An education that closed doors

Imagine a penniless immigrant who comes to the United States in pursuit of a world-class education. He works hard and earns a Ph.D. in computational mechanical engineering from one of America’s top universities, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Then he becomes a founding faculty member at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, with a generous salary, a hefty startup package for his research, and lots of other perks. That may sound like an uplifting tale of perseverance and triumph against the odds, but the reality is different: Tamer Elsayed’s story also includes prison time and a permanent ban from the United States. (Keep reading at .)

Learning to Lead a Lab

Lab romance