The Chemical Engineering Department at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Balamand organized “Chemical Engineering Research and Career Opportunities Day”, an online conference on Thursday November 5, 2020. While focusing on the fields of energy and the environment, the event was a platform to highlight the advanced research conducted at the department and its international collaboration in this respect. The event also explored multidisciplinary employment fields as well as internship opportunities for students in Lebanon and abroad amidst a global crisis. Speakers included academics, industry professionals, and successful alumni who shared their invaluable experiences inspiring a younger generation of prospective chemical engineers. The conference attracted over 150 attendees including students, academics, industrialists, and enthusiasts.
In his opening keynote address, Vice President for Internationalization and Engagement and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Professor Rami Abboud emphasized the role of the University of Balamand as a leading institution in Chemical Engineering Education in Lebanon. He also emphasized the importance of multidisciplinary research, industry partnerships, and international research collaborations in augmenting the student experience and advancing academic standards. He declared: “Capitalizing on our solid reputation and our strong partnerships we can realize our goal of bringing the world to Balamand and taking Balamand to the world!” Prof. Abboud also commended the efforts of the event organizing team: Dr. Rima Manneh, Prof. Nissrine El Hassan, and Mr. Michael Salem.
The event featured a keynote address from Dr. Celie Chizallet, Project Leader at IFP Energies Nouvelles France. She spoke about the research she leads, post graduate degrees for master’s degree holders, internship and employment opportunities at IFP Energies Nouvelles.
The event featured panel discussions involving faculty members, research collaborators, industry leaders, and alumni. The discussions focused on the research currently undertaken at the Chemical Engineering Department, positive international research collaboration experiences, internships, and alumni success stories.
Overall, the discussions highlighted the huge potential and positive reputation of the department and its students. Involving different stakeholders in such events creates a platform for the active exchange of ideas and experiences and building on those ideas to advance research, curricula, and student experiences.