AUC Professors Hassan Azzazy, Nageh Allam Elected Fellows of African Academy of Sciences

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Hassan Azzazy, distinguished university professor and chair of the chemistry department, and Nageh Allam, professor and director of the nanotechnology graduate program at The American University in Cairo (AUC), have been elected as fellows of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS).

According to the AAS, fellows are a group of African scientists who have "attained the highest international standards and/or who have made significant contributions to the development and application of science, technology and innovation in Africa.”

"I am humbled and privileged for my election as a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences — the flagship of science, technology and innovation in Africa," said Azzazy.

Azzazy and Allam join Ali Hadi, distinguished university professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science, the first faculty member from AUC to become an AAS fellow back in 2020.

Those nominated to be AAS fellows undergo a rigorous review by the AAS Membership Advisory Committee and must be approved by voting among other fellows. Potential fellows are evaluated based on their publication record, innovation, leadership roles, and policy contributions.

"I am very pleased and honored with such a recognition," said Allam. "It puts more responsibility on my shoulders and my research team to keep the bar high and to maintain our impact and recognition."

The AAS has more than 450 fellows from all over Africa, all of whom serve as mentors to early-career scientists, help shape the AAS's programs and work with governments to enable investment.

"I consider my election an official recruitment to contribute to the betterment of African communities," Azzazy added.

Azzazy and Allam were also recently recognized among the top 2% of the most impactful scientists globally by Stanford-Elsevier's Scopus for the second consecutive year.

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