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  • NEW Borderless China Alumni Chapter Launches

    • Ten Ambassadors Appointed

      Alumni Affairs announces the launch of our new-look China Alumni Chapter (CAC). The CAC is an important development for Alumni Affairs, for our goal of creating a global student and alumni community. The CAC is special and unique because it is borderless, using our online community portal, Rapport (www.alumnirapport.com), to connect everyone. 

      Membership of the Chapter is open to all current and former students, graduates and all former postdoctoral fellows from China, living anywhere in the world. Chapter membership and ambassadorial roles can also be held by alumni of any nationality, who either live (or have lived), studied, researched or worked in China. 

      Introducing the CAC Ambassadors 

      Alumni Affairs is grateful to the following alumni for giving their time to the CAC:

       

      Bingmu Xiao MS ’13


      Bingmu, based in the United Kingdom, is a Senior Geophysicist with French company CGG, where she’s worked since 2014. During her time at CGG, she has worked on a number of projects offshore including in West Africa, the North Sea and Black Sea. After graduating from Jilin University in China in Applied Geophysics in 2011, she completed her MS in Earth Science and Engineering at KAUST. 



      Jacky Ng MS ’11 


      Jacky is a Civil Engineer with the Hong Kong SAR Government, a role he has held for over two years. He completed a BEng at the University of Hong Kong, during which time he spent a year at the University of California and at Harvard University as a visiting student. He graduated from KAUST in 2011 with a MS in Chemical and Biological Engineering, and has a Master of Laws (2015) from Robert Gordon University in Construction Law, Arbitration and Adjudication. 

       


      Yuhan Chen MS ’14 


      Yuhan, living in Saudi Arabia, is a statistician with Saudi Aramco. She has a BA in Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed her MS at KAUST in Applied Mathematics and Computational Science. 


       

      Yu Wang PhD’13 


      Yu is a Professor at Wuhan University of Technology, with research interests in laser diagnostics, pollutant formation, flame dynamics and surrogate fuels. He graduated from KAUST in 2013 with a PhD (Mechanical Engineering). Yu’s research while at KAUST was in the Clean Combustion Research Center.


       

      Meixia Shi PhD ’16  


      Meixia is a Postdoctoral Researcher in China at Ningbo Watermeter Co, commencing her role in early 2017.  As a PhD student in Environmental Science and Engineering at KAUST, she worked in the Nanostructure Polymeric Membrane Laboratory with supervisor Professor Suzana Nunes. Meixia’s research interests are in Membrane Geometry, Forward Osmosis and Hydrophilic.


       

      Baoyuan Wu - former KAUST postdoctoral fellow  


      Baoyuan is a Senior Researcher with one of China’s largest internet companies, Tencent, which has WeChat as one of their products!  His research interests are machine learning, computer vision and optimization. While at KAUST, Baoyuan worked in the Image and Video Understanding Lab with Professor Bernard Ghanem.


       


      Bin Zheng - former KAUST postdoctoral fellow 


      Bin is an Associate Professor at China’s Xi'an University of Science and Technology, with his main research interests the properties and application of low-dimensional nanomaterials.


       



      Tuoyuan Cheng MS’ 16


      Tuoyuan is currently undertaking his PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering at KAUST. He has a BEng in Water and Wastewater Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, graduating in 2014.


       


      Joachim Azzi MS’ 12


      Joachim, from France, is currently a Product Development Engineer at Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, in Houston.  His interest in China is a result of having worked in Guangzhou, where he was a Product Development Engineer for Total Refining & Chemicals, Polymers Orient, Oil & Energy (from February 2013). Prior to arriving at KAUST, he graduated in Chemistry and Engineering Process from Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Physique Electronique de Lyon. 




      Hao Ma MS’12


      Hao is a PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Before studying at KAUST with supervisor Professor Sonia Aissa, he graduated from Xi’an Jiaotong University during which time he was an exchange student for a year at City University of Hong Kong.




      Alumni can access the CAC on Rapport through the China Alumni Chapter group. After logging in to Rapport you can find groups from the top navigation ribbon. 

      Alumni Rapport

  • WEP 2018 Alumni Lecture Series Presenters

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      We are delighted to announce the selected speakers for the 2018 Alumni Lecture Series at KAUST's Winter Enrichment Program (WEP), from January 14-25.  The alumni community submitted 27 nominations which were reviewed by the speaker committee chaired by Professor Oman Knio, and the five selected to present at the Alumni Lecture Series on Thursday January 18 are:

      Sultan Safin

      Sultan is CEO and founder of Tubatay Ltd, a halal-based fast food and contract catering business. In 2013, Sultan graduated from KAUST with a M.S. in Earth Science and Engineering. His WEP presentation, National food: fast and global, tells the story of how he's established Tubatay, a national fast food chain in Russia and CIS which has rapidly grown into 17 food retail outlets (with 9 more in development) with 14 franchisees.  Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Sultan worked in oil and gas for two years, including stints for Saudi Aramco and Schlumberger.

      Laszlo Toth

      Laszlo is a Ph.D. student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne with research interests in photonics and quantum measurement.  He graduated from KAUST with a M.S. in Photonics in 2013. Lazlo's WEP presentation Optomechanics: a route to the ultimate limits of sensing is based on his current research, published in Nature, and will provide insight into state-of-the-art precision measurements and quantum technologies.

      Hanan Alshehri

      Founding Class alumna Hanan has a love of mathematics, which has been beneficial to her as Investment Products Development Officer with the Capital Market Authority in Riyadh. Hanan's WEP presentation The New World of Fintech will give an insight to digital assets, specifically cryptocurrencies and programs that provide digital financial advice, also known as robo-advisors.  She completed a M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences at KAUST and graduated in 2011.

      Fernando Cagua

      A Ph.D. student at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, Fernando's research is on leveraging the power of big data for conservation. From Columbia, Fernando graduated from KAUST with a M.S. in Marine Science in 2012. During his WEP presentation Disentangling Ecological Networks, Fernando will use examples from his research to show how networks can help to find solutions to the problems global ecosystems face. Fernando's passion for marine biology can be seen on his website, cagua.co, where he showcases his work and relates issues he is passionate about.​

      Hussain Shibli

      Hussain is the Director General of the National Renewable Energy Data Center at King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE) in Riyadh, a position he has held since March 2017. His WEP presentation Solar Energy Resource Assessment will focus on alternative energy sources, including nuclear and renewable energy, and present an overview of the Kingdom's efforts to quantify the available solar energy.   Hussain graduated from KAUST in 2013 with a M.S. in Communication and Signal Processing.

      Further information

  • Thank You to Our Amazing Alumni

    • KAUST is grateful to alumni who have given their time to various volunteering activities for Alumni Affairs in the last three months. From advising students, to mentoring and being interviewed for alumni stories, your time and expertise is warmly appreciated. Our thanks goes to the following alumni:


      Eric Martin
      Julia Spaet
      Mayadah AlHashem
      Imran Shafique Ansari​
      Ahmed Shibl
      Hussain Shibli
      Abdullah Khamis
      Noura Chehab
      Edward Canepa
      Mustafa Mousa 
      Alejandra Ortega
      Matt Debont
      Bingmu Xiao
      Gustavo Quino Quispe
      Mahmoud Ouda
      Eriko Padron Regalado
      Umer Samin
      Bin Zheng
      Yu Wang
      Meixia Shi
      Baoyuan Wu
      Marie-Jean Thoraval
      Jacky NG Kai Cheung
      Tuoyuan Cheng
      Qianyi Zhao
      Joachim Azzi
      Yuhan Chen


      If you’re interested in volunteering contact the Alumni Affairs team alumni@kaust.edu.sa or sign-up to Rapport www.alumnirapport.com​​
  • Alumni Volunteering Opportunities

    • There are many ways for you to stay connected to KAUST and pay-it-forward. Volunteering your time, talent and expertise at KAUST and across the globe will cultivate our community of future alumni, as well as keep you connected. Regardless of where you live, you can tap into one or more of our opportunities, or come up with your own ideas!

      Benefits of volunteering:

      • Gained experience
      • New learning opportunities
      • Networking opportunities
      • Potential of reciprocity
      • Enhanced CV.

      The following opportunities are currently available, so register your interest now​.​

      • Alumni living internationally to speak as ambassadors about KAUST to prospective students.
      • Social media ambassadors to lead career conversation via R​apport
      • Alumni to share their professional stories and to be interviewed for University publications and videos. Send your CV and a good quality photograph.
      • Help Alumni Affairs reach 250 alumni stories in 2017 by submitting your bio

      Register your interest

  • Read the latest Beacon online

  • Welcome new graduates!

    • ​Welcome to the KAUST alumni community, a network of more than 1,500 alumni across the globe.


      Your membership to this community is automatic, it's free and it opens up a world of opportunities and benefits to help build your career and professional networks, and stay informed and connected.

      Where to from here?​
      Ensure your contact details are correct:
      To keep you connected and up-to-date, we need to know where you are to ensure you hear about opportunities and are invited to events in your region.

      Already graduated? You can login here to check your details are correct or update your contacts.

      Completed your studies but still waiting to graduate? You'll need to wait until after your graduation ceremony to update your contact details through our portal.  You can contact a member of the Alumni Affairs team at any time to assist you alumni@kaust.edu.sa

      Join our online and regional networks:
      Connect with the KAUST Alumni Community on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7067201​ 

      KAUST has alumni chapters in Saudi Arabia and China. For information on how to become involved, contact us alumni@kaust.edu.sa

      Remember, no matter where you go or what you do, KAUST will always be a part of who you are.
  • KAUST has launched new community for alumni

    • ​​An exciting networking and news portal, designed exclusively for alumni, was launched earlier this year.

      ​"Rapport offers alumni a range of features they've been asking for, including an online directory, allowing the global alumni community to stay connected with one another and with KAUST," said Lea Sublett, Manager Alumni Affairs.

      The portal offers alumni, who include graduates, student alumni and KAUST's former postdoctoral fellows, the opportunity to network online, post or find jobs, lead a discussion, start a group, and identify a mentor.

      "Rapport will provide alumni with far greater access to each other and to KAUST, which the community identified as priorities in the recent Alumni Survey," Lea said.

      Alumni can log-in to Rapport at https://alumnirapport.com/ using Facebook or LinkedIn credentials, or you can establish a unique identity. The mobile app will be launched to alumni later this year.


      Rapport

  • Appointments Confirmed for the 2017 Saudi Arabian Alumni Chapter Executive and Board

    • ​Sarah Al-Aqeel PhD ‘15 has been appointed the 2017 Saudi Arabian Alumni Chapter President.  Sarah will oversee a new governance structure of the Executive and Board, with support from her deputy and President Elect (2018) Noura Shehab PhD ’14.

      Manager, Alumni Affairs, Lea Sublett, said the eight executive appointees were selected from over 30 exceptional nominations from KAUST’s Saudi Arabian alumni community.  “Alumni were selected following a rigorous recruitment process by a selection committee.”
      Dr Al-Aqeel has actively served KAUST as a volunteer since graduating with her PhD in 2015, and works as a scientist with Saudi Aramco in Dhahran.  “It is my great honor and pleasure to serve the Saudi Arabian Alumni Chapter in 2017 as President,” she said.
      The 2017 appointees to the Executive and Board represent a cross-section of alumni in industry, research, innovation and academia:

      • President – Sarah Al-Aqeel, PhD ‘15
      • President Elect 2018 – Noura Shehab, PhD ‘14
      • Treasurer – Hassan Al-Ismail, MS ‘14
      • Representative of Postdoctoral Fellow Alumni – Manuel Aranda Lastra
      • VP Communications – Nadia Siddiqui, MS ‘10
      • Deputy VP Communications – Zesheng Dong, MS ‘11
      • VP Programs – Syed Abrar Ahmed, MS ‘11
      • Deputy VP Programs – Muna Khushaim, PhD ‘15

      Communications Committee:

      1. Shaikhah Laradhi, MS ‘12
      2. Mona Alsomali, PhD ‘16
      3. Fatemah AlZayer, MS ‘15

      Programs Committee:

      1. Abdullah Khamis, PhD ‘16
      2. Umesh Patil
      3. Abdullah AlShuaibi, MS ‘16​​
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