Awards, Scholarships, and Recognitions

Received over 20 international/regional awards and scholarships including prizes, recognition by national and international professional organizations, as well as academic distinctions. This included two international research awards, three international research scholarships, two fellowships (IEE and IEAust) and Senior membership (IEEE), two prizes at the regional and national levels, an AUB research award, and academic distinctions during the M.Sc. and B.Sc. studies.

  • February 4, 2014: During my term as minister of the Ministry of Education & Higher Education (MEHE), the Government of Lebanon was the winner of the GSMA 2014 Connected Government Award, which was the result of the work carried out by the Lebanese Ministries of Telecommunications as well as MEHE which actively encouraged the innovative use of mobile technologies that deliver long-term and sustainable socio-economic benefit and wellbeing for their citizens:https://www.dropbox.com/s/4s5oo6006k309nz/2014%20Award%20-%20GSMA%20Government%20Mobile%20Excellence.pdf?dl=0
  • July 12, 2013: Naming of the highest GPA award during the Notre Dame University graduation ceremony on July 12, 2013 as the: “Hassan Diab Best GPA Award in Engineering”.
  • March 22, 2013: “Community Service Medal” for contribution to the community delivered at the Fourth Arab Conference to Promote a Culture of Voluntary Work, organized by the Lebanese Center for Voluntary Work, held during March 22-23, 2013 at Adnan Kassar Building for Arab Economy, Beirut. The theme for the conference was “Volunteering in the Service of the Economy”.
  • June 2013: “Outstanding Contribution to Education” award for leadership and contribution to the field of Education. Delivered at the WORLD Education CONGRESS held during June 28-29, 2013 at Taj Lands End, Mumbai, India. The theme for WEC2013 was “Teaching & Learning for Meaning in a Globalized World”.
  • October 2012: Medal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay in consideration of the special cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Lebanon which culminated in establishing the Uruguay Public School in Beirut.
  • June 6, 2012: Recognized “in appreciation for valuable contribution” to research by the National Council for Scientific Research (CNSR) during its Golden Jubilee Ceremony at the Grand Serail, Beirut on Wednesday, June 6, 2012.
  • January 27, 2012: The O.S.A. Shield awarded in appreciation of his career path and achievements by Brummana High School (BHS), Old Scholars Association (OSA).
  • December 24, 2008: Certificate of Recognition awarded by The International Arab Journal of Information Technology (IAJIT) in recognition and appreciation of outstanding service in the Technical Committee of IAJIT as one of the most active reviewers during the year 2008. IAJIT is indexed in Elsevier’s A&I database SCOPUS.
  • July 23, 2004: Recognition of Service Award in appreciation of contribution as program committee chair, IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Services (ICP 2004), Beirut, Lebanon, July 19-23, 2004.
  • June 2003: Received the “Microsoft Research Innovation Excellence Awards for Embedded Systems” Award ($25,000) for the proposal entitled: “Accelerating Next-Generation Windows CE Applications Using Run-Time Configurable Coprocessors,” http://research.microsoft.com/Collaboration/University/Europe/RFP/ES/ submitted by M. Saghir and H. Diab (http://webfea.fea.aub.edu.lb/fea/research/news.aspx).
  • June 2002: Awarded the DAAD Research Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD).
  • April 25, 2002: Fellowship of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), K. at the age of 42. Only 6.6% of the 150,000 IEE members held this grade. The average age distribution by grade in 2000 was 66 for Fellows[1], 55 for Members and 44 for all grades.
  • July 2000: 1st Prize in the Software category, at the 4th Conference & Exhibition for Lebanese Industrial Research Achievements (LIRA), UNESCO, Beirut, July 18-23, 2000, for the project entitled “Performance testing and evaluation of refrigerators using fuzzy inference methodology under LABVIEW.” Accomplished by I. Damaj and supervised by Profs. J. Saade, and H. Diab.
  • July-August 1999: Awarded the DAAD Research Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD). I carried out research at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Koblenz, Federal Republic of Germany. Research report can be found at web address: http://www.uni-koblenz.de/fb4/publikationen/gelbereihe/RR-9-99/.
  • November 22, 1995: Fellowship of the Institution of Engineers, Australia (IEAust). Only 6.6% of the total IEAust members held this grade.
  • December 1993: Senior Member in the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). Only 8% of the over 320,000 IEEE members held this grade in 1993.
  • August 25, 1993: 1992 Young Arab Scientists Shuman Prize in Engineering, Amman, Jordan. Eligibility for nomination for the prize included all Arab Scientists under the age of 40. It is worth noting that I am only one of two out of 35 recipients of the engineering prize during the 25-year period of 1985-2009.
  • October 17, 1991: A registered Chartered Professional Engineer in the National Professional Engineers Register, Australia. http://www.iee.org/TheIEE/President/appendix.cfm
  • July 31, 1990: Research award in Engineering for 1989-1990, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
  • July 7, 1988 – September 24, 1988: FULBRIGHT research award ($9,500), grant #88-11362, from the United States Information Agency (USIA), Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). I carried out research at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, S.A. during that period.
  • May 1988: A registered Chartered Engineer in the Engineering Council, K.
  • October 1983 – June 1985: Received the Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS), awarded by the “Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the Universities of the United Kingdom,” United Kingdom during my Ph.D. studies. The award is given to a few selected “international postgraduate students of outstanding merit and research potential.”
  • September 1982: Distinction in the M.Sc. degree in Systems Engineering (1981-1982), University of Surrey, Guildford, K.
  • 1979: Prize for the most outstanding student of B.Sc.2 (1978-1979), School of Electrical Engineering, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, K.