Advanced Studies Institute (ASI)

Participants

Who should attend?

 

The course is directed to graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, professors, research scientists and engineers working in universities, research institutes and companies in the related fields of Chemistry, Physics, Materials Sciences and Engineering. The course is especially valuable for industry employees who want to shorten the time to learn the basic knowledge, fundamental principles, properties and applications of nanomaterials in a wide range of fields such as energy, petrochemicals, hydrocarbon processing, environmental remediation, and water purification.

 

 

 

List of ASI 2009 Attendees:

 

Abbas Khalil, United Arab Emirates University

 

Abdulaziz Bagabas, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology

 

AbdulKader Gringo, Higher Institute of Engineering Hoon

 

Abdullah Alabdulrahman, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology

 

Adel Hashish, United Arab Emirates University

 

Ahed Zyoud, Al-Najah N. University

 

Ahmad Ayesh, United Arab Emirates University

 

Alaa Salem, United Arab Emirates University

 

Amal Al Ghaferi, United Arab Emirates University

 

Amjed Abdul Majeed, Dubai Men's College

 

Bashir Suleiman, University of Sharjah

 

Doaa Ghoneim, United Arab Emirates University

 

El Hadi Sadki, United Arab Emirated University

 

Fathalla Hamed, United Arab Emirates University

 

Fouad Mattar, Dubai Men's College

 

Gholamreza Kiani, University of Maragheh

 

Hamad Alkhatlan, King Saud University

 

Hikmat S. Hilal, Al-Najah University

 

Hussein Alawadhi, University of Sharjah

 

Ihab Obaidat, United Arab Emirates University

 

Kanittha Boonpavanitchakul, National Science & Technology Development Agency

 

Mark Hale, Dubai Men's College

 

Milind Choudhari, Center for Nanobioscience Agharkar Research Institute

 

Mohamed Ahmed Hassan Betiha, Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute

 

Mohamed Alnaqbi, United Arab Emirates University

 

Mohamed Elchalakani, Dubai Men's College

 

Mohammad Al-Sayah, American University of Sharjah

 

Mohammad Ashinqiti, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology

 

Najeh Jisrawi, University of Sharjah

 

Naser Qamhieh, United Arab Emirates University

 

Nasser Hamdan, American University of Sharjah

 

Nathir Al Rawashdeh, United Arab Emirates University

 

Pornsiri Tongprem, National Science & Technology Development Agency (Thailand)

 

Prasad Bhagat, Center for Nanobioscience Agharkar Research Institute

 

Rahma Al Harthy, Sultan Qaboos University

 

Saleh Thaker Mahmoud, United Arab Emirates University

 

Sophy Thomson, George Mason University of Ras Al Khaimah

 

Tamer Zaki Zaki Shararah, Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute

 

Usama Farid Mahmoud Kandil, Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute

 

Yaser Greish, United Arab Emirates University

 

11/03/2009 20:00:00


Congratulations to Professor Millie Dresselhaus

The "Queen of Carbon Science" has been named the National Science Board's 2009 Vannevar Bush Awardee.

Once dubbed the "Queen of Carbon Science" as one of the nation's foremost experts in the multifaceted field of carbon science, longtime Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Institute Professor Mildred Dresselhaus has been named the National Science Board's 2009 Vannevar Bush Awardee.

"Every morning before 6 a.m. for the past 40 years when I arrive at work, I pass a massive photograph of Vannevar Bush at his milling machine," said Dresselhaus, whose office is in the Vannevar Bush building at MIT. "When I see his smiling face, I get charged up for my day's adventure with the endless frontier of science and for my work with students and collaborators worldwide who will be enjoying the excitement of my adventures with me."

Each year, the National Science Board (NSB) presents the Vannevar Bush Award to an individual who, through public service activities in science and technology, has made an outstanding "contribution toward the welfare of mankind and the nation."

The NSB will honour Dresselhaus for her leadership through public service in science and engineering, her perseverance and advocacy in increasing opportunities for women in science, and for her extraordinary contributions in the field of condensed-matter physics and nanoscience.

Born Mildred Spiewak and raised in an impoverished household in the Bronx, Mildred Dresselhaus beat the odds by receiving a high quality education, joining the faculty at MIT in 1968, when women comprised just 4 percent of the student population and becoming a pioneer in the field of condensed matter and materials physics. Today, the percentage of women at MIT is 40 percent, and Dresselhaus holds the title of Institute Professor, the highest honour the university bestows on its faculty (she was the first woman to receive this title).

Over the course of her career, Dresselhaus' research has covered a wide range of topics in condensed matter and materials physics. She is best known for her work on carbon science and carbon nanostructures, and is also credited for being one of the researchers who caused the resurgence of the thermoelectrics research field 15 years ago by moving the field in the direction of nanostructures.

Her investigations into superconductivity, the electronic properties of carbon, thermoelectricity and the new physics at the nanometer scale have led to numerous scientific discoveries. She served as president of the American Physical Society, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and treasurer of the National Academy of Science, the Academy's first woman officer. In 1970, she co-founded the Women's Forum at MIT. In addition, she has been the doctorate supervisor of about 75 graduate students, and has had a special interest throughout her career in mentoring young people and in expanding the opportunities for women in science and engineering.

NSB members agreed that Dresselhaus is especially deserving of the Vannevar Bush Award for her outstanding contributions to both her scientific field and to the scientific community at large. She has received the National Medal of Science; the Buckley Prize for Condensed Matter Physics from the American Physical Society; the L'Oreal-UNESCO North American Laureate for Women in Science; the Founders Medal of the IEEE; the Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy, and Employment; the Oersted Medal for Physics Education from the American Association for Physics Teachers; and 25 honorary doctorates worldwide.

"We feel that the Vannevar Bush Award is an excellent and appropriate addition to this list," said NSB Chairman, Steven Beering.

Dresselhaus received her undergraduate education at Hunter College. After a year at Cambridge and another at Harvard, she completed her doctorate at the University of Chicago. Her thesis in 1958 explored the subject of microwave properties of superconductors in a magnetic field that could not be explained by the BCS fundamental theory of superconductivity, which came in 1957, many years after the discovery of superconductivity (1911).

Following her doctoral studies, Dresselhaus spent two years at Cornell as an NSF postdoctoral fellow, and then seven years as a staff member of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the Solid State Physics Division. She joined the MIT faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1967, and the Department of Physics in 1983, and was named an institute professor in 1985. She served as the director of the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy from 2000 to 2001, and as the chair of the Governing Board of the American Institute of Physics from 2003 to 2008.

Dresselhaus will receive the Vannevar Bush medal at a black-tie dinner and ceremony on May 13, 2009, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, along with recipients of the 2009 NSB Public Service Award, Roald Hoffmann of Cornell University and the American Chemical Society's Project SEED. NSF's Alan T. Waterman Awardee David Charbonneau of Harvard University will also be honoured that evening.

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