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KU Associate Professor and Two Students Receive Founder Leader’s Awards

December 10, 2019

Khalifa University Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Dr. Arafat Al-Dweik, and two KU students Jawaher Alameri and Ahmed Alzaabi, were among the recipients of the 2019 Founder Leaders Awards. They were honored at a ceremony on 28 November where they were presented with medals by HE Minister of Education Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi.

Dr. Arafat won in the ‘Distinguished Research’ category for his research contributions and community service. Ahmed won in the ‘Innovative Academic Student’ category, and Jawaher won in the ‘Innovative University Student’ category, as both students represent the attitudes and traits of the goal-oriented and accomplished youth envisioned by the Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The Founder Leader’s Award is presented by the Ministry of Education to celebrate excellence and education pioneers, and to fulfill the Founding Father’s vision of developing a strong educational system that will be the foundation of the country’s continued progress.

Student Snapshots

Ahmed Khalid Alzaabi recently graduated with honors from KU. He has written three research papers that focus on the nationalism of the Emirati youth and was able to present one these papers at the 3rd Australian Association For Research In Education (AARE) Conference 2019 in Brisbane. He was also an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter during his undergrad days and worked on different on-campus events such as the Khalifa University Program Choice Day (Fall 2018) and Khalifa University Majors Day (Spring 2019).

Ahmed is currently enrolled in the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) program, an initiative led by Masdar Institute, that mentors future leaders in the fields of alternative energy, offering opportunities to be more engaged in finding solutions to the challenges of energy efficiency and climate change.

Jawaher Alameri is a BSc Mechanical Engineering graduate who participated in different engineering competitions, such as the VEX Robotics Competition and Global Hybrid Electric Vehicle Challenge, when she was an undergraduate. She also assisted several KU professors in a variety of research projects.

She interned with Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp. (ENEC) and spent time at Korea Electrical Power Corp. (KEPCO), ENEC’s joint venture partner, to know more about the nuclear energy industry and was named as one of the Best Interns at the time. In 2016, Jawaher was one of the two representatives of the UAE to the Total Energy Summer School in France.

Outside the campus, Jawaher is a member of the Sea of Culture Toastmasters for Arabic Public Speaking, a certified trainer of the Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority, and was a part-time cultural tours specialist at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Ara Cruz
News Writer
8 December 2019

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