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King Saud University representatives won twenty-three awards at the Malaysian Technology Expo 2011, held 17-19 February at the Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme for the tenth anniversary of the Expo was “Moving Innovations to Market,” offering the KSU researchers an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the Kingdom’s commitment to developing a knowledge-based economy. KSU presenters showcased their creative work in several disciplines, including medical specialties, engineering, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, and information technology.
The event, organized by the Malaysian Association of Research Scientists (MARS) and the Professional Trade Exhibition and Meeting Planners (PROTEMP), has grown significantly since its inception in 2002, when there were only 72 entries in the Invention and Innovation Awards competition. The unofficial tally this year was 550 competitors, with 10,500 visitors, 350 exhibit booths from 100 companies and many foreign countries, including Saudi Arabia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Croatia, and Poland.
The opening day of the Expo was a busy one for the King Saud University delegation. Dr. Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Fosael, Saudi Arabia’s Cultural Attaché in Malaysia, visited with the KSU participants and praised KSU’s commitment to technical innovation and its support for young innovators. Dr. Naif Alajlan, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering, Director of the Advanced Lab for Intelligent Systems Research (ALISR) and Director of the KSU Innovation Center, presented Dr. Fosael with a gold Medal of Appreciation on behalf of KSU.
In addition, the Invention and Innovation Awards judges interviewed presenters and evaluated the exhibits on opening day. KSU participants distinguished themselves in comparison to an impressive number of Malaysian and international competitors.
The KSU booth, designed by a team from KSU’s Innovation Center to represent traditional Saudi hospitality as well as the university’s diverse range of inventions and innovations, won the prize for the Best Booth Display. The KSU delegation also won three special awards. Dr. Naif Alajlan received the Distinguished Innovation Award; and Doctors Saeed Al-Zahrani and Inas M. AlNashef of the College of Engineering received Best Innovation Awards.
KSU also received five gold medals, ten silver medals, and four bronze medals. The gold medals went to:
- Dr. Abdullah Al-Areefi from the College of Science;
- Dr. AbdulMalik Al-Salman, Vice Dean of the College of Computer and Information Sciences;
- Doctors Saeed Al-Zahrani and Einas Al-Nashef of the College of Engineering;
- Doctors Tarek Almusallam, Mohammad Iqbal Khan, Yousef Al-Zeghayer, Waheed Al-Masry and Fadi Tarabzouni of the College of Engineering;
- Doctors Khaled Alghathbar and Muhammad Khurram Khan from the Center of Excellence in Information Assurance (CoEIA), along with lecturer Ahmad Talbah.
The ten silver medal winners:
- Dr. Mohammed Bukhary from the College of Dentistry;
- Doctors Ibrahim Al-Aseeri, Fars Kaed Alanazi and Gamal Mahrous from College of Pharmacy;
- Dr. Ahmed Al-Khazim from the Baqshan Chair for Bee Research;
- Professor Khalid Al-Rashid from College of Sciences;
- Doctors Yakoub Bazi, Sayed Mohammad Ahmad, and Haikel S. Hichri from the College of Computer and Information Sciences’ Advanced Lab for Intelligent Systems Research (ALISR);
- Dr. Sofien Gannouni with KSU students Nasser Rayyes, Abudlmajid Ameer, and Abdulrahman Al-Saudi from the College of Computer and Information Sciences;
- Dr. Naif Al-Ajlan, Director of ALISR & the KSU Innovation Center;
- Dr. Khaled Alghathbar with lecturer Wajdi Issam from CoEIA;
- Dr. Ebtesam Al-Olayan, Assistant Head of the Zoology Department, and lecturer Rashid Al-Qareeni of the College of science;
- Doctors Fars Alanazi and Ihab Mustafa from College of Pharmacy.
The four bronze medals winners:
- Doctors Hani Al-Ansari and Mazen Baibad from the College of Engineering,
- Doctors Saeed Al-Zahrani and Einas Al-Nashef from College of Engineering
- Dr. Naif Alajlan, Engineers Sayed Mohammad Ahmad and Mohamed Bencharif of the KSU’s Innovation Center
- Student Oumayma Al-Ansari from the Preparatory Year (PY) College.
KSU’s Innovation Center was responsible for selecting the projects to be entered into the Malaysian Technology Expo 2011 competition. The Center encouraged faculty and students to submit their projects to its Web site, and made the final selections after a careful evaluation. It was the first time in international competition for many of the competitors.