Dr. Fuad Mrad

Executive Director of UN – ESCWA Regional Technology Centre (Jordan)


Professor Fouad Mrad, a Lebanese national, joined the United Nations in December 2009 and is the Executive Director of the ESCWA Technology Centre located in Amman, Jordan.  A passionate supporter and advocate for innovation, Professor Mrad has been a Science Advisor for Stars of Science since 2009 and is a permanent judge on series 3.

Prior to this, Professor Mrad held the post of Development Staff for IBM – Magnetic Storage Division in Rochester, Minnesota, USA (1990-1993), moving on to the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department from 1993-2009.  

Other key roles include Consultant for the Lebanese Industrial Research Institute and Euro-Lebanese Center for Industrial Modernization (2008-2010) and Advisor to the CEO of Industrial Development Corp (Indevco) (2003-2008). Professor Mrad was also Advisor to the Lebanese Minister of Industry (2002-2005) and a Researcher to the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research (2003).

Professor Mrad received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, USA. He earned his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 

He has published papers in international journals and conferences in the areas of manufacturing, industrial qutomation and instrumentation, adaptive and intelligent control, and robotics. He also co-authored a textbook, Applied Mechatronics, Oxford University Press 2009, New York.