General Supervisor ​of Services


Prof. Nedal T. Ratrout is the General Supervisor for Services (Chief Operations Officer & Chief Financial Officer) and Professor of Civil Engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) since 2018.

Previously, he served as the chairman of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at KFUPM between 2010 and 2015, and Dean of Academic Development between 2015 and 2018.

Professor Ratrout received his BSc. in Civil Engineering in 1983 and his MSc. in Civil Engineering (Transportation) in 1985 from KFUPM, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.  He obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering (Transportation) from Michigan State University, USA in 1989.

Professor Ratrout is well known for his strategic decision-making, executive vision and thought leadership. He has served as a member and chairman at various boards and leadership committees, which includes the National Committee for Traffic Safety in King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (Member), the Saudi Society for Traffic safety (Board Member), and the Traffic Safety Committee at KFUPM (Chairman).

Professor Ratrout is also an accomplished Educational Leader and a Certified Consultant Engineer with over 25 years of demonstrated experience spanning academic administration, academic development, project consulting and academic advising fields. He has developed a broad global mindset as a result of working with stakeholders, cross-functional teams, and executives in both academic and industry arenas. 

Professor Ratrout has published 65 papers in refereed journals and conferences, and served as a Chairman and a Committee Member in 27 Ph.D. dissertations and M.Sc. theses. He has received numerous awards for his distinguished performance in academia.

Reporting Relationships: 
Reporting to:

- H.E. the Rector of the University

Direct Reports: 

- Director General, Administrative Affairs
- Director General, Cultural & Recreational Facilities
- Director General, Environment Health & Safety
- Director General, Financial Affairs
- Director General, Food Services
- Director General, Housing & Office Services
- Director General, Maintenance
- Director General, Materials
- Director General, Medical Center
- Director General, Projects
- Director General, Security
- Director, University Press
- Director, Follow-up Unit
- Director, Office of Gen. Supervisor, Services

Supervisor of Technology Transfer, Innovation & Entrepreneurship


Dr. Samir A. Al-Baiyat is the Supervisor for Technology Transfer Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Chief Technology Officer) at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) since 2013.

He is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at KFUPM. He is also the Secretary General of KFUPM International Advisory Board.

Previously, he served as the Supervisor of Dhahran Techno-Valley (2011 – 2013), and as the Assistant Supervisor for Public Relations & International Cooperation (2010 -2011). In addition, Dr. Al-Baiyat served before as the Dean of College of Engineering Sciences and Actg. Dean, College of Applied (2002 – 2010). Prior to that, he was the Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at KFUPM (1995-2002).

Dr. Al-Baiyat received his B.S. and M.S. from KFUPM in 1977 & 1980 respectively. He did his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 1986. His area of interest is Control Systems and its application. He has published many journal and conference papers in his area and authored or co-authored a number of technical reports. He has also received several awards and medals for his outstanding contributions.

Dr. Al-Baiyat chairs the Board of the Saudi Scientific Society of Electrical Engineers since 2003. He was the Chairman of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Saudi Arabian Section from 1997 – 2002 and still continues to be a member in this society. Dr. Al-Baiyat was a member of the Electrical and Electronics Council in the Engineering Committee (1995-1998).

Reporting to:

- H.E. the Rector of the University

Direct Reports:

- Dean, Institute of Entrepreneurship
- Director, Innovation Center
- Director, Technology Advancements & Prototyping Center
- Director, Industrial Liaison Office
- Director, Information Center
- Director, Support Office TTIE