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First ASCE Lifetime Achievement Award for FEA Professor George Ayoub
4/13/2017
Safa Jafari Safa  |  Office of Communications  |  media@aub.edu.lb  | 

​The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) awarded Professor George Ayoub from AUB’s Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (FEA) its Lebanese section’s first Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented at the ASCE Lebanon Section annual gala dinner “in recognition of his lifetime efforts in furthering the advancement of the fields of civil and environmental engineering through his contributions, innovative concepts, and research.”

Founded in 1852, the ASCE is USA’s oldest engineering society and the world’s largest publisher of civil engineering content, representing members of the civil engineering profession worldwide.

Dr. George Ayoub has been full-time professor at FEA’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 1970. He led the graduate program in Environmental Engineering during the seventies and re-institutionalized in the late eighties the current Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWRE) graduate program.  He was also a major contributor in starting the Interfaculty Environmental Sciences Program, under which the Environmental Technology Program (ETP) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) operates, forming around him a team of distinguished faculty in the EWRE and ETP areas.

His research contributions are extremely important with great impact in the field. He has published in more than 100 high-impact international journals and is a reviewer for many prestigious international journals. 

Almost 50 years into his career at AUB, he is active in education and research; in the supervision of graduate studies; in writing and submitting research proposals; and in attracting funding for projects. One of his major efforts in securing external funding from international agencies led to securing a grant for the establishment of the Environmental Engineering Research Center (EERC), which made a leap in the growth and quality of the academic and research programs in Environmental Engineering. 

Dr. Ayoub is a former professor of 15 of the department’s current 20 faculty members. He served as chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department for 13 years and has worked under 14 presidents of the University. He is known to have served as an excellent guide for young professors and played a big role in starting the ASCE student chapter.

“I love my students,” Dr. Ayoub told us. “I want to give as much as I can from my experience and my knowledge. I put on a pedestal students that I know have come here eager to learn.”

When he is not teaching, this full professor is sure to be found working hands-on in his lab. Despite health concerns and treatment that he underwent in the past, he was sure not to take a day off and enjoyed teaching his students every day.

“As a former student, colleague, friend, and now chair of the department, I always say, ‘he is THE prof!’” said Chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Dr. Mounir Mabsout, who spoke about Dr. Ayoub as an esteemed academician, researcher, and professional with “countless services to FEA, AUB, and the region and local community”.

“Professor Ayoub is a leader and authority in his field.  Generations of AUB students have learned the best from him, including myself, and we all cherish this knowledge and attribute our interest in environmental engineering to him. We all acknowledge his leading role in moving the department and FEA forward and securing that they remain among the best in the region,” said Dr. Mabsout who added that he considered Dr. Ayoub “the father of the ‘modern’ department.”

An Eisenhower fellow and Fulbright scholar, Dr. Ayoub has received numerous awards including the Research Award in Engineering, the Distinguished Faculty Service Award in recognition of sustained high-quality service to AUB in 2005, the first Outstanding FEA Professor Award in 2008 for his active contribution to the excellence of the faculty, and AUB’s 150th Anniversary honoring of his durable and dedicated service to the University.

The ASCE Board also selected Dr. Zuheir Alami, co-partner of Khatib and Alami and former professor of civil engineering at AUB, as recipient of the achievement award for enhancing the profession of civil and environmental engineering.

The former dean of FEA, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Makram Suidan, was also honored with the Distinguished Engineer Award for his contribution to civil engineering knowledge and his role in the establishment and development of the ASCE.

Story Highlights
  • ​The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) awarded Professor George Ayoub from AUB’s Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (FEA) its Lebanese section’s first Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • The award was presented at the ASCE Lebanon Section annual gala dinner “in recognition of his lifetime efforts in furthering the advancement of the fields of civil and environmental engineering through his contributions, innovative concepts, and research.”
 
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