Who Is She

Personal information

Innovation Architect and Adjunct Professor
Manal Houri

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United States of America
1 972 839 2980

Contact information / Work

Learning & Development - Innovation
1 Hacker Square
Menlo Park
United States of America
2980 839 972 1

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  • Doctorate degree, Computer Science, 2014, Southern Methodist University, United States of America.
  • Master's degree, Computer Science, 2004, Lebanese American University, Lebanon.
  • Bachelor's degree, Computer Science, 2001, Lebanese American University, Lebanon.

Areas of expertise

  • Innovation and Tech
  • Corporate Technical Training
  • Learning Consulting
  • Power Management
  • Data Centers
  • Software Testing
  • Arabic
  • English
  • French

Work history

  • Innovation Architect, January 2018- present, Facebook
  • Adjunct Professor, January 2015-present, Southern Methodist University.
  • Technical Training & Portfolio Manager, May 2014- January 2018, Ericsson Inc.
  • Learning Consultant, March 2013-April 2014, Ericsson Inc.
  • Technical Instructor, January 2011-February 2013, Ericsson Inc.
  • Teaching Assistant, August 2008-December 2010, Southern Methodist University.
  • Research Assistant, August 2005-July 2008, Southern Methodist University.

Honorary office and memberships

  • Student representative at the Southern Methodist University (SMU), Lyle School of Engineering, Graduate Student Council, 2009-2010.
  • Vice Chair at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Computer Science and Engineering Student Advisory Board, 2005-2007.


Publications highlights: 
  • Manal Houri, “Immersive Learning Combo,” The Trainer’s Blended Content Cookbook, MIMEO, December 2017. [Link]
  • Manal Houri, “Uberized Learning in the Age of IoT,” MIMEO blog, September 15, 2016. [Link]
  • Houri, M. & Szygenda, S. (2015, March). Wide area power management: A clique partitioning algorithm for power management in geo-distributed data centers. Paper presented at the Computers and their Applications (CATA) conference. Honoloulu, USA.
  • Houri, M., Khargharia, B., Hariri, S., Kdouh, W., El-Rewini, H. & Yousif, M. (2008, April). Autonomic power and performance management of high-performance servers. Paper presented at the IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing. Miami, Florida. DOI: 10.1109/IPDPS.2008.4536418
  • Mansour N., Haraty, R. Daher, W., & Houri, M. (2008, July). An auto-indexing method for Arabic text. Information Processing and Management, 44, 1538-1545.
  • Houri, M. and Mansour, N. (2008). Testing web applications. Information and software technology, 48 (1), 31-42.
  • Houri, M., Khargharia, B., Hariri, S., Szidarovszky, F., El-Rewini, H., Khan, S., Ahmad, I. & Yousif, M. (2007, March). Autonomic power and performance management for large scale data centers. Paper presented at the IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing. Long Beach, California. DOI: 10.1109/IPDPS.2007.370510
  • Houri, M., Ramadan, R., Abdelghany, K., & El-Rewini, H. (2007). Impact of heterogeneity on the deployment of sensor networks. WICON '07 proceedings of the 3rd international conference on wireless internet (article no. 27). Brussels: Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering. Retrieved from http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1460047
Exhibitions, lectures & performances: 
  • Speaker, “Learning Amidst the Internet of Things,” Learning 2017, Orlando, Florida, 2017.
  • Kick-off Speaker, Summer Intern Program kick-off, Ericsson, Plano, TX, 2017.
  • Speaker, 5G Use Cases, Engineers’ Week, University of Texas in Dallas, Richardson, TX, 2017.
  • Speaker, “Uberized Learning in the Age of IoT”, Learning 2016, Orlando, Florida, 2016.
  • Speaker, Promoting Computer Science to undecided major class, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 2016.
  • Speaker, Promoting new Learning Services Solutions: gaming and multimedia, Verizon User Group, Frisco, TX, 2016.
  • Speaker, “Wearable Learning,” Training Conference & Expo, Orlando, Florida, 2016.
  • Speaker, “Technology for Good,” Ericsson University Relations Intern Fall event, Plano, TX, 2015.
  • Speaker, “Generation Z in the Workplace,” Learning 2015, Orlando, Florida, 2015.
  • Speaker and Session Chair, Computers and their Applications (CATA), International Society for Computers and Their Applications (ISCA), 2015
  • Lecture, "Like a Millennial in a "Candy Crush" Store", presented at the Learning 2014, Orlando, Florida, 2014.
  • Lecture, "Game on! Learning Gets Personal", presented at the Learning 2013, Orlando, Florida, 2013.
  • Lecture, "Workload Characterization for Power-Award Application Placement in Large Scale Data Centers", presented at the Computer Science and Engineering Department Colloquium, SMU, Dallas, Texas, 2010.
  • Lecture, "Compatibility-Dependent Application Placement for Energy-Efficient Data Centers", presented at the Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon, 2008.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Received the Ericsson Learning Services Innovation Recognition Award for innovating a new virtual learning model in the corporate setting, January 2012.
  • Received the Outstanding Performance Award from the Graduate Student Council at Southern Methodist University for her service on the graduate student council, April 2010.