Distinguished IEM Alumni:
- The IEM department selected Hrayer Aprahamian as distinguished young alumnus of 2018-2019
Hrayer Aprahamian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University. His research interests lie in the application of Operations Research, optimization methodologies, and statistical tools to problems arising in healthcare systems and public policy decision-making. Professor Aprahamian's recent research has examined programs for large-scale screening strategies that incorporate crucial population-level characteristics. As a lead author, his research papers have appeared in journals such as Management Science, IISE Transactions, and Statistics in Medicine. He received the Paul E. Torgersen Research Excellence Award (2018), and was runner-up for the Pierskalla Prize (2017), for research excellence in healthcare management science. Professor Aprahamian received a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech (2018), a M.S. in Engineering Management from American University of Beirut (2012), and a B.S. in Physics from Lebanese University (2010).
- The IEM department selected Ms. Yusr Sabra as distinguished young alumna and Dr. Rayan Khraibani as distinguished alumnus for the academic year 2017-2018
Ms. Yusr Sabra Dr. Rayan Khraibani
Yusr Sabra is the co-founder and managing director of Tiqany, a facility maintenance and management firm dedicated to providing superior technical and customer service; and the CEO of Qeema for Facility Management in Egypt. Prior to this for over 7 years, she was the operations and maintenance area manager at Solidere. Under her leadership, Tiqany diversified its services geographically to KSA, Palestine, and Egypt. She spearheaded the set-up of the fast-growing service line Wakilni and co-founded the cleaning service line Pearl&co. She is a doer with a passion for building and empowering productive and happy teams; she is committed to transferring enthusiasm and knowledge and to being the driving force behind creating and delivering services that make people's lives easier.
Yusr holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in engineering management from AUB. She is the recipient of the Stephen Penrose Award and the Said Khoury Award for Entrepreneurs and Innovators.
Rayan Khraibani is co-founder and Managing Partner of Mindsets with 15 years of professional experience in engineering and business consulting/decision and economic analysis with Dar Al-Handasah; Strategic Decisions Group, Chevron; in the MENA region and the USA. He is an expert in strategy development, program management, decision and economic analysis, and data-driven decision models. He has provided advisory services in the GCC and North America for large urban developers, infrastructure conglomerates, retail businesses, and the public sector. He was also an internal decision and economic advisor for Chevron's technology venture arm and Chevron's upstream business in the KSA/Kuwait partitioned zone.
Dr. Khraibani has published in international journals and conferences on a variety of topics including investment decision making for civil infrastructure, PPP decision models, and national debt forecasting. He holds a PhD in Economics from Université Cergy-Pontoise, Paris; a master's degree in engineering management (with emphasis on financial engineering); and a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from AUB. Dr. Khraibani is SDRM certified, and fluent in Arabic, French, and English.
- The IEM department selected Mr. Houssam Hayek as distinguished young alumnus for the academic year 2016-2017.
Houssam Hayek is the Manager of Quality Assurance department at Murex. Murex is known as the #1 provider of integrated solutions front to back to risk for the capital markets industry in the world. Houssam was born in Beirut on 11 May 1984. He graduated from Lycée Abdel Kader in Beirut in 2002 and from American University of Beirut with a Bachelor of Computer and Communication Engineering in 2006. He remained at American University of Beirut to complete his Master in Engineering Management in 2009.
After receiving his bachelor degree and in parallel with his graduate studies, Houssam joined Murex in 2006 as a test analyst. Then, he worked later as a test lead on several key business solutions such as forex and money market trading and asset management, and other technical projects such as interfaces with other platforms, and objects workflows. Then, he was promoted to a test manager role where he introduced new notion of testing in production contexts where main target was to replicate clients' business utilization models internally.
In April 2016, Murex offered him the leadership of Quality Assurance department as a continuous evolution in his testing career. He is leading a 100+ quality assurance engineers' team ensuring a corporate quality from development phase until client delivery. During his almost 11 years journey at Murex, he kept learning new topics such as CFA, and ISTQB certifications that helped him better understand and apply market trends and standards related to his work domain.
- The IEM department selected Dr. Hadi El-Amine as distinguished young alumnus for the academic year 2015-2016.
Hadi El-Amine is an assistant professor in the Systems Engineering and Operations Research Department at George Mason University. Hadi received a BE in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an ME in Engineering Management from the American University of Beirut, and a PhD in Operations Research from Virginia Tech. His research interest lies in the application of Operations Research to problems related to healthcare and public policy. In particular, Hadi utilizes stochastic/robust optimization and probability theory to solve problems in which resources are scarce and uncertainty has high impact. Hadi has collaborated with the American Red Cross in research related to the safety of blood banks in the United States. His current work is on the development of data-driven personalized medical interventions in the areas of kidney transplantation and cancer treatment. He is the recipient of the 2015 INFORMS Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services, was a finalist for the 2015 INFORMS Pierskalla Award and for the 2014 INFORMS Washington DC chapter Student Excellence Competition for his work on blood screening. His Ph.D dissertation took second place in the 2017 IISE Pritsker Doctoral Dissertation Award.