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.”

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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

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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


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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.

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