The America University in Cairo (AUC) was founded in 1919 by Americans devoted to education and community service in the Middle East. AUC is an independent, nonprofit, apolitical, non-sectarian and equal-opportunity institution, fully accredited in Egypt and United States.
A window onto Egypt and the world at large, AUC is Egypt’s global University. It serves as a regional think tank for leading intellectuals, scholars, researchers and expert cadres to come together, debating public policy issues; engaging in outreach programs; providing a platform for the propagation of ideas to help solve contemporary social, political and economic problems; and conducting interdisciplinary research that has far-reaching implications in a variety of fields. These include science, technology, desert development, renewable energy, sustainable development, gender studies, American studies, and economic and business history.
AUC’s School of Sciences and Engineering is recognized nationally, regionally and internationally as a leader in education, research and community engagement while supporting the development of science and engineering practices that aim to build global knowledge societies. Faculty members and graduate students at the school are actively engaged in research related to renewable energy and sustainable development. The school’s top-caliber faculty members span a wide variety of disciplines, from biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science to different branches of engineering including mechanical, construction, architecture, petroleum, computer, and electronics and communications. They are leading a regional effort in integrated desert building technology and zero-energy buildings research. AUC’s School of Global Affairs and Public Policy is also active in related areas including renewable energy policies and tariffs. Additionally, AUC’s School of Business is an active regional player in research on the economy of renewable energy.
For the past three years, AUC’s Office of Sustainability has published annual carbon footprint reports measuring carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions as a result of daily activities and operations at AUC’s New Cairo campus. AUC is the first higher education institution in the Middle East and North Africa to conduct such a comprehensive study of its own impact on climate change.
AUC has several offices and resources in place that focus solely on promoting research and managing research grants. The Office of Sponsored Programs and the Grants Accounting Services are the most critical entities dedicated to project management and financial oversight. The sponsored programs office assists faculty members in identifying potential funding sources, developing and submitting proposals, negotiating the terms of grants and contracts, and monitoring compliance with those terms. It represents the University in its dealings with sponsors such as governments, foundations and corporations. The office reviews agreements, monitors performance and ensures that the University’s policies and procedures, as well as the sponsor’s terms and conditions, are met during implementation of externally funded programs. AUC’s Office of Sponsored Programs has managed more than 900 contracts, grants and cooperative agreements in the past 25 years from various organizations including the European Commission and U.S. federal government, as well as international organizations, foundations, corporations and governments. The Grants Accounting Services is in charge of disbursement of external funds and financial reporting. It is also responsible for ensuring compliance with the financial policies and procedures of AUC and its project sponsors.
Egyptian Renewable Energy Cluster Initiative (ERECI)
Professor Ehab Abdel-Rahman holds a doctoral degree in physics from the University of Utah, USA. At AUC, he serves as vice provost for research, acting director of the Yousef Jameel Science and Technology Research Center and professor of physics. His area of specialty is thermoacoustics, whereby he developed a high-efficiency, innovative and simple power block for concentrated solar power. Professor Abdel-Rahman leads the energy research aspects in integrated desert building technology and zero-energy buildings research. He has a distinguished 13-year career in thermoacoustics and solar energy research and development, has published more than 70 technical papers and reports, and holds five U.S. patents. He served as Egypt’s energy expert in the country’s research collaboration with the European Union team from 2007 to 2008, and has authored and managed several European Union and international projects. Abdel-Rahman is also the founder of four technology transfer offices at four Egyptian universities.
Associate Provost for Research
Acting Director, Yousef Jameel Science and Technology Research Center
Professor, Department of Physics
The American University in Cairo
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