​Professor Hani N. Khoury
Thursday, February 02, 2017
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Professor of Mineralogy Hani Khoury received his B.Sc. Degree in Applied Geology with distinction from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, in 1969, his Diploma from the Federal German Geological Survey, Germany, in 1973, his M.Sc. in Mineralogy from Ain Shams University, in 1974, and his Ph.D. in Clay Mineralogy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A, in 1979.


Professor Khoury was appointed an assistant professor at the University of Jordan in 1979 where he was promoted to associate professor in 1984, and to full professor in 1988.


Khoury held several administrative positions at UJ, including Vice Dean of the School of Science for two terms, 1989-1993 and 1997-1999, and Chairman of the Department of Geology for four terms ,1983-1986, 1994-1997, 2006-2010, and 2013-2014. He also served as the Director of the Industrial Technical College, now Nizwa College of Technology, in Oman (1993-1994).


He was a Visiting Professor in a number of universities including the University of Ottawa, Canada, Al Balqa Applied University, Jordan, Yarmouk University, Jordan.


Khoury served as member of the Editorial Board of the University of Jordan Journal DIRASAT: Pure Science, 2011-2012, the Jordan Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences (JJEES), 2006-2013, and was a member of the Research Council of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, 2004-2005, and the University of Jordan Research Council, 2003-2005.


He also served and is serving as a member in numerous national and international scientific and professional committees and societies including the National Committee on Building International Networks for Enhancement of Research in Jordan, Humboldt Kolleg 2014, the Steering and Scientific Committee of the ‘Third Scientific Week’, Higher Council for Science and Technology, Amman, and  was the Coordinator of the Higher Education Links Scheme (Promotion of the Northern Badia Region), supported by the British Council, UK, 1996-2000.


Khoury has chaired and coordinated many conferences and scientific events. He chaired the Scientific Committees of the International Conference on Materials in Jordan, 2011, and the Fifth Jordanian Conference on Environment, 2009. He was the coordinator of the International Conference on Materials in Jordan, 2009, the 32nd International Geological Congress, Florence, Italy, 2004, the Nanostructure Advanced Materials Conference, 2008, the German-Middle East International Conference, 2009, and the First Arab Impact Cratering and Astrogeology Conference, 2009.


His dedication to his work has earned him numerous awards and recognitions over the years, including the Independence Decoration awarded by his Majesty the Late King Hussein of Jordan, 1994, the University of Jordan Distinguished Researcher Award, 2015, the School of Science Distinguished Researcher Award, 2014, Hisham Hijjawi Award for Applied Sciences in the fields of Industry & Energy, 2011, the University of Jordan Deanship of Scientific Research Award, 2007 and 2009, Alexander Von Humboldt Research Awards for life ,1986/1987, 2006, 2009, 2011, and 2014, Shouman Foundation Award in Basic Science for Arab Scientists, 1985, DAAD Research Awards, 1979, 1980, 1981, and 1983.


Throughout his academic career, Prof. Khoury has won many research grants from local and international bodies; he also participated in more than 40 conferences and supervised 27 graduate students.


Khoury is not only a highly accomplished scholar with more than 160 publications in international Journals, but also his contribution to the geology and industry in Jordan and the advancement of science is quite significant. He co-invented a method for producing geopolymeric materials, and a process for producing pure zeolite 4A from raw kaolinite, and in 2014 he discovered a new mineral he named "Tululite," which was approved and classified by the International Mineralogical Association (IMA) and given the number (2014-065).


Prof. Khoury lives by the principle that "if there is a will there's a way".  He always believes in Henry Van Dyke Encouraging Words:  "Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best."

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