Prof. Helal honored as TUM Ambassador 2022

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Professor Hany Helal, professor at Cairo University, was honored as a TUM Ambassador by TUM President Professor Thomas F. Hofmann in July 2022 in front of an audience of around 2,000 as part of the Technical University of Munich's summer concert at the Isarphilharmonie. This honorary title is awarded to selected top international researchers who enrich the Technical University of Munich with their expertise and experience.

TUM Ambassador Prof. Hany Mahfouz Helal is a professor at the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University in Egypt.
TUM Ambassador Prof. Hany Mahfouz Helal is a professor at the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University in Egypt. Picture: Astrid Eckert/TUM
The TUM Ambassadors with their hosts and the two Vice Presidents Prof. Gerhard Kramer and Prof. Juliane Winkelmann.
The TUM Ambassadors with their hosts and the two Vice Presidents Prof. Gerhard Kramer and Prof. Juliane Winkelmann. Picture: Astrid Eckert/TUM

Professor Hany Helal is conducting research together with TUM Professor Christian Große from the Chair of Non-destructive Testing in the Department of Materials Engineering and a research group consisting of German and Egyptian scientists on nondestructive techniques for preserving archaeological cultural heritage. In the "ScanPyramids" project, they are using a wide variety of measurement methods such as infrared or ultrasound to detect cavities or other artifacts inside the Pyramid of Khufu in Egypt. The resulting digital model allows a sustainable non-destructive and, if necessary, non-contact assessment of the structural composition of cultural heritage.

Professor Hany Helal has been teaching and researching rock mechanics at Cairo University's Faculty of Engineering since 1993. In between, he served as Egyptian Minister of Science and Higher Education and President of Senghor University in Alexandria.

During the summer matinee at the Isarphilharmonie, Professor Kaan Erkorkmaz and Professor Markos Papageorgiou were also honored as TUM Ambassadors. Professor Markos Papageorgiou conducts research together with the Chair of Traffic Engineering and Control of the Department of Mobility Systems Engineering. Professor Kaan Erkorkmaz works closely with the Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.