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Mohamed B. Argoun, Ph.D.

Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Cairo University
Former Director, Egyptian Space Program

Obtained his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto in 1982 and B.Sc in Aerospace Engineering from Cairo University in 1969. Currently he is professor of Aerospace Systems Dynamics and Control at the Aerospace Department, Cairo University.
Between 1997 and 1999 he participated actively in establishing the Egyptian Space Program and was its first director from 1999 to 2008. During the period 1998-2003 he was the General Secretary of the Egyptian Space Research Council, the body responsible for setting the strategy and space policy in Egypt. During the period 1997-to his retirement in 2008 he was also the Head of the Space Sciences and Strategic Studies Division at the National Authority of Remote Sensing and Space Sciences and Manager of Egyptsat-1 satellite project.
Prior to joining Cairo University from 1988 to 1997 Dr. Argoun was professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (1983-1988) and worked at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. where he was a specialist in Nuclear Reactor Safety. Dr. Argoun research interests are in Systems Control Theory where he published over 40 scientific papers and Small Satellite Design which he is currently interested in.
Prof. Argoun is actively interested in space policies and strategies of developing countries and in particular in development of small satellites and their technology and applications in developing countries specially in Africa and the Arab World. He wrote many articles about space programs in developing nations including a book (in Arabic) entitled: Outer Space and its Peaceful Uses (published by: Alaam Al Maarefa, Kuwait).

Mohammed Khalil Ibrahim, Ph.D.

Assoicate Professor, Cairo University
Partner and CTO, Transtechno-Egypt

Dr. Ibrahim Dr. Ibrahim received his B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from Cairo University in 1991. From 1991 to 1996, he was a Research and Teaching Assistant in the Aerodynamics Laboratory, Department of Aerospace Engineering at Cairo University. In 1996, he received his M.Sc. in Computational Fluid Dynamics from the same university. During 1996 and 1997, he was a Research Engineer in Volvo Car Corporation, Volvo Wind Tunnel, Aerodynamics Group at Gothenburg, Sweden. In 1997 and 1998, he was assistant lecturer in the Aerodynamics Laboratory, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Cairo University. In April 1998, he received a scholarship from the Japanese Government to pursue his Ph.D. studies in Japan. From 1998 to 2002, he was a Research Assistant at the Aerodynamics Laboratory of the Aerospace Engineering Laboratory (Professor Nakamura Laboratory), Nagoya University. In 2002, he received his Ph.D. degree from the same university in Aerodynamics. During 2002 and 2003, he worked as Research Engineer at Takasago R&D Center, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Hyogo, Japan. Between 2003 and 2006 he was a lecturer at the Aerodynamics Laboratory, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Cairo University. Dr. Ibrahim joined TRANSTECHNO EGYPT in 2004 as Project Manager until May 2006. During this period he was active in an interdisciplinary product development project for a major Egyptian industrial company involving leading Swiss technology providers and other Egyptian and foreign companies. From June 2006 until May 2009 he was Assistant Professor at the Aerodynamics Laboratory (Professor Nakamura Laboratory), Aerospace Engineering Department, Nagoya University, Japan. During this period he was involved in education and joint research between Nagoya University and Japanese companies. Starting June, 2009, he will work as Associate Professor at the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Cairo University, and will rejoin TRANSTECHO EGYPT as Partner and CTO. Dr. Ibrahim has published more than 30 articles in international journals and conferences. He is an active reviewer for many journals and conferences. Dr. Ibrahim’s research interests include computational fluid dynamics (CFD), experimental fluid dynamics (EFD), road vehicle aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, turbulence modeling, and flow induced sound and vibration, UAV Development.

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