The Middle Eastern Studies Program is happy to welcome Professor Sam Salem as the inaugural Yabroudi Chair of Sustainable Civil Infrastructure in the Department of Civil and Environ- mental Engineering.

Prof. Salem (Ph.D., University of Alberta, 1998) has more than twenty years of industrial and academic experience in infrastructure management, construction engineering and manage- ment, and sustainable development. As a licensed Professional Engineer, Certified Professional Constructor and a LEED Accredited Professional, he has conducted research and has done con- sulting projects in the U.S., Canada and the Middle East. He focuses his teaching and research activities on managing the planning, engineering, construction, and post-construction processes of buildings and infrastructures to provide safe, economical, and sustainable systems. As part of his Yabroudi Chair duties, he coordinates the annual Dubai Construction Internship Program. Prof. Salem has published more than 70 refereed articles and is a founding member of the International Society for Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Infrastructures. Before joining SU, he was a Professor and Director of the Infrastructure Systems and Management Program at the University of Cincinnati.

At the same time, we are sorry to part with the following colleagues:

  • Prof. James Bennett (Political Science) is retiring after many years of brilliant teaching.

  • Prof. Arsalan Kahnemuyipour (Linguistics) is leaving Syracuse to take up a new position at

    the University of Toronto, Mississauga.

  • Prof. Gerlinde Ulm Sanford (former Chair of the Languages, Literature and Linguistics¬†Department) passed away in April 2010.

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