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Faculty Teaching Excellence Award Winners Recognized

October 5, 2020

Khalifa University recognized several of its outstanding faculty by awarding three faculty members – one from each of the University’s three colleges – with the “Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards.” The recipients have been recognized for their excellence in teaching.


The Khalifa University Teaching Awards is an annual event that recognizes faculty, laboratory teaching staff, and teaching assistants who had a profound impact on students’ learning through their exemplary teaching.


 KU students played a vital role in this year’s nominations. The top nominees from each category were requested to submit an electronic portfolio of teaching evidence.  Through a rigorous selection process, the finalists for the year 2020 have been announced on World Teachers’ Day by the Provost’s Office.  


The focus for this year’s awards was on teachers who had a profound impact on students during the transitioning to online learning which coincides with the World Teachers’ theme of “Teachers: Leading in Crisis, Reimagining the Future”.


The three awardees are:

  • Nadia Nwayhed, Lecturer of Mathematics
  • Faisal Al Marzooqi, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Lujain Aloum, Lecturer of Pharmacology


Following is a brief bio of each of the winners.


Ms. Nadia Nwayhed, Lecturer of Mathematics. College of Arts and Sciences


Nadia Abdel Baki Nwayhed is a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics. She received her BA in Mathematics from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, in 2004 with high distinction and an award for Academic Excellence. She was then awarded a full scholarship to complete her Masters in Mathematics at the same institution.


Previously, Nadia worked at SABIS® Educational Services as a Mathematics Subject Analyst, a Mathematics and Work Skills Teacher in the Work Readiness Program at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in Madinat Zayed – Western Region, and a Math faculty member at the HCT Men’s College in Abu Dhabi. She joined the Petroleum Institute as a Math Lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2015.


Dr. Faisal Al Marzooqi, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering

Dr. Faisal Al Marzooqi is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering of the Chemical Engineering Department at Khalifa University. He received his PhD degree in Interdisciplinary Engineering from the joint program of Masdar Institute and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2015, with a focus in the application of membrane fabrication and nanotechnology in seawater desalination. Dr. Al Marzooqi obtained his Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London in 2009. His M.Sc. research focused on the use of ionic liquids in the determination of surface energies, which led him to receive the Lonza award in 2009.


He is a member of the Center of Membrane and Advanced Water Technology (CMAT) at Khalifa University and his research interests are in nano-transport phenomena in general with a focus on water applications.


Ms. Lujain Aloum, Lecturer of Pharmacology, College of Medicine and Health Sciences


Lujain Aloum is a lecturer in the pharmacology department and coordinator of the learning communities at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is a pharmacy graduate and HAAD licensed pharmacist. She completed her Master’s degree in experimental pharmacology and therapeutics at University College London. Previously she worked as a clinical instructor at University of Sharjah.


Aloum has always been very passionate about teaching and she is dedicated to finding innovative ways to deliver information to students. She has diverse experience in molecular, biochemical, pharmacy practice, and drug discovery and development research. Aloum has won several regional research awards such as Think Science competition and Sharjah science festival.


Erica Solomon
Publication Senior Specialist
5 October 2020