SASTA congratulates its current board member Dr. Rabi Mohtar for being selected as the Dean of the Agricultural and Food Sciences At the American University in Beirut. Dr. Mohtar was one of the founding members of SASTA and is an internationally renowned engineer in the area of water and sustainable solutions and energy. He was recruited from Texas A & M university (TAMU) faculty in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at TAMU. “This is a major coup for the American University in Beirut to bring back to the region someone of the caliber of Professor Mohtar to be a dean” said Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy, President of SASTA. “We are confident he will make positive changes and make a difference as a native Lebanese coming back with years of experience that he will offer for advancing this important area of research in Lebanon and the region ” he continued.