American Univesity of Beirut

AUB alumna Aya Mouallem joins prestigious 2020 Knight-Hennessy Scholars program

​​​​Aya Mouallem (BE'20) has been selected to join the 2020 cohort of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program at Stanford University. The cohort of 76 scholars from 26 countries was chosen after a highly competitive selection process. This year, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program received 6,171 applications. The primary selection criteria used to evaluate applicants were independence of thought, purposeful leadership, and a civic mindset.​

Aya Mouallem will be pursuing a PhD in electrical engineering at Stanford School of Engineering. She graduated from AUB with a bachelor's degree in computer and communications engineering. Aya aspires to study and build novel circuitry to serve the increasing computational demand of Internet of Everything applications. As a proponent of diversity in STEM, she plans to contribute to educational and tech policy reformation in the Middle East. She has electrical engineering research experiences with the Khuri-Yakub group at Stanford, the Kanj group at AUB, and the Kurdahi group at UC Irvine. She also co-founded All Girls Code, an initiative that encourages young girls in Lebanon to pursue STEM. She has completed fellowships with Johnson & Johnson and Women Deliver, and was awarded the Diana Award and the Baassiri Exceptional Volunteer of the Year Award for her advocacy efforts.  

On hearing the news of her acceptance, Aya said, “I'm excited to spend more time pursuing circuitry research. Ultimately, I would love to contribute to the electrical engineering community by publishing research, either as an academic or as a researcher in industry. In addition, issues such as diversity in STEM, educational systems, and tech policies still need a lot of work and improvement in Lebanon and the MENA region. I hope I'll be able to contribute to reforming such issues as well."

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program cultivates a diverse multidisciplinary community of emerging leaders from around the world and guides them to collaborate, innovate, and communicate as they prepare to address the complex challenges facing society. Knight-Hennessy Scholars benefit from an experiential leadership development platform, become part of a supportive community of fellow scholars, and receive funding for graduate study at Stanford. The program focuses on broadening knowledge, developing skills, and strengthening character through the King Global Leadership Program, which provides a collection of community experiences, workshops, meetings with leaders, domestic and global study trips, and personal development opportunities.

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Interested in applying? 


A Knight-Hennessy Scholars information session for The American University in Beirut is scheduled for: 

Thursday, May 14 at 5:00pm (Beirut time). ​

Kindly follow this link to register (spots are limited):  https://apply.knight-hennessy.stanford.edu/register/AUB2020

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