The first time I met Mr. Ayoub Talahimi was when he invited a few Syrian students from Illinois
Mr. Talahimi is an American-Palestinian civil engineer with an outstanding career in Illinois. He was always interested in helping young engineers who came from the Middle East; he also was among the people who helped found the Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects (AAAEA) – a non- profit, non-political, non-religious professional organization headquartered in Chicago. He had a long and illustrious career with a great deal of community service and professional accomplishments; He was known among his associates as “Mr. Flood-Control.”
Mr. Talahimi passed away few months ago in June 2014; he had been born in 1928. It was my pleasure and honor to attend the funeral services with his family, friends, and all the people that he had helped throughout his life.
Mr. Talahimi earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1960. And even as a man in his early 80s, he quickly become a strong supported of the Syrian student initiative at Illinois Tech. He found time for so many of us – just as he had done throughout his career. In our meeting and conversations he exhibited so much energy for the future – and our future.
At this funeral, I learned and talked to many individuals – often decades older than myself – and came to understand that this was a man whose reach and kindness had extended throughout this lifetime, and so many of them were their offer their thanks and gratitude to a mentor, and friend.
At the end of the funeral, his son told me that we “represent the legacy of my father’s work” and “that the value of his work during his life” would live on with us.
As members of the IIT Syrian student initiative, we accept this responsibility to honor the life of Mr. Talahimi and all of those who have brought us to our arrival in Chicago at Illinois Tech.
Armour College of Engineering – Civil Engineering
Illinois Institute of Technology
Anticipated graduation date: December 2014
Suhaib was born in Kamishli, Syria; he is currently a senior student at Illinois Institute of
Technology, with earlier studies at Aleppo University and Damascus University. Suhaib is a Civil Engineering student with concentration in structural engineering.
Suhaib is currently working with Jasmine Baladi Studio, an NGO that is working to support the Syrian kids in refugee camps is Turkey. Suhaib can be reached at email@example.com