The First GCC Professor to Receive the Award
Professor Nasser Al-Aqeeli, Dean of Scientific Research at KFUPM, won the Arab Creativity Award in the field of scientific creativity granted by the Arab Thought Foundation.
Dr. Al-Aqeeli received the award at FIKR 14 Cairo 2015 conference, which is organized by the Arab Thought Foundation on Monday, December 7th, 2015, at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo under the auspices of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, in the presence of the President of the Arab Thought Foundation and Chairman of the Board of Trustees His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Al-Faisal and Arab League Secretary General Dr. Nabil Al-Arabi.
Dr. Al-Aqeeli is the first Saudi and GCC professor to win the Arab Creativity Award, and he was awarded the prize in recognition of his outstanding scientific career and influential researches and patents converted to economically profitable products, Dr. Al-Aqeeli also has many researches published in prominent scientific journals.
Dr. Al-Aqeeli’s researches and contributions focuses on the manufacturing of new Nano materials with industrial applications, finding competitive alternatives for the materials used in industry, innovating new coatings, and recycling industrial wastes and turn them into useful materials with real value. He began to convert some of his patents to existing companies, including the recycling of tires and turning them from environmentally harmful substances into high value coatings with good properties, and this contributes to finding promising opportunities to build a knowledge-based economy.
By winning the award, Dr. Al-Aqeeli joined a list of the most important Arab scientists who also won the award including Dr. Dr. Youssef Naim Youssef, one of the biggest names in eye surgeon in Russia and the world, Dr. Elias Zerhouni, head of the US National Institute of Health, and Dr. Mohamed Ghoneim, pioneer of kidney transplant in Egypt, and Dr. Fawaz Al-Olabi former vice president of the University of Michigan, who worked also as the vice president of King Abdullah University of Science technology.
The organization of the conference, which coincides with the Arab League celebration of its 70th anniversary, constitutes the first Arab forum for agencies, organizations and councils of the Arab League, or those working within it’s framework or having cooperation agreements with it.
The Arab Thought Foundation is an international independent civil organization founded by HRH Prince Khaled Al-Faisal in 2000 and aims to achieve Arab cultural solidarity, strengthening the cultural identity of the nation, openness to international cultures, launching initiatives, programs and forums that have development goals, and to proceed with the establishment of an Arab cultural partnerships uphold diligence and creativity values.
The Arab Creativity Award is given as recognition to the creative energies in the Arab world and to stimulate creativity and competition between creative Arabs in science, literature, art, etc. In addition, it aims to spread creativity culture in Arab society and to highlight its role in development, and to encourage creative Arabs and publicize their achievements.
The prize is awarded in seven areas of creativity: Scientific Creativity, Technological Creativity, Economic Creativity, Social Creativity, Media Creativity, Literary Creativity and Arts Creativity. The work must be linked to development issues, and there are precise criteria in selecting the winners.
Professor Al-Aqeeli earned a bachelor and master degrees in Mechanical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. He received his PhD in Materials Engineering from McGill University (McGill) in Canada in 2007, followed later by working as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States for a full year in addition to working as an associate researcher at Harvard University in the same year. Dr. Aqeeli has more than 60 published scientific researches with a distinct impact factor, in addition to more than 10 patents registered in the US Patent Office (USPTO). He also published a scientific reference book by the outstanding publisher Springer.
Dr. Al-Aqeeli led and participated in more than 30 research projects with budgets above 100 million riyals, and supervised many Masters and PhDs in addition to his work an arbitrator for a group of distinguished international journals in his field.
Dr. Al-Aqeeli is the Dean of Scientific Research, and the Director of Science and Technology Unit, Which makes him a contributor in advancing the process of scientific research and developing its strategies and objectives at the university. He also won many awards for his outstanding work. Dr. Al-Aqeeli works as a part-time consultant for a number of governmental and private agencies. He also participated in the preparation of a set of strategic plans inside and outside the university, in addition to being a member of many national committees.