Zaman Invited to First Arab-American Frontiers Symposium
By Mark Dwortzan
Assistant Professor Muhammad Zaman (BME) has been invited to participate in the first Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine symposium, hosted by the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) in Kuwait October 17-19. The event marks the first time that the U.S. National Academies—the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine and National Research Council—and KISR are bringing together leading young scientists, engineers and medical professionals from the United States and Arab League nations to discuss their work and explore potential collaborations.
Zaman, whose research interests range from the mechanisms of cancer tumor development to the development of robust healthcare technologies for resource-limited countries, is one of 100 researchers selected to attend from a highly competitive pool of applicants.
“This is a high honor,” said Zaman. “The research opportunities, both for cancer and global health applications in the Arab world, are tremendous. I look forward to learning about the challenges and developing long-lasting collaborations with my colleagues there.”
At the Arab-American Frontiers symposium, Zaman will discuss the primary objectives and potential impact of his work in both formal and informal settings. The conference will feature scientific presentations, long breaks, a tour of KISR facilities, dinners and other opportunities for participants to meet and network with colleagues from 21 different countries.
Zaman is the only participant in the U.S. National Academies’ Frontiers program to be selected to the NAE Frontiers of Engineering, U.S Frontiers of Engineering Education, U.S.-Japan Frontiers of Engineering, and Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering and Medicine symposia.
“Having participated in any one is a significant honor; having four is definitely a huge honor for me, the BME department and the College of Engineering,” said Zaman, noting that Boston University President Robert A. Brown was the founding chairman of the Frontiers program in the early 1990s.