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Monthly Flashback– ME Department

October 2022



Visit of French Embassy delegation led by Dr. Aurélien Prévost: On Monday, the 3rd of October, a French Embassy delegation led by Dr. Aurélien Prévost- Counsellor for Nuclear and Renewable Energies, visited ME Department, KFUPM. The purpose of this visit was two-fold:

  1. Presentation from the Campus France officer-Mrs. Sarah Khelif to the Nuclear Power Engineering concentration students on how to pursue higher education in the nuclear field in France.
  2. Discuss nuclear initiatives with Dr. Khaled Al-Athel - Dean, College of Engineering and Physics and Dr. Afaque Shams-Coordinator of Nuclear Initiatives.


Dr. Awad Bin Saud Alquaity Co-chaired and organized the 12th Saudi Arabian Section of Combustion Institute (SAS-CI) Conference:

Dr. Awad co-chaired the 12th SAS-CI conference with Dr. Abdullah Al Ramadan from Aramco held on 5th & 6th October'22 in Abha. The conference was very successful and well attended by the combustion community with 87 attendees. There were 54 scientific talks, 2 keynote lectures and a panel discussion on "Combustion in 2035".


Short Course on "Applications of Finite Element Analysis in Mechanical Engineering": 

Dr. Syed Sohail Akhtar, Dr. Usman Ali, Dr. Abba Abdulhamid Abubakar and Dr. Khaled S Al-Athel delivered a workshop on "Applications of Finite Element Analysis in Mechanical Engineering" for engineers from the industry. The course participants from Saudi Aramco and the National Company for Mechanical Systems (NCMS). The workshop was coordinated by Dr.Syed Sohail Akhtar. The course was intended for Mechanical Engineers to refresh their skills in design and structural analysis, managers responsible for staff training in the design environment, engineers and managers wishing to ensure that new computer-based analysis tools are used safely and efficiently in the design and manufacturing processes.



Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Ali Arshad was invited as a speaker in the 20th International Conference on Thermal Science and Engineering of Serbia:He was invited to talk on "Advancements on Condensation Heat Transfer on Horizontal Tubes" in the International Conference on Thermal Science and Engineering of Serbia (SimTerm 2022) held online from October 18 – October 21, 2022 at NIS, Serbia.



Walk Through Visit by Dr. Mokheimer Esmail: On Sunday, October 23, 2022 at 10:00 am Dr. Mokheimer and his class of ME 429 (Energy Efficiency and Auditing) along with a team from the KFUPM center of Excellence in Energy Efficiency (CEEE) has conducted a walk-through visit to one of KFUPM academic buildings chiller plant (# 82) in order to conduct a detailed energy audit for such plants in campus as part of the practical training for the course.


Help Session by Mr. Sarfaraz Ahmed Furquan:Mr. Sarfaraz Ahmed Furquan conducted a help session for ME 210 course students which was organized by Mechanical Engineering Club, on Thursday, 20th October, 2022, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 M.Th. help session covered the ME 210 Mechanical Engineering Drawing and Graphics course topics such as orthographic projections, dimensioning, tolerances, section views, threads and fasteners, and their practical application in SolidWorks to model 3D part and generate orthographic (2D) drawing was demonstrated.

ME Webinar organized by Dr. Zuhair Mattoug Gasem: The ME department under the able guidance of Dr. Zuhair Mattoug Gasem organized the following webinar:

1)Training on "Ansys Granta EduPack 2022": The webinar covered the overview of Ansys Granta Edu Pack, Core functionalities, overview of the MS&E database through live demo, Material selection case study through live demo, sustainability and eco-design case study through live demo, details of teaching and learning resources followed by Q&A session.

Date: Monday, 24th Oct, 2022

Time: 1:30 pm-3:30 p.m.

Speaker's Bio:

Dr. Navid is an Academic Development Manager in EMEA, Ansys UK.His background is in metallurgical studies and materials science and engineering. He worked on Magnetic Shape Memory alloys in his MSc. and in his PhD, at the same university, his thesis was focused on Selective Laser Melting of Amorphous Metals. As an Academic Development Manager, Navid supports and assists academics and student teams across EMEA in teaching, learning and research of material-related topics and as well as simulation in Metal AM.

2)Training on Ansys Discovery "Introducing Students to Engineering Simulation": The webinar covered introduction to Ansys Discovery, discovery in education, structural simulation through live demo, thermal simulation through live demo, fluid simulation through live demo, details of supporting resources followed by Q&A.


Date: Wednesday, 26th Oct, 2022

Time: 1:30 pm-3:00 p.m.

Speaker's Bio:

Nick Stefani is in Academic Development in Ansys UK. He took his Bachelor of engineering from the University of Pisa in Italy before enrolling at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK) in a Master of Science in Advanced manufacturing engineering and consequently an Engineering doctorate in FEM and microstructure modelling of nickel superalloys' hot forging processing. After a stint working as a researcher and teaching assistant at Strathclyde, he joined the academic team at Ansys supporting the use of Edu Pack and Discovery in education and developing teaching resources.

Mr. Sarfaraz Ahmed Furquan delivered a short course on "Stress Analysis using SolidWorks SimulationXpress" organized by ME Club:

Mr. Sarfaraz Ahmed Furquan delivered the short course on Monday, 31st October, 2022 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. The course covered the SoildWorks SimulationXpress basic functionality to perform a design stress analysis on a 3D model. The interpretation of the analyzed results such as von-Mises stresses, resultant displacement, deformation and factor of safety were discussed in detail. An example to use the analysis to save/optimize material on a 3D model was illustrated using SolidWorks SimulationXpress. Other examples were discussed to address different design intent using the above tool in SolidWorks. It was followed by a Q&A session.


Dr. Awad Bin Saud Alquaity Organized and attended the monthly meeting of the executive Board of Saudi Arabian Section of the Combustion Institute (SAS-CI):

As part of the SAS-CI board, he met the board members online on 31st October'22 for the monthly meeting to discuss the feedback from the recently held SAS-CI conference and plan further outreach events to shape the conversation around the role of combustion in sustainable future. The board includes members from KAUST, Aramco, KACST and KFUPM. Further details on SAS-CI is available on its dedicated website:



Dr. Awad Bin Saud Alquaity attended a workshop for guest editors on organizing a Research Topic launch call for Frontiers in Energy Research Journal (IF:3.8):

Dr. Awad was invited as a guest editor for a special issue of the journal titled: Solar Energy Digitalization and Automation by Dr. Zhaohui Cen from Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), Qatar on 1st Nov'22. The other guest editors are Dr. Luis Pomares from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and Dr. Yukun Hu from University College London. The special issue can be reached at:


ME faculties attended the "ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition":

The following three faculties from the ME department attended the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition (IMECE2022). The Conference is held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio from Oct. 30 – Nov.3' 22

1- Dr. Khaled S Al-Athel

2- Dr. Mohamed A Antar

3- Dr. Syed Sohail Akhtar

4.-Dr.Abba Abdulhamid Abubakar