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Choueiri knighted in Lebanon

Edgar Choueiri , associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been awarded the Medal of the Order of the Cedars, Rank of Knight in his native country of Lebanon.

The president of Lebanon, Emile Lahoud, bestowed the honor at a ceremony in Beirut on Oct. 11 in recognition of Choueiri's contributions to the fields of astronautics and spacecraft propulsion. The ceremony, at which Choueiri was the sole honoree, was attended by more than 800 people and was followed by intensive media coverage in Lebanon.

In accepting the award, Choueiri said the honor carries a responsibility to play an active role in "helping the youth of this rising nation to better appreciate the excitement, promise and rewards of careers in science and technology." Choueiri also emphasized the importance of values that are beyond the scope of science and "are most critical to our humanness: compassion, ethics, charity, tolerance, justice and integrity."

Choueiri also gave many newspaper, radio and television interviews as well as technical talks on the use of plasma propulsion systems for the exploration of Mars. Choueiri joined the Princeton faculty as an assistant professor in 1996 and was promoted to tenure in 2002. He also directs the Program in Engineering Physics and is an associated faculty member in the Program in Plasma Physics.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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