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MIT Arab students honor Nobel laureate, others

The MIT Arab Students Organization honored Nobel laureate Ahmed Zewail at its fifth annual Science and Technology Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 26.

Zewail, a professor of chemistry and physics at Caltech who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1999, was presented with the organization's lifetime achievement award.

The organization presented several other awards at the ceremony, held at the Sheraton Boston. Dina Katabi, MIT associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, was given a young professional award; Loai Naamani, an MIT doctoral student in civil and environmental engineering, was given a graduate student award; and Ibrahim Kanan, an MIT senior in mechanical engineering, was given an undergraduate student award.

"Every spring, the MIT Arab Students Organization celebrates exceptional Arabs and Arab-Americans who have made noteworthy contributions to science, technology and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century," said Iman Kandil, president of the MIT Arab Students Organization.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 7, 2008 (download PDF).

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