President’s Memo │ February 2022│ Issue 64

February 22, 2022

Dear KU Community,

The KU family has had many achievements during the past weeks.


Please join me in congratulating Dr. Ibrar Yaqoob on being recognized as one of the most influential researchers in the world by Clarivate’s Highly Cited Researchers List 2021; Dr. Hanane Lamaazi on winning the Womentech Community Award; and Dr. Mohammed Al Kobaisi on publishing a new book on MATLAB reservoir simulation. Congrats also to Dr. Emad Al Shalabi on receiving the SPE 2021 Technical Reviewer Award.


Let us also commend Dr. Lourdes Vega on being appointed to lead the Engineering and Technology Advisory Board as a new member of the Emirates Scientist Council, and Dr. Ammar Nayfeh, who was selected by the Emirates Scientists Council to be the Deputy of the Public Outreach Committee of the Mohammed bin Rashid Academy of Scientists (MBRAS).


We also had several faculty participate at local and international summits and conferences, which is a reflection of our scholarship and overall excellence in critical fields of global security, climate change and international relations, among other areas. 


Another exciting achievement to celebrate is that our Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISYE) Department has become a member of the Council of Engineering Systems Universities (CESUN), which is a significant recognition of our expertise and progress in the discipline of Engineering Systems.


I am also very proud of the 457 students who were recognized at our annual Honor’s Day celebration last month. These students have displayed academic excellence throughout the past year, and I am eager to continue to support these students and all KU students to realize their full potential. 


I would also like to extend my congratulations to the winners of the first KU Experiential Learning Symposium, which was sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). The students who shared their out-of-classroom learning experiences to the KU community during the Symposium have helped to promote awareness of the fact that hands-on, experiential learning helps individuals grow personally, professionally and academically, and this is a critical part of the college experience that we hope all KU students can avail.


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Yours sincerely,

Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi
Executive Vice President
Khalifa University of Science and Technology