The conference was an ideal platform that fostered the exchange of ideas and knowledge. It was also an opportunity to empower young scientists from under-represented regions. We planned the conference with an eye on sustainability. A program to exchange students and scientists was implemented while the conference was still under preparation. In the summer of 2008, Alaa Ibrahim and Josh Grindlay hosted at MIT and Harvard two advanced undergraduate students from the American University in Cairo (Youssef Abdel-Aziz and Mohamed Zaghoo) for a summer internship. During April - August, 2009, three more students will benefit from similar research visits. They are Mahmoud Hanafy (Fayoum University, Egypt); Ahmed El Mezini (AUC, Egypt), and Harsha Kumar (University of Manitoba, Canada/India). These research visits aim to sharpen the students research experience and provide them with exposure and networking opportunity at leading institutions while writing their conference proceedings papers.
This program is developed at the grassroots level and is mainly funded by local sources from the students home country. If you are a students or a scientists interested to take part in this program, please contact the conference conveners.
This investment gave quick reward when Mohamed Zaghoo (now at UIUC) earned the MIT ASO undergraduate award (see MIT news & UIUC news).
R->L: Jim Moran, Youssef Abdel-Aziz, Josh Grindlay, and Alaa Ibrahim in Josh Grindlay's office.
R->L: Alaa Ibrahim, Jerome Friedman, Mohamed Zaghoo, Youssef Abdel-Aziz at the stage of a Richard Feynmann play at the Central Square Theatre in Cambridge.
R->L: Mahmoud Hanafy, Jeffrey Hoffman, Alaa Ibrahim at MIT