Prof. Hassan Lakiss

President of the Islamic University of Lebanon

Phone +961 5 807717
Mobile   +961 70 814257


Prof. Hassan Lakiss is a distinguished academic and mechanical engineer, currently serving as the President of the Islamic University of Lebanon. He earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Toulouse (INSAT) in 2000, following a Master’s degree from the same institution and a Mechanical Engineering diploma.

Over the years, Prof. Lakiss has established himself as a prominent figure in academia, serving as a professor at the Lebanese University for over two decades and supervising numerous master’s and PhD theses at prestigious universities in France and Lebanon. His research focuses on composite materials, viscoelastic metamaterials, and wave propagation in periodic structures, and he has published over 30 high-impact articles in prestigious international journals and has a notable h-index of 15, reflecting his impact on the field.

In addition to his academic endeavors, Prof. Lakiss has played significant roles in various governmental and industrial projects. He served as the Minister of Agriculture in the Lebanese government from 2018 to 2019 and has been a consultant for the World Bank and the Lebanese Ministry of Industry. His projects have included the development of wind turbine systems, vocational and technical education assessments, and collaborative research with French institutes on multi-material composite structures. Prof. Lakiss’s leadership extends to his membership in professional organizations such as the Order of Engineers and Architects in Beirut and his active participation in the Lebanese Industrial Research Achievements Program (LIRA). His contributions to engineering education and research have made him a distinguished leading figure in his field.

Hhigh-Impact Published Articles


1996 – 2000

PhD in Mechanical Engineering
INSAT institute (National Institute of Applied Sciences of Toulouse, France)
Toulouse – France

1995 – 1996

Master in Mechanical Engineering
INSAT institute (National Institute of Applied Sciences of Toulouse, France)
Toulouse – France

1988 – 19946

Mechanical Engineering Diploma

Practice Areas

Prof. Hassan Lakiss's practice areas encompass a wide range of fields within mechanical engineering and related disciplines. These areas include:

Composite Materials

  • Industrial applications of composite materials.
  • Acoustic properties and electromechanical systems involving composites.
  • Effective viscoelastic long-range memory effects in composite materials.

Dynamic Analysis and Wave Propagation

  • Static and dynamic response of random fibrous networks.
  • Investigation of the dynamic properties of periodic network materials.
  • Propagation of elastic waves in periodic piezoelectric composites.
  • Nonlinear dynamical analysis and wave propagation in network materials.

Finite Element Modeling

  • Computational modeling using finite element methods for hydraulics, CFD, and structural analysis.
  • Development and application of hyperelastic models for materials.

Viscoelastic Metamaterials

  • Development of viscoelastic metamaterials for biological membranes in collaboration with French institutes.

Technical Education and Industrial Consulting

  • Assessment of technical education systems and development of adaptive education policies.
  • Feasibility studies and design projects for wind turbines and other industrial applications.
  • Consultancy on vocational and technical education projects for organizations like the World Bank.

Research and Publication

  • Extensive research on homogenization methods, wave propagation analysis, and microstructure size effects.
  • Over 30 published articles in high-impact international journals covering topics such as composite structures, sound and vibration, and nonlinear mechanics.



  • President of Islamic university in Lebanon
  • Supervisor of Several Masters and PhD Thesis (Lebanese University UTT France, Lorraine university France).
  • Regular reviewer in international journals in the field of Material and mechanics

2000 – 2022

  • Professor at the Lebanese University, Faculty of Engineering
  • Member of the Board of Directors in solidarity fund for members of the teaching staff at the Lebanese University
  • Member of the Board of directors of Lebanese Industrial Research Achievements Program (LIRA)
  • Development of viscoelastic metamaterial for biological membrane. Project “CNRS-Lebanon” in collaboration with French Institutes

2018 – 2019

  • Minister of Agriculture, Lebanese government
  • Member in order of Engineers and Architects-Beirut

2000 – 2013

  • Consultant to Minister of Industry for two years (2008-2010)
  • Consultant for the Project of Needs assessments for the vocational & technical education, World Bank, Beirut – Lebanon
  • Assuring effective collaboration with the Ministry, with national and international consultants and with national project stakeholders
  • Project plan development and control, resource estimation and scheduling
  • Assessment of technical education, propositions for an adaptive education policy
  • Feasibility and design study of wind turbines (stand alone and connected with grid) for generating electricity by wind. This project is done with collaboration with the Lebanese Syrian Higher Council
  • Development of a system for assistance to the optimal conception for structures of multi-materials composite. Project “CEDRE” in collaboration with French Institutes


Publishing more than 40 articles in international journals with high impact factors in the characterization and development of homogenization method in linear and nonlinear region with wave propagation analysis taking into account the microstructure size effects (Composite Structure, Journal of Sound and Vibration, International journal of Non Linear Mechanics, Journal of Engineering Science, International journal of solid and structure).
  • H. Reda, Y. Rahali, J.F. Ganghoffer, H. LakissWave propagation in 3D viscoelastic auxetic and textile materials by homogenized continuum micropolar models. Composite Structures 141 (2016) 328–345
  • H. Reda, J.F. Ganghoffer, H. LakissMicropolar dissipative models for the analysis of 2D dispersive waves in periodic lattices. Journal of sound and vibration 392 (2017) 325–345
  • H. Reda, Y. Rahali, J.F. Ganghoffer, H. LakissAnalysis of dispersive waves in repetitive lattices based on homogenized second-gradient continuum models. Composite structures 152 (2016) 712-728
  • H. Reda, J.F. Ganghoffer, K. Elnady, H. LakissAnalysis of nonlinear wave propagation in hyperelastic 1D continuum materials constructed by homogenization. Mechanics Research Communications 84 (2017) 136–141
  • H. Reda, Y. Rahali, J.F. Ganghoffer, H. LakissNonlinear dynamical analysis of 3D textiles based on second order grdient homogenized media. Composite structures 154 (2016) 538-555
  • H. Reda, Y. Rahali, J.F. Ganghoffer, H. LakissWave propagation in 2D nonlinear hexagonal periodic networks based on second order gradient nonlinear constitutive models. International journal of nonlinear Mechanics 87(2016) 85-96
  • H. Reda, I. Goda, J.F. Ganghoffer, G. L'Hostis, H. LakissDynamical analysis of homogenized second gradient anisotropic media for textile composite structures and analysis of size effects. Composite Structures 161 (2017) 540–551
  • H. Reda, K, Elnady, J.F. Ganghoffer, H. Lakiss‘Influence of finite strains on wave propagation in periodic networks based on large strains homogenization’ Composite Structures 184 (2018) 860–871
  • H. Reda, K, Elnady, J.F. Ganghoffer, H. Lakiss‘Control of acoustic properties of network materials by finite pre deformations: theoretical aspects and applications to 3D auxetic network materials, International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics 99 (2018) 1–1
  • H. Reda, Y. Rahali, N. Karathanasopoulos, J.F. Ganghoffer, H. LakissThe role of coupling energy between first and second gradient terms in wave propagation analysis of three dimensional metamaterials Int. J. of Eng. Science 128 (2018) 151–164
  • H. Reda, N. Karathanasopoulos, K. Elnady, J.F. Ganghoffer, H. LakissControl of the static and wave propagation characteristics of two-dimensional architectured materials through varying anisotropy. Materials and Design 147 (2018) 134–145
  • H. Reda, K, Berkache, J.F. Ganghoffer, H. LakissDynamical properties of random fibrous networks based on generalized continuum mechanics. Wave in random and complex media, 10.1080/17455030.2018.1478468, 2018
  • H. Reda, J.F. N. Karathanasopoulos, Ganghoffer, H. LakissWave propagation characteristics of periodic structures accounting for the effect of their higher order inner material kinematics. Journal of sound and vibration 431 (2018), 29 265–275
  • A. Chehouri, R. Youness, A. Ilinca, J. Perron, H.Lakiss ‘Optimal Design for Composite Wind Turbine Blade with Fatigue and Failure Constraints. Transaction in Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering. Vol. 39, No. 2, (2015), 171-186
  • Walaa Diab, J. Toufaily, F. Villieras, B. Koubayssi, H. Mortada, H. Lakiss, T. Hamieh"Study of Physicochemical Properties of Colloidal Sediments of Litani River in Lebanon " Physics Procedia 55 (2014) 251 – 258
  • M. Khalil, P. Hebraud, A. Mcheik, H. Mortada, H. Lakiss, T. Hamieh"Elongational Flow-Induced Crystallization in Polypropylene/Talc Nanocomposites". Physics Procedia 55 (2014) 259 – 264
  • A. Kassas, J. Bernard, C. Lelievre, D. Houivet, H. Lakiss, T. Hamieh"Humidity Sensitive Characteristics of Porous Li-Mg-Ti-O-F Ceramic Materials", American Journal of Analytical Chemistry, 4(2013), 83-89
  • 18) A. Kassas, J. Bernard, C. Lelievre, D. Houivet, H. Lakiss, T. Hamieh"Ceramic Thick Film Humidity Sensor Based on MgTiO3+LiF". Materials Research Bulletin 48 (2013) 3987-3993
  • T. Hamieh, F. Kawtharani, A. Kassas, R. Quercioli, D. Houivet, J. Bernard, H. Lakiss, J. Toufaily, R. Aoun, M. Reda"Ultrafine Grinding of MgTiO3 Based Ceramic Influencing the Material Properties". Physical Chemistry & Biophysics, (2013), 3:3 1000122
  • H. Lakiss, A. Daidie, A.Vadean, J.Guillot"Application of the Design of Experimental Methods to Transversely Loaded Cylindrical Assembly". P. Chedmail and al. (eds.), Integrated Design and Manufacturing in Mechanical Engineering, Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands ISBN 1-4020-0979-8. (2002), P. 423-440
  • H. Lakiss, A.Vadean., D. Leray, J.Guillot"A Hybrid Calculation Model for Bolted Assemblies used for Slewing Bearings" Integrated Design and Manufacturing in Mechanical Engineering, (2002), P. 481-488
  • H. Lakiss, A. Daidie, J.Guillot"The Use of Experimental Design on a Bolted Joint". IRF, 99 Integrity, Reliability & Failure University of Porto, Portugal, July 19-22, (1999). P. 81-84
  • H. Lakiss, E.H. Benkhira, A. Daidie, J. Guillot"Modélisation d'un Assemblage Boulonné Cylindrique Reposant sur un Corps Rigide Soumis à un Effort Transversal". CSME 98, The Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering Ryerson Polytechnic University Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 19 - 22 May, (1998). V.2, P. 289-296
  • A. Daidie, H. Lakiss, J. Guilloot"The Effect of Geometrical Parameters on Crosses Loaded Bolted Joints". DAAAM, 98 Danube Adria Association For Automation & Manufacturing, ISBN 3-901509-08-9, Vienna, 22-24 October (1998), P. 155-156
  • H. Reda, J.F. N. Karathanasopoulos, Ganghoffer, H. LakissAnalytical homogenization for piezoelectric and study of the nonlocal wave propagation analysis. Accepted to ZAMM 2019
  • M. Ayad, H. Reda, N. Karathanasopolous, J.F. Ganghoffer, H. LakissDispersion characteristics of periodic structural system using higher order beam element dynamics, Accepted to Mathematics and Mechanics of solids
  • M. Ayad, H. Reda, N. Karathanasopolous, J.F. Ganghoffer, H. LakissOn the role of second gradient constitutive parameters in the static and dynamic analysis of heterogeneous media with micro-inertia effects, Accepted to International journal of solid and structure
  • H. Reda, Y.Rahali, J.F. Ganghoffer, H. LakissWave propagation analysis in 2D nonlinear periodic structures prone to mechanical instabilities. From Microstructure Investigations to Multiscale Modeling, ISTE, Publisher: Wiley, November 2017
  • N. Mawassi, H. Reda, J.F. Ganghoffer, H. LakissWave propagation analysis in non-local flexoelectric composite materials, Composite Structures (2021) 278(2):114696
  • N. Mawassi, H. Reda, J.F. Ganghoffer, Seyed Ehsan Alavi, H. LakissAnalysis of surface effects based on first and second strain gradient mechanics, Mechanics of Material (2021) 175(13):104462
  • N. Mawassi, H. Reda, J.F. Ganghoffer, H. LakissControl of the piezoelectric and flexoelectric homogenized properties of architected materials by tuning their inner topology, Mechanics Research Communications (2022) 127(4)
  • A. Wazni, H. Reda, J.F. Ganghoffer, H. LakissNonlinear wave propagation analysis in architected materials with consideration of extension, shear and bending effects, Mechanics Research Communications (2022) 128:104044
  • W. Al-Shaar, N. Nehme, H. Haidar, H. LakissForecasted water demand using Extended Cellular Automata Markov Chain Model: case of Saida and Jezzine regions in Lebanon, Sustainable Water Resources Management (2022) 7
  • W. Al-Shaar, J. Gerard, N. Nehme, H. Lakiss, L. BarakatApplication of modified cellular automata Markov chain model: forecasting land use pattern in Lebanon, Modeling Earth Systems and Environment (2021) 7, 321–1335
  • Wazne, A., Reda, H., Ganghoffer, JF., H. LakissAnalysis of nonlinear wave propagation within architected materials consisting of nonlinear Timoshenko beam structural elements, Mechanics Research Communications, In press, 2024, 103344
  • Wazne, A., Reda, H., Ganghoffer, JF., H. LakissNonlinear Wave Propagation in Homogenized strain gradient 1D and 2D lattice materials: applications to hexagonal and triangular networks, ZAMM, In press, 2024