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2019 Mentor of the Year: Sleiman Ghorayeb

Sleiman R. Ghorayeb, PhD, professor of engineering at the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named the 2019 Mentor of the Year, an annual award that honors outstanding faculty supervision of advanced undergraduate research.

“My approach to how I mentor students stems from a deep personal passion to share my knowledge and career experiences. My philosophy is to bestow upon them the highest standards of experiential development that enables them to bring to the surface their powerful personal skills and creativity,” said Dr. Ghorayeb, who is also a professor of radiology and molecular medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and has taught medical physics in the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “This will enable them to tackle the most intricate medical research problems in the quest to find discoveries and solutions that will help the human race.”

In addition to teaching courses including circuit analysis, signals and linear systems, and medical imaging, Dr. Ghorayeb supervises honors theses and independent study, and has collaborated with his students on numerous research projects. Last year, he also served as a faculty mentor for undergraduates who spent ten weeks working full-time in the DeMatteis labs as part of the Advanced Summer Program in Research (ASPiRe)

“It is my goal to give my students a distinct role in my lab as I supervise them throughout the development of these projects. I am constantly hopeful that the outcome will lead to conference presentations as well as journal papers where their names will appear as co-authors alongside my colleagues and I,” he said. “I always remind them that research does not and should not happen in a vacuum, and that it can be a game changer. Having been named Mentor of the Year made me feel that my commitment to helping my students and empowering them to develop culturally, personally, and professionally has paid off.”

Biomedical engineering student Stella Glykos’19 has worked with Dr. Ghorayeb for the last year in the Ultrasound Research Lab and published two papers with him on a novel method to quantitatively assess ultrasound images of placentas and fetal lungs. 

“He took time to teach me everything I need to know about research, career options, and more,” said Glykos, who plans to become a physician. “He has believed in me more than I have ever believed in myself, and his extra push has made me accomplish things that I never knew I was capable of.”

The Mentor of the Year award reaffirms Hofstra’s recognition of advanced undergraduate research and dedicated faculty supervision as part of its commitment to teaching excellence, said Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs Neil H. Donahue.

Dr. Ghorayeb will be presented with the Mentor of the Year award at the Celebration of Scholarly Excellence ceremony on Friday, May 17, 2019. Previous recipients of this award include chemistry professor Ling Huang, philosophy professor Christopher Eliot, political science professor Paul Fritz, global studies and geography professors James Wiley and Kari Jensen, media studies professor Mary Ann Allison, and biology professor Justin DiAngelo.

Read what other students who nominated Dr. Ghorayeb said about his mentorship:

Dr. Ghorayeb is a wonderful professor; his classes are informative and challenging. He encourages the students to push their understanding and to take the information and form connections to real world applications.

He seems to always see a greater potential within us, which he pushes us to achieve. As a research mentor he strikes the perfect balance of nurturing my own scientific interests while also allowing me the independence to develop as a budding scientist.

Dr. Ghorayeb encouraged us to submit our research to different conferences and symposiums. Through these opportunities we gained experience in presenting, scholarly writing, and the conference process. The exposure to the world of research was invaluable. It provided insight into what type of career paths I might be interested in.

Dr. Ghorayeb encouraged me to pursue ultrasound research under his guidance and to complete an honors thesis along with it. When I wasn’t sure about taking it on, he assured me of my capabilities to handle the work.

I know that I will carry the confidence and skills that he has given me for the rest of my engineering career. Dr. Ghorayeb has influenced the biomedical engineering world and will continue to do so through students, such as myself, whom he has inspired to make a difference as well.

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