Nov 23, 2014

- AUB Professor Pierre Azoury dies, leaving behind scholarship in music and engineering

AUB Professor Pierre Azoury, a mechanical engineering scholar and an avid music lover, died on November 19, 2014. He was 84.

Born in Port Said, Egypt on March 15, 1930, Azoury graduated from Victoria College in Alexandria, then move on to England where he earned a BS in mechanical engineering from London University.  He continued his studies at the Imperial College where he received his PhD in mechanical engineering in 1961.

AUB Professor Pierre Azoury dies, leaving behind scholarship in music and engineering

That same year, Azoury joined AUB as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He was later promoted to Professor and served as Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department from 1987 to 1995. His field of research was in compressible fluid flow where he published several technical papers.  In 1992 he also published a text book entitled “Engineering Applications of Unsteady Flow.” 

Pierre Azoury’s second true passion was classical music. In an interview with Gareth Smith of the Daily Star, Azoury stated that “[Engineering and music] can share the inspiration to invent. In all arts and sciences, there’s an emotional ecstasy in invention.”

Pierre Azoury was always deeply moved by the music of the great Polish composer, Chopin, who had already impressed him as a teenager. He made his own contributions to the 150th anniversary of Chopin by authoring a book “Chopin Through His Contemporaries,”(1999).  He was a member of the Friends of the Al Bustan Festival and assisted them in writing the articles and notes for the1999 program, and in mounting the Chopin exhibition, after having inspired them to choose Poland as the theme of the festival. His book and the exhibition earned him a decoration from the Polish Embassy.

The first music event at the Goethe Institute after the Civil War were his eight weekly lectures in commemoration of the bicentennial of the passing of Mozart  under the title” Mozart, an Illustrated Profile of the Man and his Music”.

He made three piano recordings in Berlin in 1991, 1992 and 1993. Most were improvisations. His 1993 pieces, inspired by Gibran’s “The Prophet,” were written in the Romantic style but the seventh and last, “Death” was improvised. The Beirut Suite was composed during the Civil War and portrays life during this period.

At the time of his passing, he held a double appointment as professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and as professor in the Department of Fine Arts and History.

Aug 4, 2014

- 7 Life-Changing Habits That Will Bring You Success

Want to be successful? If you do, then this will be the right article for you. Do you know that success starts from your habits? It is what you do each day that truly matters. You can have big dreams and have the skills and the knowledge. However, if you don’t have the habits to practice it daily, you will never grow and accumulate small successes that will amass over time. Great results are built from small actions that you take every day. It is your habits that will determine who you are and what you can accomplish in the future. Here are the 7 life-changing habits that will bring you success in life…

1. Start Your Day Early

Almost every successful person who accomplishes amazing feat arises early in the day. They wake up extremely early so that they can spend the undisturbed time alone and do their most important tasks – get ready for what is coming during the day. You have to always remember, in order to build outstanding success, you have to always be prepared and start strong. Outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs such as Howard Schultz of Starbucks, Richard Branson of Virgin Group, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Disney CEO Bob Iger, etc, all started their day early. Action: Practice this same habit of waking up early and get ready for what is coming during the day. You may feel uneasy and uncomfortable at first, but you need to overcome it and turn it into a habit. Wake up 15 minutes earlier and gradually improve from there can be a good strategy.

2. Spend 30 Minutes Into Reading

Invest in yourself is one of the most important things that you can do to achieve extraordinary results in life. There is no difference between you and me, we are both the same physically, unless if you are like Nick Vujicic, who was born without limbs. The only difference between us will be our knowledge and our skills. It is our thinking that separates us and makes us who we are today. Therefore, if you want to improve your results, first you have to change the way you think. When you change your thinking and your mindset, you will be able to change the way you make decision. When your decision changed, your action will be different and you will get different results. This is why invest in yourself is so important that even Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are practicing it as a habit. Do you know that reading is one of the easiest habits you can practice to improve the quality of your life? Want to learn how to cook? Learn from a cook book. Want to learn how to invest in the stock market and be financially free? Learn from books and attend seminars for faster result. Action: Practice the habit of reading for at least 30 minutes each day. You can do this either in the morning before you start your day or before you sleep at night. Read relevant books that will improve your knowledge or just read personal development books.

3. Practice The Power Of Five

This is a powerful technique that can give you results over time. Dreaming and thinking about being rich and successful is not going to help unless you act and take action upon your dreams. This technique is so that you will do what is important each day and get you the results you want over time. Every day, write down 5 things that you need to do in order to achieve your goals and do them. You can do more if you have more time, depending on your tasks. Make sure that you do the task so that you will guarantee to get results. More importantly, practice this technique every day until it becomes a habit and you will do it automatically. Action: Each day before you start your day or the night before, write down 5 most important tasks that you need to get done during the day and do it. Do this consistently until it becomes a habit.

4. Praise And Compliment Others

When is the last time you praise and compliment others? Do you know that by complimenting others, you are creating good and positive energy and this energy can surround you and make the whole environment good? Of course, you don’t have to do this on purpose or compliment others for the sake of it. No, you have to praise and compliment from your heart. You want to really feel good about it and do it with integrity. If you are trying to fake it, others may feel it and the effect can be the opposite. Great leaders compliment other people’s good work. If you want to build a strong and successful business, you must lead a great team. And to lead a great team, you have to start from looking at the good things from your team’s effort. Action: Practice the habit of complimenting others by searching for the good in those people in your surrounding. You might want to start with people close to you such as your family, your spouse or your friends. Try to praise them and see the results.

5. Commit To Your Promises

"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently." – Warren Buffett So walk your talk and commit to your promises. Once you have promised someone that you will do it, do it with your full commitment. No matter it is in business or in life, if you are someone who break promises, nobody will trust you and no one would want to do business with you. Being ethical and keeping promise are the two characteristics that people look into when they do business with you. Not only that, try to imagine if you promise your spouse to do something but you did not. It may be alright for once. However, if you do it consistently, your relationship may suffer. Whenever you set goals, they are like promises that you make to yourself. So commit to your goals and act on them seriously. Never take this lightly as it is going to determine who you are and where will you be in the future. Action: Decide and commit to your goals from now on. Never do things half-heartedly. Keep all your promises and walk your talk, especially in business.

6. You Can Never Do It Alone

No man is an island. You can never succeed alone. Some people may say that they achieved outstanding results because of what they do, alone, which is not true. Never forget the education that your parents gave you. Never forget the love your family gave you. What about your clients who trust and spend their money with you? So no one can succeed alone. When you understand this principle, you will start to trust others and delegate your work to them. And it is when you start to delegate you will see your business grows, your life move to the next level and you will be a real leader because you are creating opportunities for more people. Never forget your team and the people who get you to where you are when you are the top after you have achieved the result you desire. Action: If you want to build a successful business and create outstanding success in life, build a team. It is not a one-man show.

7. Contribute Back To The Society And The World

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Richard Branson, etc, they all donate and contribute a lot back to the society. You may say that they can do so because they are rich and they have all the wealth. Think about this, do you think it is easier to donate $10 or to donate $100,000? Giving back to the society and tithing is a personality that you must practice from small. If you find it hard to donate even $10, you will never donate $100,000. Those who are already rich and successful able to donate and contribute much more because they already have the habit in them. They started doing so when they are “not there” yet. Action: Start to adopt the habit of tithing and contribute back to the world and the society. You don’t need to wait until you are successful to do so. Start small and make it into a habit. Start today. Shawn Lim is a professional blogger and has been in the personal development industry for more than 7 years. He is the founder of and through his blog, he has encouraged thousands of people to achieve their dreams and move to the higher level in life.

Dec 31, 2013

- What will you make of the blank slate that is 2014?

What can you create? What changes can you make stick?

These are the questions to ask ourselves right now. Imagine a year from now, as we’re finishing 2014 — what new habits will you have then?

You can take the usual approach and make a bunch of New Year’s resolutions, and fail at pretty much all of them. Or you can focus on one habit a month, and use proven techniques to make them stick.

At the end of a year, you’ll have 12 new habits. Even if only half of those habits managed to stick, your life would be greatly changed.

May I make a few suggestions?

  • Aim for long-term changes that will have compound interest over the years.
  • Make one change at a time for maximum effectiveness.
  • Find accountability to help yourself stick to the changes.
  • One per month means 12 changes for the year.

Here are the 12 changes I suggest for 2014:

Focus on:

  1. Unprocrastination
  2. Exercise
  3. Meditation
  4. Self-compassion
  5. Wake early
  6. Declutter
  7. Let go of expectations
  8. Simple living
  9. Productivity
  10. Improve relationships
  11. Contentment
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