Winners

2010 Award: Abdul Mohsen Al Husseini

Abdul Mohsen Al Husseini, an MIT Mechanical Engineering Master’s student and a 24 year old Jordanian national.

In addition to his Master’s research at MIT’s Space Nanotechnology Lab, Abdul Mohsen Al Husseini was a member of the MIT group participating in the Google Lunar X-Prize competition. He is also a co-inventor of MIT's low-cost ventilator, a project that aims to provide affordable life-saving ventilation for resource-poor regions worldwide. After working there as an intern, he will rejoin NASA full-time after completing his Master's degree later in 2011.

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“I was very humbled by being the recipient of the award, and grateful to the Andonis for their generosity,” said Abdul Mohsen Al Husseini; adding, “this award is not my own; there are many exceptional Arab scientists and technologists and I would like to share this award with every one of them.”

Abdul Mohsen Al Husseini plans to obtain a doctorate degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics. Longer term, Abdul Mohsen plans to pursue a space-research focused career, which includes a personal goal of co-founding the Middle-East's space agency. As the winner of the Award this year, Al Husseini received a cash prize of $1,000 along with a new Apple iPad.

Commenting on the significance of this award, Al Husseini said:
“these types of initiatives are a true investment in our future as a community, and I hope that the continuation of this award and others encourage more and more Arabs in their pursuit of excellence in science and technology.”