Zhang lab, a leap forward in CRISPR-based Genome Editing

22 June 2018

The team members in Feng Zhang’s laboratory at MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research and the Broad Institute, are expanding the toolkit for manipulating and engineering genes to understand, treat and cure most intractable diseases and disorders.  Recently, they devised a gene editing tool called REPAIR that can make precision fixes in human RNA. One of the team members, Omar Abudayyeh, SB'12, finds it both exhausting and exhilarating to be part of what feels like a startup.  He is currently testing out new enzymes from bacteria and finding ways to engineer genetic systems hoping it will make an impact!  We wish him all the best!

Read more here!

Eid Mubarak

15 June 2018

Maher Damak among the MIT graduate students awarded Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for Invention

15 June 2018

The Lemelson-MIT Program awarded a total of $80,000 in prizes this year to six groups of undergraduate and graduate students nationwide. Winners were chosen based on the overall inventiveness of their work, the invention’s potential for commercialization or adoption, and youth mentorship experience.  Among the 3 winners is Maher Damak, PhD'18, who was awarded the $15,000 Lemelson-MIT "Eat it!" prize for his polymer additive for agricultural sprays.

Read more here!

Jordan's new Prime Minister Omar Al Razzaz

Omar Al Razzaz, member of MIT AAA, appointed Prime Minister of Jordan. Congratulations!

Read more here.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018

8 June 2018

Device that recycles vaporized water from power plants wins MIT $100K

1st June 2018

The grand prize winner at this year’s MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition was Infinite Cooling, which is developing a system that captures and recycles vaporized water from thermoelectric power plants.  Among the co-founders are Maher Damak, PhD'18, and Karim Khalil, SM'14, who have been recognized as creative disruptors in the energy field in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 last year.

Read more here!

EBRD’s 27th Annual Meeting & Business Forum

25 May 2018

On May 9th and 10th, 2018, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) hosted its 27th Annual Meeting and Business Forum which was held in Jordan.  His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein inaugurated the first Annual Meeting with a keynote speech.  Among the "The Future of Work" panel was Dr. Ayman Ismail, PhD'09, a professor at the American University of Cairo and the founder and Director of the AUC Venture Lab.

Watch the recorded sessions here!

Knight Science Journalism (KSJ) Program at MIT announces 2018-19 class of fellows

18 May 2018 

Each year, the KSJ program brings journalists to Cambridge for a 10-month fellowship that allows them to explore science, technology, and the craft of journalism in depth, to concentrate on a specialty in science, and to learn at some of the top research universities in the world.  10 fellows selected from four countries are are an award-winning and diverse group, ranging from veteran science reporters for The Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press to the Cairo-based chief editor of Nature Middle East to a Russian-born PhD in economics who found a new career as an investigative data journalist.

Read more here!

MISTI seeks to build critical cultural and scientific connections between MIT and the Arab World and it needs your support!

11 May 2018

Three years ago the MIT-Arab World Pilot Program was launched, providing MIT faculty and students with opportunities  for meaningful activities in the region through internships, Global Teaching Labs and Global Seed Funds.  Over these years 7 MIT faculty and more than 60 MIT students have taken part in activities: interning, teaching in local high schools and training refugees.   It also developed into a hub for recruiting MIT students that enables cross institute collaborations with other MIT programs such as MIT Future Heritage Lab, MIT Media Lab's Refugee Accelerator, MIT Refugee ACTion (ReACT) Certificate Program, and J-Wel Abdula Latif Jamil World Education Lab.

Their current objective is to develop three more hubs in the region, Morocco, Jordan and Dubai and they need your support.  Please take time to watch one of their teaching activities in Jordan and make an impact with a gift via the MIT website.




10 Winning Teams from 7 Arab countries at the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab

28 April 2018

In partnership with Community Jameel, and in collaboration with this year’s strategic partners Riyada, Omantel, and Zain Group as a digital partner, the MIT Enterprise of the Pan Arab Region (MITEF) announced nine winning teams of the 11th edition of the Arab Startup Competition. The final ceremony was held in Oman on April 19th, 2018.

Read more and check out the winners list here!

Walk for Water

20 April 2018

For decades, Palestinians have been suffering from extreme shortages of water, whether from confiscation or contamination. But some efforts are helping that; watch refugee children from Aida Camp express their thanks to the efforts of 1for3.rg, a collaborative project to bring water security to Palestinian refugee camps.


For the past few years, Jeff Boshar SM '80, an Arab-American living outside Cambridge, has been supporting nonprofit programs to bring water security to Palestinian camps in the West Bank. On April 28th, Jeff is leading a 5-kilometer Walk for Water in Cambridge, MA, in support of 1for3.  He has pledged to raise $15,000 for that cause and is half way through. Please join Jeff (if you are in the area) or donate to his humanitarian effort to help bring clean water to Palestinian camps. For more information on the cause, the walk and how you can support, please check the links below:

Please visit Jeff’s website for info and donations here!

Take time to watch the following video on the background of the situation

Shatha from Nidal Al-Azraq on Vimeo.


Untold Stories

14 April 2018 

Mazen Abdin (SM'84): A Story of Reinvention

The MIT Arab Alumni Association is proud to launch the “Untold Stories” initiative, bringing you new and interesting stories of Arab Alumni! Our first edition features the fascinating journey of Mazen Abdin (SM’84), who graduated from MIT, became the CEO of a content security company, a holder of 6 patents, a consultant at UNRWA, and founded a successful catering company, all without a bachelor's degree. Read the article or watch the video and let Mazen’s story of reinvention inspire you!

Thank you Nada El Sawy and Luay Fawaz.

Read full story HERE!

HAAA Arab World Conference (HAWC) 2018 - "Region Rising!

10 April 2018

The Harvard Arab Alumni Association (HAAA) in collaboration with the Harvard club of Lebanon (AHUAL) is delighted to invite you to attend their 13th annual HAAA Harvard Arab World Conference (HAWC) , which will be held in Beirut, Lebanon on Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at the Kempinski Summerland Hotel and Resort. This conference is open to both Harvard and non-Harvard affiliates. Register today via Eventbrite here.

For more information regarding the schedule, sessions, and speakers, please visit the Harvard Arab Alumni Association website.

Wishing you a very Happy Easter!

8 April 2018

Attracting tomorrow’s students

6 April 2018

Last January, six particularly keen MIT students set off from Cambridge, happy to shed off their winter coats for the warmer weather in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Saudi Arabia. While they looked forward to diving into their favourite koushari or shawarma, they were actually on a mission to meet and inspire a bunch of Arab high school and college students. This is all part of one of the MIT Arab Student Organization’s long-running programs, namely the College Admission Arab Mentorship Program (CAAMP). As has been the case in previous years, the MIT Arab Alumni Association supported ASO’s program, and this year we were all particularly pleased with the results: six countries, 23 sessions, 1010 participants!

For further information, please check out the following link on our website CAAMP 2018.


Artificial Intelligence Is Now Fighting Fake Porn

3 April 2018

Deepfake is mainly used to create fake news and malicious hoaxes including pornographic videos.  It has surfaced in 2017 and is banned by various sites such as Reddit, and the Pornhub.  Gfycat has created a masking tool to block more than just the faces in order to detect different types of fake content!  Dr. Richard Rabbat PhD'01, co-founder and CEO of Gfycat, says " accelerating pace of innovation in AI has the potential to dramatically change our world, and we'll continue to adapt our technology to these new developments".  It's only a matter of time until Deepfake creators learn to circumvent its safeguards.

Read on!

SciTECH “Reshaping the Arab World Through Technology” Conference, April 15th

27 March 2018

Participate in the 2018 SciTECH conference at MIT “Reshaping the Arab World Through Technology” on April 15, organized by the MIT Arab Student Organization (ASO) since 2003.

Watch an impressive line up of speakers (including five members of MIT AAA - Anas Alfaris, Bashir Dabbousi, Fadel Adib, Georges Aoude and Hazem Zureiqat), meet up with previous colleagues, form new associations, and best of all take part in a “Speed Mentorship” session to provide current students with the possibility of meeting and chatting with experienced alumni to ask for advice and share with them the exciting projects you have been working on. 

MIT AAA is honored to be among a number of sponsors of this event, but there is always room for more! Join us in celebrating scientific excellence and offering members of the Arab community a platform to share their lifelong achievements.

For more information visit the ASO Website or their Facebook page.

 For mentorship and sponsorship, contact Faris Sayegh or Safa Jabri


24 March 2018 

We did it! Thanks to your quick action and support we raised $10,146 during the MIT 24Hour Challenge on March 14 for the MIT Arab Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.
If you missed that chance you can still support the Scholarship Fund to support Arab students admitted into MIT. The Fund provides financial assistance to undergraduate students of Arab descent who qualify for needs-based financial aid. It is the first such fund at MIT targeted solely at Arab students.

If you haven’t already done so, act now! The 24 Hour MIT Challenge!

14 March 2018

Please support the MIT Arab Alumni Association (MIT AAA) Endowed Scholarship Fund and help make a difference in someone's life!

Here's the LINK!


A message from our President, Faris Sayegh

Why wait?  The 24 Hour Challenge is rolling and donations are coming in!

14 March 2018

Your contribution counts! Spare a cup of coffee at Starbucks and give your $10 (or more!) to the Arab Alumni Association (MIT AAA) Endowed Scholarship Fund today to support deserving Arab undergrads!  

Donations right HERE!

Hurry… time is running out!


A word from our Director of Local Clubs Coordinations, Yamen Al Hajjar

The 24 hour challenge has begun! It ends today midnight US time!

14 March 2018

Give back to MIT and help fellow Arab students fall in your footsteps and get closer to their dreams of an MIT education! You can donate as little as $10 and maybe get 5 of your friends to join in, too!

Don't wait, DONATE!


A message from our Vice President, Ali Al Amran


13 March 2018

Join us and support the MIT Arab Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund. Help qualified undergraduate Arab students make their dreams of an MIT education come true!

Check out our page for more info on the 24 Hour Challenge!!

A message from our Advisor to the Board / Ex-President, Talal Kheir

It's happening next week - the 24 Hour Challenge. March 15…. Save the date!

8 March 2018

Support the MIT Arab Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund which provides financial assistance to undergraduate Arabs who qualify. Help us exceed last year's 24 Hour Challenge!

Check our page for more details! 


A message from our own Director of Fundraising, Rudayna Abdo!

MIT Sloan Executive Education: A participant's perspective on AI's role in business

2 March 2018

Meet Abdul Dremali, Head of Innovation at the AndPlus Innovation Lab, where he is currently leading research and development in artificial intelligence, machine learning and augmented reality! Read the  last post in a series of published “MIT Musings” here, however you can start with volume 1 here!

Better Governing Through Science

27 February 2018

With a global office at MIT and six regional offices around the world, the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)  helps policy makers worldwide embrace the value of scientific evidence to help people living in poverty by launching its own Government Partnership Initiative!

Read more about it here!

United Arab Emirates Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

23 February 2018

Visiting Italy this year? Don’t miss the UAE’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale curated by Dr. Khaled Alawadi, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Urbanism at MIT's Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi. 

Read more here!

MIT students design and donate sleeping bags to Syrian refugees

16 February 2018

Winters in Syria are very cold!! With over 11 million people displaced since the beginning of the country’s civil war in 2011, many millions are without adequate heating or shelter during the cold winter months. A team of six, led by MIT Sloan School of Management undergraduate Vick Liu, has created TravlerPack, a light, durable, water-resistant sleeping bag that can withstand temperatures as cold as -10 degrees Celsius, with the goal of distributing them to Syrian refugees.

Read about this heartwarming initiative here!

New program from MIT offers refugees a career boost

10 February 2018

"The MIT Refugee Action (ReACT) Hub was launched in May 2017 during a Solve Competition at MIT, with the aim of designing and deploying “new learning opportunities for displaced populations around the world". The MIT ReACT Certificate Program is part of the MIT ReACT Hub, and the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan-Arab Region is the inaugural Seed Partner for this Program that kicked off in Amman, Jordan in January 2018 with an intense two-week session led by MIT faculty members and students. The cohort - of which half are refugees - began a one-year course of study in computer science and entrepreneurship designed by MIT, which will earn them a certificate enabling them to obtain better-paying positions in the region.

The MIT Arab Alumni Association supported the Certificate Program with a $5,000 donation, and is discussing other forms of collaboration. Stay tuned for further communications about ways in which you can support this excellent initiative!"

Read full article here.

IFFR presents 47th edition award winners

6 February 2017

The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) announced the winner of the Hivos Tiger Competition 2018.  The Special Jury Award was given to Rami Alayan (SB'02) for exceptional artistic achievement for his screenplay of his brother Muayad Alayan's film "The Report on Sarah and Saleem".  For more information read the full article and an interview with Rami and Muayad Alayan.

Synopsis and IMDB rating here! 

Worldwide change takes global effort

2 February 2018 

The American University in Cairo (AUC) will be the first school in the world to pair with MIT in accepting the DEDP MicroMasters credential to help students embark on their master’s education.  This program which consists of 5 courses, is accessible to people at any stage of life, and is affordable to everyone.  Read more here

MISTI-Switzerland: Computational Modeling Leads to Insights on a Blinding Disease

26 January 2018

Thanks to an MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) internship in summer 2014 and again through MISTI 2.0 during IAP of that year, Maryam Zekavat SB’15, spent a total of four months in Basel working at the Roche Innovation Center Disease Modeling Department.   She helped develop a computational model to describe the dynamics of cholesterol in the retina that may assist researchers develop new treatments for AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration) in the future.

Read more here!

Downtown Crossing Will Get a Robotic Restaurant This Spring

19 January 2018 

Michael Farid, SM'16, and 3 MIT graduates founded Spyce on the MIT campus last year.  A fully automated restaurant in one of the school's dining halls which offers wholesome and affordable food on the go.  This coming Spring 2018, Spyce will open a fast/ casual restaurant in Boston with a robotic kitchen in collaboration with Chef Daniel Boulad. 

Stay tuned and read more here!


Scaling Up Impact in the Face of Crises

17 January 2018

After resettling in Lebanon, Zeina Saab MCP '09, started working on the Nawaya Network; an NGO that focuses on the development of the disadvantaged youths.  In 2016, and in partnership with UNICEF, Zeina launched Impact Lab to help connect underprivileged youth to resources as to develop their true potential and discover their skills. It now reaches 2,400 young people in more than half of Lebanon and aims to become nationwide in the next year.

Read full article here!

Google AI Was Tricked Into Thinking This Photo of Machine Guns Was a Helicopter

12 January 2018

In new research released December 2017, a team of MIT computer science students managed to trick Google’s Cloud Vision artificial intelligence into thinking that a picture of four machine guns was probably a helicopter. They did it by carefully manipulating the underlying pixels of an original image, changing it in ways that were imperceptible to humans but completely disorienting for the AI.

Read full article here!

Send in YOUR NEWS!

5 January 2018

Happy New Year!!

Dear MIT AAA Members,

What great things are you up to? The MIT AAA community would love to hear from you: whether it is on the professional side: projects you were recently featured in, job promotion or change or on the personal front: got married, had a child, or met up with your old MIT professor or classmate, be sure to share your news with us. We will happily include it in our weekly postings on our Homepage, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. To share your news and any relevant link, please send an email to Zena Jisr (zenajisr17@gmail.com) and include your first name, last name, class year, major, and your latest news. And don’t forget to connect with us on Social Media to stay up to date with the latest news from the MIT AAA community!

The rise of the Arab MOOCs. Will education in the Arab world ever be the same?

29 December 2017 

With OpenCourseWare in 2002, MIT was one of the first institutions to offer online course material for free. Today, MOOCs have become a key driver in the transformation of education worldwide. This article looks at the rise of MOOCs in the Arab world.

Read more about it here!

Season's Greetings

25 December 2017

Alumna Aya Bdeir Inspires Kid Inventors with Star Wars

22 December 2017

Aya Bdeir SM '06 began realizing her dream while she was still a graduate student at the MIT Lab where she founded Open Hardware Summit.  In 2009 she her company started creating and selling “Bits modules” as building blocks for artistic electronic creations.  Now, "Little Bits" is making headlines with their best selling new Star Wars toys on Amazon and Walmart (Droid Inventor Kit)  and it is flying off the shelves in time for The Last Jedi and the holidays.

Aya Bdeir

Read more about Aya and her work here!

Sultanate of Oman to Host the Final Award Ceremony of the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition in its 11th Edition

15 December 2017

In partnership with “Community Jameel, The MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Pan Arab announced the final award ceremony of The MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition to be held in Oman, April the 19th of April 2018.  Semi-finalists will be announced on the 12th of January 2018 and will compete thereafter for prizes worth USD 160,000.

Read more here!

The MIT Future Heritage Lab: Empowering Refugees to Discover Their Emotional and Cultural Needs

14 December 2017

The Future Heritage Lab provides creative responses to conflict and crisis, in order to rebuild a society and preserve its history during and after a time of conflict. Professor Azra Aksamija, MIT Ph'D '11, has been working with refugees at the Al Azraq camp in Jordan since 2016 and collaborating with the residents of the camp, as well as local Jordanian academic partners.

Read more about the involvement of the MIT in the Arab region through the MIT Future Heritage Lab!

MIT Youssef Marzouk aims to improve predictions of everything from underground pollution to daily weather

Youssef Marzouk

8 December 2017

Youssef Marzouk (PhD Mech Eng '04, MS Mech Eng ’99, BS Mech Eng ’97), professor at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, works on quantifying uncertainty in complex computational models, in applications ranging from atmospheric gases, ground water contamination, and jet engines.

Read more here!

MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab: Libya's First Nationwide ENJAZI Business Innovation Competition Recognizes and Empowers Bright Entrepreneurs

29 November 2017

The MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab and TATWEER Research announced the three winning teams of the ENJAZI Competition, the first nation-wide entrepreneurship competition in Libya. The announcement took place during a ceremony held in Beirut, Lebanon in the presence of Badr Ben-Othman, the CEO of the Local Libyan Fund for investment and development, representatives from the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab, TATWEER Research and a number of media personnel.

Read more about it here!

MIT brainpower highlighted in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 lists for 2018

24 November 2017

At least 29 MIT faculty, research staff, and alumni are listed throughout Forbes’ seventh annual edition of the world’s best young innovators.  Among the listed is Omar Abuddayeh, a Palestinian MIT graduate in mechanical and biological engineering, and a Ph'D candidate.  He co-pioneered a new enzyme for editing genes, and a new technique for editing the chemical messenger, RNA.

Forbes List here!

Read more about Omar Abuddayeh's work here!

MISTI media contest showcases MIT students working to build a better world!

17 November 2017

MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) — MIT’s pioneering international education program — asked the 700-plus students who studied and worked abroad this summer to submit photos and short videos showcasing the ways in which MIT is making the world a better place through the MISTI program.

Among the winners is Yara Azouni.  A Palestinian senior student who is currently studying mechanical engineering at MIT.  Her winning video, MIT-Netherlands Better World Story, showcases Azouni working on building the first 3-D printed steel bridge in the world.

Watch Yara's winning video here!

Admissions Event for MIT Sloan in Saudi Arabia

10 November 2017

On Sunday, October 29th, the MIT Saudi Club hosted an MIT Sloan Information Session for prospective students with Rod Garcia, Senior Admissions Director at the Sloan School of Management. The event had more than 200 attendees and the panelists included: Omar Al-Madhi (MIT Sloan 2007), Yamen Al-Hajjar (MIT Sloan 2015) and Mohammed Kurdi (MIT Sloan LGO 2017).

The event was followed with a dinner for MIT Alumni in Riyadh hosted by the gracious Majid Al-Ibrahim (MIT Sloan/HKS 2017).

Affectiva's Emotion AI Humanizes how people and technology interact

6 November 2017

Rana El Kaliouby (MIT Ph'D 2006) an Egyptian-born American, is the co-founder and CEO of a company called Affectiva in Waltham, Massachusetts.  She has helped develop a facial recognition technology and a wristband to measure skin conductance associated with emotional arousal and can be used to detect anxiety in real time.

Read about Rana's work in the MIT Technology Review here

A View from Rana El Kaliouby here

Energy transition through aesthetics and culture

4 November 2017

MIT faculty member Rania Ghosn, assistant professor of architecture and urbanism, hosted an event between MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and the School of Architecture and Planning which addressed this question and engaged in a discussion with MIT faculty of architecture and humanities, arts and social sciences.

Read more about it here!

Watch the video

DERQ raises $1.5m to use AI to reduce vehicle accidents and opens US office in Detroit

29 October 2017

MIT AAA’s own Georges Aoude (PhD ’11, Aerospace Engineering) has been hard at work on Derq, a startup he co-founded in Dubai and Detroit. Derq, which uses AI and vehicle-based communication to predict traffic incidents and then notify impacted drivers, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding after graduating from Techsters Mobility Accelerator. Next in its sights is trialing the technology in Dubai, and growing its team. Read more here!

MIT Alumni Dinner in the UAE

27 October 2017

On Monday, October 23, Hadi Solh (MBA '04) and Noor Sweid (MBA '04) graciously hosted an MIT UAE Alumni dinner with Rod Garica, Admissions Director at the Sloan School of Management. One of the MIT Arab Association board members, Maysa Sabah, attended this lovely evening where she caught-up with old friends and made new ones.  Everyone enjoyed the amazing food of Chef Yasser's team, led by Mazen Abdin (Msc '84)!

MIT Alumnus Hani Asfour appointed Associate Dean of the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation


20 October 2017

MIT alumnus Hani Asfour appointed as Associate Dean of the new Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI). Hani is the co-founder of Polypod, a multi-disciplinary collaborative design studio in Beirut, Lebanon. He has served as President of Beirut Creative Cluster and joins DIDI from the Lebanese American University (LAU). DIDI’s curriculum is developed in collaboration with MIT and Parsons.

Read more about it here.


13 October 2017

The Design Biennial Boston recognizes emerging architects, landscape architects, and designers who have created inspiring and innovative practices in New England.

Among the winners is Rania Ghosn; an architect, geographer and partner of Design Earth. She is currently assistant professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture + Planning. Her work critically frames the urban condition at the intersection of politics, aesthetics and technological systems.  Read about Rania's initiative here.

BSA Space!

MIT Leadership Conference at MIT

27 September 2017

Four MIT board members attended the annual MIT Alumni Leadership Conference at MIT (Sep 15-16) to connect and learn from hundreds of alumni volunteers from dozens of local and international alumni clubs, swapping stories and sharing advice on a wide range of issues such as engagement, communications, platforms, and - of course - taxes! On the sidelines of this conference, the board members had their own meeting to plan for upcoming events - stay tuned for announcements soon!

MIT Luncheon at the ALC

24 September 2017

MIT AAA hosted a luncheon on Friday, September 15 on campus to meet with students as well as representatives from Arab student clubs. It was an opportunity to update attendees on the status of the association and upcoming events, as well to hod an open discussion on possible collaboration and how the association could strengthen its linkages to the student body.

Arab Conference at Haravard 2017

Entering the post-decade mark, the Arab Conference at Harvard is at a critical time where it is both continuing its legacy of delivering nuanced and substantive discussion on the Arab World and reimagining its vision.


6 October 2017

Registration is now open for the Arab Conference at Harvard! It's largest pan-Arab conference in North America and will be held from November 9 to 12 at Harvard University.

 Dr. Alan Shihadeh appointed Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at the AUB in Beirut - Lebanon

8 September 2017

Our warmest congratulations and best wishes on the appointment of Dr. Alan Shihadeh (PhD'98) as the new Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at the American University of Beirut! Dr. Shihadeh was selected for his vision, energy, accomplishments, and ingrained passion and conscience to make a difference to AUB and the world at large!! Read more about it here!

Eid Mubarak!


31st August 2017

MIT scientists control water using only light

29 July 2017

Engineers from MIT and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals have been working together to develop light-guided liquid manipulation systems that could be used to separate water from oil more efficiently and effectively. Read more!

Khutoutna App: An Alternative Way to Navigate Amman

1st July 2017

How can Jordan's public transportation system become more accessible and easier to use? Read about the recent activities of Ma'an Nasel, Jordan's public transport campaign that MIT AAA board member Hazem Zureiqat (MIT '08) helped found!

Congratulations to the Class of 2017


12 June 2017

MIT to spur global education hub for displaced

21 May 2017

The ever dynamic Hala Fadel (MBA ’01) is one of the founding members of Refugee ACTion Hub (ReACT), announced at the SOLVE at MIT’s annual flagship event. ReACT will develop digital and blended learning opportunities and serve as a catalyst for anyone dedicated to solving the problem of refugee education. Read more!

Software Developer is a voice for Muslim women

13 May 2017

Meet Layla Shaikley SM ’13! Software developer, entrepreneur, ex-NASA intern, co-producer of a viral YouTube video, co-founder of Tedx Baghdad, skateboarder and so much more!!! Read more here!

Happy Easter to all!


9 April 2017

Dr. Aziz Asphahani elected member of the National Academy of Engineering

2nd April 2017

Dr. Aziz I. Asphahani, past MIT AAA board director and generous donor to MIT AAA education scholarship has been elected member of the National Academy of Engineering

Please join us in extending our warmest congratulations to Dr. Asphahani! Dr Aziz is the chief executive officer of QuesTek Innovations. He has been nominated for his executive leadership in STEM education, integrated computer design of materials, and invention and production of corrosion-resistant alloys. Read more about it here!

11th International Symposium of Dubai Police 

25 March 2017

MIT AAA Board Member, Georges Aoude (PhD 2011) participated in the Innovation Panel at the 11th International Symposium of Dubai Police, where he talked about the future of self-driving and connected vehicle technology and legislation and Derq, the Dubai-based MIT spin-off that George founded to eliminate road accidents and save lives by using machine learning and V2X technology. Participants included representatives of the FBI, INTERPOL HQ and many other Police organizations. For more information click here!

George Aoude

WATER Labs aims to bring toilets into individual homes


7 March 2017 

There are more than a billion non-sewered households around the world. To address this challenge, Change: WATER Labs, founded by Diana Yousef, Huda Elasaad and other colleagues, is developing a compact and evaporative toilets. Read more about it here!

Tekuma Is Changing The World Of Art Galleries

1st March 2017 

Cool! Marwan Aboudib (MSRED, 2016) is the Co-Founder and CEO of Tekuma, which connects emerging artists and their art with property owners and their multifamily residential and commercial properties. By transforming properties into galleries, Takuma adds value to real estate while showcasing artworks and the stories behind their creation.  Read more here!

Celebrating Diversity

21 February 2017

MIT celebrates its diversity, featuring Ihssan Tinawi, a junior double-majoring in electrical engineering and computer science and economics, who "grew up in Damascus".

Read the article and watch the video here!

An app that connects refugees to volunteer translators via Facebook Messenger

10 February 2017

Tapping tech for refugees! Tarjimly was founded by a group of MIT Alumni from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and the USA, including MIT AAA board member, Yamen Al Hajjar, Abdulla Al-Mentheri, AbdulAziz Al-Ghunaim, Abubakar Abid, and Atif Javed. The idea for the application was inspired by a trip one of the Tarjimly founders took to a refugee camp in Northern Greece, where the need to interpret and translate between the refugees and the different parties at the camp became paramount. The team came together to address this problem, leveraging Facebook Messenger as a platform and developing a bot that connects refugees to translators around the world.

Read more about it!

Dr. Fadel Adib joins Media Lab faculty

4 February 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Fadel Adib on joining the Media Lab faculty!! You make us all so proud!! Read it all here!

Meet Hamed Mounla, this year’s MIT Arab Alumni Association Scholar!


28 January 2017

In Hamed’s words: “The world I come from is a world of conflict and corruption injected in many aspects of society. It is a hub of social injustice and missed opportunities. It is a place where potential is lost and productivity is inefficient. Lebanon is a brain drain. At the same time, my 60-year-old Sudanese student at the Migrant Community Center still shows up to class every Sunday hoping to improve his language abilities. He proves to me that there still is opportunity in this world, which we must capitalize on. I thus dream of a world of high productive efficiency, a world where globally accessible technologies meet people's 21st century needs. I aspire to become a leader in creating these technologies. I care about maximizing human potential and human capital in a sustainable manner.”

Please support the MIT AAA Scholarship Fund

Dr. Omar Razzaz appointed Jordan's Minister of Education

21 January 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Omar Razzaz on his new appointment as Jordan’s Minister of Education! We wish him every success in his new role. Dr. Razzaz graduated from MIT in 1987 with a Masters Degree in International Development and Regional Planning and was the Ford International Assistant Professor at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 1991-93 and 1995-97. Read more about it!


Dr. Iyad Rahwan on how Artificial Intelligence challenges our mortality


14 January 2017

Cars have to make trade-offs on the road. Trade-offs often require ethics. How then do we think about those trade-offs for driverless cards? To find out, watch Dr. Iyad Rahwan’s TEDx Cambridge talk here!

Rudayna Abdo, founder of Thaki -a non-governmental organisation that collects used but working laptops from donors

6 January 2017 

Last year MITAAA Board Member, Rudayna Abdo, took a side step from her career in urban planning to found Thaki, a non-profit that distributes donated computers, loaded with educational content, to organizations and education centers working directly with refugee and disadvantaged children.

In just the proof of concept roll out, Thaki has distributed 265 computers and electronic devices to 11 organizations that are now helping serve over 3,500 children. There are over 25 organizations in Lebanon that are awaiting to receive devices from Thaki – with a reach of thousands more children. Read the full article

More about Rudayna's work here

Wishing you happy holidays!

Device can read emotions by bouncing wireless signals off your body

12 December 2016

Excited, happy, angry, or sad?

Check out the fascinating work on predicting people’s feelings by Dr. Dina Katabi, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and Fadil Adib, a doctoral student at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab! Read more about it here!

Syria : A living history

4 December 2016 

Have you seen Nasser Rabbat's inaugural speech at the opening of his new exhibition, "Syria: A Living History"? Learn more about the exhibition, which brings together artifacts and artworks to inspire a new understanding of Syria’s past and present, inviting new ways of thinking about its future. On view at the Aga Khan Museum through February 26, 2017.

Akpia Mit Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT MIT Department of Architecture MIT School of Architecture + Planning

Welcome to MIT AAA!


MIT Arab Alumni Association (MIT AAA) is a Pan-Arab affinity club that brings together all Alumni from Arab origin or working in any part of the Arab region. We are here to serve you in cooperation with the local Arab MIT clubs. So please help us in achieving your aspirations and goals by joining in and participating!



For a 3rd consecutive year, MIT tops university ranking!

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Hashim Sarkis named dean of the School of Architecture and Planning!

Hashim Sarkis — a prominent scholar of architecture and urbanism, a practicing architect whose works have been built in the United States and the Middle East, and a leading expert on design in the Middle East — has been named the new dean of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P), effective in January.

Congratulations Dr. Sarkis!

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 Hashim Sarkis


The Scholarship Fund

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The Annual Scholarship report 2017


8th MIT Pan-Arab Conference

Record attendance made it very successful

Join us for the next one!

The conference focused on the role of innovation in fostering growth and enhancing economic diversification and job creation in the region.

In the mean time, take a look at the Proceedings from the 7th MIT Pan-Arab Conference to find out why you cannot miss the next conference.