Nageh Allam Wins 2022 Obada Prize for Distinguished Scientists

Nageh Allam receives prize
Nageh Allam receives 2022 Obada International Prize

Nageh Allam, professor and director of the nanotechnology graduate program at AUC’s Department of Physics, has won the 2022 Obada Prize for Distinguished Scientists in Physical Sciences, for his multidisciplinary research on water desalination and energy conversion and storage.

Each year, the prize “recognizes and encourages innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms,” its website reads. “It aims to foster universal values of excellence, creativity, justice, democracy, and progress and to promote the scientific, technological and humanistic achievements that advance and improve our world.”

Allam feels honored to be a recipient of the prestigious award.

“This is a recognition of my efforts in fostering an environment where my students are inspired to exert exceptional efforts in tackling multidisciplinary science and engineering problems and finding out-of-the-box solutions,” he said. 

Though Allam is no stranger to top-level recognition — as he is among the top 2% of the world’s most impactful scientists and was recently ranked #7 in's list of top materials scientists in Egypt the professor still draws motivation from each accolade.

“This award has inspired me and my research team to continue our journey in solving complex problems that directly affect our community and the world,” he said.  

Watch the award slideshow here (Allam at 3:20).