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Agreement between ECE Department and NEEDS

Agreement between the ECE Department and NEEDS

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the American University of Beirut and the Near East Engineering and Development Services (NEEDS) have agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the areas related to the Distribution Service Providers (DSP) project of the power sector in Lebanon, mainly smart grid development and operations and power metering initiatives.

The MoU sets forth the role of the ECE department as an advisory partner to NEEDS in managing various technical aspects of the DSP project.
NEEDS is overseeing integral aspects of the DSP project starting with project concept, the bidders pre-qualifications,  and managing project tracks including  mobilization, assets survey and management, investment planning, operation and maintenance, AMI implementation, meter reading, bill collection, customer services, IT solutions, and overall project management activities. All project activities will be coordinated by Dr. Mounir Yehya, the CEO of NEEDS, and Prof. Farid Chaaban, Chair of the ECE Department.

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