AAF Board Members

Ali Feliachi

Ali Feliachi received the Diplôme d’Ingénieur en Electrotechnique from the Ecole Nationale Polytechnique of Algiers, Algeria, in 1976, and the MS and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA in 1979 and 1983 respectively.

Amar Chaker

Dr. Amar Chaker obtained a degree of 'Ingénieur Civil’ from ‘Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées', Paris, France and a Ph. D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the director of Engineering Mechanics Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He has held faculty positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Drexel University.

Dr. Ghania Ait-Ghezala

Dr. Ait-Ghezala is a Scientist II, head of molecular biology/ genomic department at the Roskamp institute. A multidisciplinary team dedicated to understanding neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders with an emphasis on identifying and developing new therapeutics for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. She is also the Head of Molecular Biology at Archer pharmaceutical were she leads the program that is focused on developing molecular and cell biology-based screening of small molecule inhibitors.

Hassan Boukari

Hacene Boukari, PhD, is a Associate Professor of physics at Delaware State University. He obtained his PhD degree from University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, while working on a 22-million-dollar NASA-funded project to design, build, and operate a high-resolution spectrometer for studying superfluids under microgravity aboard NASA Space Shuttle.

Leila Hamroun-Yazid

Leila Hamroun-Yazid, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is the founder of Past Forward Architecture, an architectural practice based in Newark, DE providing design, planning, management and cultural analysis services primarily for existing buildings, with a mission to promote a preservation strategy of economic, cultural and social relevance.

Dr. Lotfi Belblidia

Dr. Lotfi Belblidia has a wide range of experience in nuclear engineering both in thermal-hydraulics and in reactor physics. He has been working in the field for more than 30 years, both in the United States and in Europe. He is Senior Nuclear Engineer with Studsvik, a Swedish company leader in software and services to the nuclear industry around the world, where he has been mostly involved in transient calculations. The last few years he has focused on developing and implemented advanced core models in training simulators.

Dr. Noureddine Melikechi

Dr. Noureddine Melikechi received a Diplôme d'Études Supérieures in Physics at the University of Sciences and Technology Houari Boumediene in Algiers, Algeria and a Doctorate of Philosophy (D.Phil.) in Physics at the University of Sussex in England. He is a Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and the Dean of the Kennedy College of Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Rahmouna Rouni

Rahmouna Rouni is the president and one of the founding members of the Maghreb-American Health Foundation, Inc. She is also specialized in the Quality management Systems implementation, Performance improvement and regulatory Compliance.

Taha Merghoub

Taha Merghoub, PhD was born and raised in Algeria. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Algiers, Algeria, DES (Diplôme D’Etudes Supérieures) in Genetics. He went on to receive a M.S. (Applied Biology and Genetics) and Ph.D. degree (Human Genetics).