Dean of the College of Engineering

 Dr. Ahmad Smaili

  • BS, 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.

Dean of the College of Architecture and Design


 Mr. 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 Principal, Studio of Sinan Archiculture, 2000 – Present.
  • 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 and Architectural History and Theory.

Interim-Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences


 Dr. Mageda Sharafeddin

  • BE in Computer and Communications Engineering, American University of Beirut, 1993.
  • MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University, 1995.
  • PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, American University of Beirut, 2013.
  • Post-doctoral Fellow working on cloud solutions providing high performance computing nodes, American University of Beirut, 2015.
  • Thirteen Years of Industrial Experience with IBM as Senior Software Engineer in the Electronic Design Automation Organization, Micro Electronics Group.
  • Authored/co-authored over 16 articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences including IEEE transactions and ACM transactions.
  • Research interests include Distributed High-Performance Computing and Natural Language Processing.
  • Created innovative and inter-disciplinary undergraduate curricula in Data Science and graduate curricula in Management Information Systems and in Digital Media.
  • Designed an innovative course in programming for business.
  • Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE.
  • U.S. Patent, “Out-of-Order Microprocessor that Eliminates Physical Registers and the Reorder Buffer Using Virtual Register Renaming, Checkpoints, and Simultaneous Multithreading Register Contexts”, H. Akkary and M. Sharafeddine.

Interim-Dean of the College of Business


 Dr. Ahmad Hijazi

  • BE in Computer and Communication Engineering, American University of Beirut, 2004.
  • MBA, Oxford University, 2012.
  • MS in Management Research, I.E. Business School, 2016.
  • DBA in Innovation and Marketing, I.E. Business School, 2019.
  • Held key positions including General Manager, Business Unit Manager, Regional Sales and Marketing Manager and Product Manager.
  • Managed teams and projects in software development, design, product management, and sales and marketing within the IT/Electronics industry.
  • Provided valuable insights and strategies for innovation.
  • Contributed to building efficient systems.
  • Enhanced branding and marketing efforts.
  • Spearheaded initiatives for business growth.
  • Supported companies in localization efforts.
  • Designed and delivered courses, training sessions, seminars, and simulations at various institutions.
  • Delivered content to audiences ranging from undergraduate and graduate students to executive managers.
  • Taught a variety of topics, including Marketing & Brands, Managing Innovation, Sales, and more.
  • Publications focus on popular knowledge, cultural resource sets, and exploration of creativity, innovation, and markets.

Interim-Dean of the College of Public Health

 Dr. Zahi Abdel Sater

  • BS in Biology from Haigazian University, 2008.
  • MS in Biochemistry and Genetics from the American University of Beirut (AUB), 2010.
  • PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Minor in Cancer Biology, from Indiana University, 2017.
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Global Health Institute at the American University of Beirut, 2019.
  • Served as head of research programs at the Global Health Institute at the American University of Beirut, overseeing four research programs: Conflict Medicine Program, Refugee Health Program, E-Sahha Program, and Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Program.
  • Managed more than 12 global health research projects with more than 8 million dollars in funding.
  • Served on scientific advisory committees of leading health initiatives, including Center for Research and Education in the Ecology of War (CREEW), Initiative for Cancer Registration in the MENAT (ICRIM), and the Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Program (EPaPP).
  • Authored/co-Authored more than 35 peer-reviewed articles in international journals on cancer, global health, conflict medicine, and capacity building for health.
  • Served as a consultant for multiple health related projects with leading multi-national health and pharmaceutical organizations.

Interim-Dean of the College of Law and Political Science

 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’ (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.