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Professor Mervat El-Hoz

Talented Environmental Engineer

A national and international environmental expert, Professor Mervat El Hoz recently participated in the Fifth International Conference on Solid Waste Management held in Bengaluru, India, where she received the Conference Excellent Paper Award for her paper “Site Location Feasibility Analysis for Undesirable Solid Waste Facility”, which she co-authored with Dr Amal Iaali. This research project related to the conversion of solid waste into compost for the agricultural areas of Akkar, where, with the help of with Dr Amal Iaaly from the GIS Center, she was able to identify a best location for such treatment and composting.  

Professor Hoz believes that the environmental problems in Lebanon are due to lack of planning for the protection and enhancement of the environment as well as for the advancement of human welfare. The Environmental Engineering Master’s Program, she says, is a response to growing worries about these matters and the need for qualified engineers capable of taking responsibility for the optimum development and prudent management of water, air and land resources. 

Professor Hoz has represented Lebanon at a number of scientific conferences, including international ones in Philadelphia and Houston, USA, and one more recently in India. In 2012, she received with Dr.Iaali the Outstanding Paper Award for her paper “Site Evaluation for Olive Mills Waste Composting Facility” at the Sixth International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology (ICEST) in Texas.

Following her graduation from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey with a BS and MS in Environmental Engineering, Professor Hoz traveled to Sydney, where she completed her PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Sydney. She joined the University of Balamand in 1997, where she is currently the chairperson of the MS program in environmental engineering and where she also teaches courses there. She is the founder of the university’s Environmental Engineering Laboratory and is also the founder and Director of its Water Quality Engineering Laboratory in the Civil Engineering Department.

Professor Hoz’s contributions to environmental engineering are clearly impressive and significant. This is witnessed in particular by the fact that she served from 1998 to 2002 as a senior environmental expert at the World Bank Council for Development and Reconstruction in relation to the problem of Lebanon’s solid waste and as an senior environmental consultant in EU and USAID projects in waste water, air and noise pollution from 2002 till today.

Her main research interests currently are water resources and waste water treatment technologies, solid and hazardous waste management, air pollution, environmental impact and risk assessment.​​
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