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Dr. Ali Ahmad Al-Shaikhi

Electrical Engineering Department
KFUPM, Saudi Arabia.

Welcome to the website of Electrical Engineering Department​​​ at the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals. It is my real pleasure to introduce you to the department.
Our mission​ is to produce first rate electrical engineers for the current and long term future needs of Saudi Arabia. The technology scenario is dynamic and we are preparing our graduates to handle rapid changes in the state of technology. Training into self-learning and ability to think are the two fundamental requirements for our graduates.
The Electrical Engineering department at KFUPM came into existing along with the establishment of the “then” University of Petroleum & Minerals in 1967. The EE Department is one of the largest departments in the University. The average number of students is approximately 1000, 10% of them are in the graduate program. The department provides 2 four-year undergraduate programs leading to Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Applied Engineering degrees. The graduate program offers Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering besides the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Telecommunication Engineering. The department granted the first Master’s degree in the Kingdom in this discipline in 1975. The Ph.D. program started in 1982 and, again, the first Ph.D. offered in the Kingdom in this discipline was in 1986.

The department has about 55 full-time teaching faculty members who are spread in 6 specialized disciplines (termed Groups). The Groups in the department are: Energy Systems,   Communications,  Electronics,  Control Systems,  ElectromagneticsDigital Systems, and Signal Processing. Additionally, there are about 30 laboratories supported with a number of experienced technicians.

The goal of the department is to maintain excellence in teaching, research and public services. Teaching in undergraduate and graduate programs involves training the students to function effectively in a wide range of engineering organizations. The department has very vibrant research groups. Besides personal research, faculty members are involved in collaborative and sponsored research with various organizations and industries. Some of the major organizations through which faculty members participate in collaborative research are KACST (King Abdul-Aziz City for Science & Technology), KFUPM RI (Research Institute), and ECRA (Electricity and Co-generation Regularity Authority); industries and utilities include SEC (Saudi Electric Company), SABIC (Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Company), and Saudi Aramco. Besides teaching and research activities, the department is also active in providing services to the community in the form of offering short courses, arranging seminars, symposia and technical conferences.

I hope you will be able to get the required information about the department by browsing our website. If you need any assistance in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us.​