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Charlie Korban Award


The Charli S. Korban Awards were established in 1991 in memory of Charli S. Korban, and the first awards were presented in 1992.

Charli S. Korban was born on January 30, 1950 to Salim T. Korban and Lily Fakhoury Korban in aleppo, Syria. He completed his high school studies at Aleppo College in 1967 where he was listed on the Honor Roll for several years, and passed his baccaleaurate exams with the second highest score among all students in Aleppo for that year. He then moved to his native Lebanon in 1967 and attended the American University of Beirut where he received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1971, and then completed his M.S. degree in the same field in 1975. He began his career in 1971 working as a maintenance engineer for Friden-Singer in Beirut, and then Chief Electrical Engineer at S.A.C. Contracting Company working in the Areas of design, site construction comissioning and maintenance where he was involved with projects at IPC Tripoli Refinery, Bahrain West Rifaa Military Hospital, and Abu-Dhabi Housing project. Later he joined P.S.A.I., a Swiss company, working on a computerized electronic security fencing project in Iraq, and as a senior consultant for V.H.F. Communications Network. This was followed by a stint as a project engineer for Suidan and Associates at Zirku Island, Abu-Dhabi where he worked on executing plans for establishing a model city. He then moved on to become Chief Engineer for the Haifa Steet Development project with PCMT in Baghdad, Iraq, and worked on this project from 1981 till 1985. He left this company to establish his own company, Technical Cell Limited, registered in the Channel Islands with a main branch in Baghdad, Iraq. He was the Director and Chief Engineer working on various major projects until his untimely death on February 2, 1989.

Through his carre, Charli S. Korban valued his personal and business relationships. He looked up to his mentors, and worked very hard to achieve his career goals and aspirations. He was devoted to his profession, his friends, and his family. He trusted and helped others, and was always available to lend a hand. He treasured his life-long friendships and always kept in contact. He demonstrated an unrelenting passion for learning.

He always wanted to strengthen his knowledge of the everchanging field of electrical engineering and the advances in high technology. As a result, he attended several short training courses in Europe, the U.S., and Japan. He had an unquenching thirst for general knowledge whether in the arts, architecture, social behavior, geography, history or politics. He was devoted to his native country Lebanon and sensitive to the heritage of the Middle East. He was especially grateful to his academic training at the American University of Beirut. He loved his family and people in general. His young life was full of adventure, ambition, and drive.

The Charli S. Korban Awards

are presented anually to an outstanding undergraduate student and to an outstanding graduate student, both majoring in the field of electrical engineering at the American University of Beirut, so that the spirit, ambition, and dedication of Charli S. Korban can live on his memory, and to promote excellence in college education his alma mater. Each recipient is presented with a certificate of recognition, a $1,500 cash award and is honored by adding their name to the Honorary Plaque.

List of students who won this award.

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