Associate Professor of Physics
Young Scientist Award, The World Academy of Sciences, 2015
Egypt’s State Award in Advanced Technological Sciences, 2013
Using nanotechnology, Nageh Allam, former research scientist at MIT, is creating smart energy to produce renewable fuels and electricity from sunlight on a sustainable basis. Allam and his team are working on solar production of hydrogen as a clean and efficient fuel that can power everything — from houses and electrical devices to cars and airplanes — as well as the conversion of carbon dioxide into useful fuels.
“The international community is aware of the crisis arising from the use of fossil fuels and is increasingly focusing on the development of zero-carbon emission technologies using renewable energy sources. If harnessed efficiently, solar energy is capable of meeting global energy needs for the foreseeable future.”
Distinguished University Professor of Egyptology
Visiting Professor, Yale University, 2017-2018
International Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences
World-renowned Egyptologist and author Salima Ikram has participated in numerous archaeological excavations, working with international and local missions on ancient Egyptian human and animal mummies. In addition to playing a key role in the discovery of new tombs and sites across the country, Ikram founded the Animal Mummy Project at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo — the first-of-its-kind at the museum and in Egypt — and is currently excavating in the Valley of the Kings.
“Egyptology has given me the chance to travel around the world as a field archaeologist, museum researcher and lecturer. Travel broadens the mind and allows us to take the best from each place and integrate it into our lives. But I always come back to the land of the Pharaohs. The more I travel, the more I love Egypt.”
Sahar Nasr ’85, ’90
Adjunct Faculty of Economics
Egypt’s Minister of Investment and International Cooperation
Minister Sahar Nasr has made several strides to enhance Egypt’s business environment and investment climate, with the ultimate objective of promoting private sector participation. One of her most notable achievements is the passing of the long-awaited Investment Law, which brings new features to the investment landscape and introduces incentives to make Egypt one of the top investment destinations in the region. Nasr has focused on strengthening the country’s ties with its current international partners, as well as exploring new opportunities for cooperation. This includes consolidating Egyptian-Gulf relationships, expanding and deepening ties with African states, and exploring new relationships with Asian partners.
“Always work on the ultimate goal of serving others — the most rewarding goal of life. Always strive to make your home, your workplace, your country a better place.”
Professor of Arab and Islamic Civilizations
Iran’s Farabi International Award, 2018
Board Member, Writing Center,
Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2014-2016
Bernard O’Kane spearheaded a project to preserve and document unpublished, fragile inscriptions on Islamic monuments in Cairo up until the 1800s. O’Kane and his team of students spent seven years photographing, transcribing and translating the inscriptions. The data was then migrated to a software that generated a fully compatible and searchable database in both the original Arabic epigraphy as well as an English translation. The online database contains 3,271 inscriptions from 509 monuments and more than 13,500 photographs and drawings.
“Many of the Islamic monuments in Cairo were deteriorating and threatened to disappear, and there was no documentation of the inscriptions. I felt I needed to do something to help with their preservation. The online database is a useful tool for scholars, historians, art historians and linguists to study this rich and extraordinary legacy.”
Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry
First Place, Arab Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award, 2015
Global Innovator Award, Texas Christian University, 2014
Through D-Kimia, Egypt’s first University spinoff that utilizes research and technologies developed at AUC, Hassan Azzazy and his team of scientists have created novel and affordable solutions for hepatitis C diagnosis, including a fully automated, robotic machine. Performing six primary lab functions to isolate specific RNA or DNA as markers of viral or bacterial infections from a patient’s blood, the machine is controlled by a computer to avoid human intervention in handling the highly infectious material. The machine self-sterilizes at the end of the process.
“We are focusing on the hepatitis C virus because Egypt has the highest infection rate in the world. Diagnosis of the disease is the cornerstone in managing and preventing the spread of the virus. If people know whether they test positive or negative, they will act accordingly so as not to put others at risk.”
Professor of Biology
Visiting Scientist, Berlin Center for Genomics
in Biodiversity Research, 2014
Visiting Research Scholar, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2012
Rania Siam explores environmental genomics and microbial life in Red Sea brine pools, located 2,300 meters beneath the water’s surface, with temperatures reaching up to 70 degrees Celcius. Through her work, Siam identifies novel microbes and bacterial communities and their associated genes, in addition to mapping new genes that have diverse biotechnological and pharmaceutical applications.
“A limited number of studies have addressed life in one of the youngest and most exotic oceanic systems –– the Red Sea. This line of research allows the utilization of our regional natural resources for the expansion of science and technology.”