Faculty National and Global Recognition

2021 - 2022

For the second year in a row, Nine faculty members from the School of Sciences and Engineering have been included in the 2021 top 2% list of Elsevier for their research output and its impact. 

The AUC faculty included on the list are:

2020 - 2021

Omar Abdelaziz, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, won the State Encouragement Award in Engineering Sciences 2019 for his multiple contributions to refrigeration and cooling/air conditioning. His research specifically addresses the conversion of industries to utilizing low global warming potential refrigerants that are energy-efficient and climate-friendly to reduce global warming and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Nageh Allam, professor of physics, Department of Physics, won the State Excellence Award in Advanced Technological Sciences 2019 to research the design and fabrication of nanostructured materials for energy application. The winning research mainly focuses on using such materials to harvest sunlight and convert it directly into electricity (solar cells) or indirectly to split water and generate hydrogen for use as a clean fuel. Equally important is energy storage, which was the second part of the winning research. 

Hassan Azzazy, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry, won the State Prize in Science and Technology 2019, organized by The Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, for their scientific contributions and achievements. Azzazy has been acknowledged for his multiple contributions to chemistry. He has over 30 years of experience in biomedical research and is the founder of AUC's Novel Diagnostics and Therapeutics research group, which has been developing innovative diagnostics for accurate and affordable detection of biomarkers of cancer and infectious agents, including hepatitis C.

Maha Bali, associate professor of practice, Center for Learning and Teaching, won the Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service from the Consortium of American Liberal Arts Institutions (AMICAL) outside the US in January 2021. The coordinating committee officers recognize the exceptional and sustained efforts Bali has made to support consortial goals and on behalf of AMICAL's member institutions and colleagues. In particular, they recognize Bali's contributions to committee work, community discussions, and event organizing, which stand out for her critical reflection, informed and relevant comments, and inclusiveness of spirit.

Kim Fox, professor of practice, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, was awarded the Best of Competition award in the International Faculty Audio category for her short-form audio piece, "One Day in January 2011." This is the fourth consecutive year that Fox won a faculty audio award (2020)

Ali Hadi, distinguished university professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science, has been inducted as a fellow of The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) at the Annual General Assembly of the African Academy of Sciences (December 7-9, 2020, virtual). He was the only elected fellow in mathematical sciences. He was one of three Egyptian scientists inducted this year. The list of 224 fellows elected since 1985 indicates that Hadi is the first AAS Fellow in AUC’s history. The AAS fellowship recruitment follows a rigorous evaluation by the AAS Membership Advisory Committees (MACs) in various specializations.

Jamal Haidar, assistant professor of economics, Department of Economics, has been ranked by IDEAS-RePEc in December 2020 among the top 10 economists who completed their PhD in 2015. IDEAS-RePEc is run at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In addition to his work at AUC's School of Business, Haidar is also currently a research associate at the Middle East Initiative, Harvard University.

Salima Ikram, distinguished university professor, Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology has been awarded the following: 

  • The Woolford B. Baker Service Award by the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta 2020 
  • The ACT Museo Liceo Egipcio Award in Egyptology Léon, Spain 2020 which recognizes contribution in the development of architecture at the international level

Tania Kamal-Eldin, associate professor of practice, Department of the Arts has been awarded the following: 

  • Won the Award Winner/Screenplay from Nature Without Borders International Film Festival on December 6, 2020
  • Won the Official Selection from the Life Screenings International One Minute Film Festival on November 20, 2020
  • Won the finalist for the short film "Behind High Walls" from the Africa Film For Impact Festival on October 1, 2020
  • Won the Official Selection for Let Me Dance from the Short Cine Fest on December 19, 2020
  • Won the Semi-Finalist for the short film "Let Me Dance" from the Alternative Film Festival on July 1, 2020

Sherif Kamel, dean and professor of management, School of Business has been awarded the following: 

  • Received a certificate of recognition from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD Global), Belgium, in January 2021 for his outstanding commitment and contribution to driving excellence in management education globally in his role of steering committee member for the EFMD Middle East and Africa conference amid the turbulence brought by the exceptional circumstances. 
  • Won the Outstanding Achievement Award in December 2020 from the Association of Information Systems MENA chapter. The award is granted in recognition of the contribution to the information systems discipline. 

The startup company of Wael Mamdouh, associate professor of nanotechnology, Department of Chemistry, was selected as one of the winners of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Next Innovation with Japan (NINJA) Business Plan Competition 2021.

Noor Naga, instructor, Department of Rhetoric and Composition, received the 2017 Bronwen Wallace Award, the 2019 RBC/PEN Canada Award, the 2019 Disquiet Fiction Prize, and the 2019 Graywolf Press Africa Prize (2020).

A History of Arab Graphic Design by Haytham Nawar (AUC Press 2020) has won the Art History and Criticism category in the 2021 PROSE awards organized by the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

Shahira S. Fahmy, professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication was awarded a competitive top faculty award (first place) at the most prestigious Journalism and Mass Communication academic conference in the United States (2020). The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) promotes the highest possible standards for journalism and mass communication education, to cultivate the widest possible range of communication research, to encourage the implementation of a multi-cultural society in the classroom and curriculum, and to defend and maintain freedom of communication in an effort to achieve better professional practice and a better-informed public.

Mohamed Salama, associate professor, Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology, was chosen as a member of the Scientific Committee of the National Genome Project from the  Ministry of Higher Education and Research (2021). Among the committee's mandates are planning the project, reviewing the progress, and submitting reports to the Egyptian Genome Council.

Bahia Shehab, professor of design, Department of Arts has been awarded the following: 

  • Announced as a finalist for the Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership prize in October 2020. The Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership prize is given annually to women and men who demonstrate the kind of leadership demanded by the challenges of the 21st century: innovative, imaginative, flexible, systems-based, risk-taking, and, above all, ethical. The Tällberg Foundation convenes people with diverse and different minds, ideas, cultures, and perspectives searching for new, actionable solutions. In that sense, the foundation is more a platform than an organization, with a constantly evolving network.

  • A History of Arab Graphic Design by Bahia Shehab (AUC Press 2020) has won the Art History and Criticism category in the 2021 PROSE Awards organized by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). 

Nermeen Shehata, associate professor, Department of Accounting received the Abdul Hameed Shoman Arab Researchers award 2020 in the economics and administration sciences category on the topic “Financial Solutions and Creative Innovations in Emerging Markets” for her research on corporate governance and its impact on the development of capital markets, especially in emerging economies.

Ashraf Sheta, visiting assistant professor, management department, won the second prize award for the Emerald-KCC case writing competition on February 3, 2021, from the Emerald publishing - Khazindar case center. The award for case writing in the field of the family business.

Helen Rizzo, associate professor, and sociology unit head, Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology, co-edited volume Gender in the Middle East and North Africa: Contemporary Issues and Challenges won the 2020 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title award.

Ten faculty from the School of Sciences and Engineering have been recognized among the top two percent impactful scientists globally in a report issued by Stanford University. Using Elsevier’s abstract and citation database, called Scopus, the University compiled a list of over a million scientists from 149 different countries. The AUC faculty included on the list are:

  • Amal Esawi, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Ezzeldine Sayed Ahmed, professor and associate chair Department of Construction
  • Hassan Azzazi, tenured professor, School of Science and Engineering
  • Maki Habib, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Mohamed Farag, professor, Department of Chemistry
  • Mohamed Swillam, chair and professor, Department of Physics
  • Mohy Mansour, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Nageh Allam, professor, Department of Physics.
  • Tamer Elbatt, professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Yehea Ismail, professor, Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering

2019 - 2020

Ibrahim Abotaleb, assistant professor of, Department of Construction Engineering, won the Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers - Construction Institute 2020. The prize is awarded once a year by the Construction Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers; the oldest, largest, and most prestigious civil engineering society in the United States. The award is given to the authors of the highest quality journal paper after passing through a series of nominations and recommendations by the key academic community of construction engineering and management. 

Mona Amer, associate professor, and chair of the Department of Psychology:

  • One of two AUC faculties out of 10 scholars nationwide received a Scopus award on October 30, 2019. The awards were for the top researcher in 10 broad fields across the humanities, social sciences, sciences, engineering, and health, based on scholarly impact metrics (H-index, field-weighted citation impact, number of publications) over the five-year period of 2014 - 2018.
  • Honored with the award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Scholarship by the American Arab, Middle Eastern, and North African Psychological Association 

HossamEldin Attiah, a senior instructor of rhetoric and composition, received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Notting Hill College, the UK, based on his excellent evaluation.

Ibrahim Awad, professor of practice in the Department of Public Policy and Administration and director of the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, was awarded the Officer Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic, which honors Spanish and foreign personalities who have worked to strengthen Spain's relations with the international community.

John Baboukis, professor of music, Department of the Arts, has been awarded honorable mention for the American prize in Composition in the orchestral category for his Symphony for Cairo. The competition included thirty semi-finalists, twenty-six finalists, and ten honorable mentions. The competitions of The American prize are open to all US citizens, whether living in the US or abroad, and to others currently living, working, and/or studying in the United States of America.

Laila El Baradei, professor, Department of Public Policy and Administration, received The 2019 Inaugural Distinguished Achievements and Leadership and Public Administration Scholarship or Practice in the Middle East Award by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)’s Section on Effective and Sound Administration in the Middle East (SESAME).

Reem Bassiouney, professor, Department of Applied Linguistics

  • Won the Supreme Council of Culture's prestigious Naguib Mahfouz Award for best Egyptian novel for her best-selling book, Sons of the People: The Mamluk Trilogy. Her novel remained on the bestseller lists of the 2019 and 2020 Cairo Book Fair. The novel recounts the story of a Mamluk ruler who chooses a bride from a middle-class Egyptian family.
  • Won the Naguib Mahfouz award for Literature from the Supreme Council for Culture (2020). This is the highest award for literature awarded in Egypt.

Teklu Bekele, associate professor at the Department of International and Comparative Education, is the winner of the 2019 Outstanding Author Contribution Literati award, by Emerald Publishing, for his published work on context analysis.

Catarina Belo, associate professor, Department of Philosophy, received a 2019 Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation in December 2019. The award was in recognition of the excellence of her translations of several medieval Arabic and Islamic philosophical texts from Arabic into Portuguese.

"The Japanese Government Bestows Nabil Fahmy, Egypt's former Foreign Affairs minister and Founding Dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy with Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun of the First Degree. The conferment ceremony will be held on the 6th of November, 2019; Dean (inside) and Minister (outside) Fahmy will be granted the prestigious decoration conferred by His Majesty Emperor Naruhito of Japan. This decoration is awarded to those who have advanced their fields, made significant achievements in international relations or the promotion of Japanese culture, or contributed to development in welfare or conservation."

Kim Fox, professor of practice, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, has been announced as the recipient of two BEA Festival of Media Arts awards as executive producer for the Ehky Ya Masr Podcast.

Atta Gebril, associate professor, Department of Applied Linguistics, is one of two AUC faculties out of 10 scholars nationwide who received a Scopus award on October 30, 2019. The award is for the top researcher in 10 broad fields across the humanities, social sciences, sciences, engineering, and health, based on scholarly impact metrics (H-index, field-weighted citation impact, number of publications) over the five-year period of 2014 - 2018.

Nelly Hanna, distinguished professor, Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations, was honored as “Historian of the Year” in Tunisia in November 2019 at the annual conference held by the Tunisian Mediterranean Association in Monastir, where a festschrift in her honor was also launched. Trade and Traders throughout History: Papers Offered to distinguished university professor Nelly Hanna, edited by Ibrahmi Muhammed Saadoui, was published by the Tunisian World Center for Studies, Research, and Development, 2019.

Tania Kamal-Eldin, associate professor of practice, Department of Arts, won the Award Winner/Short Film from the Mister Vorky Film Festival on May 31, 2020

Maria Papanikolaou, assistant university archivist for records Manager, Rare Books, and Special Collection Library, recognized as the ICA New Professional in June 2019 from the International Council on Archives (ICA): The ICA is an international organization and the leading international professional association in the fields of archives and records management. The aim of the ICA is to promote the management and use of records and archives, and the preservation of the archival heritage of humanity around the world, through the sharing of experiences, research, and ideas on professional archival and records management matters and on the management and organization of archival institutions.

Mohamed Salama, associate professor, Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology

  • Chosen as a Steering Committee member of the Basic Science Special Interest Group (SIG), International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society (2020). The committee's goals are focused on bridging the gap between basic neuroscience and clinical practice through developing new policies and plans.
  • Chosen as a Steering Committee member of the International Parkinson's Disease Genome Consortium (IPDGC)-Africa (2020). IPDGC-Africa committee is planning to understand PD's genetics in Africa through the coming few years in collaboration with Michael J Fox Foundation (MJFF). 

Tarek H. Selim, professor of economics, School of Business, won the Academy of Management, Best Reviewer Award, and Wooden Plaque (2020) from the Technology and Innovation (TIM ) Division of the Academy of Management. Annually, the Academy of Management presents awards to members and others to recognize the outstanding contribution, professional accomplishments, and distinguished service, where awards are distinguished by the breadth and length of contribution.

Ashraf Sheta, visiting assistant professor, Management Department, won the 2019 Case Writing Competition from the European Foundation for Management Development EFMD on June 2, 2020. The case revolves around Technology Park Company, a privately owned company operating in the IT field. Telling the entrepreneur's story, the case moves through a timeline that takes the readers on his success journey, including challenges, speed bumps, and family business-related concerns pertaining to the Egyptian context, such as succession, partner involvement, and separation of ownership and management.

Noura Wahby, assistant professor, Department of Public Policy and Administration, won the Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award from the Middle East Studies Association (2019). Wahby's thesis on regimes of governance in Cairo's urban water systems is a masterful example of theoretically rich, methodologically sophisticated, interdisciplinary research that is solidly grounded in painstaking fieldwork. Wahby's work sheds crucial light on urban water politics as a site of negotiation, accumulation by dispossession, and protest. The process compels readers to engage with critical questions about citizenship, class, and the state in the contemporary Middle East.

Malak Zaalouk, professor of practice at the Department of International and Comparative Education and the director of the Middle East Institute of Higher Education, was honored with an award from the European Union to strengthen EU-Egypt Cooperation in Research, Innovation and higher education in November 2019.