Dr. Sahel N. Abduljauwad is a professor in the Civil Engineering Department, Vice-Rector for Applied Research, and Director of the Office of Planning and Quality. He served as Chair of the Civil Engineering Department (1990-1996), Director of Academic Development Center (1999-2002), and Dean of Academic Development (2002-2007). Dr. Abduljauwad received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado-Bounder in 1985. His research interests include geotechnical engineering, soil-structure interaction and environmental geotechnique. He is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has published over 100 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Abduljauwad supervised the preparation of the first strategic plan of King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (2006-2011), and contributed to the development of faculty skills in training, teaching, and evaluation of academic curricula. He is the manager of AAFAQ project for the development of a strategic plan of university education in Saudi Arabia.
Prof. Mohammad Saad Al-Homoud is the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and a Professor of Architectural Engineering (ARE) at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM). He received his B.S. degree in May 1986 from KFUPM, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and M.S. degree in December 1989 from Penn State University, University Park, PA, USA and his Ph.D. degree in May 1994 from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA. Prof. Al-Homoud worked as the Dean of Scientific Research from 2005-2011, the Director of the Science & Technology Unit from 2008-2011. He was the Acting Dean of Graduate Studies from 2007-2008, the Director of the Office of International Cooperation from 2007-2009, the Director of the Program Assessment Center at the University since its establishment in 2003 until 2006.
He published over 40 articles in refereed international journals and conferences. He supervised many master theses, senior projects and co-op students. He has organized and participated in many national and international symposia and conferences and delivered several invited keynote speeches and workshops. Prof. Al-Homoud is the recipient of the KFUPM Distinguished Researcher Award in 2005, the Distinguished Training Short Courses Award in 2001, and the Distinguished Teacher Award in 1999. In additions to his active contributions in his area of energy management in buildings and building mechanical and HVAC systems, Dr. Al-Homoud has been extensively involved in quality assurance as well as strategic planning in higher education. He participated in a number of projects on developing strategic plans at the University as well as the national levels. He was the chairman and member of many committees inside and outside the University.