The George Washington University
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Department (EMSE)
Environmental & Energy Management Program (E&EM)
Spring 2000 (Volume 1, Number 2)
GW students and faculty
members were treated to a keynote speech by Egypt's first Minister of State
for Environmental Affairs at the May 20, 2000 Commencement ceremony of
the School of Engineering and Applied Science. At the event, Her
Excellency Dr. Nadia Makram Ebeid provided an audience of more than 2,000
people with an inspiring summary of the environmental initiatives in Egypt,
the heart of a 7,000 year-old continuous human civilization.
presentation, which was broadcast live on GWís closed-circuit television
system, described several impressive environmental initiatives in Egypt,
including a remarkably successful program to clean up the Nile River, one
of the world's greatest natural resources. She also explained how
her government is integrating environmental awareness into the educational
curricula at various levels in schools and universities throughout Egypt
in order to leave a lasting legacy for future generations.
An extremely impressive person, Dr. Ebeid is a Member of the General Secretariat of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarakís National Democratic Party and holds a long list of impressive
These include service as President of the African Ministers Conference
for the Environment; Member of the Board of Trustees, Center for Environment
and Development for the Arab Region and Europe; and Chairperson of the
Council for Environmental and Developmental Research, Egyptian National
Academy of Scientific Research.
Prior to her current
service with President Mubarak, Dr. Ebeid held several top positions with
the United Nations Development Programme and the U. N. Food and Agricultural
Organization. She has received a long list of honors, including a
recent honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from Occidental College.
She was accompanied by a number of Egyptian dignitaries, including Prof.
Dr. Osama M. Zaki, Cultural and Educational Counselor at the Embassy of
Egypt, Mrs. Zaki, and two of Dr. Ebeidís sons, one of whom graduated from
GW on the day of the event.
Dr. Ebeidís keynote address was the highlight of the SEAS Commencement ceremony that also featured recognition of more than 500 graduating students in 21 undergraduate and graduate degree categories. In addition, 31 graduating students and alumni received various awards and honors at the ceremony.
Jonathan P. Deason, Ph.D., Lead Professor