About LAU

Governance and Administration

Dr. Lina Karam

Dean, School of Engineering

Dr. Lina Karam joined LAU in 2020 as Dean of the School of Engineering. She hails from Arizona State University (ASU) where she served as full professor in the School of Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering, and director of the R&D Image, Video, and Usability (IVU) Lab.

She was also chair of the Computer Engineering Graduate Program and Computer Engineering Director for Industry Engagement at ASU.

Her industrial experience spans image and video processing and compression development at AT&T Bell Labs (Murray Hill), multi-dimensional data processing and visualization at Schlumberger, and collaborations on computer vision, machine learning, automated mobility, digital filtering, compression, and transmission projects with various industries including Intel, Google, Motorola, General Dynamics, Texas Instruments, and NASA, among many others.

She recently introduced an ASU-Silicon Valley Industry Partnership Program for Engineering and Computer Science Graduate Students and was invited to participate as a judge in Vision Tank 2019, a competition event held in Silicon Valley for startup companies. She initiated and helped in establishing the World’s First Visual Innovation Award in 2016 and more recently the World’s First Multimedia Star Innovator Award in 2019.

In addition, she has led interdisciplinary university-industry-government initiatives for defining the next generation of safe and efficient automated mobility at scale and has participated in panels on self-driving cars and smart cities, including forums organized for law professionals, local cities, and public outreach. She also helped establish the Computer Engineering and the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Graduate Programs at ASU.

Dr. Karam is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – the highest grade in IEEE that is conferred each year to no more than one per cent of IEEE voting members – for her contributions in image and video processing, visual media compression and transmission, and digital filtering areas. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, NASA Technical Innovation Award, the Intel Outstanding Researcher Award, the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Best Journal Paper Award, IEEE Phoenix Section Outstanding Faculty Award, and IEEE Region 6 Award.

She holds seven US patents and is the author of over 220 technical publications.

Dr. Karam has a BE in Computer and Communications Engineering from the American University of Beirut (AUB), as well as an MS and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Contact

Dr. Lina Karam
Dean, School of Engineering
Lebanese American University
Tel: +961-9-547254, ext. 2161
lina.karam@lau.edu.lb