KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY OF   SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY              Graduate Program                    2010-2011
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Message from     the Associate Provost      for Graduate Affairs    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology “is...
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membranes for gas and liquid separation,       Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry,      environMenTal SCienCe      ...
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aBDulrahMan al-Shuhail                             Joanna ooMMen                                             Marie-Jean Th...
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Kaust Admissions Look Book
Kaust Admissions Look Book
Kaust Admissions Look Book
Kaust Admissions Look Book
Kaust Admissions Look Book
Kaust Admissions Look Book
Kaust Admissions Look Book
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  3. 3. Message from the President “It is my desire that this new University become one of the world’s great institutions of research; that it educate and train future generations of scientists, engineers and technologists; and that it foster, on the basis of Professor Choon Fong Shih merit and excellence, collaboration and cooperation with other great research universities and the private sector.” (The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud) Since opening its doors to its founding students in September 2009, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has become home to a growing community – drawn from over 70 countries – of exceptional faculty, talented graduate students and dedicated staff, together with their families. Set on the shores of the beautiful Red Sea, KAUST offers a unique academic-social environment for our community to work and learn, live and play. KAUST is the embodiment of the bold vision of King Abdullah to build a research university in Saudi Arabia with global ambitions to advance science and technology through graduate education, research, and innovation; to take on the grand challenges facing humanity in the 21st century; and to build bridges from Saudi Arabia to the world – across peoples, cultures, and continents. Enabled by an unsurpassed physical infrastructure and state-of-the-art research facilities, KAUST researchers seek to take on the grand challenges of our time – energy, water, food, and the environment – and make a difference for Saudi Arabia and the world. Our faculty and students bring their ideas and creativity, experiences and perspectives from around the world to KAUST in a collective endeavor to develop interdisciplinary approaches and innovations that leverage the interconnectedness of science and engineering. KAUST offers its students an international faculty and rich opportunities for learning, discovery, and research augmented by an extensive global network of research and education collaborations with some of the world’s top research universities and corporations. KAUST is the place for adventurous and imaginative individuals who want to undertake scientific research and engage in a journey of intellectual and cultural discovery. You are among the next generation of scholars and scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs. As a KAUST graduate student, you can play a part in the University’s formative years and contribute to building it as a world-class research university. Studying at KAUST is the opportunity of a lifetime to pursue significant questions in science and technology and help create a better future for humankind. I look forward to welcoming you soon to our University community. Choon Fong Shih | President2 3
  4. 4. Message from the Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs King Abdullah University of Science and Technology “is intended to usher in a fresh era of scientific discovery in the Middle East.” (The Royal Society) King Abdullah University of Science and Technology engages students, faculty, and researchers in advancing science and technology through bold and collaborative inquiry focused on issues of regional and global significance. Here, we integrate our academic, research and economic development programs to find solutions to problems of significance in the focused areas of energy, water, food and the environment. We have three divisions in our academic program: Chemical and Life Sciences and Engineering; Mathematical and Computer Sciences and Engineering; and Physical Sciences and Engineering. Our eleven fields of study are housed in these divisions. As a graduate student, you will declare a field of study in one division as your academic program. Because we emphasize interconnections at KAUST, however, you will be expected to take courses outside the boundaries of your area and your division to fulfill your degree requirements The research program at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology is organized around nine Research Centers. These Research Centers conduct targeted and goal-oriented research and students may be recruited to work on Research Center projects. Currently, our research centers are Catalysis; Computational Bioscience; Geometric Modeling and Scientific Visualization; Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials; Plant Stress Genomics; Solar and Photovoltaics Engineering; Red Sea; Clean Combustion; and Water Desalination and Reuse. Supporting our students, researchers and faculty members in our Divisions and Research Centers are our stellar core laboratories and major facilities. We have amassed the latest supercomputing, visualization, imaging and analytical equipment available and have outfitted our core laboratories with modern instrumentation vital to conducting significant research. To push our research results and innovations to the next stage of development and to support the diversification of the national economy through innovation, we have an extensive economic development team. Our economic development specialists lead our technology transfer activities, run our on-campus research park and innovation center, establish industrial collaborations and partnerships in Saudi Arabia and across the world, manage seed fund competitions for students and faculty, and provide training in entrepreneurship to community members. Though young as an institution, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology has much to offer students who want to surround themselves with the best minds and the best equipment to explore how scientific and technological breakthroughs can contribute to the globalized and knowledge-based economy of the twenty-first century. At KAUST, we welcome you on our mission of discovery! Brian Moran | Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs4 5
  5. 5. Degree Programs Fields of Study EDUCATING PASSIONATE SCIENTISTS FOR FINDING SOLUTIONS TO THE GRAND CHALLENGES IN POSITIVE CHANGE ENERGY, WATER, FOOD AND THE ENVIRONMENT GrADuAte ProGrAMS At KinG KAuSt oFFerS two GrADuAte Our degree programs are offered through three academic divisions, Chemical and Life ABDullAh univerSity oF SCienCe DeGree ProGrAMS Sciences and Engineering, Mathematical AnD teChnoloGy and Sciences and Engineering, and Physical The M.S. degree can be a terminal graduate degree or may Sciences and Engineering. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) serve as a gateway to the Ph.D. program. The M.S. degree advances science and technology through bold and collaborative typically takes three semesters to complete. Although students research. Our fundamental and goal-oriented research has may accelerate their studies and complete the degree in one CheMiCal anD life SCienCeS regional and global impact. Our globally renowned faculty year (two semester and summer sessions), the three-semester anD engineering seek to inspire, teach and train the future leaders in science option allows flexibility to explore thesis, research and and technology. internship opportunities. The Chemical and Life Sciences and At KAUST, we catalyze innovation and enterprise to support The Ph.D. typically takes three to four years after completion Engineering Division includes Bioscience, knowledge-based economic diversification in Saudi Arabia, of a master’s degree. The Ph.D. requires coursework, a research Chemical and Biological Engineering, the Middle East and the world. We advance science and proposal and an original and independent research project Chemical Science, Environmental Science technology to transform people’s lives. that culminates in the presentation of a written dissertation. and Engineering and Marine Science. Some of these programs have specific KAUST offers graduate degree training in focused programs in academic tracks, and a student may the sciences and engineering. The University’s research agenda, choose the track that best suits his/ based on inspiration and discovery, sits at the foundation of our her goals. Students are offered modules degree programs. consisting of lectures, seminars and laboratory classes and they are expected to conduct independent research. The Chemical and Life Sciences and Engineering Division boasts state-of- crisis through research on biofuels and course is a self-contained module providing the-art facilities and resources, including other renewable energy sources. Another a complete review of the subject concerned, some of the most advanced equipment major focus of the Bioscience program is including Cell Biology, Biochemistry, in the world for genomics, proteomics, high-performance computing to create Biophysics, Molecular Genetics, Protein microscopy, nanofabrication and nuclear new methods for information extraction, Structure and Function, Synthetic Biology, magnetic resonance studies. allowing analysis and understanding Genomics, Stem Cells, and Physiology of the voluminous data produced from and Metabolic Engineering. Advanced BioSCienCe (BioS) cutting-edge biological experiments. courses, such as Computational Biology Finally, the unique location of KAUST and Bioinformatics and the Visualization The Bioscience Program plays a key on the shores of the Red Sea makes of Biological Systems, are also offered. role in addressing many of the global comprehensive exploration of the challenges being tackled by KAUST. An biodiversity of this unique ecosystem and CheMiCal anD BiologiCal important research thrust of the Bioscience its potential medical applications possible. engineering (CBe) program is the genomics of stress-toler- ant plants and how their physiology and The Bioscience Program at KAUST The Chemical and Biological Engineering metabolism allow them to thrive under comprises modules consisting of lectures, Program offers opportunities to develop conditions of high salinity, low water, seminars and laboratory classes, as well real-world solutions to global challenges and/or high temperatures. This research as independent research. Both M.S. and by leveraging basic discoveries in chemical will impact our ability to grow food in Ph.D. degrees are offered. The Bioscience and biological sciences. These include arid lands and in areas plagued by water curriculum provides a strong introduction the synthesis of high-performance scarcity. We address the worldwide energy to the fundamentals of living matter. Each polymers and the development of new6 7
  6. 6. membranes for gas and liquid separation, Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, environMenTal SCienCe Marine SCienCe (MarSe) The mission of MCSE is fully aligned with as well as the development of new while preparing to work on highly KAUST’s mission to expand the frontiers of anD engineering (enSe) The Marine Science Program focuses on materials for reducing greenhouse gases interdisciplinary research challenges. knowledge in science and engineering and and remediating chemical and biological After completing the M.S. degree, the specific environment of KAUST – the to help diversify the regional economy The Environmental Science and Red Sea, which is one of the most complex to one that is information and service threats. Materials for controlled adsorption students will have acquired a sound Engineering Program focuses directly on and diverse ecosystems in the world based. Key to its success is to fully of contaminants and release of foundation for a career in chemical many of KAUST’s research challenges. and at the doorstep of the University, exploit its resources: its computational pharmaceuticals, as well as new electrodes research or for continuing in advanced There is worldwide concern with making KAUST a marine science field lab. and network infrastructure, its national and biomaterials, are likely to have graduate studies. the availability of clean water, and The Red Sea is not only economically and international collaborations with direct social and economic impact. Environmental Engineering examines important for fisheries and tourism, but academic and industrial partners, and Development and propagation of The Ph.D. program in Chemical Science methods to purify and reuse water, crucial for coastal protection as well. its highly competitively recruited faculty stress-tolerant plants, discovery and emphasizes the transition from supervised as well as to reduce contamination It is extremely fragile and endangered and students. scale up of alternative and renewable to independent research. To successfully of existing reserves. Research in due to human exploitation, pollution energy, and new methods for carbon conduct research in interdisciplinary fields, environmental engineering allows and climate change. The reefs in the dioxide utilization all contribute to the the development of broad knowledge examination of the impact of humans Red Sea are some of the most northern overall research mission of KAUST. This well beyond the M.S. level is required. on our environment through resource aPPlieD MaTheMaTiCS anD research is facilitated by the tremendous After earning a Ph.D. degree from KAUST, coral reefs in the world, and the high exploitation, including over-consumption, temperatures and salinity, which would CoMPuTaTional SCienCe facilities for high-performance computing a student will be capable of designing and analysis on campus. and executing independent research land degradation, and pollution of both cause coral diseases in other places, (aMCS) air and water. The results of such have led to adaptations that could lead projects at the world’s leading institutions The Applied Mathematics and efforts may offer solutions to cleaning to cures for those diseases (e.g., coral The Chemical and Biological Engineering or in industry laboratories. Computational Science Program at up excessive carbon dioxide levels, bleaching). Our goal is to develop an Program offers a choice of two tracks: KAUST prepares students for success in addressing ozone depletion, decon- integrated understanding of this Advanced Chemical Engineering and Research opportunities in the Chemical constructing computational solutions to taminating the soil, and tackling some ecosystem, including fundamental biology MaTheMaTiCal anD Advanced Biological Engineering. Both Science Program are related to KAUST’s mathematical problems in a variety of of the issues associated with climate at the molecular and genomic levels, tracks cover a broad range of advanced strategic goals targeting future needs of change. KAUST is uniquely positioned to CoMPuTer SCienCeS anD areas. This preparation emphasizes the chemical and biological engineering topics the global community. While covering a symbiosis with algae and prokaryotes utilize high-performance computational engineering DiviSion fundamentals of modeling, analyzing, and and will equip a student for a successful broad range of topics in chemistry and (Bacteria and Archaea), associated technologies to confront these issues computationally solving problems in many and productive career in these fields. chemical engineering, special importance communities of fish, and the physical The Mathematical and Computer Sciences efficiently and effectively. disciplines. The AMCS program offers five is given to catalysis research, membrane and chemical environment that impacts and Engineering Division (MCSE) is home tracks, each of which leads to a frontier of sciences and nanomaterials. Research in and shapes them. This understanding to applied mathematics, computer CheMiCal SCienCe (CheMS) This program comprises three tracks, could have an impact on global carbon applied and computational mathematics. catalysis is focused on single-site, science, and computational science and These tracks are Computational including Water Quality, Chemistry, and cycling, endangered species, and how The global challenges that KAUST’s homogeneous, heterogeneous and engineering. Much of the division’s Geoscience, Geometric Modeling and Treatment; Environmental Microbiology we manage the harvesting of food from research programs address are directly biological catalysts, which are relevant to focus lies in areas belonging to the Scientific Visualization, Information Science, and Biotechnology; and Environmental the oceans. related to chemistry as a fundamental the petroleum industry, the environment, intersections of these disciplines, each Modeling and Numerical Simulation, and Fluid Mechanics. science. Correspondingly, the University’s bio-based raw materials, polymers, of which overlaps and interacts closely Partial Differential Equations. Chemical Sciences Program is based on nanotechnology, and fine chemical The Marine Science Program takes with the other two. Students entering the program enroll advantage of KAUST’s location on the Red Chemistry as a core discipline, yet it production. Synthesis and development The Applied Mathematics and in a set of core courses and then take Sea, a living laboratory with great potential promotes interactions between KAUST of new organic and inorganic high Each of the programs in MCSE consists Computational Science program aligns specialty courses in one of the four for exciting science. The program offers Research Centers, particularly the performance membranes and thin film of a set of essential core courses and with KAUST’s research mission directly major tracks. The remaining courses two primary academic tracks, one focused Catalysis, Membrane, Solar Energy, Red technology for gas and liquid separation several academic tracks, ensuring that through its Computational Science and are technical electives. The four tracks on the study of the biology and ecology Sea Sciences and Geometric Modeling in industrial processes are the stimulus students have a solid foundation in Engineering activities, as emphasized in together cover the most important areas of the multitude of marine life forms, and and Visualization Centers. for our work in membrane sciences. We their discipline while also allowing them the Modeling and Numerical Simulation in Environmental Science and Engineering, a second track focused on the interactions synthesize nanomaterials that target clean to choose a curriculum that fits their and Geometrical Modeling and Scientific and the core plus specialty courses of the physical marine environment with Students in the Chemical Science Program energy alternatives, reduce greenhouse own professional goals. Visualization tracks, among others. A and electives will equip a student for atmospheric and climatic conditions. gain a strong background in modern gas emissions, remediate chemical and key driver in contemporary scientific a successful and productive career in There is an intentional focus on the local chemistry by focusing on Analytical, biological threats or control drug delivery. MCSE takes advantage of KAUST’s discovery and engineering design is these fields. Red Sea system, both as a primary study “Shaheen” BlueGene massively parallel the merger of large-scale data sets system and as a system with which general computer, one of the most powerful from observation or experimentation concepts from other marine systems can supercomputers hosted by any university with large-scale simulations. The be compared. in the world. Also at KAUST is “Cornea,” a mathematics that allows these two six-wall immersive CAVE, the most densely approaches to merge in such a way Faculty members in the program have a pixilated and powerfully illuminated that the errors inherent in each may be wide range of interests, reflected in the advanced computation and visualization reduced in the combination goes under program’s course offerings. These include facility in the world, which permits a number of rubrics, including data marine microbiology, molecular ecology high-resolution visualization and assimilation, inverse problems, uncertainty and genomics, coral reef biology and insonification of simulated and observed quantification, and sensitivity analysis. ecology, pelagic ecology, and conservation three-dimensional, timte-evolving of marine resources. Other faculty data sets. MCSE research projects Another key driver is the merger of members associated with the program include core mathematical and compu- large-scale data sets and simulations have interests in large-scale data tational techniques, as well as enabling with high-resolution visualization, so assimilation, geophysical fluid dynamics, technologies applied to real science that scientists can interact in real time and modeling air-sea interactions. and engineering problems that arise with their data. This merger opens up through collaborative work. exciting possibilities like real-time computational steering and the8 9
  7. 7. prepares students for success in creating probe; tools for magnetic analyses including facilities along with superbly equipped MeChaniCal engineering and applying computational methods to vibrating sample and alternating gradient experimental laboratories. The Electrical (Me) a variety of areas. Course preparation magnetometers, Kerr-effect and magnetic Engineering program has three major emphasizes both the fundamental and force microscopes, all of which support tracks: Solid-State Electronics (Circuits The Mechanical Engineering Program enabling aspects of information research in advanced materials, and Microsystems and Solid-State offers programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. technology at multiple levels: hardware biotechnology, electronics, photonics, Devices), Electromagnetics and Photonics, degrees in three tracks: Materials and and software, compute-intensive and and MEMS/NEMS. and Communications and Signal Processing. Solids; Fluid Mechanics, Thermal Sciences data-intensive. Tracks of specialization In addition, labs in various areas of These tracks cover the most important and Energy; and Controls and Dynamics. in CS include: Artificial Intelligence, expertise in Mechanical Engineering areas in modern-day electrical engineering Courses provide a solid foundation in Computer Systems, High Performance include an integrated environment and will equip a student to have a successful each track, covering subjects such as Computing, Visual Computing, and dedicated to state-of-the-art modeling, and productive career in these fields. Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Theoretical Computer Science. simulation and inverse approaches for Materials, Continuum Mechanics, Computer Science research and education composite materials, state-of-the-art With research groups working Theoretical and Computational Fluid emphasizes such areas as visualization, instrumentation for experiments in fluid on computational electromagnetics, Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Experimental algorithms, databases, and networks. mechanics, advanced equipment and integrated nanotechnology, sensing, and Numerical Combustion, Control Design, facilities for combustion diagnostics, magnetism and microsystems, and sensors, Dynamic Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation. PhySiCal SCienCeS anD experimental capabilities for reactive the Electrical Engineering program attracts engineering DiviSion (PSe) flow modeling, and a total internal high-caliber students who seek to work Several features of our program make refraction fluorescence microscope. on cutting-edge research projects. graduate school at KAUST a unique engagement of the brain’s innate skill at The Electrical Engineering program is opportunity for talented and motivated The Physical Sciences and Engineering detecting changes in imagery. Energy, committed to providing all students in students. In the ME program, research Division (PSE) includes Earth Science food, water, and environmental research earTh SCienCe anD the program a stimulating, rewarding, activities take advantage of KAUST’s and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, are all data rich, and most research and challenging research environment. world-class, fully staffed and easily campaigns now include a significant Materials Science and Engineering and engineering (erSe) Mechanical Engineering. Some of these accessible core laboratories and simulation component. The Earth Science and Engineering supercomputing facilities. Campus-wide programs have specific academic tracks, and a student may choose the track that (ErSE) program focuses on applications MaTerialS SCienCe anD experimental and computational facilities CoMPuTer SCienCe (CS) best suits his/her goals. Students will be of modern computational methods to engineering (MSe) support the research conducted in the offered modules consisting of lectures, study geophysical problems associated laboratories of individual faculty members The mission of the Computer Science seminars and laboratory classes and will with the atmosphere and/or ocean The Materials Science and Engineering and allow for exciting cross-disciplinary program is directly aligned with KAUST’s conduct independent research. circulation, earthquakes, oil exploration, program is devoted to preparing students work. A tightly knit network of partnering mission to expand the frontiers of reservoir modeling, and subsurface who will tackle the major challenges institutions among the most respected knowledge in science and engineering. PSE boasts superb facilities and resources. phenomena. Students in this program facing the world in terms of sustainability universities in the world fosters opportunities A key driver in contemporary scientific In particular, students have access to the receive broad training in numerical and alternative energy. With support for high-impact collaborative projects. discovery and engineering design is the latest supercomputing and visualization methods, mathematical modeling, and from the University’s state-of-the-art emergence of large-scale simulation, facilities. In addition, a state-of-the-art geophysics, with an option for M.S. research centers, such as the Solar, which accompanies the traditional seismic field laboratory is available to students to participate in scientific Membrane, Catalysis, Combustion, and modalities of theory and experiment. As students in the Earth Sciences and research activities that include Desalination Centers, the program aims simulation becomes relatively cheaper Engineering program. computational, mathematical modeling, to equip students with fundamental and and experimentation becomes relatively and field-study projects. Ph.D. candidates applied knowledge of nanomaterials and more expensive, computation is The facilities of the Electrical Engineering in the program conduct original research devices; energy conversion materials increasingly used to narrow the parameter and Materials Science programs include on a topic related to earth science and and devices biomaterials; and advanced regimes in which experimentation is a 2,000 m2 Class 1000 clean room and engineering. The program is divided into characterization techniques. performed. Another driver is the multiple bays at Class 100, and state-of- two tracks that focus on computational availability of large-scale data sets from the-art thin-film deposition techniques, analysis of (1) fluid earth systems and The Materials Science and Engineering such sources as satellites, sensors, and including molecular beam epitaxy with (2) solid earth systems. ErSE students Program offers a broad range of faculty the Internet as well as high-resolution full analysis and atomic layer deposition; must specify one of the two tracks as expertise and world-class core research and high-throughput experiments. thermal deposition; sputtering; plasma- their major. Students in the fluid earth facilities in advanced fabrication, design The requirement for high performance enhanced chemical vapor deposition, systems track study flow and transport and analysis of physical properties of stresses all aspects of computation: metal oxide chemical vapor deposition; processes both beneath and above the materials, with a special focus on energy- hardware, operating systems, languages, photovoltaic materials and device earth’s surface, including subsurface, efficient devices and applications (solar algorithms, etc. fabrication and testing; microscopy; surface and atmospheric flows. Students and alternative energy, energy harvesting, focused ion beam; printing capabilities in the solid earth systems track focus low-consumption electronics). Our Energy, food, water, and environmental for thin-film processing; laser crystallization on seismology, geophysics, geodynamics long-term goal is to train our students to research are all data rich, and most and spectroscopy, surface analysis and and geomechanics. develop viable technology-based solutions research programs now include a two-photon absorption; fabrication and that are sustainable and promote significant simulation component. testing of solar cells and light-emitting eleCTriCal engineering (ee) renewable energy. KAUST computer scientists contribute to diodes; thin-film transistors and photodiodes; the Cyberinfrastructure that supports all magnetic characterization; wet chemistry; Boasting superb facilities and resources, such activities, and they collaborate in high temperature processing and diffusion the Electrical Engineering program specific applied research campaigns. The furnaces; local electrode atom probe; laser gives students access to the latest Computer Science program at KAUST assisted wide angle tomographic atom supercomputing and visualization10 11
  8. 8. Student Profiles AN INTERNATIONAL CROSSROADS OF STUDENTS AND SCHOLARS aun Mela Beyond Silicon Aun Mela grew up in Lahore, Pakistan. While Mona a student at National University of Singapore al-SayDlani (NUS), Aun went to McGill University in erneSTo SanDoval Membrane Science Canada on a student exchange. He liked Oil Exploration for Sustainable Use McGill and had decided to apply to the Mona Al-Saydlani graduate program there, when news about Ernesto Sandoval is from Mexico City. A keen is a native of jeddah, KAUST began to swirl around the corridors interest in oil exploration and other energy just an hour’s drive from of NUS. Aun was impressed with KAUST’s technologies drew him to KAUST, even as KAUST. After completing her grand scale and vision, but still had his heart construction of the university was still underway. undergraduate degree in Chemistry at set on going to McGill. However, when it When he saw the blueprint for a modern, King Abdulaziz University, Mona went to the was announced that NUS’s president, Choon state-of-the-art campus with a generous United States to earn a Master’s degree in Fong Shih, was moving to KAUST, Aun, who admired President Shih’s innovations at aMal ali endowment for science and technology, he fell Information Science and Technology at Indiana Curing Multiple Sclerosis in love with the idea. He says, “I couldn’t be State University. Mona decided to return home NUS, did not hesitate any longer. He joined anything but excited.” to Saudi Arabia and to her love of “playing KAUST’s electrical engineering program last year. Amal Ali grew up in Amman, the capital city with chemicals” when she learned she had of jordan. Although neither of her parents Ernesto works on seismic imaging in the Earth been accepted in KAUST’s Ph.D. program. Once Science and Engineering program to develop Aun works with Prof. Muhammad Hussain on have a background in science, they encouraged on campus, she joined KAUST’s Advanced graphene-based Field Effect Transistors (FET). their daughter to become a scientist. methods that accurately pinpoint oil sources Membranes and Porous Materials Center. beneath the earth’s surface. These methods, Graphene, Aun believes, is a good alternative for transistors beyond the silicon era. A At KAUST, Amal works with Dr. jasmeen Ernesto points out, are going to be indispensable Mona’s main area of interest is studying Merzaban on the use of neural stem cells for the environmentally friendly use of resources. cost-effective and environmentally benign graphene switch has not yet been successfully created, but Aun hopes that, in a few years, (NSCs) for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, “Oil is a valuable energy source. It has a bad methods to process natural gas. The high a disease that inhibits the ability of nerve reputation because of how it was extracted content of carbon dioxide in natural gas we might begin to see it revolutionize the field of solid-state devices. Aun enjoys cells in the brain and spinal cord to and used in the past, but there are sustainable prevents it from burning efficiently. If a communicate with each other. At the present ways to manage and use oil.” membrane can separate the carbon dioxide working with equipment and software and is thrilled with the hands-on internships he time, there is no cure for the disease. Recent during the processing of natural gas, the research has indicated that affected mice Ernesto is eager to put the skills and knowledge he efficiency of the fuel would be increased and completed at Stanford and the American has acquired at KAUST to use and is interviewing University in Cairo. treated with NSCs show improvement, but production costs reduced. There is a push the mechanism behind the improvement for a position in the oil industry. Unlike other across the world to develop new membrane scientific research, where industrial applications After a day of classes and lab work, Aun likes is not understood. Amal hopes that her technologies to remove unwanted components to relax with a round of squash. He also research will shed light on the area and that may be several years down the road, he says in from natural gas and Mona and scientists at his field, research can move from the lab into says KAUST’s financial support package has a cure will be developed someday soon. the Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials been a great relief, as he is not only able to practice within weeks. Ernesto likes facing Center are in the race. Amal appreciates the diversity in the KAUST the challenges posed by this competitive, cover his current living expenses but also pay off his undergraduate student loans. In community. She says, “Many of us were new dynamic environment. Mona was an intern at Dow Chemical in to KAUST and to the country, so we wanted Switzerland. She worked with a customer Singapore, Aun tutored high school students Besides his work, Ernesto is passionate about to help pay for his education and discovered to know new people. It was easy to make application specialist to test samples for oil friends.” She takes the campus bus with her diving. According to him, the Red Sea coast and gas companies, using a Bactron Anaerobic then that he enjoyed teaching. He would, off Thuwal is one of the best locations he has eventually, love to return to Pakistan and friends to jeddah on weekends. In her spare Chamber. Mona is immersed in her lab work time away from the lab, Amal likes to read. explored. “The coral reefs here are pristine and during the week at KAUST but makes it a point teach in an engineering college. unexplored. The colors are amazing, and you to go to the gym every day. She also likes don’t have to go too far or too deep to getting together with her friends and cooking experience the vibrancy of life underwater.” international foods.12 13
  9. 9. aBDulrahMan al-Shuhail Joanna ooMMen Marie-Jean Thoraval gouDa Chen Seismic Imaging Nanotechnology Drop Impact Data Mining Abdulrahman Al-Shuhail is from Al Khobar joanna Oommen’s father is an electrical Marie-jean Thoraval is from an area in the Gouda Chen is from China where he studied in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. engineer specializing in power systems. French Alps of pristine beauty and great computer science at Sun Yat Sen University. Although his family had no connection to joanna followed in his footsteps when she isolation. Though Marie-jean loved the Upon graduation, Gouda had a job offer at the oil industry, he was keenly aware of the went to the Birla Institute of Technology in peacefulness of his hometown, he decided China Mobile and was set to join the company close vicinity of oil fields to his home. He her native India to study electrical engineering. early on that he also needed to see the when he heard about KAUST. When he says, “the discovery of oil revolutionized my She had been influenced by her father’s passion world. His travels have taken him to japan, looked at the KAUST website, Gouda was country. I want to be part of the future of for his work and their constant discussions of China, Singapore, and now Saudi Arabia. amazed by the state-of-the-art labs, striking the oil industry here.” her high school math and physics problems. architecture, and supercomputing facilities. Marie-jean studied at Ecole Polytechnique joanna heard about KAUST in her third year He was also excited that famous faculty like After completing his undergraduate studies and later at IMFT, Toulouse, specializing in of college and she enthusiastically decided mathematician Dr. David Keyes were going at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Fluid Dynamics. In 2007, Marie-jean went to apply. When news of her admission to to KAUST. Gouda decided to take a chance Minerals in Dhahran, Abdulrahman was to the National University of Singapore to KAUST arrived, she was thrilled to accept. and applied to KAUST. He was thrilled to be working at Schlumberger when he heard work with Dr. Sigurdur Thoroddsen on accepted and was also pleasantly surprised about KAUST. He had always planned to get joanna works on materials characterization high-speed imaging of drops and bubbles. to learn that 50 other students from China a graduate degree but wanted to study in an and nanotechnology. She has been working When Professor Thoroddsen took a position at were also going to study at KAUST. area related to energy. When he learned that on a project in collaboration with researchers a brand new university called KAUST, Marie-jean KAUST had recruited excellent faculty and from Cornell University and she went to jumped at the opportunity to continue working Gouda works with Dr. Panos Kalnis on data that he would be able to work in a program Cornell during the summer to continue her with his advisor in Saudi Arabia. Marie-jean management and data mining. With the focused on industrial applications, he jumped work with them. Her project was to investigate studies the impact of drops falling into a development of the Internet, social networking at the chance of enrolling. Abdulrahman now nano-scale ionic materials (NIMs), which are liquid pool, with a high-speed (one million sites, and research in genetics, data sets are works on seismic imaging to study earthquake organic-inorganic hybrid materials comprising frames per second) camera. He is fascinated becoming larger and larger. The purpose of activity in Saudi Arabia to identify optimal an inorganic nanoparticle core surrounded by the complexity and visual beauty of this data management is to find efficient locations for setting up geophones and seismic by organic chains. joanna points out that seemingly simple phenomenon. His work has methods to help people make full use of stations in the country. the hybrid aspect of NIMs makes them more impact on a number of applied fields, such data, whether in scientific fields or in versatile than purely organic or inorganic as the two-phase flow of oil and gas and the day-to-day life. The methodology of this research program materials. NIMs may be useful in a variety of functioning of inkjet printers. is also valuable in oil exploration. Scientists Gouda and three of his classmates were sustainable resource management industries create an artificial earthquake by vibrating the Marie-jean, who is an avid mountaineer and finalists at the ACM SIGMOD programming such as solar energy, carbon capture, and water ground and measure the resulting echoes. rock climber, spends his free time learning to competition and were invited to present desalination. joanna is very excited In the process, an accurate assessment of windsurf in the Red Sea. Besides his native their implementation in the US. He also that the work she has done at KAUST will what is below the surface of the earth can French, Marie-jean also speaks English and spent additional time in the US completing an soon be published in the journal of the be made using advanced calculations. These Mandarin Chinese. He would like to learn internship at IBM in New York. Gouda enjoyed Electrochemical Society. techniques could significantly increase the Arabic next. He says “It’s very nice walking working with an IBM team to improve the accuracy of locating oil reservoirs. joanna thinks the cultural diversity on around campus and learning about the performance of a Message Passing Interface, campus is amazing. She has also been busy diversity of Arabic culture.” an application that allows computers to Abdulrahman spends his time outside the lab learning to cook from online recipe sites. communicate with one another and is used relaxing with friends and running or swimming. She is glad the grocery store at KAUST is well in computer clusters and supercomputers. He says, “KAUST a new and diverse stocked with spices to support her cooking He found the research environment at IBM environment, and we get to set the trends. experiments. Besides her lab, the other place to be similar to the environment at KAUST: This is one of the biggest reasons I came here.” on campus she frequently visits is the Harbor very focused and collaborative. He sums Library. An avid reader, she says, “I read all up his experience, of making friends from sorts of books from nonfiction, to mystery, to all over the world and meeting renowned journal articles, depending on my mood.” speakers at events like the Winter Enrichment Program, in one word: “unbelievable.”14 15
  10. 10. ray a. Bressan filtration; and evaluation of disinfection of porous materials. His materials are Associate Director, Plant Stress Genomic and (chlorination and ozonation) byproducts. important for a wide range of applications Technology Research Center; Named Professor, (Ph.D./Habilitation, University of including controlled adsorption and release, Molecular Biology and Plant Physiology Poitiers, France) separation, catalysis, drug delivery, Dr. Bressan’s research interests include optics, and as electrodes and biomaterials. both the biotic and abiotic stress tolerance Mohamed eddaoudi (Ph.D., jilin University, China) of plants. He also has a strong interest in Professor, Chemical Science Faculty genetics and molecular genetics and has Kuo-Wei huang Dr. Eddaoudi’s research is concerned facilitated the incorporation of genetic Assistant Professor, Chemical Science with developing new design and synthesis approaches into the physiology and approaches to the construction of functional Dr. Huang’s research centers on catalysis, biochemistry of plant stress biology. (Ph.D., solid state materials and metal-organic including the physical organometallic Colorado State University, United States) materials that will address many chemistry of small molecule activations A COMMUNITY OF SCIENTISTS challenging social issues, including clean and functionalizations for renewable energy alternatives, reducing greenhouse energy (water splitting) and carbon dioxide gas emissions, remediating chemical and utilization. In addition, his interests include biological threats, and controlled drug delivery. polymer chemistry with its applications, (Ph.D., Denis Diderot University, France) as well as OFT studies and modeling of transition metal catalysis. (Ph.D., Stanford Jörg eppinger University, United States) Assistant Professor, Chemical Sciences Stein Kaartvedt Dr. Eppinger’s research is focused on a Professor, Marine Science deeper understanding and application of nature’s catalysis toolbox for the Dr. Kaartvedt’s research interests are design of highly selective and active in marine pelagic ecology, focusing on molecular catalysts. In a multidisciplinary distribution and behavior of zooplankton approach, organometallic synthesis, and fish and their predator-prey relationships. electrochemistry, and biotechnological His work is based on field studies from methods are combined to deliver catalytic a wide variety of habitats, with particular solutions for prospective demands of focus on novel ways of using submerged,The University is growing synthetic chemistry. (Ph.D., Technical stationary echo sounders for in situ University of Munich, Germany) studies of individuals, populations, andits faculty by recruiting marine communities. (Ph.D., University ofexperienced senior scientists Christoph gehring Bergen, Norway)and top young scholars. The Professor, Plant Science niveen M. Khashabfollowing list of faculty Dr. Gehring’s research interest is in plant Assistant Professor, Chemical Science; responses to environmental stimuli, themembers is constantly underlying molecular structures and Assistant Professor, Environmental Scienceexpanding. Please check modes of downstream signal transduction, and EngineeringKAUST’s website and finally, the systemic responses at the Dr. Khashab’s interests are in programmable level of transcription and translation. and controllable microscale robots( for updates (Ph.D., University of London, comprised of nanoscale parts. She ison the faculty. United Kingdom) interested in bioresponsive single-wall carbon nanotubes and nanodiamonds, Samir M. hamdan total synthesis of biologically active Assistant Professor, Biosciences heterocycles, and design and delivery ofCheMiCAl AnD liFe Jean Marie Basset from water. (Ph.D., University of Lyon, Jean-Philippe Croué P-glycoprotein inhibitors. (Ph.D., Director, Catalysis Research Center; Named France). Dr. Hamdan’s research combinesSCienCeS AnD Professor of Chemical Science Professor, Environmental Science and biochemical, biophysical, and structural University of Florida, United States)enGineerinG DiviSion Michael Berumen Engineering tools with single-molecule techniques Zhiping lai Dr. Basset’s research is focused on Assistant Professor, Marine Science Dr. Croué’s research activities pertain to to understand the molecular mechanisms interfacing homogeneous and heterogeneous Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological drinking water and wastewater underlying the multi-protein DNA replicationgary l. amy catalysis creating the area of “surface Dr. Berumen’s research focuses on a Engineering reclamation treatments, including: machinery, the replisome, and its interplayDirector, Water Desalination and Reuse Research organometallic chemistry.” This new field of range of coral reef taxa, but specializes Dr. Lai’s research is directed toward isolation and characterization of Natural with DNA repair and recombination.Center; Named Professor, Environmental chemistry led to the discovery of a number in the family of butterflyfish. His current understanding and using porous materials Organic Matter (NOM) and Effluent Organic (Ph.D., Australian National University,Engineering of new catalytic reactions in the fields of projects address larval connectivity in such as zeolite, mesoporous silica, metal Matter (EfOM); removal of dissolved organic Canberra, Australia)Dr. Amy’s research focuses on membrane energy, green chemistry and environment, coral reef fishes, movement ecology of organic frameworks and their membranes, matter by physical chemical treatmentstechnology, innovative adsorbents, ozone/ such as alkane metathesis used to coral reef organisms, and demography polymeric and inorganic mixed matrix (i.e. coagulation and anion exchange); yu han transform paraffins into its lower and of reef fishes, as well as the impact of membranes, membrane reactors, gasadvanced oxidation, riverbank filtration characterization of organic foulants of Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological higher homologues, Ziegler-Natta climate change and other disturbances on separations, hydrocarbon mixture separationsand soil aquifer treatment, natural organic low and high pressure membranes (river Engineering waste-water treatments, recovery of indus-matter and disinfection by-products, and de-polymerization, which transforms coral reef ecosystems. (Ph.D., james Cook water, desalination, wastewater reclamation); trial organic solvents, and chemical sensors.micropollutants. (Ph.D., University of polyethylene into diesel range gasoline, University, Australia). impact of chemical or physical pre-treat- Dr. Han’s research interests are in the (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts,California, Berkeley, United States). conversion of methane into higher alkanes ments prior to high pressure membrane synthesis, characterization and applications United States) as well as the removal of traces of arsenic16 17