A year to remember-Commencement 2014

May 11, 2014, marked the end of one journey and the start of another for thirty-one School of Engineering graduates who received their Engineering degrees from American University in Dubai. The Commencement Ceremony with keynote speaker The Right Honorable Gordon Brown, MP, was inspirational. "You are not only citizens of the world as the future graduates of this university, your skills make you ideal servants of humanity in the future. To those whom much is given, much is also expected. And whether you are engineers, or scientists or linguists or policy specialists, your talents can help the worldwide struggles to end poverty, diseases, illiteracy, malnutrition, and human sufferings," Brown told the graduates.

This is no ordinary class, Dr. Alaa Ashmawy, Dean, School of Engineering, commented on it being exceptional in talent and abilities; the school is poised to have a postgraduate acceptance rate higher than ever before. This year, School of Engineering graduates were accepted for postgraduate studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Iowa State University of Science and Technology, Stanford University, Purdue University and Cranfield University with full scholarships for many. It is a testament of the quality of education and caliber of talent the School possesses. "We are thrilled to reach such a great milestone," Alaa said. "Moreover, we're graduating the first-ever class of Masters students in Construction Management with our inaugural class."

When asked about their AUD experience, graduates were most impressed by the student-faculty rapport, a trait prevalent throughout the School's culture. Omar Labban, Recipient of the School of Engineering Award, added that faculty mentorship and investing countless hours assisting him in application processes, research and beyond the classroom guidance are key to his success and acceptance into high profile institutions such as MIT and Stanford for graduate studies. Field Experience Program and Internships with Multinational Corporations is another advantage pointed out by Mohamad Fikre Haj Husein, recipient of Outstanding Civil Engineering Student Award, who believes that exposure to the latest trends and hands-on knowledge prepared him for a successful career even before graduating. Equipping our state-of-the-art laboratories and classroom facilities with the latest cutting-edge technologies is a high priority for Georges Beyrouti, named Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Student, who was most impressed by the prototype manufactured using the 3D printer of a Hydrofoil Assisted Unmanned Surface Vehicle for his Senior Design Project. While Alaa Murad, named Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Student, was most influenced by the encouragement to pursue and strive in a multi-discipline educational approach that availed him the unique AUD advantage for successful career opportunities.

School of Engineering has gone through great efforts to lay the foundation for each student's academic development, from overall achievements to individual contributions. The President's Award for Institutional Effectiveness went to the Dean for his contribution to AUD's mission resulting in significant enhancements to the School's goals whilst pursuing continuous accreditation achievements. While Dr. Mohammad Ghanim, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, received the Provost's Award for Outstanding Research for four co-authored research papers: Transit Signal Priority Performance, Genetic Algorithms for Transportation Systems and Infrastructure Projects, Use of Artificial Neural Networks in Signal Control Optimization, and Signalized Intersection Performance and the Built Environment. Sirajuddin Kanoli Mohiudheen, Information Technology Specialist, awarded The President's Award for Distinguished Service for his significant ongoing impactful contributions to AUD. These commitments and initiatives undertaken by the School are aimed at enriching the student experience and bridging the gap between academia and practice whilst maintaining its core values and aligning its strategic plan with the School's mission.