Sunday, May 3, 2009

AUB Names Manufacturing Technologies Hub After Late Georges Frem

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Source: AUB Press release, May 2009

The American University of Beirut announced the establishment of the Georges N. Frem Manufacturing Technologies Hub in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture on 21 April 2009.

This cluster of engineering laboratories and meeting spaces will be located on the third floor of the Ray R. Irani Oxy Engineering Complex, which is being built on AUB's lower campus.

The Georges N. Frem Manufacturing Technologies Hub will include: a meeting and projects room; mobile robotics and computer vision laboratory; a mechanical design laboratory; a mechatronics laboratory; a design for manufacturing laboratory; a control and robotics Laboratory; an instrumentation laboratory; and an intelligent systems laboratory.

(L-R): Dr. Imad Baalbaki (Ast. VP for Development), Ms. Hala Frem (Sanita Persona General Manager), Mr. Walid Katergi (Director of Development for Engineering& Medical School, Mr. Neemat Frem (INDEVCO Group President & CEO), Mr. Peter Dorman (AUB President), Hayat Frem, Mrs. Rania Frem El-Khoury (Director of Georges N. Frem Foundation), Mr. Tony Frem (Vice Chairman), Dr. Ibrahim El Hajj (Dean of Faculty of Engineering & Architecture), Mr. Rabih Frem (Executive Vice Chairman), Dr. Fouad Mrad (Professor Electrical & Engineering Dept.)

To commemorate the event, members of the family of the late Georges Frem recently visited AUB, meeting with President Peter Dorman, Dean Ibrahim Hajj, and other University officials.

President Dorman praised the late visionary minister and businessman, and thanked the Frem family for continuing their father's legacy of supporting education and the community. Mr. Neemat Frem spoke on behalf of the family, thanking the university for 'linking Georges Frem's name with AUB forever'.

Georges Neemat Frem was born in Lebanon on 1934. He passed away in May 2006.

Georges Frem believed in building a productive society where citizens live in dignity and respect. In 1955, he founded INDEVCO (Industrial Development Company). INDEVCO Group now has over 50 affiliates with more than 7,500 employees in the Middle East, North America and Europe. INDEVCO focuses mainly on the manufacturing of Consumer Products, Flexible Packaging, Paper Containers and Paper Making.

Georges Frem was also known as 'the industrialist with a heart'. In 2002, he founded the INDEVCO Foundation to focus on launching economic development programs that stimulate sustainable job creation for specific sectors in Lebanon. In honor of its founder, the name of the foundation was changed to the 'Georges N. Frem Foundation' in May 2006.

Georges Frem held several public office positions, including Lebanese Minister of Industry, and Minister of Electricity and Petroleum. He was member of the Lebanese Parliament for 5 years.

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