His Royal Highness Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Eastern
Region, honors a number of University Professors and Students who develop new
innovative patents. The honoring ceremony was held at the Governor's office in
Dammam during the weekly council called "Alethniniah". His Royal Highness
welcomed the KFUPM delegation headed by His Excellency Dr. Khaled S. Al-Sultan
together with some University senior officials including the Vice Rectors,
Supervisors, Deans, Faculty and Students.
The Rector of the University shared knowledgeable insights about patents,
innovation, technical leadership and the University system during the ceremony
held on Monday, 7 November 2016. The primary goal of the University system is to
encourage developing strong collaborations with the international and national
companies to conduct and develop their research & development centers in Dhahran
Techno Valley (DTV) and build portfolios of patents and intellectual property to
the University, a strategy to boost technological leadership activities and the
development of infrastructure to support innovation, entrepreneurship and the
establishment of sustainable mechanisms for technology transfer, licensing and
Dr. Al-Sultan also explained the greater impact of Dhahran Techno Valley that
supports the advance research possibilities for the development of the national
industries and meets the technological strategy needs such as oil, traditional
gas, solid gas, chemicals, petrochemicals and energy.
He also pointed out that the institutions supporting the innovation, research
and transitional entrepreneurial innovation chose Dhahran Techno Valley as their
main headquarters, referring to the onset of economic growth indicators of the
system. The DTV’s companies have investment of 1.5 billion Saudi Riyal including
400 employees and most of them are Saudi graduates who work as researchers.
There were 90 new technical products produced by the R&D centers in DTV in
addition to the 65 intellectual properties.
DTV is the largest assembly in the world of R&D centers of petroleum and gas
companies in one location. King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals ranked
14th worldwide among universities issued by US patents office. The University
produced 815 patents which is 60% of the total number of patents issued by all
universities in the Arab countries.
His Excellency explained the vision of the system of the DTV, which is planned
to be finished as the knowledge-based economy on 2020.
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals secures a leading position among
other universities in the world in terms of capacity for invention and
innovation sites, as the DTV appears on the universal map of the R&D centers as
a promising site for energy research in general, and oil & gas in particular.
DTV’s integration components made a model for systems support for innovation and
leadership in the region, and said that the achievement and plans in this
direction is compatible with the objectives of the national transformation
program 2020 and Vision 2030.
He also mentioned that KFUPM has already achieved 454 patents, for this reason
the University owned the 59% patent issued in all Arab Universities. In 2015,
the University jumped to the 13th position in world universities ranking
according to the number of patents filed in US patent office. As of now, there
were 20 R&D’s in DTV, 2 knowledge-based products and 20 more knowledge-based
products in process. The University Endowment fund invests 15 Million Saudi
Riyal to establish new technology company.
The student Ahmed Zahir has delivered a speech on behalf of the recognized
faculty and students, in which he expressed his deep thanks and great gratitude
to His Royal Highness Prince Saud bin Nayef for the endless support of the
development of science and R&D’s, noting that this achievement will drive us to
He said, "When I was a student in the secondary school, I had an idea to create
a mechanic medical device, but I didn’t give a chance to enrich my skills until
I joined KFUPM. I submitted my work to KFUPM Innovation center that provided the
logistic support and the result was brilliant; a registered patent in the US
patents office. Also, the University gave me a chance to participate in the 6th
Scientific Conference for the students and I achieved 3rd place in the field of
patents. In addition, I participated in KFUPM 50K challenge, which considered as
the biggest competition in the Middle East of this kind. The support of the
University never stops on this limit, I joined Entrepreneurship Institute which
helps the job seekers to a job providers. Now, I am working in developing my own
business and to create a new patent through a unique mechanism that enables the
students of owning all the commercial rights of patent.
Following are the highly recognized University Professors and Students:
Dr. Ahmed Al-Garni in Aerospace Engineering Department,
Dr. Jehad Al-Sada in Physics Department,
Dr. Hussein Al-Zahir in Electrical Engineering Department,
Dr. Hussein Al-Dowaish in Electrical Engineering Department,
Dr. Tariq Al-Nafouri in Electrical Engineering Department,
Dr. Samir Maked in Mechanical Engineering Department,
Dr. Mohammed Hawa in Mechanical Engineering Department,
Dr. Mamdouh Al-Harthi in Chemical Engineering Department,
Dr. Lahouari Ghouti, Information and Computer Science Department,
Dr. Raed Al-Sheikh – 6 patents, Graduate student,
Adnan Asaly – 1 patent, Graduate Student,
Majed Al-Shammari – 1 patent, Graduate Student,
Saad Al-Abbas – 1 patent, graduate student,
Elyas Al-Shabani-1 patent, student,
Ahmed Zahir – 1 patent, student,
Abdullah Al-Sadda – 1 patent, student.