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  Faculty of Engineering celebrates the eighth Engineering day The vice-rector of the University of King Khalid for Educational and Academic Affairs, Prof. Saad bin Muhammad bin Daaj supervised on the morning of Tuesday, 3 December 2019, the activities of the eighth engineer day, in the presence of the dean of the college of engineering, Dr. Ibrahim bin Idris Falqi, a faculty members and students. The activities of Engineer Day began with a discussion session with the Director of Tourism Development in the Asir region, Engineer Saad Thaqfan, and a member of the Asir region council, Engineer Hassan Al-Shehri, during which a brief summary of their professional experiences in the engineering field was presented, and the conversation also touched on the importance of engineering in its various fields in achieving development, and how to deal with obstacles And skip it in the future. After that, the Dean of the College of Engineering, Dr. Ibrahim Falqi, held an open meeting with the students and in the presence of the vice dean of the college and heads of the college departments, to answer students for the questions and inquiries, stressing the importance of advancing the profession of the engineer and raising his level and encouraging creativity and innovation to achieve an internationally recognized position for the Saudi engineer, and then his role in the development. The Kingdom is witnessing a comprehensive revival, development acceleration and economic reforms that stimulate the aspiration for a promising future and renewed prosperity. The Vice President for Educational and Academic Affairs also opened an exhibition for graduation projects for the college students, which included 39 research posters in the fields of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, civil engineering, and chemical engineering. During his tour of the accompanying exhibition, Professor Ibn Daajam praised the students' projects for their diversity and importance in developing and innovating new mechanisms that contribute to the university achieving excellence in the fields of engineering. The activities of the Engineering Day concluded with organizing a simulation of job interviews from the training unit and the graduates, through which the graduates were trained in the job interview, by conducting interviews in which the graduate determines the desire ahead, and then directs him to what suits him according to his performance in the interview.    
  Mechanical Engineering Department Scientific Seminar Title: Biodiesel From Direct Transesterification It is a well-known fact that energy consumption is rapidly increasing due to population growth, the higher standard of living and increased production. A significant amount of energy resources are being consumed by the transportation sector leading to the fast depletion of fossil fuels and environmental pollution. Biodiesel is one of the technically and economically feasible options to tackle the aforesaid problems. Biodiesel may be produced by various methods however; biodiesel prepared from Direct Transesterification has reduced reaction timing and acidic value for biodiesel produced besides improved yield.    
  Seventh Scientific Seminar for Engineering College organized by the Electrical Engineering Department, 1441 H A Seminar was hosted by the Electrical Engineering Department titled “Speech as a Biomedical signal using Artificial Intelligence” was Presented by Dr. Mohammed Usman Farooq for the Faculty of Engineering on Wednesday 20/11/2019. The seminar was attended by all Chairman’s, faculty members and students from the college of engineering. The presentation focused on the diagnosis of speech for both resting state and post-physical activity state to serve as a signal in detecting heart-rate. The detection and classification were accomplished using the Mel-frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCCs) which were used to train and test with various algorithms using machine learning (ML) to achieve promising results. At the end of the presentation during the Q&A session most of the faculty members placed queries which added to the main goal of the seminar i.e., the Teaching-Learning Process. Finally, all the chairman’s and faculty members praised Dr. Usman for his contribution and efforts in making the seminar fruitful.
  The participation of the students of the College of Engineering  in a skill development course: The Skills of team management The skill club of King Khalid University presented a course on how to manage a team effectively. The course focused on how to build teams and identify the characters and patterns and the distribution of appropriate tasks for each team member and natural ways to motivate them. .  
  Scientific Visit for Mechanical Engineering Department’s Students to the Shoqaik Steam Power Generation Plant 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 Shoqaik Steam Power Generation Plant under the supervision of Dr./ Baiumy El-Assal and Eng./ Waleed Saeed. The visit was very useful for the students, where they had seen most of the parts that they learned in the Power Plants course. In the start of the visit Eng./ Ahmed Al Qarawi (Manager of Technical Support) held a meeting with the students, explained some important information about the plant and gave them some advice about how to take the advantage of their time before and after graduation. Also, he explained the model of the whole plant in detail. Then, Students were accompanied by engineer/ Abdelaziz Aal Saleh (Chairman of Planning and Materials Department) on a tour in the station. He introduced a detailed explanation of all the station components from the beginning of the water intake from the sea and the various stages of water purification processes. A Brief Explanation for the water pumps and their types and the RO desalination units, that has had an effective impact on the gained information for students. Students also watched all the Power Plant components of boilers, fuel systems, burners, and turbines. At the end of the visit Eng. Khalid Bani Sarh (Manager of the Plant) held a meeting with the students where he welcomed them, thanked them for the visit and talked about the importance of linking education to industry and then presented them with souvenirs from the station.    
   Scientific Visit to Wastewater Purification and Treatment Station   A group of students from the Department of Chemical Engineering visited the Abha wastewater purification and treatment station on Tuesday, 05/11/2019. Within the framework of the program, field visits are conducted for each semester under the supervision of Dr. Arshad khan. The purpose of this visit is to identify the existing sewage systems as well as the stages of wastewater treatment and the components of the 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 analyses show the safety of the treated wastewater that flows to Wadi Bisha. The basic operations of the wastewater are explained until they are processed, first by using a special panel composing the station components with engineering drawings. After, we visit the site and monitors 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. Then, Engineer Abdel Mohsen Sayed present new created environmental laboratory and the water analysis can be realized. At the end of the visit, and by the accompanying doctor, Chemical Engineering Department 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.    
  The Engineering College visit of Junior students from  Saeed bin Jubair School    A group of junior students from Saeed bin Jubair School visited the engineering college in King Khalid University    under the patronage of the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Dr. Ibrahim Idris Falqi and under the supervision of the coordinator of the field visits to the Department of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Atef El-Jery and the President of the Engineering Club Walid Al-Muhajri. The purpose of this visit was to get acquainted with the Engineering college facilitating the junior students to discover the world of the senior engineering students. The visit  included the following: Attendees were received in the conference room of the Faculty of Engineering (145). A welcome speech was presented by Dr. Atef El-Jery and Dr. Mohamed Abdel Aziz Sayed. Dr. Mohammed Abdul Aziz Sayed (Mechanical Engineering Department) and Dr. Atef El-Jery (Chemical Engineering Department) gave a full explanation about the departments of the College of Engineering. The junior students also asked their queries to the doctors including a question about how to enroll in the college and the number of years of study and the skills required for the successful completion of engineering studies. The junior students explored the college laboratories and workshops and classrooms.  The students and the accompanying professor commended them for the modern equipment they have seen in the college and for their warm welcome.    
  The College of Engineering at King Khalid University achieved 4th and 501st place at the national and international level by the World University Ranking 2020. The College of Engineering continues to achieve much success including its new success to find a fourth place at the national level and the 501st position at the global level according to academic rankings in the Kingdom. These national and international rankings are of great importance to the faculty and for its students. Moreover, it represents an important indicator compared with the performance of other national and international universities. Several important criteria were measured including the quality of teaching and learning, scientific research, community service, undergraduate course syllabus, maintaining an international standard, etc. The Faculty of Engineering strives hard to develop the collaborative work system in accordance with international standards. Which is improving our academic research quality, knowledge base. This way the institutional and academic reputation has been increasing at international forums. The College of Engineering's achievements will make it an excellent center for research and education. We thank the Rector and all staff from senior management who supported the college tremendously.    
  College of Engineering Students participated in a skills course under the title: Management of university stress Student activity is an important forum for the discovery and the development of scientific, cultural and social abilities of students. The College of Engineering encourages students to participate in all events and courses available inside and outside the University. In this context, a number of students participated on Wednesday, 02-03-1441 in skills course titled the management of university stress presented by Mr. Fawaz al-Shehri. This course dealt with the proper steps in solving problems and facing the students' life difficulties.    
  Third Scientific Seminar for Engineering College organized by Chemical Engineering Department, 1441 H Dr. Mudassir Hasan from the chemical engineering department presented on the topic “Adsorptive  Removal of Azo Dye Using Polyaniline/Activated Carbon Composite” in the faculty seminar program of the College of Engineering, King Khalid University on 22/10/2019. He discussed in detail about the topic. He emphasized the synthesis process of polymer composites and polymer nanocomposites. Also, he presented his newly done research on Polyaninline/Activated carbon composite. The composite was used successfully to remove azo dyes from the wastewater which was published in Polymer Testing. He stressed that further research is needed to find new cheap polymeric composite to solve water pollution issues.      
  Clean Energy and  Promising Oooprtunities Forum 2019 The Electrical Engineering Department would like to congratulate Dr.Abdelaziz Salah Khelifa Saidi for his participation in Clean Energy and Promising Opportunities Forum 2019 on Thursday 24/10/2019. The Forum was organized by the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to produce Continuous Reliable Clean & Safe Electric Energy utilizing the best available fuels and fuel treatments to protect the environment and public health in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. Dr.Abdelaziz presented his technical paper titled “Influence of PV Generation on Voltage Stability in Tunisian Distribution Network”. The Forum was attended by a number of experienced individuals from Siemens Gas & Power, GE Power Services, KFUPM, SEC, Farabi Petrochemical Company and many more. During the felicitation ceremony, Dr.Abdelaziz was praised by various dignitaries for his contribution to the field.  
  Second Seminar Title: How to be prolific Publisher It is difficult for much academic staff to publish research articles in reputable journals. The fact is that they are capable of doing it but lack the basic knowledge about research and publications.  This seminar was aimed to introduce the academic staff with the basic information of research and publications and then motivate them to be a prolific publisher. The seminar was divided into two sections with the first section highlighting the necessity of research and publications along with providing the information related to different journals, impact factors, indexes, etc. The second part of the seminar was focussed to elaborate on how to write a good research article and what are factors to be considered.  The response of the academic staff was good after the seminar as many of them requested the slides for their reference.    
  Amir Asir visits the University College of Engineering R.H. Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz, Amir Asir Region, visited the College of Engineering at King Khalid University on Tuesday 8/10/2019. He was received by the rector, Prof. Faleh bin Raja Allah Al-Salami, the dean of the College of Engineering, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Falki, the vice dean for academic affairs. Dr. Mohammed Khaloofah Al Mesfer and the vice-rectors of the university and the staff of the College, in the presence of the Secretary of the Asir Region, Dr. Walid Al-Humaidi. At the beginning of the visit, His Highness was briefed on the college labs and the possibilities available to engineering students. He also visited one of the teaching rooms to discuss the students of the hall about their specialization and study progress. Later, R.H. Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz met with the faculty members, students, and students at the college. During the meeting, they talked about the urban landscape of Asir, and the roles, aspirations, and efforts of the Department of Architecture at the College of Engineering. The meeting also witnessed the presence of representatives of the Saudi Council of Engineers in the Asir region, as well as members of the Asir Development Authority and representatives of a number of bodies in Asir.
  First Scientific Seminar for Engineering College organized by the Electrical Engineering Department, 1441 H A Seminar titled “Automated detection of oral pre-cancerous lesions using deep learning for early diagnosis of oral cavity cancer” was hosted by Dr. Mohammed Zubair Shamim from the Electrical Engineering Department for the College of Engineering on Wednesday 2/10/2019. The seminar was attended by all Chairman’s, faculty members, and students from engineering college. The presentation focused on the diagnosis of different types of benign and malignant oral cavity cancer using Artificial Intelligence (AI) through Deep Learning. At the end of presentation during the Q&A session, most of the faculty members placed queries which added to the main goal of the seminar i.e., the Teaching-Learning Process. Finally, all the chairman’s and faculty members praised Dr. Zubair for his contribution and efforts in making the seminar fruitful.      
  One of KKU's programs dedicated to training outside the Kingdom is a summer internship in the United States and represents a partnership between KKU and Purdue University. The PAGE program (Purdue Academic Global Engineering) completes six weeks at Purdue University. Purdue University is located in Indianapolis, west of Lafayette. This program is one of the best program for engineering students at King Khalid University. One of the benefits of this program is to provide courses and lectures to students in English during the first week at Purdue University, and then field visits to some factories and international laboratories. First Day: Arrival in Chicago Second  day: Reception Next days: Lectures and visits Third week: Lectures and visits ​Fourth week: Lectures and visits Fifth week: Lectures and visits Sixth week: Lectures and visits In the end, the students of the summer training expressed their deep happiness with what they have gained from this experience full of knowledge, knowledge, and fun and it was an unforgettable experience for all students.
The department of civil Engineering participated in community service for Heritage Archaeological Site, Ahad Rufaida, Aseer Province, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This investigation was carried out according to request Dr. Ali Marzuk. The survey work was conducted under Supervision of Dr Ibrahim Falqi (Dean,College of Engineering) and Dr Nabel Ben Kahla(Chairman, Civil Department) and was undertaken by Dr Khalid Kheder (Assistant Professor) and Engineer Saiful Islam (Lecturer) along with students Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Sharqi , Majid Abdu Mohammed Arishi , Abdullah Mohammad Hussain ,Abdulaziz Abdullah Alyami , Mohammed Mohammed Maher Beiruti , Mehmood Mazin Mehmood Hindavi. Field survey Conducted (Three days): 23-October-2018; 30- October -2018; 1- November -2018  Objectives:   To establish the elevation level on the excavated site with the help of known established benchmark  To prepare the layout map of the excavated site by collecting data using electronic theodolite and auto-level equipment.
  "The importance of upgrading the profession of the engineer and raise the level and encourage creativity and innovation to achieve an internationally recognized position of the Saudi engineer, and then his role in development, the Kingdom is witnessing a comprehensive renaissance and accelerated development and economic reforms stimulate the aspiration for a promising future and renewed prosperity", Dr. Ibrahim bin Idris Falqi The Dean of the College of Engineering addressed these words during the opening of the seventh engineering day activities in the presence of the College's Vice Deans and a large number of faculty members and students at the headquarters of the Faculty of Engineering at the University.  Discussions focused on the services, conferences, seminars and courses that the college evaluates and offers, how to benefit from them by the students and how to involve them, in addition to talking about the link between engineering graduates in their entirety after graduation and the services and facilities available to them. Then the Dean, with the participation of the agents and heads of the departments of the college, held an open meeting with the students to answer the questions and of the students.  Among the activities of this day were the graduation projects and a set of posters for the students of the Faculty in different engineering disciplines, were discussed and evaluated these projects by the scientific committees in the various engineering departments.  Under the title of "my professional experience", the Dean of the College conducted a panel discussion in which he hosted Dr. Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Dahm, the Vice Dean of King Khalid University for Projects. The guest spoke about his personal professional experience in studying engineering and his work in design and implementation of university facilities and facilities, technical support for the development and improvement of facilities and infrastructure to ensure a high quality academic environment. The guest also urged graduate students to explore the various doors available to them to obtain an initial job opportunity that will be an incentive and motivation to improve and develop them in the future.  The Dean of the College, along with the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and the Vice Dean for Development and Quality, responded to the students' questions. The speakers gathered on the competency of the Saudi graduate and his ability to compete for a job, in addition to the development of skills and create an attractive and stable work environment for new graduates and that the newly graduated to prepare for work in remote places specially in the beginning to get and gain skills and experience.  The seventh engineering day concluded with a training course for graduate students under the title "Five-Balance" presented by Eng. Ahmed Bakhoutheh at the invitation of the Training Unit and Alumni at the College.  
  Each semester the Faculty of Engineering under the supervision of the Dean of the College Dr. Ibrahim Falki arranges the industrial field visits. In this semester also a group of graduating students of the Department of Chemical Engineering visited to Aramco Strategic Storage Company on 09th April, 2019 in Abha under the supervision of Dr. Atef El Jery and Dr. Yasser Fahmy. The aim of this visit was to identify the advanced systems ascribing to the methods and stages adopted in the storage and distribution of oil and gas. Strategic storage is located in north of Abha city in Asir region of the kingdom. This facility is supplied with petroleum products from the Jazan distribution station via a 245 km pipeline through Asir mountain ranges. The petroleum products are pumped from the storage site to the distribution station via a 7 km pipeline for local consumption since 1424 AH. Strategic storage and distribution are amongst the most important places in the region. The storage facility is well equipped with health and safety standards. This visit was a great success as our students received detail information about the facility from the integrated team that oversees the distribution process in the strategic stores. The students received a warm welcome and encouragement from the group of members of Saudi Aramco. The program began with the screening of a film about Saudi Aramco's energy from storage to distribution. The aim of Saudi Arabia is to develop a safe and secure system to ensure the protection of petroleum products and secure the needs of safe distribution of petroleum products in times of crisis and emergency.  The importance of oil and gas and their derivatives are paramount as they are used  in many vital activities such as extracting pure water from the land, desalination, civil and military transportation, and the generation of electricity on which all industries depend. As oil installations are usually subject to sabotage or natural disasters, it is necessary to consider developing a safe and efficient system aimed at protecting these facilities and providing petroleum products permanently to all vital facilities and sectors under different circumstances. The main site of the project is about 40 km north of Abha city. The pipeline runs about 240 kilometers long and has two pumping stations, pumping sea-level products to the high mountains up to 2,800 meters, through a tunnel that crosses the mountains. It contains a nuclear, chemical and biological bomb-protected area. It also contains the main control room through which all the station equipment and systems can be operated automatically and equipped with the main computers, which are connected to Saudi Aramco computers to know the size of the stored products and all environmental matters. The system is also linked to the Ministry of Defense and Aviation in Riyadh so that the Ministry is kept informed of the size of strategic stocks. In the end, the accompanying doctors expressed their thanks and appreciation to the team supervising the station for valuable information that they shared with our students.  
The participation of outstanding students in creating tutorial lessons for their poor performing colleagues is good idea towards solving their problems in subject matters and motivating them towards hard work and enhancing their class performance. It is obvious that the course instructors focus on the development and diversification of learning methods to raise the performance of students. In this context, the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering initiated this experiment and the student Mohammed Bassam Hammoud, under the supervision of Dr. Bassem Al-Alwan, offered special lessons for the students in the course of Chemical Engineering 1 in partnership with the Deanship of Student Affairs. It started from 24/02/2019 to 31/03/2019. The lectures were delivered every Sunday from 17:00 to 19:00. The lecture focused on important and useful lessons for students that will strengthen them for their next stages. The students were impressed with the lessons and the attendance exceeded 30 students. The Department of Chemical Engineering experienced this successful experience and determined to replicate the same in coming next semester.  
The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Dr. Ibrahim Falki, opened the activities of the 14th Scientific Research Day of the Faculty of Engineering, which included the presentation and presentation of six papers and scientific research presented by the various departments of the Faculty of Engineering, in addition to the presentation of twelve scientific posters by a number of professors and teachers. For his part, the Dean of the College stressed the importance of scientific research in the College, which raises the quality of academic performance and its development. He also urged the continuation of its presentation throughout the academic year and not limited to presentation and presentation on one day. (MA) next year, which will support and enhance the quality and quality of scientific research in the college, especially postgraduate students. At the end of his speech, the Dean of the College thanked the professors and teachers of the Faculty of Research and thanked the participants, the participants and the attendees. After the completion of the research, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering honored the researchers and a number of participants in the day of scientific research by distributing certificates of appreciation. Then the attendees went to see a number of scientific posters participating in the activities of the 14th Scientific Research Day of the Faculty of Engineering.