Lebanese Fouad Maksoud, 25, won the prestigious regional scientific hit TV show Stars of Science, in its ninth season, for his groundbreaking invention: NanoSkin. His journey on the program grabbed the attention of hundreds of thousands across the Middle East, and allowed him to become the public’s and jury’s favorite.
Maksoud graduated from the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA) with a master’s in chemical engineering in 2016. He started researching and experimenting with nanotechnology as a student and later, in Stars of Science, he prototyped a half-ton electro spinning nano technology machine that transforms our ordinary clothes in just six minutes into waterproof drug delivery systems for wound healing, third degree burns, diabetic ulcers, and muscle strain relief bandages.
Maksoud received the highest grades in the history of the program. After a vigorous campaign supported by the Office of Communications at AUB, he was able to win the popular vote, which allowed him the first spot in the final episode of the program.
Upon his arrival to Lebanon from Oman where the episode was filmed, Maksoud was welcomed at the airport by Minister of Health Ghassan Hasbani, Dean of MSFEA Alan Shihadeh, his advisors Drs. Ali Tehrani and Elie Shammas, as well as his family and friends.
Stars of Science, an Arab reality TV show initiated by the Qatar Foundation, is the region’s leading innovation forum, enabling aspiring scientists to realize their visions. Innovators are challenged to develop creative solutions within the STEM fields, and an expert panel of jurors assesses and eliminates candidates based on their prototypes and costumer validation, until four remain. The winner is determined both by the jury’s votes and the public’s votes.