Topic: Integrated Biosensors for Neuroscience: New Bioengineering Research Challenges

Session Organizer: Amine Miled

Understanding brain behavior and brain mapping is the new challenge to provide new therapies for neurodegenerative diseases and brain disorder. Thanks to the recent advance in micro fabrication and CMOS technologies, new biosensors are being designed for this purpose. Our approach in this research field is based on a modular Lab-on-a-chip (LoC) which can be adapted to several applications. Our LoC is composed of microfluidic, microelectronics and electronics components. Each of the components is fully independent from the other. In this talk, we will present our architecture of LoC and its main advantages. We will also present our recent results related to neurotransmitter sensing in the case of dopamine, glutamate, uric acid and acetylcholine based on cyclic voltammetry. This talk covers the new challenges in the design of Biosensors for neuroscience. We will describe different new design techniques and requirements for researchers working in this field. At the end of the talk, attendees will have an overview of the multidisciplinary biosensor research field for neuroscience.

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Topic: Sustainability in Project Management

Session Organizer: Joel Carboni

In 2012, The Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development centered on the notion that sustainable development is dependent upon both public and private sectors being fully engaged by leveraging frameworks that support the advancement of sustainable development initiatives, taking into account the importance of corporate social responsibility. (Rio+20) With the United Nations Millennium Development Goals set to expire in 2015, giving way to the Post-2015 Engagement Architecture, a framework that is expected to establish priorities and strategies for the next era. Project management is uniquely positioned to drive these efforts through both governance and use. This paper focuses on the key integration points for sustainability to project governance and methods using the GPM P5 Standard for People, Planet, Profit, Project Products and Processes. P5 provides for useful benchmarking across industry and fundamentally helps organizations demonstrate the reality of their commitment to sustainability by allowing stakeholders to better understand the organization’s contribution while providing , market differentiation, risk to brand, greater achievement of strategic initiatives.

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Topic: Big Data & Cloud Computing

Session Organizer: Wahid Chrabakh

The presentation will be for both students of Computer Science and those generally interested in expanding their knowledge in this space. In this presentation, we want to introduce students into the history of the internet and how data gathering ballooned in the span of a few years. Data continues to implode both in terms of size and complexity. We will show students how startups as well as established companies are struggling to cope with their data management and how cloud computing can be used to address their needs.

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Topic: Toward SustainableGreen Radio TechnologiesCommunications for Next Generation Wireless Systems

Session Organizer: Fadhel Ghannouchi

As wireless devices of all kinds proliferate at an unprecedented rate, their combined carbon footprint and environmental impact is becoming larger and larger. This session will focus on challenges and opportunities in green radio technologies for next generation wireless systems. Participants will briefed about the evolution and trends of wireless communications and will engage in identifying critical segments of a typical wireless networksthat impact significantly the overall …energy consumption of atypical network . Participant will engage andbrainstorm to propose solutions and best practices to minimizethe energy consumption atmobile terminal, base station and network levels.

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Topic: Towards a More Sustainable Approach to Road Infrastructure Preservation

Session Organizer: Karim Chatti

Any nation’s highway system is usually the single largest public investment. For example, the US highway system has an estimated initial cost of $3 trillion spread over many years. The road infrastructure network has been steadily deteriorating, and allocating more resources to reconstruct roadways is not the solution. Today, the replacement cost could not readily be incurred without severe economic consequences. In addition, delaying maintenance and repairs until major rehabilitation or replacement is necessary, leads to extensive and disruptive work that increases the potential for accidents, injuries, and fatalities among motorists and road workers. A more viable alternative to this is preservation of sound roadway pavements to assure structural integrity and extension of their service lives before they need major rehabilitation or replacement.

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Topic: Internet Governance as enabler tool for econimical development

Session Organizer: Hafedh Yahmadi

Presentation what's the Internet governance Different baskets defining the concept of what is does maen an Internet governance Legal Basket Technical & infrastructure basket conimic basket Socicultural basket Development basket Human rights basket a very interactive session.

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Topic: Research & Enterprise : The key role of engineers

Session Organizer: Kamel Barkaoui

This session will emphasize the role of engineers in the relation Research & Enterprise in Tunisian cultural and organizational context, More precisely we will talk about the different aspects which may be facilitators or barriers : - for transfer to Tunisia of emerging technologies and their integration in particular by disseminating successful experiences in appropriation and adaptation of technologies; - for an effective transfer of research results conducted in Tunisia or abroad likely to have opportunities and potential applications in our country; - To promote university-industry linkages by establishing bridges between researchers and industry.

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Topic: A peek into the Simulation Life Cycle of a Jet Engine and Future Design Challenges

Session Organizer: Bassem Jlidi

A brief overview of the Simulation Life Cycle of a gas generator is presented. Design is a non-unique iterative process that involves the collaboration of many engineering disciplines. It only takes an idea from any member of the engineering team to spark the design of a quieter and more efficient engine. It takes several years of engineering analysis, development testing, and certification activities to go from a paper engine to actual entry into service. As an engineer, your work is not done! Your skills are still needed to establish and support field limits. As the demand rises for quieter and more efficient engines, so does the need for lighter and higher temperature materials and processes.

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Topic: Creative Problem Solving: the Engineer’s Prerogative

Session Organizer: Ammar Kouki

This session will focus on using engineering problem solving skills to bring creative solutions to various problems ranging from day-to-day challenges to advanced technological problems. A discussion of the process of ideation followed by a brief overview of some examples of creative engineering solutions will be first presented. Participants will then engage in identifying some challenges in need creative solutions and then work on developing their own solutions with guidance.

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Topic: A Window into the wireless industry in the U.S

Session Organizer: Mohamed Bourouha

In this session we will have an overview of wireless networks, trace its evolution, and understand some of its key elements. We will also open a window to one of the most advanced wireless carriers in the US, understand how it operates and what are some of its top challenges.
Students will:

  • Get an introduction to how such an industry operates in the US .
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  • What are some of the challenges of new generation wireless networks, and what are some of the innovative ways to address them.
  • Students will also be able to ask questions and interact with the speaker and get a deeper understanding of US corporate work environment and some of the key skills future engineers should have.
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    Topic: Roadmap for a 100% clean and renewable wind, water and sunlight all-sector energy for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    Session Organizer: Mounir Bouzguenda

    This study presents roadmaps for each region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to convert their all-purpose energy systems (for electricity, transportation, heating/cooling, and industry) to ones powered entirely by wind, water, and sunlight. In this work, the author discusses the renewable energy potentials in the Kingdom for each region and the future demand of electricity for transportation, industry. Water desalination and cooling. The roadmap provides a consistent set of pathways to eliminate 100% of present-day greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions from energy by 2050 in KSA while growing the number of jobs. A separate study2 provides a grid integration analysis to examine the ability of the intermittent energy produced from the state plans here, in combination, to match time-varying electric and thermal loads when combined.

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    Interactive breakout sessions will take place during the second day of NATEG DAYS. These sessions are meant to be very interactive and hands-on, with one or two instructors moderating the session and with participation from a small group of students (~25-30/group). Students will be asked to register for two session per day during their registration for the event on the website. A given breakout session can be offered more than once to different groups of students. The organizer(s) of each session define the subject of the session and act as mentors to the students guiding them, in an interactive fashion, through typical problem solving steps. The organizer(s) are encouraged to draw on their own experience in defining the subject and formulating the problem and then guiding the students to a solution. For example, one can use a patent that (s)he obtained, or knows well, as a case study to (i) pose the problem, (ii) see what the students propose as solutions and (iii) lead them in their thinking to reach the patented solution or help them identify where they may be going wrong. Alternatively one can use other innovative industrial processes or technological solutions/products for the case study to highlight the underlining problems and how innovative solutions came about to address it. Finally, one can think of open questions to stimulate the students, see their reaction and give them feedback on the feasibility of their ideas and the potential pitfalls. It is important to avoid a lecture-style discussion and draw students to propose ideas.

    To submit your proposal, please click here

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    Prof. Lotfi Belkhir

    Associate Professor and Class of 1962 Mechanical Engineering Endowed Chair in Eco-entrepreneurship.

    Dr. Lotfi Belkhir, tenure track Associate Professor, Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice, and Class of 1962 Mechanical Engineering Endowed Chair in Eco-Entrepreneurship. Dr. Belkhir is a visionary and results-driven academic and business practitioner. He is a researcher, teacher, inventor and entrepreneurial leader with 17 years of distinguished industrial experience in sustainable and innovation-powered business creation and economic growth. Dr. Belkhir is an expert and thought-leader in the field of Total Sustainable Management, Eco entrepreneurship, digital convergence and its socio-environmental impact. Possesses proven leadership skills in research and development, IP protection, business development, finance, strategic planning, and general management. He possesses strong and successful international experience and alliances, public speaking, and relationship building. Multicultural, and fluent in English, French and Arabic, Dr. Belkhir earned his Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from SUNY and MBA in Management of Technology, Walden University.

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    Dr. Karim Chatti

    Professor of Civil Engineering and former Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering at MSU

    Dr. Karim Chatti is Professor of Civil Engineering and former Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering at MSU. He is also the Director of the newly established USDOT University Transportation Center on Highway Pavement Preservation and of the Michigan DOT Pavement Research Center of Excellence. He served as the CE Graduate Program Director in 2012 and CEE Associate Chairperson for Graduate Studies and Research from 2005 to 2009. Prior to joining MSU in 1998, he worked as an assistant research engineer at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC-Berkeley in 1993 and a visiting assistant professor at MSU in 1993-95, and served as a consultant in STUDI Engineering in 1996-97. He holds B.S. (1985) and M.S. (1987) degrees from MSU, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley (1992). Dr. Chatti is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of pavement dynamics, vehicle-pavement interaction, pavement roughness, long-term pavement performance, and pavement health monitoring and non-destructive evaluation. Dr. Chatti has been involved in more than thirty research projects, funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), and the US Department of Transportation (USDOT). Dr. Chatti has advised some thirty graduate students including ten Ph.D.’s. Dr. Chatti has also directed 4 postdoctoral fellows and has mentored several undergraduate research assistants. Dr. Chatti is the author of one hundred and twenty peer-reviewed publications and thirty technical reports. Dr. Chatti is past associate editor for the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering and is editorial board member of the International Journal of Pavement Engineering. He is past chair of the ASCE highway pavements committee, and a member of several other ASCE and Transportation Research Board committees. He is also a board member of the International Forum for Road Transport Technology.

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    Hattem Goucha

    Offshore Solutions Manager at Bechtel Corporation

    Hatem is a native of Tunisia, and has lived in the US since 1986. He holds a BS degree in Structural Engineering from Michigan State University, a MS degree in earthquake engineering from University of California at Berkeley, and a Phd in Construction, Engineering and Project Management from the University of Texas at Austin. After his PhD, he joined Bechtel and has been with the company since (19 years). In Bechtel, he served various roles in construction, engineering, project controls, start-up, risk management, proposals, logistics, business development, general management, tax and public relations, executive assistant to the business unit president, and most recently offshore technology solutions manager (leading the Bechtel Floating LNG program). Most of his experience is in Oil and Gas but he has also served in the telecommunications business unit. He has worked on projects in the US, Mexico, Germany, England and Tunisia. Hatem is active in the Houston community. He served on the board of the Arab-American Cultural Center, led the Arabic school there for 1 year and contributes to the Houston Chapter of the ACE mentor program. Hatem is an engineer at heart, a husband and father of three, and enjoys continuous improvement and mentoring ambitious youth.

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    Dr. Sami Karaborni

    Vice President of Development Operations at XenoPort Inc

    Dr. Karaborni is Vice President of Development Operations at XenoPort Inc. He leads multiple groups active in the areas of chemical, analytical, bioanalytical and formulation development. Dr. Sami Karaborni joined XenoPort Inc in 2007 as Senior Director of Pharmaceutical Development. From 2000 to 2007, Dr. Karaborni was at Merck Research Labs as a Director of Formulation Design and Characterization, Director of Materials Characterization and Technology Assessment in Pharmaceutical R&D, and Coordinator of Technology Development for Preclinical Development. Dr. Karaborni is the (co)author of more than 40 publications in international journals among which SCIENCE (Washington), NATURE (London), La RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (Paris) and MUNDO CIENTÍFICO (Madrid). He has been a key speaker in several conferences among which Gordon Conferences (USA), Royal Society of Chemistry (Great Britain) and Rencontres de Moriond (Switzerland). Dr. Karaborni is the co-author of 15 patent applications. Prior to his appointment at Merck, Dr. Karaborni was for a period of nine years an employee of Shell Research (Amsterdam), Shell Oil Products (London) and Shell Chemicals (Amsterdam). He is a chemical engineer with a BS degree from the Pennsylvania State University, USA and a MS and a PhD from the University of Florida, USA. In 1989 and 1990, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Virginia, USA and at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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    Khaled Ben Younes

    Director of IntilaQ

    Khaled Ben Younes is currently the Director of IntilaQ, the biggest startup incubation initiative in Tunisia launched by QFF (Qatar Friendship Fund) in partnership with Ooredoo and Microsoft. He has an extensive experience in Strategy and Business Development, Project Management, R&D in mobile communication sector, Sales and Quality Management. Prior to joining IntilaQ, Mr. Khaled Ben Younes worked at international corporations such as NOKIA, SIEMENS and OOREDOO contributed to the acquisition/implementation of many multimillion dealsand Greenfield operations in the MEA region.

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    Mohamed Bourouha

    MGR OF REAL ESTATE & CONSTR at AT&T California

    Mohamed Bourouha is the chairman of NATEG Days 2015. He leads the Engineering Solutions practice at Nexius (A leader in delivering end-to-end network services and software solutions to industries worldwide). Prior to rejoining Nexius, Mohamed worked at AT&T (The largest provider of mobile/fixed telephone services in US) where he served under different organizations from NP&E RAN engineering where he was involved in the network performance improvement of the San Francisco market to the Construction & Engineering National organization. Under C&E, Mohamed has served under the National SAQ strategy team. His team focused primarily on the optimization of the site acquisition process to develop future wireless networks. Recently, his team progressed to become the National Tower Company PMO. These strategic roles required him to develop new innovative solutions for solving complex problems that cut across many functions in the business. Many of his current initiatives use Big Data approach to analyze a large volume of data from a variety of data sources to establish strategic guidelines that are aimed at reducing CAPEX and OPEX costs. Mohamed holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Florida and a MS EE degree from Western Michigan University.

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    Prof. Amine Miled

    Director LABioTRON Bioengineering Research Laboratory, Laval Canada

    Amine Miled received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering École Polytechnique of Montréal, Canada in 2013 and the BSc degree from national engineering school of Tunis, Tunisia, in 2005. He joined Laval University, Canada in 2013 as assistant professor of VLSI, microelectronics and Bio-microfluidics at Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Prof. Miled received several awards and scholarships such Tunisian scholarship for excellence for graduate studies, National Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Fonds de Recherche du Québec-Nature et Technologie (FRQ-NT) Ph.D scholarships. He was also the recipient of PDF from both NSERC and FRQ-NT. Prof. Miled established LABioTRON Bioengineering Research Laboratory at Laval University in 2013. Research interests of LABioTRON are understanding the chemical activity of the brain through the development of new tools and devices for in vitro and in vivo applications. LABioTRON research focuses also on the monitoring of water quality with the design of portable biosensors for environmental applications. LABioTRON and Prof. Miled expertise is related to advanced bio-microfluidic architectures and microsystem designs such as Biosensors and actuators and bio-materials.

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    Prof. Fadhel Ghannouchi

    President, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder of Amplix Inc

    Fadhel M. Ghannouchi is currently a professor, Alberta Innovates Technology Futures Strategic Chair and Senior Canada Research Chair in Green Radio Systems and Founding Director of the iRadio Laboratory (www.iradio.ucalgary.ca) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Calgary, Alberta His research interests are in the areas of RF and wireless communications, nonlinear modeling of microwave devices and communications systems, design of power- and spectrum-efficient radio systems and design of SDR systems for wireless and satellite communications applications and sensors networks. His research has led to over 600 refereed publications and 14 US patents (6 pending), 3 books and 3 spun-off companies.

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    Dr. Joel Carboni

    Founder and President of GPM Global (Green Project Management®)

    Dr. Joel B. Carboni is the Founder and President of GPM Global (Green Project Management®), a professional development organization focused on sustainable development. He is a graduate of Ball State University and also has a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development. He has over 18 years’ experience in project and program management having worked in both the private and public sectors for organizations such as Accenture, Chase, BMO Harris Bank, and local government. As an advocate for green and sustainable project management, he speaks regularly at symposiums, congresses and conferences all over the globe. He is a member of the American National standards Institute (ANSI), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and is a founding signatory of the UN’s Business for Peace Initiative. He is the architect of the PRiSM™ project delivery methodology. He has authored several training programs on Green and Sustainable Project Management® that are currently offered in over 145 countries through professional training providers, business associations, and universities. He co-authored “The GPM Reference Guide to Sustainability in Project Management, The GPM® P5™ Standard for Sustainability in Project Management, and numerous technical papers on the subject. He also serves as the Vice President for the asapm, the International Project Management Association’s US Member Association.

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    Bessem Jlidi

    Aerospace Engineer , New York - USA

    Mr. Jlidi holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (1985) from Wichita State University Wichita, Kansas and a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering (1987) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, New York. Bessem started his engineering career at General Electric's Corporate Research & Development Center in Niskayuna, New York. He has worked on the GP7000 engine powering the giant Airbus 380 and is currently leading several advanced engine programs such as the F135 designed for the Joint Strike Fighter at Pratt & Whitney.

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    Prof. Ammar Kouki

    Director Lacime Lab & Co-founder of ISR Technologies, ETS- Canada

    Mr Kouki is an electrical engineer professor at the University of Quebec's Ecole de Technologie Superieure (ÉTS), the largest undergraduate engineering school in Quebec, and is also the director of the LACIME (Communication and Microelectronics) lab. Having earned his bachelor of science in engineering science and mechanics as well as his masters degree in engineering from Penn State University

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    Prof. Naeem M. Abdurrahman

    Nuclear scientist, engineer and academic

    Dr. Naeem M. Abdurrahman (a.k.a. Naeem Al-Gheriany) P.h.D, PE (Arabic ‫نعيم عبدالرحمن الغرياني‬) is a Libyan nuclear scientist, engineer and academic. He was named Libya's Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research on 22 November 2011 by Prime Minister Abdurrahim El-Keib. Gheriany's career began as a senior scientist at Advanced Innovative Sciences, where he remained for five years before moving to academia. In 1993, he accepted a position as a Professor of Nuclear Engineering and as the Nuclear Engineering Program Director at the University of Texas at Austin. During his time at the University of Texas, Gheriany managed the University of Texas Nuclear Engineering Program. As Program Director, he improved student enrollment and increased research funding several fold. Additionally, he has published over fifty articles and papers in refereed scientific journals, conference proceedings and technical reports. After leaving the University of Texas, he took a position as a Principal Scientist at the Department of Energy's Hanford site for Fluor Corporation and held the same position at CH2M HILL in 2008. In 2009, Dr. Gheriany was appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Engineering and Technology. Since 2010, he has held the positions of Nuclear Scientist within the U.S Department of Energy Headquarters' Office of Safety and Security and an Adjunct Professor for the Catholic University of America. Throughout his career, Gheriany has served on many Technical Review Teams for the US Department of Energy including Design Review Committees and Senior Advisory Committees. He served as the Department Lead for National Academy of Science Studies and lead the Office of Safety and Security effort in Nuclear Safety R&D. He has also served as a Reviewer for the American Nuclear Society, the International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, the Department of Energy Nuclear Engineering Research Grant Program, the International Conference on the Physics of Nuclear Science and Technology, the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation for the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union Grant Program, the American Society of Engineering Education, and the National Science Foundation. He has also served on panels and teams, at both the national and international level, including the United States/Russian Technical Specialists Team on Water Reactors for Fissile Materials Disposition, the Department of Energy Nuclear Engineering Research Grant Program Review Panel, the National Science Foundation Review Panel, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Nuclear Energy Agency Criticality Safety Working Party.

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    Prof. Kamel Barkaoui

    professor at the Department of Computer Science of Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM - Paris)

    Kamel Barkaoui is full professor at the Department of Computer Science of Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM - Paris) since 2002. He holds a Ph.D in Computer Science (1988) and Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (1998) from Université Paris 6 (UPMC). His research interests include software engineering and formal methods for verification, control and performance evaluation of concurrent and distributed systems. He has published the results of his research in over 100 papers in international journals and conferences. He received the 1995 IEEE Int. Conf. on System Man and Cybernetics Outstanding Paper Award. He has supervised 25 PhD theses and a number of MSc thesis projects. He has served on PCs and as PC chair and OC chair of a number of international workshops and conferences in his areas of research. He was recently general co-Chair of the 18th International Symposium on Formal Methods (2012) and general chair of 35th International Conference on Application and Theory of Petri Nets and Concurrency and the 14th International Conference on Application of Concurrency to System Design (2014) He was a guest editor of Journal of Systems and Software (JSS) and International Journal of Critical Computer-Based Systems (IJCCBS).

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    Dr. Mounir Bouzguenda

    Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering at KFU

    Mounir Bouzguenda received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, USA, in 1985. He also received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA in 1988 and 1992, respectively. Dr. Mounir taught in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC, Tunisia and Oman. He also worked as a consultant with Standard Technologies Institute, Maryland and the Temple Group, Washington DC, Computer Engineering Services, Sfax-Tunisia and Majan Electric Company Oman. Dr. Mounir joined King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia as an Associate Professor in December 2012. Currently, he is the Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering at KFU. His research interests include smart grids, renewable energy systems, power systems and power electronics. He has authored and co-authored many technical papers in these areas

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    Moufid KARRAY

    United Nations Consultant

    M. Karray is a United Nations Consultant. He worked for the Canadian Government as a Defense Scientist (NORAD North American Air Defense Headquarters). He also worked for Renault France as a R&D Consultant and for CANIMEX Canadian Import Export as Knowledge Management Consultant. From 1999, he also trained more than 8 000 Top & Middle Managers in Canada, France, Oman, Malaysia, Germany, Turkey, Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Belgium… M. Karray is a Mechanical Engineer from Quebec University and an MBA & a Master in Robotics from Laval University

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    Hafedh Yahmadi

    Former Microsoft Director of development programs & Former Alcatel Lucent project manager

    Former Microsoft Director of development programs (Startups, innovation programs, entrepreunarial initiatives, etc ..) Former Alcatel Lucent project manager CIC country manager et cofounder.

  • International project manager & ICT specialist with many years of engineering experience in strategic business development.
  • Experience in presenting technology strategy and solution design
  • Great facilitation and communication skills to run big events, seminars & workshops
  • Specialties: Project management, Investment Management, Corporate Governance, Entrepreneurship, Customer-Centric Analysis, Marketing.
  • Experience includes managerial roles with Top Tech Giants Corporations like (Microsoft Inc. Alcatel-lucent, CIT) in USA, France, Gulf & North Africa.

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    Dr. Karim Chatti

    Professor of Civil Engineering and former Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering at MSU

    Dr. Karim Chatti is Professor of Civil Engineering and former Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering at MSU. He is also the Director of the newly established USDOT University Transportation Center on Highway Pavement Preservation and of the Michigan DOT Pavement Research Center of Excellence. He served as the CE Graduate Program Director in 2012 and CEE Associate Chairperson for Graduate Studies and Research from 2005 to 2009. Prior to joining MSU in 1998, he worked as an assistant research engineer at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC-Berkeley in 1993 and a visiting assistant professor at MSU in 1993-95, and served as a consultant in STUDI Engineering in 1996-97. He holds B.S. (1985) and M.S. (1987) degrees from MSU, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley (1992). Dr. Chatti is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of pavement dynamics, vehicle-pavement interaction, pavement roughness, long-term pavement performance, and pavement health monitoring and non-destructive evaluation. Dr. Chatti has been involved in more than thirty research projects, funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), and the US Department of Transportation (USDOT). Dr. Chatti has advised some thirty graduate students including ten Ph.D.’s. Dr. Chatti has also directed 4 postdoctoral fellows and has mentored several undergraduate research assistants. Dr. Chatti is the author of one hundred and twenty peer-reviewed publications and thirty technical reports. Dr. Chatti is past associate editor for the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering and is editorial board member of the International Journal of Pavement Engineering. He is past chair of the ASCE highway pavements committee, and a member of several other ASCE and Transportation Research Board committees. He is also a board member of the International Forum for Road Transport Technology.

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    Dr. Sami Karaborni

    Vice President of Development Operations at XenoPort Inc

    Dr. Karaborni is Vice President of Development Operations at XenoPort Inc. He leads multiple groups active in the areas of chemical, analytical, bioanalytical and formulation development. Dr. Sami Karaborni joined XenoPort Inc in 2007 as Senior Director of Pharmaceutical Development. From 2000 to 2007, Dr. Karaborni was at Merck Research Labs as a Director of Formulation Design and Characterization, Director of Materials Characterization and Technology Assessment in Pharmaceutical R&D, and Coordinator of Technology Development for Preclinical Development. Dr. Karaborni is the (co)author of more than 40 publications in international journals among which SCIENCE (Washington), NATURE (London), La RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (Paris) and MUNDO CIENTÍFICO (Madrid). He has been a key speaker in several conferences among which Gordon Conferences (USA), Royal Society of Chemistry (Great Britain) and Rencontres de Moriond (Switzerland). Dr. Karaborni is the co-author of 15 patent applications. Prior to his appointment at Merck, Dr. Karaborni was for a period of nine years an employee of Shell Research (Amsterdam), Shell Oil Products (London) and Shell Chemicals (Amsterdam). He is a chemical engineer with a BS degree from the Pennsylvania State University, USA and a MS and a PhD from the University of Florida, USA. In 1989 and 1990, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Virginia, USA and at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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    Hattem Goucha

    Offshore Solutions Manager at Bechtel Corporation

    Hatem is a native of Tunisia, and has lived in the US since 1986. He holds a BS degree in Structural Engineering from Michigan State University, a MS degree in earthquake engineering from University of California at Berkeley, and a Phd in Construction, Engineering and Project Management from the University of Texas at Austin. After his PhD, he joined Bechtel and has been with the company since (19 years). In Bechtel, he served various roles in construction, engineering, project controls, start-up, risk management, proposals, logistics, business development, general management, tax and public relations, executive assistant to the business unit president, and most recently offshore technology solutions manager (leading the Bechtel Floating LNG program). Most of his experience is in Oil and Gas but he has also served in the telecommunications business unit. He has worked on projects in the US, Mexico, Germany, England and Tunisia. Hatem is active in the Houston community. He served on the board of the Arab-American Cultural Center, led the Arabic school there for 1 year and contributes to the Houston Chapter of the ACE mentor program. Hatem is an engineer at heart, a husband and father of three, and enjoys continuous improvement and mentoring ambitious youth.

    NATEG PRIZE FOR OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE is NATEG's latest initiative to promote the spirit of initiative, leadership, problem solving and team work among the Engineering students and professionals in Tunisia. Form a team, choose a community to help / serve, make a plan and submit your ideas, proposal and plans to NATEG. Execute your plan and create a video showing the execution of the different steps of the project. Submit all to the NATEG Community Service committee and be prepared to present your project at NATEG Days 2015. Be prepared to talk about where you want to go from here ( your next steps ). Winners of the competition can receive funding to help fund the next steps of their project.
    Deadlines to submit your project - July 10th
    Notes:
    -Length of the video should not exceed 5 min
    -Please be prepared to present your project if selected - length of presentation if selected should not exceed 10 min (Power Point Presentation)
    -For more information Link -http://competitions.nateg.org/opencompetitions

    To submit your project, please click here

    "It's all about people. It's about networking and being nice to people and not burning any bridges. Your book is going to impress, but in the end it is people that are going to hire you."
    Mike Davidson