Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Innovyze President Dr. Paul F. Boulos Named Chair of the Lebanese American UniversityBoard of Trustees

Innovyze President Dr. Paul F. Boulos Named
Chair of the Lebanese American UniversityBoard of Trustees
Broomfield, Colorado USA, October 2, 2012 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of wet infrastructure modeling and simulation software and technologies, today announced that its president and chief operating officer, Dr. Paul F. Boulos, has been named chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut, Lebanon. Dr. Boulos succeeds Dr. Charles Elachi, director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Vice President of the California Institute of Technology, who has served as chair since 2009.
Dr. Boulos has held key leadership roles as a member of the LAU Board of Trustees since 2009, including serving on the Executive, Audit, and Nominating committees, and chairing the Advancement committee. He also served as chair of the LAU Board of International Advisors from 2006 to 2009.
A renowned international authority on water resources and navigation engineering, Dr. Boulos has co-authored nine authoritative books and more than 200 technical articles on issues critical to the water and wastewater industry. He is the recipient of numerous honors from national and international scientific and engineering societies, governments, universities, and NGOs. Among these acknowledgements are notable technical awards for excellence in scholarship from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Dr. Boulos also received the U.S. Ellis Island Medal of Honor, one of America’s highest accolades; the Pride of Heritage Award from the Lebanese American Foundation; the Alumni of the Year Award by LAU; and was inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Hall of Distinction, the highest honor the university bestows on its alumni. He was also recognized with Honorary Diplomate status by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers as well as Distinguished Diplomate status in Navigation Engineering by the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers, both academies’ top honors. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Diplomate (by Eminence) of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.
Dr. Boulos serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineering (Reston, VA); the Boards of Directors of Innovyze, MWH Global (Broomfield, CO) and America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc./AMIDEAST (Washington, D.C.); and the Dean’s International Council of the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago (Chicago, IL). He has been a member of advisory boards and councils for many organizations, including the Advisory Council of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging (Novato, CA), the Arab American National Museum (Dearborn, MI), the USEPA Science Advisory Board, the Urban Water Resources Research Council of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute, and the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council.
Dr. Boulos received his Doctorate, Master of Science, and Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky as well as a Bachelor degree in General Science from the Lebanese American University. He has also completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.
The President of LAU, Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra, hailed as historic the appointment of Dr. Paul Boulos, as Chairman of the LAU Board of Trustees. “This is the first time in the history of LAU that the Chairman of the Board of Trustees is an alumnus of our beloved institution,” he said. “Dr. Boulos is passionately committed to the well-being of his Alma Mater and to its continued success. He also brings to this position a bundle of energy and a great deal of knowledge and experience. LAU is indeed honored to have Dr. Boulos as the Chairman of its Board of Trustees. Under his dynamic leadership, his Alma Mater will continue its meteoric rise.”
One of the top academic institutions in the Middle East, LAU is a private American not-for-profit higher education institution, and is fully accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), one of the most esteemed authorities on higher education in the world. It has over 8,200 students (representing seventy-five nationalities) enrolled in seven major schools: Arts and Sciences, Business, Architecture and Design, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy. The latter is the only Pharm. D. program accredited outside the United States. Over 1,800 students graduate from LAU each year, and its alumni are employed at leading companies around the world. The university has over 250 faculty members and two campuses, in Beirut and Byblos. It is building a third campus in New York.
Founded by the Presbyterian Church, USA, in 1924, LAU is governed by a Board of Trustees which derives its authority from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. The Board of Trustees consists of 25 members, most of them American, and is responsible for ensuring that the university furthers its mission organizationally, administratively, educationally, spiritually, socially, and financially. It also assures that LAU has adequate facilities and sets the policy framework for the university’s administration.
“It is an honor to follow Dr. Charles Elachi, who has done a phenomenal job of supporting the forward movement of the University as Chair,” said Boulos. “I received an excellent education at LAU, one that I continue to draw on each and every day. I can leave no better legacy than to work diligently to ensure that the LAU we pass on to future generations is even better than the one that so profoundly affected our lives. LAU is an extraordinary place with an inspirational history, and it’s entering an exciting new phase of rapid growth. We are building one of the world’s finest universities, providing our students with the richest educational experience possible as we prepare the next generation of leaders, problem-solvers, and creative thinkers and doers for Lebanon, the MENA region, and the world. I look forward to working with the board, the president, and the vibrant LAU community in the coming years to realize that vision.”
For more information on LAU, visit www.lau.edu.

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