Dr. Samer Saab

Interim Dean, Graduate Studies and Research

Dr. Saab joined the faculty of the Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon in 1996, where he is a Professor of Electrical Engineering. He served as the Chairperson of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2005-2012 and an Associate Dean with the School of Engineering from 2012 to 2013. He was appointed Interim Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in October 2017. He worked for Union Switch and Signal and ABB Daimler-Benz Transportation, Pittsburgh, PA, from 1993 to 1996.

He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1988, 1989, and 1992, respectively, and the M.A. degree in Applied Mathematics in 1990, from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA. His research interests include optimal stochastic control, navigational positioning systems, control of robot manipulators, managerial policy design, and wireless communications. He is most noted for his foundation and development of Stochastic Iterative Learning Control algorithms, and recently, he introduced and developed Stochastic Multivariable PID controllers. He was the recipient of the opening (2007–2008) LAU Best Research Award in engineering and physical sciences.

Dr. Saab served on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology from 2005 to 2011 and on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Control Systems Society-Conference from 2005 to 2009. Since September 2015, he has been serving on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, which is considered the control society’s flagship journal. He is currently serving as a member on the Board of Trustees of the Shouf National College. 

Dr. Walid Marrouch

Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies and Research

Dr. Walid Marrouch was appointed Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies & Research effective January 2019. Walid Marrouch is an associate professor of economics and served as the associate chair of the Department of Economics at Adnan Kassar School of Business between 2012 and 2018. He first joined LAU in 2009 as assistant professor of economics. Between 2007 and 2009, he was part-time lecturer at HEC Montréal. He received a PhD in Applied Economics from HEC Montréal in 2009 and an MA in Economics from Concordia University in 2004. His main research interests are in environmental and resource economics, energy economics, development economics, and applied game theory. In addition to his involvement in academic research, he has conducted consultancy work for a number of international organizations. He is also an associate fellow at the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO) in Montreal, Canada.

maha-siblini-portrait.jpg Mrs. Maha Siblini

Senior Academic Grants Officer

Maha Siblini was appointed Senior Grant officer in July 2015. In this capacity, she is responsible for overseeing, directing, and facilitating Research Grant Management functions at LAU.

Mrs. Siblini brings 20 years of experience in management of programs/projects/grants funded by the European Union, World Bank, and United Nations.

In addition to her professional experience, Mrs. Siblini has taught a number of Project Management and Information Systems’ courses at AUB and LAU.

Mrs. Siblini has a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science and a Master Degree in Business Administration from the AUB. In addition she is certified project management professional from the Project Management Institute, and a certified Information System Auditor and Information System Security Manager from the Information System Audit and Control Association.

photo of Gracia MahfoudMrs. Gracia Zgheib

Lead Program Officer

Gracia Zgheib  joined the Lebanese American University in 2015 as program officer for the Graduates Studies & Research. She is responsible for coordinating the activities of the GSR Department.

Mrs. Zgheib holds a Master’s Degree in Business communications from Mercure Foundation University and Master’s Degree in Journalism from Lebanese University. In addition to that, she holds a postgraduate degree in events management from Fitzwilliam Institute.

Mrs. Zgheib brings 15 years of experience in administration and events management. She is also an expert in documents control and operations analysis & quality audit.

Mrs. Christine Chalhoub

Institutional Review Board Director

Christine brings a wealth of knowledge and experience within the clinical research field and the protection of human participants in research. In 2011, she took the lead in establishing the overall structure for the review and compliance of research involving human participants at LAU and LAUMC–RH, including setting up and managing the IRB Office. In addition, she is involved in disseminating the ethical requirements for the conduct of research through lectures, grand rounds and information sessions pertaining to the IRB across the University.  She was appointed Director for the IRB Office in January 2018.

Christine holds an Honors Degree from York University, Toronto, Canada in experimental animal biology. She further pursued her education in clinical research to become a Certified IRB Manager (CIM) and a Certified Clinical Research Associate (CRA).

She carries an excellent record of accomplishments in the Human Research Protection Program and regulatory infrastructure governing research and has an extensive experience within North America and the Middle East (i.e. Janssen Ortho, Merck Sharpe and Dohme, American University of Beirut, Harvard Medical School Dubai Center and Dubai Healthcare City).  Being an active member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA), and Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), Christine is devoted to renovation and continuous development, with diverse experience in the pharmaceutical field and academic medical community with special focus on strategic planning and quality improvement.

photo of Karmen Baroudy Mrs. Karmen Baroudy

Institutional Review Board Administrator

As an IRB Administrator, Karmen is responsible for coordinating the activities of the IRB, reviewing and ensuring completeness of all research project submissions while managing and maintaining all documents related to the IRB. She is also involved in reviewing research applications, in particular student projects. Her duties also include managing study files throughout various stages of the review and approval process, including timeliness and accuracy of the final documents. She is also involved in developing process, policies and procedures, and training material pertaining to the IRB to meet international guidelines for the protection of human participants in research.

Karmen holds a master’s degree in molecular biology from the Lebanese American University and is currently working on her MBA. She is a Senior Lab Instructor teaching courses at the Engineering and Arts & Sciences schools, and is involved in active research projects within the Natural Sciences department.

In 2012, Karmen assumed the role of IRB Administrator and has been working on developing her skills within the field of clinical research regulatory frameworks. She became a member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) and Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) in 2013.

Dr. Joelle Nader

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Joelle Nader joined the GSR Office at the Lebanese American University in August 2019, where she was appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She is primarily working on special strategic research studies in her field of expertise while coordinating with the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. On the other hand, having a multidisciplinary background, she is providing support to different research clusters and faculty members to pursue advanced empirical research projects, from initiation till publication. Moreover, she has some teaching duties and she is cooperating with LAU surveys, reviews and quality assurance and credentialing activities.

Dr. Nader received the MS and PhD degrees in “Industrial Technology” and “Industrial Process Engineering” in 2009 and 2017, respectively, from Saint Joseph University of Beirut. She has a strong background in several areas including: Chemical Engineering, Industrial Process Engineering and Applied Science, Process Modeling and Optimization, Advanced Statistics, Innovative Industrial Technologies, Project Management, Product and Process Development, Production Management (Lean, Six Sigma, 5S, TPM, etc.) and QHSE Management Systems. In addition, her research interests stem from her goal of developing improved technologies (i.e. extraction, expansion, chemical and thermo-mechanical processes) to be applied on several types of products efficiently manufactured in the industries.

Dr. Nader spent the last 5 years developing her skills as a researcher, part-time instructor (at American University of Beirut, Saint Joseph University of Beirut and ISSAE-CNAM University), primary advisor, reviewer and industrial consultant where she won several performance awards after her graduation with highest honors. Most recently, the novelty of her works was awarded by patents registered in 2014 and a number of articles and conference proceedings published in refereed journals and conferences.

Dr. Elma Nassar

Research Statistician

Dr. Elma Nassar was appointed Research Statistician in June 2019. She provides faculty members from various disciplines with professional support, advice and guidance on research design and execution of statistical analysis, as well as research applications and other research related matters. She works closely with faculty members on research projects they are leading from inception to publication, while maintaining her independent research agenda.

Dr. Nassar holds a B.S. degree in General Mathematics from the Lebanese University, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Probability and Statistics from Aix Marseille Université, France.  Her research interests range from stochastic processes and probabilistic survival modeling to machine learning and data analysis. Since her graduation, she worked at several Lebanese universities as a part time instructor. She joined LAU first in 2017 as a Biostatistics instructor and until date, she is still active at the School of Arts and Sciences.   

Dr. Nassar is ready to meet with any faculty member who requires support in their research design and statistical analysis.