engineering: Research Development and Education.” Aveiro, Portugal. March 2012-January 2013.



GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Sheila Peuchaud (JRMC). “Multimedia Bootcamp.” Chapel Hill, NC, USA. May 2012.

HUSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences

*Sophie Farag (ELI). “Building Prospective Group Dynamics” & “Successful Pronunciation Teaching and Learning.” Canterbury, United Kingdom. Summer 2012.

*Christopher Faulk (RHET). “2012 Digital Media and Composition Institute.” Columbus, OH, USA. Summer 2012.

SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Ashraf Abdelbar (CSCE). “2012 ABET Assessment Workshop and Program.” St. Louis, USA. April 2012.

*Tarek Madkour (CHEM). “Developing Modeling and Simulation Learing Module Units for the Food Chemistry Course: CHEM 519, ‘Practical Approaches to Food Analysis.’” Cairo. March–May 2012.



HUSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

*Salima Ikram (SAPE). “First International Chariot Conference (FICC).” Cairo. November-December 2012.

LLT (School of Libraries and Learning Technologies)

*Aziza El Lozy (CLT). “Challenges and Practices of Pedagogy and Instructional Technology: Professional Development for Palestinian Educators.” Cairo. March 2012.

Dear Colleagues:

What follows is a list of all Faculty Support Grants approved from the September application cycle. (Graduate Student Grants are now handled by Dr. Amr Shaarawi, Dean of Graduate Studies; inquiries can be made with his office.) All unsuccessful applicants have already been informed by email. If you think you have been wrongly omitted from the list, or if there is a typographical or other error in your listing, please let me know at gharman@aucegypt.edu. Such mistakes are easy to fix. Please note that under the new travel policy, my office will initially only be processing checks for the non-travel portion of your grant. As for the travel portion, you can either (a) book your tickets through the AUC Travel Office, or (b) book them yourself. The procedures for the two cases are as follows:

(a) The Travel Office will receive a list from me of everyone approved for travel for this cycle, including the destination and approximate dates. Since not everyone will choose to use the Travel Office, they will not automatically book your tickets for you; you must contact them to make this request, but please wait until at least Sunday, October 23 before doing so. Once the Travel Office tells us that you are booking through them, we will then pay the cost. Naturally, this amount will count against your annual maximum (which is $3,500 for Conference Grants and $6,500 for Research Grants).

(b) If you choose to book the tickets yourself, you must be reimbursed after travel is complete, after presenting your boarding passes for the whole of the trip. Please note that the amount of reimbursement will be determined by the Travel Office. If for some reason you need a more complicated itinerary than direct travel to the research/conference site, you are allowed to book such an itinerary, but of course you will only be reimbursed for what the fair price would have been for a direct route. Naturally, this amount will count against your annual maximum.

Important Note: faculty are not allowed more than the maximum amount in each grant category for any reason. If for example the airfare and per diem for a distant conference add up to more than $3,500, you may be left with some out-of-pocket expenses. Faculty are encouraged to consider this point when deciding on which conferences to attend during any given academic year.

Another Important Note (October 19): We do not process Conference Grants for which the letter of acceptance is still pending until the letter of acceptance is forwarded to my office.

Dr. Graham Harman, Associate Provost for Research Administration



BUS (School of Business)

*Neveen Ahmed (MGMT). Washington, DC, USA. November 2011.

*Mohamad Al-Ississ (ECON). Chicago, USA. January 2012.

*Hala El-Ramly (ECON). Chicago, USA. January 2012.

*Steven Formaneck (MGMT). Bangkok, Thailand. December 2011.

*Maha Mourad (MGMT). Venice, Italy. January 2012.

*Maha Mourad (MGMT). Nicosia, Cyprus. March 2012.

*Samir Youssef (MGMT). Rotterdam, The Netherlands. June 2012.


GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Hamid Ali (PPAD). Chicago, USA. January 2012.

*Timothy Dolan (PPAD). Penang, Malaysia. December 2011.

*Mohamad Elmasry (JRMC). Beirut, Lebanon. October 2011.

*Kim Fox (JRMC). Beirut, Lebanon. October 2011.

*Naila Hamdy (JRMC). Beirut, Lebanon. October 2011.

*Kevin Keenan (JRMC). Beirut, Lebanon. October 2011.

*Kevin Keenan (JRMC). Juba, South Sudan. November 2011.

*Usha Natarajan (LAW). Eugene, Oregon, USA. October 2011.

*AKM Ahsan Ullah (CMRS). Phuket, Thailand. May 2012.


GSE (Graduate School of Education)

*Ana Gil Garcia (GSE). Madrid, Spain. November 2011.

*Ted Purinton (GSE). Rhodes, Greece. January 2012.


HUSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

*Zeinab Abul-Magd (HIST). Washington, DC, USA. December 2011.

*Holger Albrecht (POLS). Washington, DC, USA. December 2011.

*Stancil Campbell (PVA). Long Beach, CA, USA. March 2012.

*Agnes Czajka (SAPE). Berlin, Germany. October 2011.

*Sophie Farag (ELI). Glasgow, Scotland. March 2012.

*Lori Fredricks (ELI). Antigua, Guatemala. November 2011.

*Camilo Gómez-Rivas (ARIC). Washington, DC, USA. November-December 2011.

*Joseph Hill (SAPE). Montreal, Canada. November 2011.

*Amy Holmes (SAPE). Boston, USA. November 2011.

*Nagwa Kassabgy (ELI). Chicago, USA. November 2011.

*Sara Magrin (PHIL). Ithaca NY. October 2011.

*Sanaa Makhlouf (ELI). Ankara, Turkey. October 2011.

*Javed Maswood (POLS). Taiwan. November 2011.

*Sean McMahon (POLS). Dunedin, New Zealand. November-December, 2011.

*William Melaney (ECLT). Pittsburgh, USA. October 2011.

*Amy Motlagh (ECLT). Washington, DC, USA. December 2011.

*Bernard O’Kane (ARIC). Sydney, Australia. October 2011.

*Rashmika Pandya (PHIL). Reykjavik, Iceland. November 2011.

*Rose Parfitt (POLS). Helsinki, Finland. October 2011.

*Sylvain Perdigon (SAPE). Washington, DC, USA. December 2011.

*Susanne Rizzo (ELI). Philadelphia, USA. March 2012.

*Yasmine Salah El-Din (ELI). Chicago, USA. November 201

*Ann Shafer (PVA). San Francisco, USA. November 2011.

*Mohammed Tabishat (SAPE). Montreal, Canada. November 2011.

*Mark Westmoreland (SAPE). New Orleans, USA. November 2011.


SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Nageh K. Allam (PHYS). Boston, USA. November-December 2011.

*Christian Bauriedel (CANG). Nairobi, Kenya & Madrid, Spain. November 2011.

*Ali Darwish (EENG). Montreal, Canada. June 2012.

*Sherine Elbaradei (CANG). Sharjah, UAE. November 2011.

*Tarek Elkewidy (PENG). Bangkok, Thailand. November 2011.

*Maki Habib (MENG). Oita, Japan. January 2012.

*Ali Hadi (MACT). Lahore, Pakistan. December 2011.

*Tarek Madkour (CHEM). Tokyo, Japan. December 2011.

*Khaled Nassar (CANG). Weimar, Germany. November 2011.

*Ahmed Rafea (CSCE). Alexandria. October 2011.

*Hanadi Salem (MENG). Orlando, Florida, USA. March 2012.

*Mohamed Hassan Sayed (PENG). Washington, DC, USA. October 2011.



GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Naila Hamdy (JRMC). “Prediction of Media Credibility in Egypt’s Post-Revolution Transitional Phase.” Cairo. October-December 2011.


HUSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

*Mariam Ayad (SAPE). “Epigraphic Fieldwork in the Tomb of Harwa (TT37).” Luxor. December 2011-January 2012.


SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Ahmed Abou-Auf (EENG). “Fault Modeling ad Worst-Case Test Vectors for Delay Failure Induced in CMOS ASIC Devices by Total Ionizing Radiation.” Cairo. October 2011-September 2012.

*Wael Ahmed (CHEM). “Graphene-Polymer Nanocomposites as Surface Coatings for Biomolecular Absorption.” Cairo. October 2011-October 2012.

*Edwin Cruz-Rivera (BIOL). “The Role of Structural Versus Chemical Defenses in Turbinaria.” El Gouna, Egypt. November 2011-June 2012.

*Maki Habib (MENG). “Design and Development of GSM Based Remote Control and Monitoring System.” Cairo. October 2011-October 2012.

*Tarek Madkour (CHEM). Cairo. “Development of the Molecular Parameters for the Design of New Nano-Structured Highly Permeable and Highly Selective Polyimide Membranes for the Green Separation of Natural Gas.” Cairo. September 2011-June 2012.

*Tamer Shoeib (CHEM). Cairo. “Theoretical Modeling and Structural Analysis of Gluathione Complexes with the Anti-Cancer Drugs Cisplatin and Oxaliplatin.” Cairo. November 2011-October 2012.

*Mohamed Swillam (PHYS). “Design and Fabrication of Nanoscale Plasmonic Networks.” Toronto, Canada. November 2011-October 2012.


SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Mohamed Aly (MENG). “Development of Drawing and Dimensioning Library for Mechanical Components According to Different International Drawing Standards.” Cairo. December 2011-December 2012.

*Lamyaa El-Gabry (MENG). “Sustainable Solar Systems in Mechanical Engineering.” Egypt, Spain. December 2011-December 2012.

*Basil Kamel (CANG). “Design Methodology: Studies in Design Studio Experiential Learning.” Cairo. October 2011-August 2012.



GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Thomas Skouteris (LAW). “International Law and the Periphery,” in co-operation with the University of Sydney, Australia. February 2012.

Successful faculty grant applications for the November cycle are listed below. Some of the conference grants are pending a letter of acceptance. If you believe that you are incorrectly missing from the list, or if your name is misspelled or some of the information is incorrect, please email me immediately at gharman@aucegypt.edu. Corrections are quite easy to make.



BUS (School of Business)

*Ahmed Abdel Meguid (ACCT). Rome, Italy. April 2011.

*Khaled Dahawy (ACCT). Rome, Italy. April 2011.

*Khaled Samaha (ACCT). Rome, Italy. April 2011.

*Ahmed Tolba (MGMT). Lugano, Switzerland. March 2011.

*Samir Youssef (MGMT). Barcelona, Spain. June 2011.

*Angie Zaher (ACCT). Houston, Texas, USA. March 2011.


GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Kevin Keenan (JRMC). Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. April 2011.


HUSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

*Tahia Abdel Nasser (ECLT). Vancouver, Canada. March-April 2011.

*Nora Abdel Wahab (ALI). Tucson, Arizona. March 2011.

*Dalal Abo El Seoud (ALI). Tucson, Arizona. March 2011.

*Riham Bahi (PoliSci). Florence, Italy. April 2011.

*Melanie Carter (Rhet/Comp). New Delhi, India. January 2011.

*Carol Clark (ELI). New Orleans, USA. March 2011.

*Carol Clark (ELI). San Francisco, USA. March 2011.

*Carol Clark (ELI). Orlando, Florida. USA. May 2011.

*Agnes Czajka (SAPE). Montreal, Canada. March 2011.

*Jennifer Davis (Rhet/Comp). Prague, Czech Republic. March 2011.

*Amani Demian (ELI). Dubai, UAE. March 2011.

*Inas Hafez (ALI). Tucson, Arizona, USA. March 2011.

*Mona K. Hassan (ALI). Tucson, Arizona. March 2011.

*Rania Jabr (ELI). Dubai, UAE. March 2011.

*Nagwa Kassabgy (ELI). Brighton, UK. April 2011.

*Roger López (PHIL). Spokane, Washington, USA. March 2011.

*Sanaa Makhlouf (ELI). Dubai, UAE. March 2011.

*William Melaney (ECLT). Reykjavik, Iceland. April 2011.

*Afaf Mishriki (ELI). Dubai, UAE. March 2011.

*Yasmine Salah El Din (ELI). Ponte Verde Beach, Florida, USA. April 2011.

*Yasmine Salah El Din (ELI). Brighton, UK. April 2011.

*Bonnie Settlage (SAPE). Prague, Czech Republic. March, 2011.

*Ann Shafer (PVA). New York, USA. February 2011.

*Ann Shafer (PVA). New Orleans, USA. April 2011.

*Elena Tzelepis (Phil). Granada, Spain. January 2011.

*Phyllis Wachob (ELI). New Orleans, USA. March 2011.



SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Ali Darwish (EENG). Baltimore, MD, USA. June 2011.

*Khaled El-Ayat (CSCE). Nürnberg, Germany. March 2011.

*Walid Fouad (BIOL). Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. June 2011.

*Alaa Ibrahim (PHYS). Washington, D.C., USA. February 2011.

*Mikhail N. Mikhail (CSCE). St. Maarten, The Netherlands Antilles. January 2011.




BUS (School of Business)

*Steven Formaneck (MGMT). “Murjan Tower: Economically Viable?” Bahrain. January –May 2011.

*Mohamed Hegazy (ACCT). “The Development of Key Financial Performance Indicators for U.K. Construction Companies.” Egypt & United Kingdom. December 2010-May 2011.



GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Ghada Barsoum (PPAD). "Getting Married and Housing Policy Reforms in Egypt: Is There a Connection?"


HUSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

*Noelle Houssney (Rhet/Comp). Performance Piece. Beirut, Lebanon. January 2011.

*Lisa Sabbahy (SAPE). “Royal Brother-Sister Mating in Ancient Egypt.” Cairo. March-April 2011.


SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Mohamed Aly (MENG). “Modelling and Testing of Light Weight Sandwich Beams.” January-October 2011.

*Christian Bauriedel (CANG). “Digital Recording & Analog Model Production of Historic Monuments.” Cairo. January 2011.

*Ali Darwish (EENG). “Thermal Analysis and Stability Analysis of MMIC.” Cairo. January-August 2011.

*Lamyaa El Gabry (MENG). “Gas Turbine Heat Transfer.” Stockholm, Sweden. December 2010-January 2011.

*Salah El Sheikh. "Clathrate Hydrates with HD & H2 as Host Molecules." Egypt and Italy. November 2010-November 2011.

*Justin Grubich. "Feeding Behavior and Distribution of Lionfishes in their Native Habitat." Red Sea, Egypt. January 2011-January 2012.

*Edward Smith (CANG). “Impact of Wastewater Dissolved Organic Matter on Fate and Transport of Bacteria in Soil.” Cairo. January –December 2011. 




BUS (School of Business)

*Mohga Badran (MGMT). "Teaching Effectiveness, AACSB." Tampa, Florida, USA. March 2011.


SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Maki Habib (MENG). “Online and Interactive Simulation for MENG 375 and MEN 476.” Cairo. January-October 2011.



BUS (School of Business)

*Maha Mourad (MGMT). The Sixth International Conference on Higher Education Marketing, ICHEM 2011. AUC New Cairo Campus. April 18-20, 2011.

*Abdelkrim Seghir (ECON). Egypt/SAET Workshop in Economic Theory. AUC New Cairo Campus. February 26, 2011.


SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Maher Younan (MENG). MAMD’201, 6th International Conference Mechanics and Material in Design. AUC New Campus, November 2011.

Beginning with the September 2010 application cycle for AUC internal faculty grants, we are posting the names of all faculty grant recipients here on the Faculty Bulletin (and, in the case of all grants other than Conference Grants, the topic of the project). There are two reasons for doing so:

1. To accelerate the notification process.  Please note that recipients still need to wait several days for the official letter from my Office to know the amount received. Acceptance does not entail that the full amount requested was in fact awarded. (For now, we have decided not to list the exact dollar amount of the grants in the Bulletin.)

2. To enhance mutual awareness of AUC faculty research. It is enjoyable to read through the list and learn about the many interesting research projects in which your colleagues are involved.

Some of the Conference Grants are pending a letter of acceptance for the presentations. For this reason, only the conference locations are listed so as not to “jump the gun” with conference titles before some of the presentations are officially accepted.

If you are not on the list below and think there is an error, you may contact the Associate Provost for Research Administration (gharman@aucegypt.edu) for an explanation.

Names of recipients are listed alphabetically by family name.

Please note: this is the last cycle of AUC faculty support grants to be awarded under the old system. Beginning with the November application cycle, new application forms are required and the new rules apply. Please see the following website for details:


(FOLLOW-UP: if your name is spelled incorrectly on this list, or if you see any other error in the information, please contact me immediately at gharman@aucegypt.edu; it is very easy to make changes on the Bulletin and you won't be troubling me at all. We want to get everything right.)



BUS (School of Business)

*Nahed Amin Azab (Management). Orlando, Florida. March 2011.

*Hala El Ramly (Economics). Denver, Colorado. January 2011.

*Steven Formaneck (Management). Bahrain. January 2011.

*Dilip Ghosh (Management). New York. October 2010.

*Maha Mourad (Management). Beirut. December 2010.

*Maha Mourad (Management). Zürich. February 2011.

*Eskandar Tooma (Management). Cape Town. November 2010.


HUSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

*Holger Albrecht (Political Science). Pisa, Italy. April 2011.

*Nadya Chishty-Mujahid (ECLT). Oxford, UK. January 2011.

*Lori Fredricks (ELI). Jaen, Spain. December 2010.

*Camilo Gomez-Rivas (ARIC). Boston. January 2011.

*Abeer Salah Heider (ALI). Seattle. March 2011.

*Hani Henry (SAPE). Charleston, SC. February 2011.

*Amy Holmes (SAPE). San Diego, CA. November 2011.

*Vassiliki Kotini (ECLT). New Brunswick, NJ. April 2011.

*Amy Motlagh (ECLT). Los Angeles. January 2011.

*Ann Shafer (PVA). Atlanta. November 2010.

*Nadine Sika (Political Science). Florence, Italy. April 2011.

*Mohammed Tabishat (SAPE). New Orleans. November 2010.

*Daniel Vilmure (RHET/COMP). Istanbul. November 2010.

GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Mervat Abou Oaf (JRMC). Kuwait. October 2010.

*Hamid Ali (PPA). Berlin. January 2011.

*Alejandro Escorihuela (Law). Madrid. December 2010.

*Sherine Fahmy (JRMC). Kuwait. October 2010.

*Kim Fox (JRMC). Kuwait. October 2010.

*Outi Korhonen (Law). Madrid. December 2010.

*Tanya Monforte (Law). Madrid. December 2010.


LLT (School of Libraries and Learning Technologies)

*Amanda Click (Library). Dubai. October 2010.


SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Maki Habib (MENG). Beppu, Oita, Japan. January 2011.

*Ali Hadi (MACT). Dhaka, Bangladesh. December 2010.

*Ahmed Moustafa (Biology). Hersonissios, Crete, Greece. November 2010.

*Khaled Nassar (CANG). Baltimore, MD. December 2010.

*Hanadi Salem (MENG). San Diego, CA. February-March, 2011.

*Alexander Schuster (MACT). Helsinki, Finland. October 2010.



BUS (School of Business)

*Mohamed Hegazy (Accounting). “Fraudulent Financial Reporting: Do Red Flags Really Help?” Cairo. July 2010-December 2010.

*Khaled Samaha (Accounting). “The Extent of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Information Disclosure and its Determinants by the Largest Companies Listed on the Egyptian Stock Exchange (EXG).” Cairo. September 2010-September 2011.

*Ahmed Tolba (Management). “The Effect of Opinion Leadership on Innovation Diffusion and Use.” Cairo. October 2010-July 2011.


GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Hamid Ali (PPA). “Public Policy Debate: Inflationary and Reserve Requirement in Economy with Informal Sector.” Cairo. January 2011.

*AKM Ahsan Ullah (CMRS). “Tapping the Potential for Corporate Social Responsibilities (CRS) to Address the Needs of Refugees in Egypt.” Cairo. October 2010-April 2011.

*Justin Martin (JRMC). "Half the Tunisian Sky: Two-Part Journalism Project on Women's Rights in Tunisia." Tunis. November 2010.


HUSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

*Salima Ikram (SAPE). “North Kharga Oasis Survey, Field Work.” Kharga Oasis, Egypt. December 2010-January 2011.

*Mate Tokić (History). “For the Homeland, Ready! Diaspora Politics and Transnational Political Violence During the Cold War.” Ottawa, ON, Canada. January 2011.


SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Sherif Abdel Azeem (EENG). Cairo. “On-line Handwritten Digits Recognition.” September 2010-August 2011.

*Mohab Anis (EENG). “Design for Yield of Sensitive Integrated Circuits in the Nanometer Regime.” Cairo and Waterloo, ON, Canada. January-March, 2011.

*Samer Ezeldin (CANG). “Automation of Project Controls, Procedures, and Protocols for ISO Certification- Phase 1.” Cairo and New Brunswick, NJ. Fall 2010-Fall-2011.  

*Hanadi Salem (MENG). “Fabrication of Ultrahigh Strength/Tough Monolithic and Composite Nanostructured Bulk Products Using Powder Metallurgy/Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS).” Cairo. January 2011-April 2012.

*Kathleen Sheppard (Core). “Margaret Murray and the Tomb of the Two Brothers.” London. January 2011.

*Maher Younan (MENG). “Shakedown Limit Load Determination of Defected Pressure Vessel, and Piping Components Using a Simplified Technique.” Cairo. November 2010-May 2011.



SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Mustafa Arafa (MENG). Cairo. “Development of Teaching Aids for Mechanical Vibration.” December 2010-December 2011.



SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Mohab Anis (EENG).  “International Conference on Microelectronics.” Sofitel el-Gezira, Cairo. December 19-22, 2010.


late November, 2009

December 23rd, 2009

Faculty Bulletin

Editor: Graham Harman,
Associate Vice Provost for Research

Editorial Assistant: Samah Abdel-Geleel,
Graduate Studies and Faculty Research Coordinator


Several opportunities for faculty to learn about and present on-campus research will soon be announced. An exciting new campus lecture series will be sponsored by the Office of the Provost beginning next semester (details forthcoming). Meanwhile, the Office of the Vice Provost will soon be advertising this year’s version of AUC’s annual Research Conference.

Concerning the Research Conference, we would like to encourage as many faculty members as possible to submit proposals, especially those who have never done so before. The dates for this year’s Conference are April 10-12, 2010. This is a golden opportunity to organize a panel of your colleagues to present work-in-progress to the AUC community. Expect a campus-wide email about the Conference in the coming weeks.


Dr. Ferial Ghazoul has also asked us to share some information about the current and past issues of Alif, one of AUC’s flagship journals:

“In line with the Vice Provost’s idea of a ‘research community’ we would like to emphasize not only individual publications but also teamwork that produces research involving the community (through contributions, refereeing, editing, advising, etc). Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, a refereed journal published annually by the American University in Cairo, is an example of such a spirit. Each issue is devoted to a theme and includes articles in English, Arabic, and occasionally French by leading and emerging scholars from Egypt and the rest of the world. The most recent issue (ALIF 29) published in summer 2009 revolved around the theme of ‘The University and Its Discontents’ and was guest edited by Dr. Robert Switzer (Dept. of Philosophy). Each issue is sold for only 20 LE in Egypt (at AUC Bookstores and at the Department of English and Comparative Literature, AUC), so as to make it tempting for students to buy and for professors to assign to students. The themes are wide-ranging and the articles in each issue cover different disciplines.

Back issues that are still available are:

• ALIF 10 (1990): Marxism and the Critical Discourse
• ALIF 11 (1991): Poetic Experimentation in Egypt since the Seventies
• ALIF 12 (1992): Metaphor and Allegory in the Middle Ages
• ALIF 13 (1993): Human Rights and Peoples’ Rights in the Humanities
• ALIF 14 (1994): Madness and Civilization
• ALIF 15 (1995): Arab Cinematics: Toward the New and the Alternative
• ALIF 16 (1996): Averröes and the Rational Legacy in the East and the West
• ALIF 17 (1997): Literature and Anthropology in Africa
• ALIF 18 (1998): Post-Colonial Discourse in South Asia
• ALIF 19 (1999): Gender and Knowledge: Contribution of Gender Perspectives to Intellectual Formations
• ALIF 20 (2000): The Hybrid Literary Text: Arab Creative Authors Writing in Foreign Languages
• ALIF 21 (2001): The Lyrical Phenomenon
• ALIF 22 (2002): The Language of the Self: Autobiographies and Testimonies
• ALIF 23 (2003): Literature and the Sacred
• ALIF 24 (2004): The Archeology of Literature: Tracing the Old in the New
• ALIF 25 (2005): Edward Said and Critical Decolonization
• ALIF 26 (2006): Wanderlust: Travel Literature of Egypt and the Middle East
• ALIF 27 (2007): Childhood: Creativity and Representation
• ALIF 28 (2008): Artistic Adaptations: Approaches and Positions

The most recent issue include the following articles:

English Section

• Bruce Foltz (Eckerd College): One-Dimensional Learning: The Dialectic of Sacred and Secular as the Enduring Possibility of the University
• John Kress (Emory University): University and Stasis: Four Rival Ideas of a University
• Robert Frodeman and Jennifer Rowland (University of North Texas): De-Disciplining the Humanities
• Karyn Ball (University of Alberta): Melancholy in the Humanities: Lamenting the “Ruins” of Time between Bill Readings and Augustine
• Henry A. Giroux (McMaster University): The Politics of Higher Education and the Militarized Academy after 9/11
• Stephen Germic (Rocky Mountain College): The Neoliberal University: Theory and Practice
• Sara Nimis (Georgetown University) and Stephen Nimis (Miami University of Ohio): WANTED: Languages, Dead or Alive
• Barbara Harlow (University of Texas at Austin): Public Spheres, Personal Papers, Pedagogical Practices: Ruth First’s Academic Postings to/from Dar es Salaam and Maputo
• Peter Cook (Anglia Ruskin University): Scholarship and Integrity: Matthew Arnold’s “The Scholar-Gipsy” and Anita Desai’s “Scholar and Gypsy”

Arabic Section
• Ali Mabrook (Cairo University): From Hard Force to Soft Force: Nahda Project from Army to University
• Mona Tolba (Ain Shams University): The Metaphor of the University: The University as If …
• Anwar Moghith (Helwan University): Education and Citizenship: A Study of Ahmed Lutfi Al-Sayyid’s Political Ideology
• Kamal Mougheeth (Al Azhar University): University and Politics: Glorious Past, Rich Experiences, Miserable Reality
• Mohamed Aboulghar and Madiha Doss (Cairo University): For a Better University: March 9 Group
• Samy Soliman (Cairo University): Orientalism and the History of Arabic Literature: Carlo Nallino as a Case Study
• Doaa Embabi (Ain Shams University): English Literature in the Egyptian University: A View from Within
• Faten Morsy (Ain Shams University): The University in The Open Door and Atyaf
• Magda Mansour Hasabelnaby (Ain Shams University): The Image of the University and its Implication in Selected Twentieth-Century American Literary Texts
• Muhsin Mahdi (Chicago and Harvard Universities): Years of Chicago: Forming a Soul (translated by Bayoumi Kandil)
• Nasr Abu Zayd (Leiden University): Islamic Studies in the University: An Interview

Forthcoming issues include:

ALIF 30 (2010): Trauma and Memory
ALIF 31 (2011): The Other Americas

For further information contact Mr. Walid El Hamamsy, Editorial Manager of ALIF, tel 27975107 or Omneya Ali (ECLT Dept. Staff) tel 26151628.

Ferial Ghazoul
(For ALIF Team) ”


This week, the Faculty Profile feature makes its first visit to the new School of Business (SoB). We can think of no one better to start with than Dr. Sherif Kamel, the School’s energetic new Dean. Sherif is certainly no stranger to AUC, having graduated from our University in 1987 with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Economics. Apparently satisfied with his undergraduate education, he stayed on to pursue his M.B.A. here, completing that degree in 1990. After receiving his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, Sherif began teaching at AUC in 1996. Having served capably in a number of administrative roles at AUC, he eventually became Associate Dean of Executive Education, and in September 2009 the founding Dean of the new School of Business. Anyone who has spoken with Sherif knows that he is an excellent conversationalist on a wide variety of topics. Anyone who glances at his c.v. will be struck by his broad range of professional activities and his tireless track record of world travel. But what some members of our community might not know is that our new Dean of Business is also pursuing his M.A. at AUC in Islamic Art and Architecture: a passionate interest he also pursues as Treasurer and Board member of the Association of Friends of the Museum of Islamic Arts. I was expecting a highly informative interview with Sherif, and that is exactly what I got.

Q: The former School of Business, Economics, and Communications (BEC) has just split in half. We now have a new School of Business (SoB) and a new School of Public Affairs (SPA). As the first Dean of the School of Business, could you explain to our readers some of the reasons behind this change?

A: The first department of the school of BEC, the Department of Economics, was established in 1947, management education started in the 1960s as non-degree programs and the Department of Management was established in 1979. During that period, there was a lot achieved and I think we can look at that phase as the building phase with so many contributions to society which is shown in the number of exceptional graduates we had and the contributions to society in different sectors. In 2009, the School of Business is witnessing a new phase in its history. BEC has always produced graduates that successfully took leading roles in different sectors of the economy in Egypt and in different countries. We have had some of the best students and we are proud that they excelled with their careers and achieved in their respective sectors. However, the composition of the school in terms of departments did not help in positioning the school as a school that is dedicated to serve business and industry. The newly reorganized School of Business is focused on offering the community what it needs as a business school with three strong departments of inter-related nature of disciplines: Accounting, Economics and Management offering both degree programs and a large portfolio of non-degree programs through two major executive education operations; the Management Center, established in 1977 and the International Executive Education Institute established in 2008. These activities are strongly supported by a set of specialized programs and centers that address specific needs of the community such as the Citadel Capital Financial Services Center, established in 2006, offering students, researchers and professionals a state-of-the-art instructional facility that integrates hands-on financial services practice with classroom financial concepts such as securities trading, risk management and asset allocation. El-Khazindar Business Research and Case Center, established in 2008, providing case studies and other educational services, offering a platform for student-centered learning tools and a variety of services that aims at developing top caliber students, connecting businesses and students in the region, and ultimately contributing to the betterment of the society. Finally, the 10,000 Goldman Sachs Women’s Entrepreneurship and Leadership Program, established in 2008 as part of a global initiative, providing underserved women with a business and management education. This program is conducted in collaboration with the Wharton School serving as a regional hub for teaching and research regarding women’s leadership in the Arab Region.

With such a portfolio of degrees, programs and centers, and to be able to compete at a global scale, reorganization and strategic positioning of the school, coupled with investing in community engagement and outreach programs as well as faculty development and attracting top caliber students were of utmost importance. To be able to realize the above, the School of Business needs to operate as one integrated provider of business-related solutions – one body with multiple functions and activities rather than many islands with no bridges. The newly reorganized school of business represents an appropriate platform for the above objectives to be realized with an organized set of measurements that would bring industry and the business sector involved with the school as one of the main constituencies in the market and as the ultimate employer of the school’s graduates. As a School, the departments, programs and centers will be able to serve the community with its different constituencies in three different directions that have been identified as direction and drivers for the school of business; entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership.

Q: Let’s go back in time to your student years at AUC. From 1983-85 you were a Political Science major here. But then you switched to Business Administration. What caused your interests to change?

A: I was an undergraduate student at AUC during the period 1983-1987. I started off as a student in the Department of Economics and parallel to that, I was doing political science at the faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University. So I was doing both degrees at the same time and I strongly believed that economics and political science complement each other. I liked both disciplines. I felt I could do both degrees in parallel. I had a dream of becoming a diplomat just like my father, so from that perspective the combination of the two disciplines seemed appropriate. All was going well until 1985 when Cairo University insisted on their Registrar receiving the original copies of my school papers and certificates. This did not work. It was a purely logistical/administrative hurdle but unfortunately I did not have a choice and I decided to drop Cairo University after successfully passing the first 2 years (1983-1985) and opted to continue with a degree in economics from AUC. In 1986, there was another switch, but rather at the global level, when information technology was booming fast and penetrating many aspects of life and getting into homes and becoming more personalized. I thought at the time that being a business major would link me more to information technology, so I decided to make the move. It was a bit late because I was in my third year, I was about to become senior but I changed my major to business. I never regretted the decision because it allowed me to stay enough as an economics student then as a business student, I learnt a lot about these two very much related disciplines and it helped shape so much of my thinking and decision making process in the following stages of my career. Later on, I realized that we learn from every discipline, inside classrooms, from life experiences and from the situations we encounter. It is the combination of tacit and explicit knowledge that shapes our character, builds our knowledge and decides our next moves.

Q: After then earning your M.B.A. here at AUC, you pursued doctoral work at the London School of Economics, in their Information Systems Program. (It’s a program I know well, and of course we have mutual friends there.) But some readers might not know very much about the field of Information Studies. How would you explain it to someone who has barely heard of it?

A: There is a need to distinguish between information studies and information technology studies. Information is the most invaluable resource, other than people, that organizations of all sorts should have in a timely, current, efficient and relevant manner. Information helps in better allocating resources, managing growth, setting targets and priorities, managing projects, and planning for the future amongst many other decisions we encounter every day. Information is important at the personal, organizational and societal level; it helps in virtually all aspects of life. How we get it, when, how frequently, and from whom? These issues are better handled in today’s global marketplace or rather marketspace using information technology (IT) with its different tools and techniques. IT is just a tool, a means to an end, to help people take different decisions whether personal or professional, and whether these decisions are at the micro and short-term level or at the macro-long term level. IT in itself has changed dramatically over the last decade and it is now known as ICT, which stands for information and communication technology with the evolution of the Internet, networking, mobility and the removal of time and distance barriers. We now live in a world that is information-driven; some people even call it the information society. Information in today’s world comes to us in different forms, such as data, voice, images, video clips and it is dynamic, iterative, interactive and live. The world is also witnessing what is known as information and media convergence which is having multiple and integrated channels for information acquisition and knowledge dissemination whereas in the past we used to get the news from the newspapers, radio or television. Now, besides these traditional channels, there are the social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn, there is also sms and mms (short messages), there is email, YouTube, and many other things. You never know when or how information will be coming, because we are all living in an interconnected and internetworked planet. We are living in an information-push environment, where information is chasing us rather than us pulling information from different sources. The studies related to the issues mentioned above, its effectiveness, usability, usefulness and its improvement are all related to information studies. The tools and platforms that make it easy for us to use the technology reflect the studies that relate to information and communication technology.

Q: A professor in any business-related field will surely have many opportunities for consulting, to sit on corporate boards, or even to work in the private sector. Yet you definitely seem to prefer academic work to working in the corporate sector. You have maintained a very active research profile, for instance. What are some of the reasons for this?

A: Since my LSE days, I learnt to enjoy research and that was in 1991. In fact, long before that, since school days, I very much enjoyed reading and digging up articles and books in bookstores and libraries. Today, in my library at home, I have over 2,500 titles (mainly books and some journals); this is the outcome of admiring reading for almost three decades. I guess that contributed to my bias in favor of research and as I said, the LSE pushed that drive as well. Moreover, working in the government for about 12+ years also helped in developing my admiration to research and development work, because that is what I used to do every day, it was challenging and exciting and I learnt a lot from doing it. This obviously came at the expense of getting engaged in consultancy work. I did work in some consultancy projects but I was very selective over the years in accepting these assignments; I did them from time to time but usually what enticed me to accept these assignments was the embedded research component. It is important to stay in touch with the corporate world and the way I do it is by writing case studies as part of the selected consultancy work I choose to work on, which is usually once every year.

Q: Along with many solo-authored articles, you seem to have a special talent for collaborating with other authors— and it’s a very wide variety, not just the same co-authors every time. This suggests a special ability in co-operation. Tell us if you would, how do you go about “negotiating” co-authored work with colleagues? In my own field (Philosophy) this is both rare and difficult, so I am curious to know how it is done.

A: Going back to the notion of information, and how it develops itself into knowledge, I am a strong believer that knowledge should always be disseminated and shared. Then no wonder that I am a supporter of the access2knowledge movement and actually wrote a chapter in one of the books addressing that issue on ICT and the development of the knowledge society in Egypt. Knowledge should be made public and accessed by everyone because no one owns it. All that we do is just a minor contribution to the knowledge that is being disseminated across time. Moreover, working in academia, I think this is one of the main issues/obligations that professors should be addressing. Sharing knowledge should be done with students, colleagues and the community at large whenever possible. In that respect, classes are typical venues for sharing knowledge with students, but I also use the web through my homepage www.sherifkamel.org, to share stuff with my students. The homepage has been online for over 12 years now since 1997 and soon I will be launching the 3rd edition of my homepage. Moreover, in a typical semester, I exchange no less than 1500 emails with my students in an average class of 30+ students; this is in itself knowledge sharing although the channel selected is different such as email, instant messaging and/or social networks. Moreover, seminars are platforms to share knowledge with the community. I believe that research and publications are mechanisms that can help faculty work together across different fields leading to positive contributions to what I advocate and promote all the time and that is interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches to learning. Some of the faculty I worked with, I wanted to encourage them in the beginning of their careers where I took the lead in the research work addressed, others I wanted to learn from by bringing our expertise and knowledge together. It is not an easy task given the different ways people address research and look at research problems but the learning experience and the resulting outcome is all worth it.

Q: You have done extensive studies of the emergence of new technologies in the Egyptian economy: computers, e-commerce, mobile telephones. What are some of the big technological changes we are likely to see in Egypt over the next decade, and how might they transform traditional society here?

A: Egypt has come a long way over the last 10 years since the establishment of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in 1999. Historically, IT came to Egypt in the early 1960s but the boom started in the early 1980s and then was clearly addressed as part of the national agenda in 1999 becoming an integral part of the cabinet office and a platform for socioeconomic development. The development in the ICT space will witness many changes and transformations in the coming decade. This will relate to the growing positioning of Egypt as one of the top global destinations in outsourcing, coupled with the multiple successful public-private partnership models that involve different constituencies in the community and that address IT projects with socioeconomic and developmental implications. The fact that the population demographics in Egypt are mainly young and fresh and more IT-oriented promises to provide venues for IT growth in different directions. The spread of IT in the community is massive and with the growing accessibility and electronic readiness of the society, ICT will play a major role in rendering the community more competitive, investing in people is crucial in the 21st century where the “intellectual capital” of people represents the next battlefield, as opposed to oil in the 20th century. While people will be the most important building block, ICT will orchestrate the environment where communities will make a difference, prosper and compete. It is important to note that ICT in that context is not the fact of using the tools but rather the optimization and capitalization of its effective and efficient use across different sectors to rationalize resources, innovate processes and penetrate different markets.

Q: In the introduction to this interview I mentioned that you are now pursuing yet another degree: an M.A. in Islamic Art and Architecture right here at AUC. How long have you been interested in this subject?

A: I have been interested in this subject since the early 1980s when I visited for the first time Sultan Hassan Mosque. What a unique place. But it was in 2003 when I decided that I was ready to commit time to read, learn and know more about Islamic Art and Architecture and with an emphasis on architecture and the history-related knowledge associated with it. This also related to my interest in the history of the Middle East. I would like to note that my passion for this subject is endless, therefore in 2004, together with some interested colleagues in the same subject, we established the Association of Friends of the Museum of Islamic Arts where I am currently the treasurer and board member. The MA in Islamic Art and Architecture program at AUC is rich in knowledge and informative about so many aspects related to the society and its culture beyond art and architecture. I am finally doing my last course this semester (fall 2009) and hopefully I will be working on my thesis next semester.

Q: In fact, for a HUSS faculty member like me, one of the remarkable things about speaking with you is your great range of interests in so many different subjects. Presumably some of this is just a matter of your own personality and temperament. But to what extent is a career in business-related fields augmented by interests such as Islamic art and architecture? I can sense that you view your studies in art and architecture as more than just a hobby: but how?

A: You are absolutely right. Subjects and disciplines relate to each other in many ways. They affect each other and benefit from each other. Look at corporate boards today: they opt to have someone with an art background and with innovative senses irrespective of the business of the corporation. This is done because they need to invest in innovation and they need to appear as always coming up with the new ideas and products. Being artistic while having an innovative style is one of the keys to corporate success and growth in today’s global marketplace. It is important to me, beyond being a hobby, to understand how the people used to think, live and address issues across time because the findings are not totally disintegrated from what we see today and interact with. Once again, it is knowledge disseminated across time. The way business was conducted, education was diffused and culture was respected is important to know and understand, because knowing and studying the historical background of society is crucial in planning for the future. Art and architecture is a reflection of the development of societies and knowing more about them helps me understand the culture more— and more importantly, how it developed across different phases and what were the factors that had serious implications and effects during the development process.

Q: In fact, your interests seem broad enough that perhaps this would be a golden moment for new collaboration between SoB and the other Schools. Do you have any specific ideas about this?

A: The way to compete at a global scale is to innovate in how AUC presents its knowledge content through different programs. I am a strong believer in and supporter of joint-School academic offerings because it produces students who are well-rounded and more knowledgeable about their fields and other related fields. Synergies between schools and collaboration in different offerings are an invaluable component in today’s global markets and the education field and lifelong learning is not an exception. There are many opportunities for collaboration across Schools in degree offerings, in conducting research and in blending capstone courses that include different aspects of disciplines and AUC should be moving in that direction because it is important to competing in today’s fierce marketplace.

Q: You were chosen to be Dean at a very young age. I suppose my questions about that are the obvious ones. First, were you completely surprised by this change of jobs? Second, is being Dean different from what you expected? And finally, how is it to work with many of your former professors from the 1980′s?

A: I should say that this has not been the first time I took a position for which I was considered young (in terms of age, not necessarily experience if it can be quantified) for holding the post. This happened to me as early as 1989 when I was a fresh graduate and I was asked to put together and manage a plan for a training department to train government and public sector officials on IT tools, products and applications. This was a real challenge, a massive task. But if you have the passion, one needs to work hard, always try to learn and develop; it is never easy, but nothing is impossible. People appreciate if someone is trying hard, and if there is a vision and a plan to realize it they probably support him. However, as you point out, at this time last year I never saw the position of Dean coming to me. I never even thought about it at the time. I was happy being Associate Dean for Executive Education at the School and we had an ambitious project that is currently being implemented. The Deanship was a nice surprise, which developed smoothly throughout the nomination, interview and selection process. It was like when you take a picture, sometimes it is better to be natural rather than posing for a picture; things are smoother, more real. This is an exciting challenge for me and an interesting one at the same time. I see myself not as the new Dean of the School, but rather as the new Dean of the new School. I mean that literally. I have always seen myself as an agent for change; I have done it in the past in three different organizations and I think there is a good opportunity to achieve a lot with the new School. It is important to have a plan, a vision and a belief. You always get there and achieve your target, maybe over the long haul, but you do eventually get there, but it has to be a team effort with a teamwork approach. No one is good enough alone; working collectively as a team is for me the recipe for success; procedure and logistics are important, technology helps but nothing can equal people’s intellectual contributions and brain powers.

I consider myself a proud product of the School. I now have three Departments as part of the academic portfolio of the school of business: Accounting, Economics, and Management. I am fortunate that I was taught by distinguished professors in these three Departments who are still actively involved in their Departments and contributing to the School, the University and the society. This is very important. I am very proud to be working with my professors; this is a statement of proof for succession planning. Their presence is important to blend knowledge and experience with the new junior faculty. My experience since the first of September is living proof that they are true mentors and they have been extremely supportive in this important junction in the school’s transformation into becoming semi-autonomous and developing its own identity as part of AUC’s ecosystem. More importantly, I am equally proud that some of my own former students are colleagues of mine sitting together and exchanging ideas and plans for the future of the departments and that of the school. This in itself is a powerful statement of pride that many of the products of such an institution come back and contribute in different ways to their communities while fulfilling their career objectives.

Q: Looking over your c.v., I would have to say that you are one of the best-travelled academics in your age group I have ever seen. If you’re not speaking at a conference in Singapore, Poland, Thailand, or Sweden, then you are serving as an external Ph.D. examiner in India or South Africa. I have two questions about this. First, will you have to take a break from traveling while Dean? And second, how has all of this travel affected your view of the world and of your profession more specifically?

A: As Dean, I am taking a break from teaching but keeping my research involvement on course. I have been active in different local and global circles in a number of related aspects to management and IT and I am planning to keep these links because it could be of great help to me as Dean. Traveling and interacting with multiple cultures helps transform people today to become citizens of planet earth, and I will try to do my best to keep the momentum going. However, it is always important to keep the balance between protecting one’s own culture while also being exposed to different cultures, norms and beliefs. There is always something out there to learn and we need to know what that is. Personally, besides research and travel which contributes a lot to how I think of things and perceive issues, I tend to study differences and similarities between communities. This is quite interesting and it helps understanding people and deal with them. In many ways it also relates to information technology and how to adapt to different cultures and settings which helps information technology transfer to different communities to be successful and effective.

Q: We’ve already discussed your change of major, during your student years, from Political Science to Business Administration. But what about the occupation of university professor? Was that your career goal all along? Did you simply change from wanting to be a Professor of Political Science to a Professor of Business? Or was there a key event that made you decide on an academic career?

A: As indicated earlier, my initial dream was to become a diplomat but when that changed, I thought of working in development. And that was going well, until one day in 1988 I was attending a reception on the occasion of the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at the residence of the British Ambassador to Egypt. During the reception I was standing with my former boss and the British Ambassador who actually mentioned that there is an opportunity for a government employee to travel to study in the UK through the Foreign Office Scholarship Scheme. For some reason, I thought this was meant to be. That day, I decided to research universities, of course with no Internet or World Wide Web access at the time. I was looking into how to apply to that scheme, and maybe I would be that one person who would get that unique chance. The rest is history. I worked hard to get to LSE and the topic of my dissertation, although related to IT, still addressed mainly development planning in the context of public administration in developing nations using decision support systems and emerging information technology applications, something I strongly feel Egypt badly needs. From then on, moving from government to academia was the logical step to take and I started teaching at AUC MBA program in selected sessions in 1992 as a guest lecturer in IT courses.

Q: Can you tell us the three or four biggest differences between AUC in 2009 and the AUC you remember as a student? (Other than the new campus itself, which is perhaps too obvious to mention.)

A: Generally speaking, it is always difficult to compare two different situations with over two decades in between because I believe that each period and phase has its own character and should be judged accordingly. On a more personal level, I used to know AUC’s downtown campus as “home,” and more importantly I used to walk for 27 years for about 2 minutes (this is not a typo) to get to campus. Now it is a totally different story, but it is only a matter of time until we not only physically but also psychologically make the move to the new campus— because the new campus is a very nice place worthy to become AUC’s home, an enticing place for lifelong learning and the dissemination of knowledge and well poised to position AUC at the forefront of the education and learning ecosystem in the region and beyond.

However, if we can compare in an abstract way AUC in the 1980s to AUC one decade into the 21st century, I would mention that:

1. AUC became bigger, not in terms of size (though the student body is in fact bigger) but rather in terms of the portfolio of degree and non-degree programs offered to students, services available to the community, diversity of student activities, presence in the local and regional communities amongst many other additions.

2. The percentage of international students grew substantially, and that very much contributes to the cultural diversity of the student body at AUC and contributes to the learning process of different constituencies of the university including faculty, students and staff, becoming more international than before, something we missed in the 1980s.

3. The technology-based services and tools available to different constituencies within AUC is helping to match the developments taking place around the world, in other words, IT is now central to the ecosystem of the university including admissions, library, learning processes, student2student relationships, student2faculty continuous communication, students and faculty services, and more.

4. The environment for students to learn and for faculty to teach and excel has improved given the facilities and infrastructure in place already with more gradually being installed and implemented.

Q: Will Islamic Art and Architecture be your final degree, or can we expect to see you pursue another one? For example, why not go for an extra Ph.D. in Engineering?

A: I doubt it very much, due to time constraints and commitments. But one thing I can assure you is that the passion for learning and reading will still be there, and will always be there, but most probably will be manifested mainly in reading and attending seminars of interest on different topics.

(as reported by the faculty members)

Maki K. Habib, Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named Associate Editor at three international journals: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems (IJAMechS); 2. Journal of Mechatronics and Applications; 3. International Journal of Robotics and Automation. He has also been invited by National Instruments to be a member of the board that guides and evaluates proposals and designs for technical competition to develop and implement robots supporting humanitarian de-mining activities. The time frame of this competition is two years starting from Dec. 2009. The completion is mainly sponsored by National Instruments.

Graham Harman, Associate Vice Provost for Research and Associate Professor of Philosophy, will join fellow invited speakers Ian Bogost, Levi Bryant, and Steven Shaviro at the first conference on Object-Oriented Ontology at Georgia Tech, Atlanta. April 23, 2009. Harman was also among the authors discussed in Jennifer Howard’s article “Creature Consciousness” in The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 18, 2009. http://chronicle.com/article/Creature-Consciousness/48804/

Ahmed Rafea, Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has accepted an invitation to serve as the Chairman of the IASTED International Conference on Advances in Computer Science and Engineering, to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from March 15-17, 2010.

Ernest Wolf-Gazo, Professor of Philosophy, has been invited by the Ministry of Culture of Malaysia, in conjunction with The Islamic, Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization of Malaysia to present a keynote address. For details see the publications list below.

(as reported by the faculty members)

In this issue of the Bulletin, we have:

1 book
2 journal articles
1 public lecture
7 conference papers
1 article in conference proceedings

Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSS)

Catarina Belo, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

•Conference presentation, “Models of Causality in Islamic Philosophy.” International Colloquium entitled The Unity of Science in the Arabic Tradition – Science, Logic, Epistemology and their Interactions. University of Lisbon, Portugal. October 29-30, 2009.

Graham Harman, Associate Vice Provost for Research and Associate Professor of Philosophy

•Journal article, Tom Sparrow, “O užasima realizma: razgovor s Grahamom Harmanom,” translated by Goran Vujasinović. Quorum, forthcoming 2010. [Note: This is a Croatian translation of Tom Sparrow, "On the Horrors of Realism— Interview with Graham Harman," Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy (2008).]

Salima Ikram, Professor of Egyptology, Department of SAPE

•Public lecture, “From Meadow to Em-baa-lming Table: Experimental Mummification.” Netherlands-Flemish Institute on Experimental Archaeology. October 30, 2009.

Sean McMahon, Post-Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

•Book, The Discourse of Palestinian-Israeli Relations. (London: Routledge, 2009.)

William Melaney, Associate Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature

•Conference presentation, “The Place of Art in Kristevan Semiotics: Mimesis Reconsidered.” International Kristeva Conference. Humboldt University. Berlin, Germany. October 31-November 1, 2009.

• Conference proceedings, “Kristeva’s Subject-in-Process: From Structure to Semiotic Criticism.” Proceedings of the Ninth Congress of the IASS/AIS, Helsinki-Imatra, 11-17 June 2007, Vol. 2. Tartu: The International Semiotics Institute, 2009. 1074-81.

Bernard O’Kane, Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture (Dept. of ARIC)

•Conference presentation, “Ceramics in or on the Building? The Relationships of Architecture and the Consumer in the Development of Pottery and Tilework.” Third Hamid bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic art. And Diverse Are Their Hues: Color in Islamic Art and Culture. November 2-4, 2009. Cordoba, Spain.

Ernest Wolf-Gazo, Professor of Philosophy

•Conference presentation, “Europe and Islam: Encounters and Responses.” International Symposium entitled Contemporary Islamic Thought and Civilization. Royal Chulon Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. December 21-22, 2009.

School of Public Affairs (SPA)

Laila El Baradei, Associate Dean School of Public Affairs and Visiting Professor of Public Administration

•Conference presentation, “Examples of Ethics Topics Discussed in Master’s of Public Policy and Administration Courses at the American University in Cairo.” Public Integrity Education Network (PIEN) Conference. (Organized by TIRI, an idependent non-profit organization founded in London and the Lebanese Finance Institute affliated to the Lebanese Ministry of Finance.) Beirut, Lebanon. October 20-22, 2009.

Science and Engineering (SSE)

Maki K. Habib, Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

•Conference presentation, “Decompose the Operational Space of FG Vision System into Parallel Virtual Planes to Support Autonomous Navigation in Dynamic Environment,” 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Robotics and Automation – (CIRA 2009). Daejeon, South Korea. December 2009.

•Conference presentation, “Sensors and Robots for Humanitarian Demining: Needs, Present and Future.” 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Robotics and Automation – (CIRA 2009). Daejeon, South Korea. December, 2009.

Ahmed Rafea, Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering

•Journal Article, A. Abdel Monem, K. Shaalan, A. Rafea, H. Baraka. “Generating Arabic text in multilingual speech-to-speech machine translation framework.” Machine Translation Journal, DOI 10.1007/s10590-009-9054-9, Springer Netherlands. The article is available pre-publication in electronic form at http://www.springerlink.com/content/76t73q5805743640/

early October, 2009

December 23rd, 2009

Faculty Bulletin

Editor: Graham Harman,
Associate Vice Provost for Research

Editorial Assistant: Samah Abdel-Geleel,
Graduate Studies and Faculty Research Coordinator


Beginning with this issue, the Faculty Bulletin will take on an expanded role in promoting the work of AUC faculty. In order to make each issue of the Bulletin more of an “event,” we are shifting from a weekly to a bi-weekly format.

Now as always, the Bulletin is the perfect place to announce research activities. AUC faculty members are warmly encouraged to send updates of their research activities to Samah Abdel Geleel at samah@aucegypt.edu. (Note that submissions may be subject to editing and/or reformatting.)

In addition to publications, the Bulletin will list other news of faculty accomplishments: membership on international committees, editorship of journals, and other professional activities. We will also announce academic conferences and creative endeavors hosted by AUC.

Last but not least, we will be adding what is likely to be a popular feature of the new Bulletin: a profile in each issue of one of our faculty members, including an interview. If you would like to nominate someone to be the subject of one of these features, please send email to Graham Harman at gharman@aucegypt.edu.

The goal of this new version of the Bulletin is to increase faculty awareness of the activities of our peers, and thereby to help energize research, teaching, and service activities on campus. There is much to be proud of in the work of AUC faculty, and the new Bulletin seeks to make our faculty more internally and externally visible than before.

We will start with our new feature: the Faculty Profile. Faculty news and a list of publications can be found further down.


As the subject of our first profile we spoke with Salima Ikram, Professor of Egyptology, who has been with AUC in various capacities since 1995. Salima is a native of Lahore, Pakistan. A visit to Egypt in early childhood hooked her for life on the mysteries of the Egyptian past. She was educated primarily at Bryn Mawr College and Cambridge University, with a year in between as a Study Abroad student here at AUC. Salima is a powerhouse of productivity, with ten authored or edited scholarly books and six books for children, along with dozens of articles and conference presentations. She has also appeared in a staggering number of television specials and documentary films (since Egyptology is a beloved field around the world, after all). Among other honors, she was the 2007 winner of the AUC Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors Award. Salima is also known around campus for a friendly personality and an excellent sense of humor. For all of these reasons, she seemed like an ideal candidate to launch our new Faculty Profiles series with the following interview. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Q: Egyptology is a dream profession for many young people, but only a few pursue it as a career. What made you stick with it?

A: So many people I meet say that they wanted to be Egyptologists when they were little, but then they grew out of it (or reality hit). I guess I never quite grew up.

Q: It is said that you became fascinated by Egypt on a visit to this country at the age of nine. Can you tell us what sites and monuments fascinated you the most at such an early age?

A: We were only in Egypt for a very short time. One of the things we did was to go inside Khufu’s Pyramid. The Pyramids are magnificent from the outside, especially being set within the desert, far from the city. But it was the internal space that was compelling. The long, steep corridor that seemed to go on forever and the massiveness of the building made a strong impression on me (as did the smell). Then, when we went to the Egyptian Museum there was all the glamour of Tutankhamun, but what really got to me was the painted pair statue of Rahotep and Nofret. They looked so real that I felt these were the people I needed to know about and this was the culture that I wanted to study.

Q: So, you really did know for sure from age nine that this is what you wanted to do with your life?

A: Before age nine I had wanted to be an historian: ancient Egypt and the Minoan world were the most interesting to me. Visiting Egypt tipped the balance.

Q: So we should feel lucky that your family didn’t take you to Crete instead! Shifting topics, your record suggests that you are also qualified to be the curator of a museum or a full-time archaeologist. Why do you prefer a teaching position in a university as the best way to pursue your work?

A: As a professor one has a more varied life and it is also in many ways more stimulating. A classroom of good students challenges and stretches my own ideas of ancient Egypt, and the interaction helps all of us to learn better. Also, now that I have been teaching for awhile, there is the pleasure and pride in having students who have gone through, done their Ph.D.’s, and are now in their turn working as Egyptologists. It is a bit like passing on the torch. It is also nice to be in touch with students who do not continue in the field and to feel linked to them, their other jobs, and their lives. Teaching also provides more flexibility than other jobs: I still curate parts of collections, and dig. Moreover, I can involve my students in museology and excavation. This enriches their lives and mine, and is beneficial to the museums. Plus, I like having summer holidays in which to do research and write.

Q: You are the author or co-author of ten scholarly books and six books for children. Large parts of the educated public have a fondness for Egyptology, but might not know where to start reading your work. Which of your books would be the most accessible for the lay reader who wants to know what you’re doing?

A: I would suggest my children’s books, until the end of this year. Then, inshallah, people can read my latest work, published by Cambridge University Press, Ancient Egypt: An Introduction.

Q: What is the biggest unresolved controversy in Egyptology at the moment?

A: There are several unresolved controversies ranging from the precise ramp method used to build the Pyramids, the religious beliefs of Djedefre, the line of succession following the death of Akhenaten, and the burial place of most of the queens and some of the kings of the New Kingdom.

Q: Everyone is fascinated by hieroglyphics, but also somewhat intimidated by them. How hard is it to learn to read hieroglyphics? Does it take many years to master them?

A: Yes. Initially they are relatively straightforward, particularly if one restricts oneself to the basic formulae. After that, it gets harder.

Q: You have taken a special interest in animal mummies. This topic has an obvious appeal, but perhaps you could say more about what drew you to it.

A: I was interested in animals, as well as mummies. As a child one of my favorite displays in the Cairo Museum was the room of flora and fauna. It combined natural history with Egyptology. As an adult I found that the room had been shut down and the mummies needed attention, so I started the animal mummy project. This has developed into a larger interest than I had first imagined it would be. It sheds light on the ancient environment, the Egyptians’ view of the natural world, religious ideas, information about eating habits, trade, technology, and disease.

Q: You have also taken a special interest in the food of the ancient Egyptians. The average reader of this interview might wonder: how can we really know what they ate so long ago? Is this determined primarily through illustrations in tombs, through written texts, or in some other way?

A: Ancient food can be problematic, since it gets eaten. Two- and three-dimensional representations, texts, and the remains of actual food (mummified, dried, from middens [ancient rubbish dumps] or from coprolites [old fecal matter]) help flesh out the picture. But now isotopic analysis of human bone and tissue can also fill in the gaps.

Q: If for some reason you decided to retire from your career right now, which of your accomplishments in Egyptology so far would make you the most proud? Or if this is too embarrassing to answer, tell us which of your discoveries your professional colleagues would call the most interesting.

A: That depends on whom you ask. I am thrilled by the work we are doing in the Kharga Oasis, discovering parts of truly “lost” history, and also by the reinstallation of the animal mummy room.

Q: Tell us a bit about your work in the Kharga Oasis.

A: The northern part of the Kharga Oasis had never been properly explored. On a visit there, Corinna Rossi and I found that it contained some extraodinary Roman forts. We decided to give the north of the oasis its due, and thus the North Kharga Oasis Survey was born. We are currently working on a major publication of our results. We have found the remains of ancient caravan routes, forts, temples, early churches, farmhouses, pigeon towers, elaborate underground aqueducts, small settlements, tombs, pharaonic inscriptions, prehistoric settlements, and a plethora of rock art during the course of our work. Almost none of these things had never been noted before.

Q: After graduating from Bryn Mawr, you spent a year at AUC in 1985-86 in the Year Abroad Program. At the time, did you ever think you might return here as a faculty member?

A: Not at all, although I knew I would always have ties to AUC as long as my professors Fayza Haikal and Kent Weeks were associated with the University.

Q: Anyone looking at your c.v. would be amazed by the number of different activities in which you are involved. Can you give us any tips for how to do so much?

A: Not having much of a life outside of work. Luckily, my work is lots of fun (except for the administrative aspects), so it is not such a terrible thing.

Q: If you weren’t doing Egyptology, what else would you like to do instead? (But perhaps this is an impossible question for someone who was set on Egyptology as a nine-year-old!)

A: A few years ago I would not have been able to answer the question. Now, I would like to learn to mix herbal remedies, cook a greater variety of things, and write fiction. And do Egyptology.


Rasha A. Abdulla, Assistant Professor and Graduate Director of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication spent March and April in the United States where she was Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication.

Maki K. Habib, Professor of Mechanical Engineering has been named Guest Chief Editor for special issues of two international journals. For the International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems, the special issue is entitled “Human Adaptive Mechatronics: Robotics, Sensing, and Intelligence.” For The International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, the special issue is entitled “Robotics for Risky Interventions and Environmental Surveillance.” Both issues will be published during 2010.

Ali S. Hadi, Vice Provost and Professor of Mathematics and Actuarial Science has been elected as Editor-in-Chief of the International Statistical Review (ISR). For details see: http://www1.aucegypt.edu/newsatauc/News/MainStory/AliHadi.html

Graham Harman, Associate Vice Provost for Research and Associate Professor of Philosophy was an invited guest at a book series launch party on September 25 at the Ecole normale supérieure, Paris. The “MétaphysiqueS” series at Presses Universitaires de France will begin in early November with works by Eduardo Viveiros de Castro and the late Étienne Souriau, and will publish Harman’s book L’objet quadruple in 2010.

(as reported by the faculty members)

In this issue of the Bulletin, we have:

2 books
1 book contract
2 edited volumes
7 book chapters
15 journal articles
6 publications in conference proceedings
2 creative works
3 other publications
8 invited lectures
5 conference presentations

School of Business (SoB)

Marina Apaydin, Assistant Professor of Management

•Journal article, M. Apaydin and M. Crossan, “A Multi-dimensional Framework of Organizational Innovation,” Journal of Management Studies (forthcoming 2010).

•Journal article, M. Apaydin, M. Demirbag, and E. Tatoglu, “Survival of Japanese Subsidiaries in the Middle East & North Africa,” Journal of World Business 46 (2), 2011.

Karl Rich, Assistant Professor of Economics

•Journal article, “What can Africa contribute to global meat demand: Opportunities and constraints,” Outlook on Agriculture, September issue (Vol. 38, No. 3).

Tarek H. Selim, Associate Professor of Economics

•Journal article, “Real Strategic Pricing: A Game in Market Economics,” Journal of Business and Economics Research, Volume 7, 2009.

•Journal article, “A Review of Energy Analysis in Indian Household Consumption,” The Energy Journal, Volume 30, Number 3, July 2009.

•Journal article, “A Review of Moral Capitalism,” Review of Social Economy, Volume 66, Number 1, March 2009.

•Journal article, “On the Economic Feasibility of Nuclear Power Generation in Egypt,” Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, Working Paper Series, No. 143, 2009.

•Journal article, with J. Salevurakis, “Social Consensus and Economic Behavior,” Development Journal, Society for International Development (forthcoming March 2010).

•Conference proceedings, “The Case of Egyptian Food Processing Industry: Formalization versus Informalization within the Nation’s Food Security Policy,” Alfred P. Sloan Industry Studies Annual Conference, Chicago: Illinois, May 2009.

•Conference proceedings, “Market Competitiveness and Economic Policy: Methodology and Prospects for Business Development”, Dubai Economic Council, 2009, Dubai, UAE (Seminar).

•Edited volume, Egypt, Energy and the Environment: Critical Sustainability Perspectives. (Adonis and Abbey, 2009).

Hamed M. Shamma, Assistant Professor of Marketing (Heikal Dept. of Management)

•Book chapter, “A Multiple Stakeholder Perspective for Measuring Corporate Brand Equity: Linking Corporate Brand Equity with Corporate Performance.” In Contemporary Thoughts on Corporate Branding and Corporate Identity Management, T.C. Melewar and Elif Karaosmanoglu (eds.). Pages 23-46. (Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.)

•Conference proceedings, “A Comprehensive Approach to Brand Equity: Integrating Product and Corporate Brand Equity into Total Brand Equity Measurement,” Hammad M. Shamma and Salah S. Hassan. Proceedings, Society for Marketing Advances, November 2009 Annual Conference.

•Conference proceedings, “Examining the Antecedents and Consequences of Corporate Reputation: A Stakeholder Approach,” Hammad M. Shamma and Salah S. Hassan. Proceedings, Association for Global Business, Twenty First International Conference, November 2009 (forthcoming).

Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSS)

Catarina Belo, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

•Journal article, “Some Considerations on Averroes’ Views regarding Women and their Role in Society,” Journal of Islamic Studies (Oxford, 2009, 20, 1-20).

Amanda Fields, Writing Instructor, Department of Rhetoric and Composition

•Blog discussion of her previously published essay in Brevity 30, http://brevity.wordpress.com/2009/09/07/chipping-toward-the-center-the-art-of-brevity/

Emily Golson, Chair of the Department of Rhetoric and Composition

•Edited volume, Negotiating a Meta-Pedagogy: Learning from Other Disciplines. E. Golson and T. Glover (eds.). (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press.)

•Book chapter, “The Geometry of Composition: Linear and Nonlinear Thinking in Print and Hypertext Essays.” In Negotiating a Meta-Pedagogy: Learning from Other Disciplines. (Details in the preceding entry.)

Graham Harman, Associate Vice Provost for Research and Associate Professor of Philosophy

•Book chapter, “Interview with Graham Harman.” In Paul Ennis (ed.), Post-Continental Voices: Selected Interviews. (Winchester, UK: Zero Books, forthcoming 2010.)

•Book chapter, “Response to Shaviro,” following Steven Shaviro’s article “The Actual Volcano: Whitehead, Harman, and the Problem of Relations.” In L. Bryant, N. Srnicek, G. Harman (eds.), The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism. (Melbourne: re.press, forthcoming 2010.)

•Book contract, Meillassoux: Philosophy in the Making. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press, forthcoming 2010.)

Gretchen McCullough, Writing Instructor, Department of Rhetoric and Composition

•Creative work, presented short story “The True Story of Fresh Springs.” Fiction workshop at the Summer Literary Seminars in Vilnius, Lithuania July 19-August 4. Also presented the essay “Bad Boys at Bower’s Park” to a non-fiction workshop.

•Creative work, short story “The Wedding Guest.” Storyglossia, Issue 35.http://www.storyglossia.com/35/gm_wedding.html. Interview, http:www.storyglossia.com/blog/2009/09

William D. Melaney, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature

•Conference paper, “Ricoeur’s Transcendental Concern: A Hermeneutics of Discourse,” at the Fifty-Ninth International Conference on Phenomenology. University of Antwerp, Belgium (July 8-10, 2009).

•Journal article, “Sartre’s Postcartesian Ontology: On Negation and Existence,” Analecta Husserliana CIV, pages 37-54 (forthcoming 2009).

Bernard O’Kane, Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture (Dept. of ARIC)

•Book, The Appearance of Persian on Islamic Art. (New York: Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation, 2009.)

•Book chapter, “Ayyubid Architecture in Cairo.” In Ayyubid Jerusalem: The Holy City in Context 1187-1250, Robert Hillenbrand and Sylvia Auld (eds.) (London, 2009), pp. 423-34.

Lisa Sabbahy, Assistant Professor of Egyptology (Dept. of SAPE)

•Book, Anthropoid Clay Coffins, Catalogue General of Egyptian Antiquities in the Cairo Museum. (Cairo: SCA Press, 2009.)

Ernest Wolf-Gazo, Professor of Philosophy

•Book chapter, “Raum und Natur im Design von Hassan Fathy” (in German). In Inszenierung und Ereignis, R. Bohn and H. Wilharm (eds.), pages 349-370. (Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2009.)

•Conference proceedings, “Sacred and Secular Space in the Art of Caspar David Friedrich and Edward Hopper: On Existence and Solitude in German Romanticism and American Modernity.” In Congress Book II (Selected Papers of the XVIIth International Congress of Aesthetics), Jale Erzen (ed.), pages 313-322. (Ankara: Turkish Sanart Association for Aesthetics and the Faculty of Architecture.)

•Invited lecture, “Max Weber and Asian Civilization.” Opening address to the 6th Asian Philosophy Association in Jakarta, Indonesia. November 10th, 2009.

Libraries and Learning Technologies (LLT)

Amanda Click, Instruction and Reference Librarian

•Conference Paper, ““Help Us Help Them: Instruction Training for LIS Students and New Librarians.” LOEX Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico (30 April – 2 May 2009).

•Workshop, Association of College and Research Libraries’ Immersion program, an intensive information literacy workshop in St. Petersburg, Florida (26 – 30 July 2009).

School of Public Affairs (SPA)

Rasha A. Abdulla, Assistant Prof. and Graduate Director, Journalism and Mass Comm.

•Conference paper, “Measuring Public Opinion in Egypt: The Case of the Information and Decision Support Center’s Public Opinion Poll Center.” Advances in Audience and Consumer Measurement Conference, Miami, Florida.

•Invited lecture, “Blogging and Social Change in the Arab world.” Health Communication and Communication Technology and Society Group, Prof. Sandra Ball-Rokeach. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. March 2009.

•Invited lecture, “Blogging as an Institution in the Arab World.” For Prof. Thomas Goodnight’s doctoral seminar on “Macro Theories of Communication: The Economy of Attention.” University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. March 2009.

•Invited lecture, “Online News Media and the Recent Mideast Conflict.” For Prof. Philip Seib’s class. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. March 2009.

•Invited lecture, “Media Systems in the Arab World: How Free Is the Information Flow.” Invitation from Dean Lynn Turner. Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. April 2009.

•Invited lecture, “Communication, Conflict, and Middle East Cultures.” For Prof. James Scotton’s class. Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. April 2009.

•Invited lecture, “Non-Verbal Communication in the Arab World.” For Prof. Lynda McCroskey’s class on Non-Verbal Communication.” California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach, CA. April 2009.

•Invited lecture, “How the Western Media Cultivates the Arab Image. For Prof. Lynda McCroskey’s class on “Communication Theory.” California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach, CA. April 2009.

Christine Eleanor Anderson, Associate Professor of Law

•Journal article, Christine Anderson and Foluke Akinmoladun, “Climate Change, Water and Society in the MENA Region: A Legal and Policy Perspective,” Penn State Environmental Law Review (2010).

Laila El Baradei, Associate Dean of SPA and Visiting Professor of Public Administration

•Conference presentation, with Kathryn Newcomer and Heather Allen. “Improving Our Programs Through Assessing The Performance of Master of Public Administration Alumni.” The International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) Annual Conference on Governance for Sustainable Development: Implications for Public Administration Education and Practice, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 3-8 August, 2009.

•Journal article, with Doha Abdel Hamid. “Reforming the Pay System for Government Employees in Egypt,” The Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, ECES Working Paper Series, Working Paper No.151, June 2009.

Justin D. Martin, Assistant Professor, Journalism and Mass Communications

•Book chapter, “Leaving Iraqi refugees in the lurch.” In Introducing Issues with opposing viewpoints: human rights. (Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, forthcoming 2010.)

Science and Engineering (SSE)

Ali S. Hadi, Vice Provost and Professor of Mathematics and Actuarial Science

•Journal article, A.S. Hadi, A.H.M. Imon, and M. Werner, “Detection of Outliers,” The Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Statistics, 1, 57–70 (2009).

•Journal article, E. Castillo, A.S. Hadi and R. Minguez “Diagnostics for Nonlinear Regression,” Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation, 79, 1109–1128 (2009).

•Journal article, E. Castillo, C. Castillo, A.S. Hadi, and J.M. Sarabia, “Combined Regression Models,” Computational Statistics, 24, 37–66 (2009).

Mark Werner, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Actuarial Science

•Conference presentation, A. Kondylis, A.S. Hadi, and M. Werner, “The BACON Approach for Rank-Deficient Data,” 57th Session of the International Statistical Institute, Durban, South Africa, August 2009.


Marina Apaydin, Assistant Professor of Management

•Journal article, M. Apaydin and M. Crossan, “A Multi-dimensional Framework of Organizational Innovation,” Journal of Management Studies (forthcoming 2010).

Abstract: This paper consolidates the state of academic research on innovation. Based on a systematic review of literature published over the past 27 years, this paper synthesizes various research perspectives into a comprehensive multi-dimensional framework of organizational innovation– linking leadership, innovation as a process, and innovation as an outcome. We also suggest measures of determinants of organizational innovation and present implications for both research and managerial practice.

•Journal article, M. Apaydin, M. Demirbag, and E. Tatoglu, “Survival of Japanese Subsidiaries in the Middle East & North Africa,” Journal of World Business 46 (2), 2011.

Abstract: This paper considers factors affecting survival of foreign subsidiaries in the context of Japanese foreign equity ventures in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Three new institutional variables, economic distance, economic freedom distance and subsidiary density, are examined as determinants of survival while controlling for other determinants previously established in the extant literature. The findings support our hypotheses. We found that economic distance and economic freedom distance exhibit significant positive and negative relationships respectively with the survival of Japanese FDI in the MENA region, and moderate positive relationship between subsidiary density and subsidiary survival.]

Tarek H. Selim, Associate Professor of Economics

•Edited volume, Egypt, Energy and the Environment: Critical Sustainability Perspectives (Adonis and Abbey, 2009).

Abstract: Pure environmentalism and pure resource exploitation can be integrated together to form an encompassing sustainability solution. This is the main message of this book based on an innovative “structure-concentration-incentives” methodology applied to Egypt. This methodology provides a basis for achieving environmental sustainability based on endogenous source-driven forces of change in contrast to the traditional effects-dominant oriented approach. Though the book’s methodology could be used as a framework of analysis in environmental sustainability research for any developing country, Egypt provides a rich case study because of its historical, socio-economic, and political constructs. Sustainable development is generally seen as a tradeoff between resource efficiency and social equity such that total resource essentials in society can become sustainable in the long run in a manner that meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Environmental sustainability cannot be implemented without the direct inclusion of structure (form), concentration (effect), and incentives (drivers) as critical policy choices because: (1) they constitute a necessary condition in any country’s path towards sustainable development, (2) they must be implemented simultaneously as a target and constraint, and (3) they require social and political sacrifice complemented by endogenous-based systems in contrast to authoritarian solutions. Egypt, Energy and the Environment presents research on Egypt’s energy and environmental resources from multidisciplinary perspectives. It offers sustainability solutions to many of the country’s problems relating to energy, pollution, water, gender, wildlife, politics, economics, management, ecology, and information technology. The book’s method of analysis can be applied to other developing countries as well]