BEIRUT: 25-year-old Fouad Maksoud was named the Arab world’s top innovator in a supercharged finale of Stars of Science; his journey on the ninth season of the TV show captivated hundreds of thousands across the Middle East.
Maksoud is a skilled engineer and innovative entrepreneur; He graduated with a Master’s degree from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 2016; he also holds a degree of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering along with parallel graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering.
In Stars of Science, he invented a Nano-shielding Textile Machine that harnesses nanotechnology in six minutes to transform clothes into waterproof drug delivery systems that integrate healing medicine into the fibers of bandages; healing wounds, third-degree burns, diabetic ulcers, and much more.
Throughout the ninth season, innovators were challenged to develop creative solutions to regional problems within the fields of computing, information technology, energy, environment, and health.
The winner of the show’s ninth season earned a score of 43 percent from the public’s online voting, combined with the expert jury vote, enough to win the prize of $300,000 for his groundbreaking NanoSkin innovation.
Representing Lebanon, Maksoud received the highest grades in the history of the program; he was able to win the popular vote, allowing him the first spot in the final episode of Stars of Science.
AUB endorsed this talented graduate in this year’s Stars of Science and invited the nation to do so. Upon his arrival to Lebanon from Oman, he was welcomed at the airport by Minister of Health Ghassan Hasbani, Dean of MSFEA Alan Shihadeh, his family, friends, and many others.
Maksoud’s next steps are getting the FDA approval for his invention and helping youngsters serve and improve the world we live in. “I want to be able to help the young in Lebanon to make change in the country and the Arab region, and my message to you is:’ there are a million people in this world that are just like me and even better than me that want to improve the lives of many in the Arab world, and it’s up to us to let this happen,” Maksoud told Annahar.
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