The American University of Beirut (AUB) – Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), Graduate Public Health Program celebrates today the momentous achievement of its alumna Dr. Maya Atieh, who was selected among the six winners from five Arabic countries to win the 2018 L’Oreal UNESCO for Women in Science Levant Fellowship.
“I would like to thank AUB and FHS where it all started and of course Dr. Mey Jurdi for instilling in me the passion for water resources,” stated Dr. Atieh.
“I went to Canada to gain a different experience and a higher education but I came back to Lebanon to contribute in developing my country. The best thing you can offer your country is being a productive citizen in the society,” added the L’Oreal UNESCO awardee.
[Photo: Dr. Maya Atieh (center)]
Following her graduation from the Bachelor of Sciences in Environmental Health at FHS in 2009, and influenced by her professor Mey El-Jurdi, Dr. Atieh pursued her Master’s degree in Canada, before receiving her PhD with a specialization in water resources.
Dr. Atieh obtained her PhD in 2017 in the field of Water Resources Engineering from the University of Guelph, Canada. She is the recipient of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) scholarship for her work in exploring novel engineering tools to accurately predict streamflow and sediment at ungauged remote sites that are potential locations for micro-hydropower generation.
The knowledge and techniques learned from these projects are being applied in current industries and have been adopted by the Ministry of Natural Resources in Ontario. Dr. Atieh worked on projects that analyze temporal and spatial variability of precipitation and propagating its effect on flow, as well as allocation of water resources for satisfying irrigation water demand in Lebanon. Her current research evaluates water quantity at ungauged basins using artificial neural networks, gene expression programming models and geographic information system. She has published multiple scientific papers and presented her findings at international conferences..