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AUC Joins STAR experiment, Brookhaven National Laboratory

The American University in Cairo's Physics Department has become a member of the STAR experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory. AUC is the only independent member institute at the STAR experiment from Africa and the Middle East.

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Seizing the moment for green architecture

We have increased our use of building systems for our comfort, which has a devastating impact on our energy bills. Our construction waste remains high at all times, with a record number of landfills and a maximum load on our environment. Our carbon emissions continue to increase, with limited efforts to curb them. The moment for green architecture has arrived.

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AUC Faculty Win Egyptian State Prizes for Contributions in Science, Technology

Three of AUC's faculty members won State Prizes in Science and Technology, organized by The Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, for their scientific contributions and achievements. State Merit Award 

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Egyptian Team Wins the Regional Finals of Schneider Electric’s Go Green Competition 2020

An Egyptian team of two undergraduate students: Habiba Abdelwahed, construction engineering senior at AUC who is minoring in business, and Abdallah Mohamed from the German University in Cairo, recently won the regional finals of Schneider Electric’s Go Green Competition. Competing against 5,367 participating members across the Middle East and Africa, team “Plastale” took the lead.

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AUC, University of Lübeck Assemble World’s First Comprehensive Egyptian Reference Genome

Mohamed Salama, visiting associate professor at AUC's Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology, physician and clinical neurotoxicologist, together with an Egyptian-German team from the University of Lübeck, assembled and annotated the world’s first comprehensive North African reference genome, EgyptRef.

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'My Aim is to Inspire' — Meet AUC's Newest Faculty Members

"It is my honor and pleasure to serve the AUC  community," said Daniel Ortiz, dean of Libraries and Learning Technologies. "It’s a wonderful University and a marvelous country. I am at home." New faculty members joining AUC this semester span an array of disciplines, research interests, cultural backgrounds and more, but all have one thing in common: They’re excited about joining AUC. 

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Faculty member receives the prestigious Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize by the American Society of Civil Engineers

Ibrahim Abotaleb '12, '15, assistant professor of construction engineering, received the prestigious 2020 Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize for his significant contributions to construction engineering through his paper “

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AUC Welcomes Class of 2024, Begins Hybrid Classes

AUC welcomes the Class of 2024 — with their aspirations and endeavors —while implementing a hybrid model of classes with an emphasis on maintaining a low-density campus, where 93% of classes will be held online and only 7% will meet face to face when required.

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First Blended FYP Orientation Begins

For the first time, AUC’s First-Year Program (FYP) for incoming students will be blended this fall.

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AUC Introduces New Courses, Collaborates on International DeVilag Project to Support Egypt's Rural Community

AUC’s Center for Applied Research on the Environment and Sustainability (CARES) — in collaboration with Egyptian and European universities, as well as public and private local entities — is working on a three-year project, DeVilag, to support the Egyptian rural community.

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Physics Alum Receives MIT Teaching Excellence Award After One Year as Postdoc

​One year ago, Mohamed Abdelhafez '11 started working as a postdoctoral associate in physics education technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Today, he has received the 2020 MIT Graduate Student Council Teaching Award has become a full-time lecturer in physics after an overwhelming nomination by students. “It’s probably never happened that a physics postdoctor gets a full lecturer position at MIT after only one year,” said Abdelhafez. 

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AUC Team Wins Second Place in Shell: Imagine the Future Competition

An AUC team won second place in Egypt in the Shell: Imagine the Future competition, competing with 129 teams from around the country. Held by the leading energy company Shell, the competition has student teams competing locally then globally to imagine scenarios on how the world will look like by 2050. This kind of non-linear futuristic thinking aims to encourage different organizations to stay on top of the world's changing landscape.

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AUC's Society of Petroleum Engineers Receives International Student Excellence Award

AUC's Society of Petroleum Engineers received the Student Chapter Excellence Award for "accomplishing an admirable level of success." "Representing AUC was an honor," said Ahmed Negm '20, petroleum engineering graduate who served as marketing director and crisis manager of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. "We had aimed to achieve this award through planning, seeking challenges and constantly working on improving ourselves. We hope to always keep making AUC proud."

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Two Alums Create 'Around Egypt' App to Promote Tourism, Show Country's 'Hidden Gems' in 360 Degrees

Users are 64% more likely to visit a place after viewing it in 360 degrees, according to Ciklum, a global digital solutions company for Fortune 500 companies and fast-growing organizations.

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AUC, Brown University Develop Cloud V for Open-Source Digital Access

The Electronic Design Automation (EDA) research group at AUC and Brown University's Scale Computing Lab have developed a cloud-based, digital hardware design environment called Cloud V to utilize open-source academic materials and freely available EDA tools using standard and familiar web interfaces. 

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AUC Provides Mentorship for Gemini Uplift Initiative

AUC will be providing voluntary mentorship support for entrepreneurs as part of the Gemini Uplift initiative to support entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The initiative, launched by Gemini Enterprises Africa, aims to revive the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Egypt and Africa during these difficult times through money, matchmaking and mentorship. Gemini focuses on supporting entrepreneurship in Africa, and particularly projects focused on social dimensions. 

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Report-for-Change: A People-Centric Urban Management Tool - Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Research at AUC

AUC’s Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Research and Innovation Initiative awarded funding to 10 different research projects that are aimed at creating an impact both during and after the global COVID-19 pandemic — contributing to the scholarship and innovation in the fight against it. In this series, we are highlighting each of the 10 projects to learn about what they are and what impact they will have on society.

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