The College of Engineering Obtains Prestigious ABET Accreditation

The College of Engineering continues to attain remarkable achievements.  The three programs of College of Engineering (Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering) have been successfully accredited for six years (till September 30, 2023) by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EِِAC) of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Receiving ABET accreditation provides assurance that these three programs meet the quality standards of the profession for which the programs prepare graduates. These programs will continuously improve the quality of education provided to strengthen the Bachelor degree offered by the College of Engineering for the three programs mentioned above.

According to ABET, the College of Engineering enjoys a particularly high level of institutional support which is evident in the resources provided in human services and facilities. The KKU has implemented a quality control information system which is centrally driven and managed, and used operationally at the college level. The university has a strategy focusing on achieving new strengths by the year 2030 that include a commitment to new research initiatives, introduction of further graduate programs, and attraction of high quality faculty. The curriculum of these three Engineering programs was designed to cover all their fundamentals of Engineering and provide sufficient practical knowledge to bridge the gap between university and industries. The Program strength consists in the number and variety of laboratories, and the summer training providing students with practical experience.

Finally, ABET accreditation increases educational opportunities for students and provides graduates with distinctive job opportunities in local and global companies worldwide.

 

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Under the patronage of His Excellency, the Rector of King Khalid University, Prof. Dr. Faleh Bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy, the General Directorate of Information Technology (IT) held the second meeting of the University's Website Coordinators on Wednesday evening at Abha Palace Hotel. Honorable dignities from the University attended the meeting including vice-presidents, deans, and staff. At the beginning of the meeting, there was a short introductory film about the new environment of the faculty websites and other electronic entities, which is characterized by a stylish yet simple look and feel. The presentation also included a procedural clarification of the steps to follow when requesting any service related to the main university website or the websites of other entities, in addition to a demonstration of numerous web tools, which would be useful while developing the site. The film also included an explanation of how to professionally edit images and designs, and more importantly, their importance in conveying a professional look and feel. Equally important, the University Rector launched the electronic version of Afaq, the university newspaper, which includes many high-tech features, such as making it accessible to the visually impaired through voice commands and a host of cutting-edge technologies. After that, Rector Al-Solamy launched the website of the General Directorate of Information Technology in its new format, which includes a portal for IT ambassadors and indicators of cognitive transformation. Al-Solamy praised the diligent efforts of the IT staff. He further directed all entities to work on developing their websites and asserted that he would spare no effort in supporting them for the success of their websites. Al-Solamy praised the sustained efforts exerted by the General Directorate of Information Technology affiliates in the advancement of the University and the lightning pace of electronic development. He directed all university departments to exert the required efforts in the development of their websites. He emphasized that he will spare no effort in supporting them to develop and enhance their websites. Correspondingly, the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Dr. Salem Alayani thanked the Rector for his continuous support and follow-up on the technical transformation in the University. Dr. Alelyani also related that the Rector maintains that the key role of the colleges and their employees in enriching the content of their websites and raising the ranking of the University are of utmost importance. In like manner, the CIO didn’t forget to appreciate the remarkable efforts completed by the entities involved who made a great impact on the success of their websites in particular, and on the success of the University main website in general. Within the activities of the meeting, the e-learning department of the University presented a workshop on the KKUx platform. During the workshop, coordinators from different departments and faculties of the University were trained in cooperation with the IT department. They were trained on the new environment of their websites with different content types and the procedures for managing their websites. Following after, there was a brief explanation from the Help Desk department and how to communicate via 8000, in addition to another detailed explanation of the service of mySITE and e-Prints.  All of the attendees were urged to activate these services by training their respective colleagues on how to properly interact and utilize the aforementioned platforms. Furthermore, an informational session was presented where IT ambassadors learned how they could improve the global visibility of their website through search engines, followed by an open discussion to answer the attendees’ questions. At the end of the meeting, the Rector honored the distinguished representatives in several categories, based on the evaluation carried out by a specialized team from the General Directorate of Information Technology according to the following criteria: General appearance (image selection and content formatting) Frequency of Content Posts Coordination of the sitemap and content arrangement Content enrichment Link integrity User browsing experience Keyword variety Linguistic accuracy Website Content Translation Coordinator cooperation with the General Directorate of Information Technology Evaluation Results Section 1: Number of Published Researches and Activation of Personal Sites College of Pharmacy: The largest number of published papers. Community College for Girls in Abha: The largest number in the activation of personal sites. Section 2: Best Researcher on the Online Research Repository First Place: Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine Second Place: Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy Third Place: Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry Section 3: Best Personal Websites First Place: Dr. Ali bin Saeed Mohammed Al-Qahtani, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine Second Place: Prof. Dr. Mohamed Mari Jubran Al-Qahtani, Professor at the Faculty of Education Third Place: Mona Mohammed Mujahid Al-Basiouni, Professor at the Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, Mahail Aseer Fourth Place: Alwaleed Hasan Ali Musallam, Professor at the Faculty of Science and Arts for Boys, Mahail Aseer Fifth Place: Nawal Gharman Abdullah Al-Omari, Faculty of Science and Arts for Girls in Ahd Rufaidah Sixth Place: Mohammed Yahya Ali Al-Sorour, an employee in the Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, Khamis Mushait Seventh Place: Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim Ismail, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering Eighth Place: Amira Hassan Gibran Qaradi, a Student at the Community College for Girls in Abha Ninth Place: Nawal Abdullah Ali Abu Ashi, a Lecturer at the Faculty of Science and Arts for girls Khamis Mushait Tenth Place: Prof. Abdul Aziz bin Omar Al-Consul, Professor in the Faculty of Sharia and the Fundamentals of Religion Section 4: Best Sites of Deanships, Departments, and Centers First Place: Deanship of e-learning Second Place: Deanship of Academic Development and Quality Third Place: Deanship of Faculty and Staff Affairs Fourth Place: Admission and Registration Deanship Fifth Place: Institute of Research and Consultancy Studies Section 5: Best Faculty Websites First Place: Lila Ali Maeed Al-Shamrani, Community College for Girls in Abha Second Place: Jihan Abdulrahman Sadeq, College of Science and Arts for Girls, Khamis Mushait Third Place: Dr. Amir Mohammed Kessentini, College of Engineering Fourth Place: Mohammed Mabasher Hazza Al Asmari, Faculty of Computer Science Fifth Place: Dr. Mourad Fathi Ibrahim Mustafa, Faculty of Science
The Department of Chemical Engineering, King Khalid University, hosted a symposium on 7/112017 under the supervision of Dr. Atef El Jery, Coordinator of Seminars and Field Visits, Eng. Ismail Al-Ahmadi, Director of Al-Jazeera Paints Academy, a brilliant cadre and a graduate of the Department of Chemical Engineering, as part of the joint cooperation between the Faculty of Engineering, Government Institutions and the private sector in the Kingdom. Engineer Ismail Al-Ahmari presented a scientific symposium on the technology of paints and innovations. The company is a leading company in the field of research and development, which is comparable to the world's leading research centers, in terms of technology and testing equipment, measurement and quality control, and includes the latest advanced devices in the tests of paints; Which is the first of its kind in the Middle East, and conducts tests, researches and tests on the field; where samples of paints are exposed to various conditions and weather conditions and For the long life of the product; its durability, due to the different weather conditions it is exposed to. The production lines in Al-Jazeera Paints are high quality and its factory is the only manufacturer of environmentally safe water paints in the Middle East. And North Africa, which operates with state of the art manufacturing technology. The attendees listened to an explanation about Al Jazeera's first paint academy in the Middle East and its role in various fields of research, training and social activities, as well as its activities and achievements, including its seminars and training sessions focused on the company`s high quality creative products, And its latest technology and innovative solutions of environmentally responsible paints for sustainable green buildings, fire resistance, microbial resistance, resistance to writing and painting on walls, anti-carb, for roads, floors, traffic safety, etc., Courses in environmentally responsible paints and their applications to many government agencies, bodies and associations. Eng. Ismail pointed out that the island strives for the slogan "quality" and is considered a basic standard that is keen to apply in its products to achieve the physical and health benefits of the consumer, and considers this standard one of the most important ways to enhance mutual trust relationship with its customers in the Saudi market and foreign markets. Finally, the Department of Chemical Engineering expressed its thanks and gratitude to Engineer Ismail Al-Ahmari for useful and valuable information that enhances the scientific method and the pride of the contribution of outstanding engineers and graduates of the Department of Chemical Engineering in contributing to linking the student of chemical engineering to the national industries in the country, qualified engineers help to advance and develop the country and the renaissance of the homeland and contribute to the movement of its growth.
A group of students from the Department of Chemical Engineering visited the Abha wastewater purification and treatment station on Tuesday, 14/11/2017. Within the framework of the program, field visits are conducted for each semester under the supervision of Dr. Atef El Jery and Dr. Chandrakant Sarkar. The purpose of this visit is to identify the existing sewage systems as well as the stages of wastewater treatment and the components of treatment station. The wastewater treatment and purification station in Abha, the central station, has been operating for more than 30 years, in accordance with the 40000 m3 wastewater treatment system. This station operates a tertiary treatment system that allows safe irrigation for palm trees. These waters are analyzed on a daily basis. The results of these analyzes show the safety of the treated wastewater that flows to Wadi Bisha. The basic operations of the wastewater are explained until they are processed by Engineer Wael Mustafa, project manager and engineer Amin Ahmed, specialist in the tertiary treatment of the station, using a special panel composing the station components with engineering drawings. we decided to visit the sight and monitors to all the stages of the treatment, and these by explaining the physical therapy to biological treatment and to pumping treated water into drainage channels outside the station. At the end of the visit, the accompanying doctors expressed their thanks and gratitude to the engineers who are supervising the station for useful and valuable information that promotes the scientific method and the integration of the educational process.
In the practical application framework of the theoretical study, the students of Mechanical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, King Khalid University attended a scientific visit to the Shuqaiq Desalination Plant on Thursday, October 26, 2017 under the supervision of Dr. Baiumy El-Assal and Dr. Mohamed Sagr. The visit was very useful for the students, where they had seen most of the parts that they learn in the course of Power Plants and Desalination as well as graduation projects in desalination topics. Students were accompanied by Eng./ Mohamed El Feefy who was specialist in desalination process in the station. He introduced a detailed explanation of all the station components from the beginning of the water intake from the Red Sea and the various stages of water purification processes. A brief Explanation for the water pumps and their types and desalination units. He made a detailed explanation of the Multi Stage Flashing (MSF) desalination process and its theory of work which is identical to the theoretical study in the power Plants and desalination course that has had an effective impact on the gained information for students. Students also watched all the power Plant components of boilers, burners and turbines accompanied with Eng./ Abdo Ali and Hassan Gaabony who are specialists in thermal processes control in the station. They explained a detailed explanation of the theory of work of each component. Students also, watched the control room of the plant and listen to a detailed Explanation of all details for Each Component on the plant from Eng./ Khaled Mohamed and Eng./ Gamaan Ahmed. The visit ended around 1 pm.
The Faculty of Engineering won the final match against the College of Dentistry with a score of 2/0 to occupy the College of Engineering first place and get the University Cup in the  Beach Volleyball. The participation of the engineering team A against the Faculty of Dentistry team b at 26/1/1439 and ended the match by winning the Faculty of Engineering 2/0. In the same time was participated engineering team A against the Faculty of Science B, which also ended by defeat College of Science 2/0 to meet both Faculty of Science and Faculty of Medical Sciences, which ended by victory of engineering teams 2/0 and 2/1 to reach both teams to the semi-finals to meet both teams, College of Dentistry A and Faculty of Administrative Sciences which ended the semifinal by win college of engineering  and win faculty of Dentistry  to meet each other in the final match which ended by winning faculty of engineering.