- Assistant Professor of Sustainable Living
- Dina has taught at the Maharishi University of Management for six years
Dina El Chammas has been working in the field of sustainability, environmental engineering and sustainable watershed management since the year 2000. She holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s of Engineering from the American University of Beirut.
Her expertise includes working at the Environmental and Water Resource Engineering department at the American University of Beirut performing research related to industrial waste management, water and wastewater treatment processes, wastewater reclamation practices, development of natural resources within an economically sustainable framework, and the use of alternative fuels. She then worked as an environmental engineer in the Gulf and Caspian regions on projects in Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of Georgia and Azerbaijan. Her work entailed the preparation and implementation of environmental management plans, reinstatement and landscape management plans, pollution prevention plans, waste management plans and water and wastewater management plans.
She was heavily involved in the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements for large construction sites, including performing field baseline studies and data modeling and assessment. She has experience with EPA, EU and WHO Environmental Legislation & Regulations. In her role as environmental team leader for an engineering contractor with over 2000 employees and sites in North Africa, the Middle East and the Gulf and Caspian regions she built an Environmental Management System that got the company ISO 14001 certified.
She is a certified environmental auditor by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and is certified by the Iowa Stormwater Education Program (ISWEP) to design and implement urban green infrastructure within the state of Iowa.
Dina also established and successfully ran the first legal entity to offer the Transcendental Meditation program in the Gulf Region and has been teaching, developing sustainability curriculum, and mentoring students since 2010. She is a strong proponent of problem based, service oriented learning. In her classes students apply their knowledge by contributing to current, locally based projects, both urban and agricultural in nature. Students work closely with experts in the field from the private, public and NGO sectors. She has used this approach to great success in her watershed management courses in which students heavily participated in the process of applying for a 2 million dollar grant for the implementation of Green Infrastructure in Fairfield. The City later on received this grant and the students were congratulated by the city for their contribution.
She is a strong advocate of women in STEM and strongly encourages women and girls to excel in the sciences and to gain technical proficiency as a way to promote and encourage change in the world.
El Chammas Gass D. (in progress). Immerse in Your Watershed: Problem Based, Service Learning for Undergraduate Sustainability Education. The Journal of Sustainability Education. Prescott, Arizona.
Chammas, D. 2003. Potentiality of Wastewater Reclamation and Reuse in the Lebanon. A Case Study. Masters Thesis, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon. Beneficiary of the 2001-2002 Ibrahim Abd El Al Master Thesis Assistantship.
American University of Beirut Research Fund granted by the American University of Beirut for furthering research work on Master’s thesis.
Ibrahim Abd El Aal Masters Theses Assistantship award granted for Master’s thesis.