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Project Information

Project Information


Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine


Project Scope:

Based on the success of NAS's Kavli Frontiers of Science Program and NAE's Frontiers of Engineering, the Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine program will initiate a series of symposia to bring together young scientists (under the age of 45) from the United States and 21 Arab countries to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields. The program will:

  • Enhance the scientific exchange and dialogue among young researchers in Arab countries and the United States, including the Arab science diaspora, through the initial meeting and the consequent development of a strong and active alumni network (supported through an online portal);
  • Encourage and strengthen scientific collaboration within and beyond the region (further encouraged through small seed grants); and
  • Empower young scientists.

Drawing from the scientific, engineering, and medical resources in the Arab region, each symposium will be designed to discuss cutting-edge research but also research in areas of critical importance to the region (such as water resource management, renewable energies, food security, and sustainability), that will help build capacities in participating Arab countries.

Every Frontiers symposium will be hosted by organizations in Arab countries and the U.S. to ensure that it truly is a multilateral program. Science and engineering academies in the Arab world as well as other scientific organizations will be asked to identify possible attendees. The symposia will be independent of each other.

An ad-hoc oversight committee, consisting of well-recognized U.S. and Arab scientists and including the NAS, NAE, or NAM Foreign Secretary depending on the topic, will provide overall guidance to the program staff; provide input on future session themes of critical relevance to the Arab region and the United States; and review all applicants and nominees for the symposia prior to selection by the organizing committee.

Each symposium will be evaluated by the organizers and participants. In addition, long-term impacts of the program (increased research cooperation resulting from the networking opportunities provided at the symposia) will be evaluated at the completion of five symposia.


Status: Current

PIN: PGA-OFS-10-01

RSO: Najib, Dalal

Topic(s):

Agriculture
Biology and Life Sciences
Energy and Energy Conservation
Engineering and Technology
Environment and Environmental Studies
Food and Nutrition
Health and Medicine
Math, Chemistry, and Physics
Policy for Science and Technology



Geographic Focus:
Middle East and North Africa
North America

Committee Membership



Committee Membership

No data present.


Events



Location:


Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Doha, QAT

Event Type :  
Symposium

Description :   

The eighth Arab-American Frontiers symposium will be held in partnership with the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), and hosted in Doha, Qatar, November 1-3, 2021. Applications will be accepted starting fall 2020. The meeting convened U.S. and Arab scientists, engineers, and medical professionals to discuss major scientific advances on a wide array of topics relevant to the MENA region and globally.

This program brings together outstanding young scientists, engineers, and medical professionals from the United States and the 22 countries of the Arab League for a series of symposia to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields. The goal of these meetings is to enhance the scientific exchange and dialogue among young researchers in Arab countries and the United States, including the Arab science diaspora, and through this interaction, facilitate research collaboration within and beyond the region. 


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Dalal Najib
Contact Email:  dnajib@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-1728

Agenda
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Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Co-Chairs

Dena Al-Thani
Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Qatar
Leonard Pease
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States

Members

Tareq Al-Ansari
Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Qatar
Saif Al-Kuwari
Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Qatar
Majid Al-Ruqeishi
Sultan Qaboos University
Oman
Mohamed Bakhouya
International University of Rabat
Morocco
Ryan Donaghy
Darmouth College
United States
Amal El-Ghazaly
Cornell University
United States
Nady el-Hajj
Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Qatar
Ellie Graeden
Talus Analytics
United States
Emily Kumpel
University of Massachusetts
United States
April Salas
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security
United States

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

•Session I: Water-Food-Environment
•Session II:Advanced Materials
•Session III: E-Health
•Session IV: Cybersecurity
•Session V: Emerging Technologies and Society

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Location:


Grand Nile Tower Hotel
Cairo, EGY

Event Type :  
Symposium

Description :   

The seventh Arab-American Frontiers symposium was held in partnership with the Library of Alexandria and the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, and hosted in Cairo, Egypt, November 17-19, 2019. The meeting convened U.S. and Arab scientists, engineers, and medical professionals to discuss major scientific advances on a wide array of topics relevant to the MENA region and globally.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Dalal Najib
Contact Email:  dnajib@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-1728

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Co-Chairs

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud
Colorado State University
USA
Dr. Sameh Soror
Helwan University
Egypt

Members

Dr. Ibrahim Alabdulmohsin
Saudi Aramco
Saudi Arabia
Dr. Nawaf K. Alotaibi
Kuwait University
Kuwait
Dr. Ramy Aziz
Cairo University
Egypt
Dr. Adel Belouchrani
Ecole National Polytechnique
Alegria
Dr. Christopher Bettinger
Carnegie Melon University
USA
Dr. Yun Raymond Fu
Northeastern University
USA
Dr. Peiying Hong
KAUST
Saudi Arabia
Dr. Simi Hoque
Drexel University
USA
Dr. Ali Mirchi
Oklahoma State University
USA
Dr. Leonard Pease
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
USA

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

•Session I: Water Management
•Session II: Artificial Intelligence
•Session III: Infectious Disease
•Session IV: Sensing Technologies
•Session V: Community Resilience

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:


KFAS
Kuwait City, KWT

Event Type :  
Symposium

Description :   

The sixth Arab-American Frontiers symposium was held in partnership with, and hosted by, the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS) in Kuwait City, November 4-6, 2018.The meeting convened U.S. and Arab scientists, engineers, and medical professionals to discuss major scientific advances on a wide array of topics relevant to the MENA region and globally.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Dalal Najib
Contact Email:  dnajib@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-1728

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Co-Chairs

Dr. Esra Aleisa
Kuwait University
Kuwait
Dr. Joy Ward
University of Kansas
USA

Members

Dr. Hassan Arafat
Khalifa University
UAE
Dr. Hussain Bahbahani
Kuwait University
Kuwait
Dr. Jeremy Guest
University of Illinois
USA
Dr. Christa Hasenkopf
OpenAq
USA
Dr. Laila Khodeir
British University in Egypt
Egypt
Dr. Hussam Mahmoud
Colorado State University
USA
Dr. Miriah Meyer
University of Utah
USA
Dr. George Mitri
University of Balamand
Lebanon
Dr. Leonard Pease
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
USA
Dr. Wei Lee Woon
Khalifa University
UAE

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

•Session I: Big Data
•Session II: Water Systems
•Session III: The Microbiome
•Session IV: Air Quality
•Session V: Next Generation Buildings and Infrastructure

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:


ENSIAS
Rabat, MAR

Event Type :  
Symposium

Description :   

The fifth Arab-American Frontiers symposium took place on November 2-4, 2017 in Rabat, Morocco, in partnership with Mohammed V University and hosted by L'École Nationale Supérieure d'Informatique et d'Analyse des Systèmes (ENSIAS). The meeting convened U.S. and Arab scientists, engineers, and medical professionals to discuss major scientific advances on a wide array of topics relevant to the MENA region and globally.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Dalal Najib
Contact Email:  dnajib@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-1728

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Co-Chairs

Dr. Mohammad Essaaidi
École nationale supérieure d'informatique et d'analyse des systèmes (ENSIAS)
Morocco
Dr. Amina Qutub
Rice University
USA

Members

Dr. Amir Aghakouchak
University of California
Irvine
USA
Dr. Mohamed Bakhouya
International University of Rabat
Morocco
Dr. Kartik Chandran
Columbia University
USA
Dr. Antoine Ghauch
American University of Beirut
Lebanon
Dr. Marta Gonzalez
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
USA
Dr. Asmae Khaldoun
Al Akhawayn University
Morocco
Dr. Andrej Lenert
University of Michigan
USA
Dr. Mohammed Qasaimeh
New York University Abu Dhabi
UAE
Dr. Kunal Rai
MD Anderson Cancer Center
USA
Dr. Samer Samarah
Yarmouk University
Jordan

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

•Session I: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
•Session II: Renewable Energy
•Session III: Precision Medicine & Cancer
•Session IV: Smart Agriculture
•Session V: Smart Cities

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:


Khalifa University (Masdar)
Abu Dhabi, ARE

Event Type :  
Symposium

Description :   

The fourth Arab-American Frontiers symposium was held in partnership with the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, NYU Abu Dhabi, Khalifa University and Petroleum Institute, and hosted by the Masdar Institute on November 5-7, 2016. The meeting convened U.S. and Arab scientists, engineers and medical professionals to discuss major scientific advances on a wide array of topics relevant to the MENA region and globally.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Dalal Najib
Contact Email:  dnajib@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-1728

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Co-Chairs

Dr. Nader Behdad
University of Wisconsin - Madison
USA
Dr. TieJun Zhang
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
UAE

Members

Dr. Fajhan Al Mutairi
Schlumberger
Kuwait
Dr. Mohammed Amer
King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology
KSA
Dr. Hassan Arafat
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
UAE
Dr. Bethany L. Ehlmann
California Institute of Technology
USA
Dr. Nicholas Xuanlai Fang
Massachusets Institute of Technology
USA
Dr. Mona Jarrahi
University of California
Los Angeles
USA
Dr. Masa Prodanovic
University of Texas
USA
Dr. Maoruane Temimi
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
UAE
Dr. Mohammad A. Qasaimeh
NYU Abu Dhabi
UAE
Dr. Amina Qutub
Rice University
USA

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

•Session I: Solar Energy and Water for Sustainable Living
•Session II: Nanotechnology for Next Generation Electronics and Photonics
•Session III: Exploring the Brain
•Session IV: Advances in Petroleum Geosciences, Oil and Gas Exploration
•Session V: New Spacecraft Technologies for Earth and Space Exploration

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:


KAUST
Thuwal, SAU

Event Type :  
Symposium

Description :   

The third Arab-American Frontiers symposium was held in partnership with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia on December 5 - 7, 2015. The meeting convened U.S. and Arab scientists, engineers and medical professionals to discuss major scientific advances on a wide array of topics under the overarching theme of "Sensing Technologies, Networks and Applications". 


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Dalal Najib
Contact Email:  dnajib@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-1728

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Co-Chairs

Dr. Jason P. Schrum
KAUST
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)
Dr. Joy Ward
University of Kansas
USA

Members

Dr. Aram Amassian
KAUST
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Dr. Nader Behdad
University of Wisconsin – Madison
USA
Dr. Youcef Bentoutou
Algerian Space Agency
Algeria
Dr. Moncef Bouaziz
University of Gafsa
Tunisia
Dr. Baratunde Cola
Georgia Tech
USA
Dr. James Harwood
University of Kentucky
USA
Dr. Mandë Holford
Hunter College
USA
Dr. Rihab Nasr
American University of Beirut
Lebanon
Dr. Elizabeth Wilson
University of Minnesota
USA
Dr. Mourad Zghal
Sup’Com – Tunis
Tunisia

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Session I: Sensor Processes, Circuits, and Networks
•Session II: Advanced Materials and Assemblies for Sensing
•Session III: Advances in Biomedical Sensing Technology
•Session IV: Advances in Environment Sensing
•Session V: Sensors to Maintain Agroecosystem Health
•Session VI: Integrated Approaches to Sensing Across Modalities

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:


Grand Hyatt
Muscat, OMN

Event Type :  
Symposium

Description :   

The 2nd Arab-American Frontiers Symposium was held December 13 to 15, 2014, in Muscat, Oman in partnership with The Research Council (TRC) of Oman. 
 

This program brings together outstanding young scientists, engineers, and medical professionals from the United States and the 21 countries of the Arab League for a series of symposia to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields. The goal of these meetings is to enhance the scientific exchange and dialogue among young researchers in Arab countries and the United States, including the Arab science diaspora, and through this interaction facilitate research collaboration within and beyond the region. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered for selected participants


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Dalal Najib
Contact Email:  dnajib@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-1728

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Habibah ALmenaie (co-chair)
Aridland Agriculture Department
Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research
Kuwait
Yaseen Al Mulla
Sultan Qaboos University
Oman

Nisreen A. AL-Quraan
Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
Jordan University of Science and Technology
Jordan
Mahad Baawain
Sultan Qaboos University
Oman

Mehdi Bourouba
Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology
University of Sciences and Technology H. Boumediene (USTHB)
Algeria

Rula Deeb (co-chair)
Geosyntec Consultants
USA

Sherien Elagroudy (co-chair)
Faculty of Engineering
Ain Shams University
Egypt


Hesham Hamoda
Boston Children's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
USA

Joy Ward
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Kansas
USA
Muhammad H. Zaman
Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine
Boston University
USA

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

•Global Food Security: Adaptions for the Future
•Finding new Sources of Water for Growth: Water Reuse & Desalination
•Old Energy, New Methods to Access Resources: The Hydraulic Fracturing Story
•Environmental Regulators of Cancer
•Linkages Session

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
Symposium

Description :   

The 1st Arab-American Frontiers symposium was held in partnership with the Kuwait Institute for Science Research (KISR). It brought together 97 outstanding young scientists, engineers, and medical professionals from 18 Arab countries and the United States to discuss exciting advances in the fields of water, renewable energy, diabetes, and agriculture. They also looked at the linkages that exist between those fields. Among the participants were those with no background in the fields highlighted at the symposium reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of this event and the goal to remove communication barriers between research fields.

The format of the Frontiers symposium allowed for extended interactions among the participants outside of the formal sessions. In Flash-Poster-Talks participants introduced their own research with more time during poster sessions to discuss details. The symposium was held on the campus of the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Dalal Najib
Contact Email:  dnajib@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-1728

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Symposium co-chairs and co-organizers for the Linkages Session
Habibah Almenaie (co-chair)
Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research
Kuwait
Rula Deeb (co-chair)
ARCADIS U.S.
Inc.
USA

Agriculture Session
Asaad Khalid Ahmed
National Center for Research
Sudan
Ahmad Al-Salman
Sultan Qaboos University
Oman

Energy Session
Fajhan Almutairi
Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research
Kuwait
Ghada Amer
Arab Science and Technology Foundation
Egypt

Water Session
Sherien Elagroudy
Ain Shams University
Egypt
Ziad Mimi
Birzeit University
Palestine

Diabetes Session
Narahari Puja
Merck & Co.
Inc.
USA
Lama Youssef
Damascus University
Syria

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Publications

Publications

No data present.