Faculty National and Global Recognition

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2020 - 2021

Omar Abdelaziz, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, won the State Encouragement Award in Engineering Sciences (2019) for his multiple contributions to refrigeration and cooling/air conditioning. His research specifically addresses the conversion of industries to utilizing low global warming potential refrigerants that are energy-efficient and climate-friendly to reduce global warming and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Nageh Allam, professor of physics, Department of Physics, won the State Excellence Award in Advanced Technological Sciences (2019) to research the design and fabrication of nanostructured materials for energy application. The winning research mainly focuses on using such materials to harvest sunlight and convert it directly into electricity (solar cells) or indirectly to split water and generate hydrogen for use as a clean fuel. Equally important is energy storage, which was the second part of the winning research. 

Hassan Azzazy, professor and chair, Department of Chemistry, won the State Prize in Science and Technology (2019), organized by The Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, for their scientific contributions and achievements. Azzazy has been acknowledged for his multiple contributions to chemistry. Azzazy has over 30 years of experience in biomedical research and is the founder of AUC's Novel Diagnostics and Therapeutics research group, which has been developing innovative diagnostics for accurate and affordable detection of biomarkers of cancer and infectious agents, including hepatitis C.

Ali Hadi, distinguished university professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science, has been inducted as a Fellow of The African Academy of Sciences at the Annual General Assembly of the African Academy of Sciences (December 7-9, 2020, virtual). He was the only elected Fellow in Mathematical Sciences. He was one of three Egyptian Scientists inducted this year. The list of 224 fellows elected since 1985 indicates that Hadi is the first AAS Fellow in AUC’s history. The AAS Fellowship recruitment follows a rigorous evaluation by the AAS Membership Advisory Committees (MACs) in various specializations.

Nermeen Shehata, associate professor, Department of Accounting, received the Abdul Hameed Shoman Arab Researchers Award in the Economics and Administration Sciences category on the topic "Financial Solutions and Creative Innovations in Emerging Markets" for her research on corporate governance and its impact on the development of capital markets, especially in emerging economies. 

Ten faculty from the School of Sciences and Engineering have been recognized among the top two percent impactful scientists globally in a report issued by Stanford University. Using Elsevier’s abstract and citation database, called Scopus, the University compiled a list of over a million scientists from 149 different countries. The AUC faculty included on the list are:

  • Amal Esawi, Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Ezzeldine Sayed Ahmed, Professor and Associate Chair Department of Construction
  • Hassan Azzazi, Tenured Professor School of Science and Engineering
  • Maki Habib, Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Mohamed Farag, Professor Department of Chemistry
  • Mohamed Swillam, Chair and Professor Department of Physics
  • Mohy Mansour, Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Nageh Allam, Professor Department of Physics.
  • Tamer Elbatt, Professor Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Yehea Ismail, Professor Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering

2019 - 2020

Mona Amer, associate professor, and chair of, Department of Psychology, is one (of two AUC faculty) out of 10 scholars nationwide who received a Scopus Award on October 30, 2019. The awards were for the top researcher in 10 broad fields across the humanities, social sciences, sciences, engineering, and health, based on scholarly impact metrics (H-index, field-weighted citation impact, number of publications) over the five-year period of 2014-2018.

HossamEldin Attiah, a senior instructor of Rhetoric and Composition, received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Notting Hill College, the UK, based on his excellent evaluation.

Ibrahim Awad, professor of practice in the Department of Public Policy and Administration and director of the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, was awarded the Officer Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic, which honors Spanish and foreign personalities who have worked to strengthen Spain's relations with the international community.

John Baboukis, professor of Music, Department of the Arts, has been awarded honorable mention for the American Prize in Composition in the orchestral category for his Symphony for Cairo. The competition included thirty semi-finalists, twenty-six finalists, and ten honorable mentions. The competitions of The American Prize are open to all U.S. citizens, whether living in the US or abroad, and to others currently living, working, and/or studying in the United States of America.

Laila El Baradei, professor, Department of Public Policy and Administration, received The 2019 Inaugural Distinguished Achievements and Leadership and Public Administration Scholarship or Practice in the Middle East Award by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)’s Section on Effective and Sound Administration in the Middle East (SESAME).

Reem Bassiouney, professor, Department of Applied Linguistics, won the Supreme Council of Culture's prestigious Naguib Mahfouz Award for Best Egyptian Novel for her best-selling book, Sons of the People: The Mamluk Trilogy. Her novel remained on the bestseller lists of the 2019 and 2020 Cairo Book Fair. The novel recounts the story of a Mamluk ruler who chooses a bride from a middle-class Egyptian family.

Teklu Bekele, associate professor at the Department of International and Comparative Education, is the winner of the 2019 Outstanding Author Contribution Literati Award, by Emerald Publishing, for his published work on context analysis.

Catarina Belo, associate professor, Department of Philosophy, received a 2019 Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation in December 2019. The award was in recognition of the excellence of her translations of several medieval Arabic and Islamic philosophical texts from Arabic into Portuguese.

"The Japanese Government Bestows Nabil Fahmy, Egypt's former Foreign Affairs minister and Founding Dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy with Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun of the First Degree. The conferment ceremony will be held on the 6th of November, 2019; Dean (inside) and Minister (outside) Fahmy will be granted the prestigious decoration conferred by His Majesty Emperor Naruhito of Japan. This decoration is awarded to those who have advanced their fields, made significant achievements in international relations or the promotion of Japanese culture, or contributed to development in welfare or conservation."

Kim Fox, professor of practice, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, has been announced as the recipient of two BEA Festival of Media Arts awards as executive producer for the Ehky Ya Masr Podcast.

Atta Gebril, associate professor, Department of Applied Linguistics, is one (of two AUC faculty) out of 10 scholars nationwide who received a Scopus Award on October 30, 2019. The award is for the top researcher in 10 broad fields across the humanities, social sciences, sciences, engineering, and health, based on scholarly impact metrics (H-index, field-weighted citation impact, number of publications) over the five-year period of 2014-2018.

Nelly Hanna, distinguished professor, Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations, was honored as “Historian of the Year” in Tunisia in November 2019 at the annual conference held by the Tunisian Mediterranean Association in Monastir, where a festschrift in her honor was also launched. Trade and Traders throughout History: Papers Offered to Distinguished University Professor Nelly Hanna, edited by Ibrahmi Muhammed Saadoui, was published by the Tunisian World Center for Studies, Research, and Development, 2019.

Malak Zaalouk, professor of practice at the Department of International and Comparative Education and the director of the Middle East Institute of Higher Education, was honored with an award from the European Union to strengthen EU-Egypt Cooperation in Research, Innovation and higher education in November 2019.