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Professor Nasser Al Aqeeli, the Dean of Scientific Research at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals won the "Arabic innovation Award 2015" granted by the Arab Thought Foundation.

He received the award in the field of scientific creativity at the 14th edition of the Conference, which was organized by the Arab Thought Foundation on Monday at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, under the auspices of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and in the presence of the President of the Arab Thought Foundation and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, and Arab League Secretary General Dr. Nabil Elaraby.

Dr Aqeeli is the first Saudi and Gulf academician to win the Arabic innovation Award, He was awarded the prize in recognition of his outstanding research and production influential and obtaining patents that was commercialize to give an economic return on products. In addition, he published his research work in the leading scientific journals, centered on the manufacture of new nanomaterials with industrial applications such as innovate new coatings, and recycling of industrial wastes into useful materials with real value, this material creates an alternative for the materials used presently in the industry.

Some of his patents including the recycling of tires and turning them from harmful substances to the environment to a coating material with good properties have been commercialized by a list of companies, this contributes to finding promising opportunities to build knowledge-based economy.

Aqeeli joins the list of important Arab scientists who had won the award in past such as Dr. Joseph Naim Yousef, a major surgical science in Russia and the world, and Dr. Elias Zerhouni, head of the US National Institute of Health.

Dr Aqeeli is the dean of scientific research and the director of the Science & Technology Unit at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, which makes excellent contribution in advancing the process of scientific research at the university and to develop research strategies and objectives. He also holds a collection of award and works as a part-time consultant for a number of government and private agencies.