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Mina Samaan

Mina Samaan



Dr. Mina Michel Samaan is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Galala University, and co-founder of the Equal Opportunity Unit. He holds bachelor and master degrees in Architectural Engineering from Mansoura University and earned his PhD from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. His dissertation, “The Nile Development Game,” examining conflict and cooperation among Nile riparian states, was published by Springer Nature. Dr. Samaan has lectured and researched at Mansoura University, the Technical University of Dresden, and Florida International University. He led multiple DAAD projects on sustainable built environments, and has been honored with medals from various Egyptian ministries, universities, and the Egyptian Syndicate of Engineers.ORE THAN 100 WORDS.


  • PhD in Developmental Studies – Disputation date took place on August 23, 2017 – Institute of Social Sciences, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany – Under the title of “The Nile Development Game: Tug-of-war or Benefits for All?” – Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) through the EXCEED Center for Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries.
  • M.Sc. in Architectural Engineering – June 2013 – Registered on May 2010 – Faculty of Engineering, Mansoura University, Egypt – Under the title of “Towards Sustainable Campus Buildings In Egypt: Using BPS Tools for Optimizing Educational Spaces”.
  • B.Sc. in Architectural Engineering – July 2008 – Faculty of Engineering, Mansoura University, Egypt – Cumulative Grade: Very Good (Hons), 81.3%, Ranked: First. Graduation Project: Green City Center – Grade: Excellent.


Area Of Research

Sustainable Architecture Water Governance Energy-Efficient Buildings, and History of Architecture.


  • 2019-2021  Egyptian PI of the DAAD 2-year Academic Cooperation Project “Delta Technical-Urban Partnership for Environmental, Social and Urban Quality” (Project ID: 57477417) with TU-Berlin – Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
  • 2019-2020  Egyptian PI of the DAAD 6-month Research Project “Understanding the German- Egyptian Cities by Machine Intelligence” (Project ID: 57503312) with HafenCity University, Hamburg – Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Awards/Honorable Mentions

Awarded the medals of honor for scientific excellence from the Mansoura University Presidential Office, the Egyptian Minister of Environment, Egyptian Minister of higher Education, the Egyptian Engineers Syndicate, and the Arab Academy of Science and Technology (AAST).

Academic Positions

  • 2021 to present: Assistant Professor – Faculty of Architecture, Galala University, Egypt.
  • 2018-2021: Lecturer – Architectural Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Mansoura University, Egypt.
  • 2009-2021: Co-founder and Vice Director – The Egyptian Sustainable Urbanism (ESU) Lab, an umbrella integrating students, alumni, researchers and faculty into scientific teams promoting innovative activities.
  • 2020: Guest Lecturer – Department of Architectural Theory, TU-Berlin, Germany, with Professor Joerg Gleiter in ”Type and Model” Course, ,“M-Arch-T” Masters Program.
  • 2019-2021: Adj. Lecturer – Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design Department, Arab Academy of Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport (AAST), Smart Village.

Non-academic jobs

  • 2021 to present: Cofounder – the Equal Opportunity Unit and the Special Needs Support Center, Galala University, Egypt.
  • 2022 to present: Representative of the Egyptian Syndicate of Engineers in the Federation of African Engineering Organizations (FAEO), Water Workgroup.


  • Teaching courses of History and Theory of Architecture, Environmental Studies, Sustainability and Urbanism, and Research Methods in Architecture, at Galala University, the Architectural Design and Digital Architectural Program.
  • Applying for research projects funds.
  • Developing the research strategy of the Faculty of Architecture at Galala University.
  • Serving students with disabilities and organizing events at Galala university, Equal Opportunity Unit.