Hoda al-Maraghy, former dean of engineering at Windsor University – Courtesy of Windsor University website
CAIRO – 9 November 2017: Around 150 Egyptian expats participated in the World Youth Forum (WYF) held in Sharm El-Sheikh to share their knowledge and experience in their respective fields. Egypt Today has compiled profiles on some of the prominent participants.
She is the first female in Canadian history to earn a doctoral degree in engineering and to become dean of engineering. She was a professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at McMaster University where she obtained her Ph.D. She was a founding director of the university's Flexible Manufacturing Centre; until she joined the University of Windsor in 1994 as the dean of engineering, becoming the first female dean of engineering at a Canadian university.
In the same year, Maraghy founded the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) Centre at the University of Windsor where she became director. She and Waguih al-Maraghy, Ph.D., set up the first truly Reconfigurable and Changeable Assembly System (iFactory) - a “Factory-in-a-Lab” – in North America, which provides unique experiential learning opportunities and a test bed for advanced research in manufacturing.
Maraghy, who has held a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Manufacturing Systems since 2002, was among the 25 individuals appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2016.
Maraghy received an Honorary Doctorate from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden in 2013. She is an expert in productivity, automation, globalization, competitiveness and sustainability.
Her research interests include manufacturing systems paradigms – flexibility, reconfiguration and changeability and managing product variety. She is also the pioneer of research on the co-evolution and co-development of products and their manufacturing systems, inspired by the natural evolution of species.
Yacout is a professor of mathematics and industrial engineering at the École Polytechnique of Montreal University. Yacout is the first woman dean of engineering of a francophone university in Canada, second woman dean of engineering for all the Canadian universities, and first woman vice rector of engineering in Canada. She has three important inventions, among which is the Computer-Based Management (CBM) software, anticipating potential damages in aircrafts and trains.
He is a sustainable development and water resources management professor who has set Egypt’s water and energy management strategy, enabling Egypt to produce food depending on its limited water resources.
Sewilam coordinated the capacity development activities of the United Nations Water between 2010 and 2011. Sewilam works at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany as the academic director of the Department of Engineering Hydrology, and he is also the executive director of the UNESCO Chair in Hydrological Changes and Water Resources Management.
From 2002 to 2010, Sewilam worked as the deputy director for the Department of Engineering Hydrology at the RWTH Aachen University. He managed international research and capacity building projects in 21 countries. He is the founding director of both the Center for Sustainable Development and the MSc in sustainable development at the American University in Cairo (AUC).
In 2017, Sewilam founded the MSc in sustainable management – water and energy at the RWTH Aachen University. In 2008, he established the North African Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE Cairo), which is acknowledged by the United Nations University. Sewilam worked for the Egyptian National Water Research Center as a researcher and coordinator for developing projects with several UN organizations.
He is a professor of global and environmental change and computational science programs at Chapman University. Askary was a reviewer of IEEE transactions, geosciences and remote sensing of the environment among others.
He is a member of the Honor Society of International Scholars (Phi Beta Delta), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the Egyptian nonprofit organization "Friends of the Environment," the Sensors Committee through NARSS for research and development, and associate member of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR).
A principal lecturer at the Lincoln School of Architecture and Design, the University of Lincoln, Nokaly is also a fellow of the higher education academy, a board member of the RIBA East Midlands Regional Council, a board member of the IBPSA-England (International Building Performance Simulation Association) and a member of the IAPS (International Association for People Environment).
She conducted research projects pertinent to sustainable architecture and environmental design of buildings, the application of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in building design, renewable energy technology, curriculum development, architecture design studio teaching and sustainable urban regeneration.
Hisham Ashour is the Medical Director of Bethanien Hospital, Germany and chairman of the Breast Cancer center of Märkischer Kreis. His main focus is clinical work in gyne-oncology surgery, breast cancer surgery, pelvic reconstructive surgery, special obstetrics and prenatal medicine. He is in charge of the authorization of postgraduate studies in Obstetrics and gynecology in the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen; he is also the health system adviser of the Social Democratic Party of the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen.
Mohamed Mahmoud Ibrahim
Mohamed Mahmoud Ibrahim
Ibrahim completed his Ph.D. at the Kyushu Institute of Technology, as part of the Program on Nano Satellite Technologies, known as the PNST, at Kyutech, Japan. He was part of the team conducting studies for the Japanese satellite Horyou-5, and the first to design a multiprocessor system on the field-programmed gateway matrix and test it with a nuclear reactor in Japan.