Vice Rectors

Vice Rector for Research


Prof. Nasser M. Al-Aqeeli received a bachelor and master degree in Mechanical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals and a Ph.D. degree in Material Engineering from McGill University in Canada in 2007. He worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for one year, in addition to his work as a Research Scientist at Harvard University in the same year. He served as the Dean of Research in the period 2012- Sept. 2018 and has been serving as the Director of Science & Technology Unit since 2012 until now. He also served as the CEO of the Dhahran Valley Knowledge Company (DVKC). Since September 2018 is assumed the position of Vice Rector for Research at KFUPM. 

Prof. Al-Aqeeli received a number of awards for his distinguished works, the most recent of which is the Arab Creativity Award in the field of scientific creativity, which has been awarded by the Arab Thought Foundation in 2015. Prof. Al-Aqeeli has been also serving as a part-time consultant for a number of public and private entities.

He also participated in the preparation of a number of strategic plans inside and outside the University, as well as being a member in several national committees. From a research perspective, he has published (95) research papers in scientific journals with a distinguished impact factor in the ISI databases. He obtained (17) patents registered in the US Patent Office (USPTO), in addition to 3 patents registered in the Gulf Patent Office. He also transferred some of his patents to existing companies such as Telaa and RuBricks Inc. He is also a frequent keynote speaker and participant in scientific conferences. The number of papers he presented at international conferences exceeds (40) papers. He is the presiding arbitrator of more than (15) scientific and international journals with high impact factor at ISI Scouts.

Prof. Al-Aqeeli also published scientific papers in publishing strategies and mechanisms to support research and improve the scientific output. He has also participated in the drafting of the intellectual property laws and regulations of King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, as well as participating in the drafting of the procedures for the commercializing of international companies in Dhahran Techno Valley. He published a reference scientific book printed by Springer in 2015, and he is leading a group of research projects exceeding 120 Million SA supported by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Saudi Aramco, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, and Lockheed Martin Aircraft Industries.

Vice Rector for Academic Affairs


Dr. Mesfer M. Al-Zahrani is the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and  a faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering at KFUPM. Dr. Al-Zahrani obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from KFUPM and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1995.

Dr. Al-Zahrani has held many positions at KFUPM. He worked as Deputy Dean of Student Affairs for Employment and Training during the period 2005-2008. He was the Dean of Student Affairs from 2008 to 2016. He then served as the Dean of the College of Engineering from 2016 until he was appointed as Vice Rector for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Al-Zahrani has published many research papers in scientific journals and participated in international conferences. He has chaired and participated in several research projects funded by KACST, Saudi Aramco, Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, SABIC and other companies.

Dr. Mesfer Al-Zahrani's research interests include the performance and durability of infrastructure facilities, the impact of the environmental conditions on the durability and performance of various construction materials such as concrete, reinforcing materials, protective coatings and advanced composite materials. In addition to his research interests, he also studies the phenomenon of corrosion and protection methods for multiple types of installations and conduct researches in finding materials and means to improve the performance of concrete installations and to extend their life span.