||FEA Distinguished University Alumnus
To Dr. Kamal Shair in recognition of his
outstanding professional leadership and achievements, excellent
public service, and generous support of education.
B.S, University of Michigan, 1949
M.S, University of Michigan, 1950
Ph.D, Yale University, 1955
|Senior Partner and Managing Director
Dar Al-Handassah (Shair & Partners)
Dr. Kamal Shair was born in 1930 in Salt, Jordan.
He spent two years as a student at AUB before he moved to the
University of Michigan, USA, where he earned the B.S. and M.S.
degrees in Engineering in 1949 and 1950. He then moved to Yale
University where he received the Doctor of Engineering degree
He is a founding Senior Partner and Managing
Director of Dar Al-Handasah Consultants (Shair & Partners)
from 1956 to date, in charge of general management and operations.
From 1985 to date he is in control of strategic and operating
plans of the subsidiaries of Dar Al-Handasah, namely, Perkins
& Will of Chicago, T.Y. Lin of San Francisco, and Penspen
of London, UK. The group is continuously ranked among the Top
10 international design firms in the world.
Dr. Kamal Shair was an Assistant Professor (1956-1958)
and an Associate Professor (on leave) of Engineering at AUB (1958-1962).
He is a member of the Board of Trustees of AUB, (1990 to date);
Head of the Committee for Finance and Economic Affairs (1993 to
date); member of the Advisory Council of the Department of Near
Eastern Studies, Princeton University (1987 to date); member of
the Board of Advisors of the World Bank (2000 to date); member
of the Board of Advisors of the MENA region, World Bank (1999
to date). He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Beirut University
College, Lebanon (1986-1992),
He was the Vice-President of the Jordan Development
Board (1962); Governor of the World Bank on behalf of Jordan (1962);
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Jordan Phosphate Mines Co.
(1967); member of the Jordan Senate (1989-2001); Head of the Committee
for Finance and Economic Affairs, Jordan Senate (1993-2001); and
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Palestine Development and
Investment Co. (1994-1998).
He is a member of the American Phi Kappa Phi
Society; member of the Lebanese Order of Engineers and Architects,
Beirut; member of the Engineering Union in Iraq; member of the
Jordanian Syndicate of Engineers; and member of the Arab Thought
Dr. Shair is the recipient of First Order of Independence Medal,
Jordan (1968); National Cedar Medal, Lebanon (1983); and Lebanese
Order of Merit Medal, Lebanon (2001).
Engineers and Science Parks
Dr. Kamal A. Shair
Senior Partner and Managing Director
Dar-Al-Handasah (Shair & Partners)
We live in an era in which innovation and the
utilisation of knowledge are central to development, and in which
much depends on being smart. University institutions have a key
role to play and engineers and designers are central in the process
of forming business enterprises to forge progress. A celebrated
example of the role of the engineer in establishing a highly successful
development is the initiative of Fred Terman, Dean of Engineering
at Stanford in the 1950s, which initiated the development of Silicon
Valley in California.
Terman’s vision was to establish a scholarly community extending
beyond the university to encompass knowledge-intensive business
enterprises that would develop and thrive with continual interaction
with others in the community. Silicon Valley became an economic
development phenomenon spawning hundreds of thousands of high
quality jobs, world changing technologies, and some of the most
dynamic global business enterprises of the last half century.
It also demonstrated the science park’s role as an instrument
of development in the knowledge economy.
Science parks have promoted development and created dynamic development
poles in some of the most successful emerging economies. The paper
suggests that AUB and the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
have a significant contribution to make to extending initiatives
to develop and operate science parks and incubate knowledge-based
enterprise in Lebanon. Such an initiative would contribute significantly
to the National development effort and to fulfilling the aspirations
that this University prepares its graduates to aspire to.