• American University of Beirut: First SSEA Chapter in the Middle East
  • Young SSEA leaders committed to make a difference

American University of Beirut (AUB)

Chapter Brochure

Goals

Clarify the energy poverty issues in the region

Promote “Decade of Sustainable Energy 2014-2024”

Develop an energy conservation plan for the campus

Chapter President

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Yazan Fanous

ssea.aub@globalenergyinitiative.org

American University of Beirut
PO BOX 11-0236 Riad El Solh, Beirut
Lebanon

Chapter Mission

Contrary to popular belief, several parts of The Middle East suffer from energy poverty along with most of the countries in the world. Starting with The American University of Beirut, the home of our chapter, the family of the SSEA Chapter of AUB makes an initiative to raise awareness in the region, find solutions for the energy problem and promote a decade of sustainable energy (2014-2024). On the long run, our family places a vision to a brighter tomorrow by expanding its projects to a larger scale locally and regionally. All projects will be implemented without any regards to gender, race, sect, political affiliation, sexual orientation or any other discrimination factors. The energy crisis is every citizen's problem. Therefore, we shall put our hands together, SSEA Chapter of AUB along with all the other SSEA chapters, to find solutions for the coming generations, the leaders of the future.

The Reverse Printing Project

(Download Project details in PDF)

One of the most essential cornerstones of sustainability in our everyday life is recycling. As the family of SSEA Chapter of AUB, we strive to initiate a paradigm shift in the concept of recycling, where it becomes a fundamental part of our life. Our pilot project is targeted towards paper recycling on campus, hoping to transform it into a full-capacity project in the near future.

The Reverse Printing Project was inspired by the reverse vending machines whose main purpose is to recycle plastic bottles, for which recyclers receive vouchers for the university cafeteria in return. The Reverse Printing Project will give the opportunity for students to recycle papers, and receive extra money on their printing quota that is provided by AUB. The amount of money awarded will be based on the mass of papers donated in kilograms. The process itself is quite informative, where it intends to teach people that recycling procedures usually operate based on weight rather than quantity.

One might think that printing quota “money” gained by paper donors needs funding, which could be greater than the capabilities of AUB. Taking the aforementioned into consideration, the SSEA team has been working diligently with all the concerned parties in AUB, whom have been very cooperative throughout the entire procedure, in order to solve this issue:

Several faculties in AUB provide their students with a free printing quota. For instance, the Engineering Department provides its students with $20 of free quota with a certain price per paper. After the approval of the concerned parties, we are now aware that the “free $20” is not actual money added to the students’ account, but rather a virtual account that allows the students to print a certain amount of pages for free. Therefore, any addition to the virtual account will evade all monetary issues and concerns that may interfere with the project.

The Reverse Printing Project will begin in the Engineering Department, where a staff member in the engineering library will be responsible for weighing the papers received per student, and adding the agreed upon amount to the printing quota  of the students’ accounts.

The Leaders of SSEA- AUB have designed a program on MATLAB that would make the entire procedure both fruitful and easy to work with:

The Library staff member, when approached by recyclers, will be able to enter their name, AUB ID number, date and the kilograms donated by the student. Once the data is entered, the amount that should be added to the quota will appear on the screen. Simultaneously, the data will be sent to an excel sheet that will provide us with the following data: Energy Saved (kWh), Money Saved ($), Oil Barrels Saved, Trees Saved, and Water Gallons Saved from that specific paper donation. By the end of the fall semester, we will be able to add those numbers up and determine how much the engineering students have saved from recycling papers. The numbers are based on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States, and the electricity tariff is based on the Lebanese tariff for a house that spends 500 or more kWh per month.

We would like to thank The Global Energy Initiative,  AUB’s Office of Student Affairs , Faculty of Engineering, Physical Plant and Engineering Library for their support, encouragement, follow up and unparalleled efforts to make this project happen.

Your time taken to read our recycling plan is highly appreciated. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further questions at ssea.aub@globalenergyinitiavie.org .We shall all work together, hand in hand, to create a brighter tomorrow for the world by placing a finger print in the Decade of Sustainable Energy (2014-2024).

SSEA Chapter of AUB Cabinet.

Dr. Nesreen Ghaddar - Advisor

AUB-Advisor3Nesreen Ghaddar is associate provost, Qatar Chair of Energy Studies, and professor of mechanical engineering at the American  University of Beirut. She joined the University in 1991, and subsequently served as chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department (2001-07) and coordinator of the Chemical Engineering Program and acting associate provost (2008-09), before being appointed associate provost in 2009. Dr. Ghaddar’s first academic appointment was as assistant professor at Kuwait University (1985-90).Dr. Ghaddar is a founding member of the Energy Research Group (ERG), a multi-disciplinary grouping of scholars conducting basic and applied energy research for sustainability in Lebanon and the region. She served as ERG coordinator for four years, from 2000 to 2004. She also played an instrumental role in developing the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture's Master’s program in Applied Energy in collaboration with European universities, as well as the new BS/BE in Chemical Engineering, which began in 2009-10.

Since 2005, Dr. Ghaddar has been an associate editor of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Journal of Applied Mechanics. She is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Green Energy and the International Journal of Thermal Sciences. In 2003, she received the Outstanding Reviewer Award for the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer. Dr. Ghaddar was elected fellow of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences in November 2007; and was the first woman elected to the Lebanese Academy of Science in November 2009.

She obtained her BE (1980) from Kuwait University; and her Master’s (1982) and PhD (1985) in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.ontrary to popular belief, several parts of The Middle East suffer from energy poverty along with most of the countries in the world. Starting with The American University of Beirut, the home of our chapter, the family of the SSEA Chapter of AUB makes an initiative to raise awareness in the region, find solutions for the energy problem and promote a decade of sustainable energy (2014-2024). On the long run, our family places a vision to a brighter tomorrow by expanding its projects to a larger scale locally and regionally. All projects will be implemented without any regards to gender, race, sect, political affiliation, sexual orientation or any other discrimination factors. The energy crisis is every citizen's problem. Therefore, we shall put our hands together, SSEA Chapter of AUB along with all the other SSEA chapters, to find solutions for the coming generations, the leaders of the future.

Dr. Sami Karaki - Advisor

AUB-Advisor 2Dr. Sami Karaki obtained received his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut in 1975.  Dr. Karaki later earned his Ph.D. in Electric Power Engineering, University of Manchester, 1980.   He was research Fellow at University in Manchester till 1981. He then joined the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research where he worked as Associate Research Scientist till 1990. Currently he is a professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering at AUB. His research interests are in electric power systems production costing analysis and planning, energy efficiency, renewable energy systems modeling and assessment, and restructuring of the electric utility industry. He has numerous publications in journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Karaki is a founding member of the Energy Research Group at AUB and has been involved in several regional and international funded projects as PI and as collaborator.

Yazan Fanous - President

Yazan Fanous is currently pursuing a BE in Mechanical Engineering, along with a minor in Philosophy. In 2008, Fanous participated in an energy workshop in high school which was organized by The German Energy Agency (DENA). In 2009, he got a scholarship to Space Camp-Turkey which was organized by NASA. In 2010, he got his first internship at the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission, where his passion for opposing the energy challenges we encounter in life was enhanced significantly. In 2011, Fanous graduated from high school, proudly receiving high honors from King’s Academy- Jordan.  He is now part of the SSEA leadership after participating in the Global Energy Initiative Essay Contest.

Mona Talih- Vice President

Mona Talih is a senior chemical engineering student who has shown her enthusiasm and devotion to AUB’s student life since her arrival. In her first year she joined the “AUB Outdoors” cabinet, helping in the organization of the biggest annual student run festival in Lebanon. Although she travelled to do her fall semester in Gijon, Spain and summer semester in Berkeley, US during her second year, her commitment to AUB outdoors continued and she was chosen to become Senior Consultant for the year after. She also worked with her teachers on several independent projects and researches and was a part of the “Model UN Club”. Her interest in environmental issues increased when she participated in the “International Biodiversity Day at AUB” 2013 and 2014 competitions and finally decided to join hands with four passionate colleagues to pioneer the creation of the first SSEA Chapter in the Middle East (SSEA Chapter of AUB).

Walaa El Safadi- Secretary

Walaa El Safadi is currently pursuing a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, along with a minor in Philosophy. She worked as an assistant at Noor Al Hadaf Contracting Company from 2010 till 2012 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She graduated from high school in 2012, from Manarat International Schools- Riyadh with honors. Safadi is now part of the SSEA leadership.

Jean Pierre Sleiman- Treasurer

Jean Pierre Sleiman is a Saint Joseph School graduate of the 2012 promotion. He has graduated with honors and distinction and is currently pursuing a BE in Mechanical Engineering along with a minor in mathematics. Jean Pierre has previously taken part in private tutoring sessions in Physics and Math. Jean Pierre is one of the founders of the SSEA Chapter of AUB, and is pursuing the role of the treasurer in the club.

Abdel Wahab Turkmani- Member At Large

Abdel Wahab Turkmani is pursuing a B.E in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a minor in Mathematics at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He graduated top of his class in International School Al-Koura, going on to receive a very selective full merit scholarship to study at AUB. He is a Deans Honor List student at AUB, a member of several clubs and one of the founding members of SSEA. He grew up in an energy-impoverished neighborhood in Ghana, Africa, whence his interest in renewable and sustainable energy originated.

 

 

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