Research and Development

    Amer F. Sakr                    Vice President for Research

    Ziad O. Abu-Faraj             Dean for Research

    Strategic Vision

    The American University of Science and Technology (AUST) is an institution of higher learning that is committed to excellence and freedom in research within an environment that fosters humane and ethical values and practice. AUST strives to create visibility in basic and applied research works that engage both faculty and students in various disciplines, with an ultimate focus on innovative solutions which impact individuals, communities, and the world. AUST also strives to create partnership with the industry and to enrich its culture by building a research network with well recognized international universities.


    Research and Ethics Council (REC)

    Ziad O. Abu-Faraj              Dean for Research

    Roger R. Achkar                Dean – Faculty of Engineering

    Danielle A. Badro                 Coordinator – FHS Graduate Program

    Aziz M. Barbar                   Dean – Faculty of Arts and Sciences

    Bassam C. Hamdar            Chairperson – Department of Economics


    Dean’s Message


    Research and Development at the American University of Science and Technology outlines the intellectual environment of the institution. Experimental investigations—conducted by the researchers in various disciplines within the Institution—are steered towards finding innovative solutions which would impact individuals, communities, and the world. They are to create a culture by which students are trained to utilize a rational, evidence-based approach to solve real-life problems.

    My role and responsibilities as the Dean for Research are to:

    • Provide a strategic vision for the research at AUST
    • Draft and implement the research policy for AUST
    • Form a Research and Ethics Council for AUST
    • Constitute and activate the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
    • Promote humane and ethical human and animal welfare program and help protect the University from research risks
    • Oversee partnerships with industry and extramural partner institutions in coordination with the Faculty Deans.
    • Foster new research initiatives
    • Assist faculty members when possible in applying for research grants with special emphasis on CNRS grants
    • Support and assist faculty when possible to form successful collaborative research groups
    • Publish a Faculty Research Manual
    • Act as the University representative on national research committees
    • Encourage students’ participation in national and regional research competitions


    Interested investigators are recommended to browse through the university’s website in order to attain more information about the various research activities that are conducted under the umbrellas of AUST’s four faculties.



    Ziad O. Abu-Faraj, Ph.D.

    Dean for Research

    Professor of Biomedical Engineering

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