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King Saud University’s Saudi ARAMCO Chair for Electrical Power was inaugurated Feb. 27, 2010, by KSU Rector Abdullah Al-Othman and Saudi Aramco Vice President of Engineering Services Esam Al-Bayat. The Chair’s purpose was to promote a sustainable societal partnership, achieve progress in knowledge and technology, and use the research and services that KSU provides to the Chair in the fields of energy, training and social service.

The Aramco Chair is supervised by Dr. Abdulrehman Al-Arainy, a professor in the KSU Department of Electrical Engineering.

Vision

The Chair strives to become a reference for implementing distinguished research and studies in all fields related to power equipment and systems. Another goal is to help establish a partnership with all major players in the field of electricity in the Kingdom to improve its efficiency and expand its service.

The Chair’s mission

The Chair aims to provide an environment that encourages academic research and enriches applied studies in all fields related to electricity, in safe and secure operational conditions. The Chair also strives to work with sponsors and parties concerned with the Kingdom’s electric sector to fulfill the Chair’s objectives, help raise a generation of distinguished researchers and senior studies students, and hold seminars and workshops to develop new approaches for the electricity sector.

The Chair’s objectives

1. Enhance the role of KSU via its Electrical Engineering Department in studies and research related to the electric power systems.

2. Carry out studies and research in electrical engineering, with emphasis on electric power and its affiliated fields of study and research.

3. Design and prepare curriculum for electric power studies and participate in evaluating programs and curricula in other fields of electricity studies.

4. Participate in teaching and lecturing to university students in all specializations related to electrical engineering and its applications, with special emphasis on electric power.

5. Organize courses and symposiums in electrical engineering.

6. Issue periodic analytical newsletters to manage and organize training and short courses.

7. Supervise postgraduate research in the fields of electric power, with priority to company delegates.

8. Provide consulting services to public and private establishments active in the field of electric power in the Kingdom.

9. Take part in upgrading the labs and shops of KSU’s Electric Engineering Department.

Private objectives with benefit to Aramco.

1. Support and assist research and development to study problems faced by Aramco in some of its electric power system.

2. Continue to develop theoretical, analytical and computational bases in various facets of research into the performance of high-voltage electric networks.

3. Adopt, explore and assess tools, models, methods and software to improve the standards of corporate research and development as well as corporate protection systems.

4. Use the labs and high-tech facilities of KSU to test company equipment and carry out research on behalf of the company.

Means of achieving objectives

1. Gather data in a reliable and documented data bank made available to researchers and stakeholders.

2. Provide technical consultation and hold training sessions.

3. Carry out studies, practical tests and applied research.

4. Organize scientific programs and hold or attend conferences and workshops.

5. Support postgraduate theses work in electric power.

6. Make use of other countries’ experiences related to electricity.

7. Encourage partnerships and cooperation with concerned parties in various sectors.

The Chair’s activities

1. Creating a data and information bank.

2. Carrying out and preparing research to serve the Chair’s purposes and aspirations.

3. Consolidate relationships and partnerships with Chair sponsor and others in the electric sector.

4. Organize courses, seminars and workshops.

5. Provide advisory services.

6. Support theses and postgraduate research in the Chair’s field.

7. Search for new technologies to develop or adapt.

8. Support sustainable development of a knowledge-based economy.

9. Contribute to increasing KSU’s high standing in research and development internationally.

10. Support national industries in their efforts to reach international standing via scientific methodology, research and technology transfer, and consolidation.

The Chair’s infrastructure equipment

Using the equipment and facilities in the High Voltage Laboratory in KSU’s Department of Electrical Engineering to serve the Chair’s research.

The Chair’s accomplishments

Chair activities have included sending a team to attend the 2011 International Smart Grid Workshop in King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology, Riyadh, and the presentation of papers at international meetings as well as workshops, lectures and short courses.

The Chair also received visits by Aramco and other Saudi dignitaries and international researchers and signed a memorandum of understanding with Singapore’s Energy Research Institute at Nanyang Technological University, whose Professor Subodh Mhaisalkar visited the Chair in April 2010. The Chair also gave training sessions on Matlab, a numerical computing environment.