Dean of the College of Engineering

 Dr. Ahmad Smaili

  • EarnedBS, MS, and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Technological University.
  • Served on the faculty of engineering at several universities including Mississippi State University, Tennessee Technological University, the American University of Beirut.
  • Held various administrative positions including president, provost, dean, deputy vice chancellor, and department chairperson.
  • Authored/co-authored over 90 technical articles and reports and co-authored the Applied Mechatronics textbook, Oxford University Press.
  • Served as a consultant on several projects including national consultant of the European Training Federation and UNESCO on TVET governance and training...
  • Supervised and co-supervised more than 30 Master theses and Ph.D. dissertations
  • Contributed to the development of Fahad Bin Sultan University in Saudi Arabia, designed several curricula, developed numerous laboratories and courses.
  • Involved in developing strategic plans and in institutional and programs’ accreditation efforts in several institutions.
  • Organized the first Innovate 4 Lebanon competition and served as a mentor for the Stars of Science TV program innovators.
  • Received several awards including the 1990 outstanding faculty member award, Mississippi State University; the Purple Shaft Trophy, Mississippi State University, 1989 and 1990; the 1995 and 1996 Kinslow Research Award, Tennessee Technological University; the Howard Watrous Award at the Fifth Applied Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1997; the 2003-2004 Teaching Excellence Award, American University of Beirut, and theEngineering Educator Award, National Instruments NIDays, 2016, Beirut, Lebanon.


Dean of the College of Law

 Dr. Dima Basma

  • BA in Law and Accounting, University of Manchester, 2010
  • LLM in International Commercial Law, University of Manchester, 2012
  • PhD in Intellectual Property Law, University of Manchester, 2016
  • Specialization: Intellectual Property Rights, Maritime Law, and Human Rights
  • Basma D., ‘Dilution v. Unfair Advantage: Myths and Realities’ (2021) IIC.
  • Basma D., ‘Trademark Protection versus Freedom of Expression: Towards an Expressive Use Defense in European Trademark Law’ (2021) IPQ.
  • Basma D, Tarawneh J, ‘An Empirical Analysis of the Impact of the Abolishment of the Graphical Representation Requirement in Europe (Work in Progress)
  • Basma D., ‘Trademarks and NFT’s- a new challenge’(2022) Work in progress
  • ITAR Group: Basics of Intellectual Property for Startups.
  • University of Oxford Intellectual Property Discussion Group: When Trademark Parody Meets Fashion: An Analysis of European Trademark Law.
  • New IP Lawyers Conference, Exeter: Parody in Trademark Law: The Case of the Fashion Industry.
  • Athens Institution for Education and Research (ATINER) law conference: Rethinking the Rationale: Trademark Value and Consumer Contribution.
  • University of Manchester PGR Conference: Color Mark Protection In Europe: a Fashion Industry Perspective.

Dean of the College of Architecture & Design


 Dr. Sinan Hassan

  • B.Arch in Architecture (First Rank Honors), Damascus University, 1985
  • M.Arch in Architectural Design, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC), 1990
  • M.Arch in Urban Design, University of Southern California, 1992
  • M.A in Architectural History, Theory and Criticism, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), 1996
  • Founding Lead, International University of Science & Technology (IUST), Syria, 2005 - 2010
  • Founding Principal, Studio of Sinan Archiculture, 2000 – Present
  • Senior Lecture & Design Professor, American University of Beirut, 2010 – Present
  • Senior Freelance Consultant, Dar Al-Handasah, 2014 – Present
  • Founding Dean, Phoenicia University, 2016 – Present
  • Publications in the areas of Architectural Design, Islamic Architecture, Architecture & Society
  • Specializations: Architectural Design, Urban Architecture, Architectural History and Theory