Welcome IARP’s New Board Chair, Salam Murtada

Posted on June 7, 2018 by


IARP is delighted to welcome Salam Murtada as Chair of our Board of Directors, effective March 2018.

Salam Murtada has been a board member with IARP since 2011, and involved in various projects to promote peace and understanding between the Iraqi and American cultures. Born and raised in Amman, Jordan, he developed great respect for his neighboring Iraq and its immense contributions to our world in the areas of literature, Islamic studies, law, medicine, science, architecture, arts, music and history.  He is a professional civil and environmental engineer, currently working for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  His work involves conducting hydrologic/hydraulic modeling for watersheds, floodplains and geomorphic studies. Salam earned an M.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, both from West Virginia University. He earned a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and B.S. in Structural Engineering both from the University of Texas at Austin.  In addition to engineering, Salam is a concert pianist and composer who loves to perform at various community venues. His music-related projects involve finding and promoting Arabic classical music. A recent Iraqi Voices documentary included his performance of Hamuraby, composed by Beatrice Ohanessian, a prominent Iraqi pianist and composer.

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