Beirut Alumni Club Hosts Professor Edgar Choueiri
On September 28, about 75 Syracuse University alumni, parents, and friends gathered for dinner at the Liza Restaurant in Beirut, Lebanon, to hear guest speaker Edgar Choueiri ’82, G’83 (center, holding plaque), engineering alumnus, astrophysicist, and Princeton University professor. Born in Tripoli, Choueiri returned to his homeland for this special event.
Fellow engineering alumna Carol Azar G’92, G’96 organized the event with the assistance of an executive committee including Sami Rizk, Lena Yashruti Idriss, Mounir Doumani, Cesar Debbas, Aboudy Kassem, Samer Habre and Karim Kabalan. The father of Rony Seikaly, the former SU basketball great, attended on behalf of his son.
Professor Choueiri holds a U.S. patent on “3D sound”, and his remarks included an explanation of this groundbreaking research and technology as well as a personal memoir of his life's journey from Lebanon to Syracuse and “Now, back to my home again.”
Azar, a member of the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey Regional Council, said she and the executive committee are eager to grow their alumni chapter and to start a scholarship fund for qualified Lebanese students.
Hicham Ghandour (left) enjoyed the camaraderie and culinary expertise of the Beirut Liza Restaurant with other alumni and guest speaker Edgar Choueiri (far right). Ghandour is an interior designer who splits time between Beirut and Paris.