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TEDxBeirut - Bassam Jalgha - Why can't we have our own NASA?

Bassam JalghaEngineer / Musicianwww.depotbassam.blogspot.comTwitter: @bassamjalghaBassam was born and raised in Beirut. He got his BE in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut and continued his Masters in the same field with a concentration in Mechatronics. His graduate research topic was in robotics, specifically in fall avoidance of embedded humanoid robots. Currently Bassam is working as an instructor at AUB teaching Mechatronics and Control systems labs.Other than engineering, Bassam also has a personal devotion to music. He studied Oud instrumental music at the Lebanese National Conservatoire and spent most of his life learning and developing his musical skills as a performer. His latest work is the music for the award winning short documentary "The Sky Was Angry" for director Sharif Abd El Nour. In 2009, Bassam won first prize in "Stars of Science" season 1 a Pan-Arab innovation contest. His project, "Dozan" is an automated tuning device for string musical instruments. During the three-month competition, he was able to build the device and pass all the stages from engineering to product design to business and finally marketing.Since then he has been devoted to developing the product, discovering the difficulties ahead, and overcoming them.In 2011 Bassam co-founded DepotBeirut a company specializing in electronic prototyping and consumer product development.About TEDxIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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