13 scholars win Sabic research fellowships
Jeddah, October 24, 2012
The second Sabic postdoctoral fellowship awards for researchers at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) were presented at a function held at the university campus in Thuwal recently.
The awards support the university’s academic innovative research efforts.
During the ceremony, which was held in the presence of Mohamed Al-Mady, Sabic vice chairman and CEO, and Prof Choon Fong Shih, KAUST president, 13 fellows received the award and the funding to pursue their proposed research.
The topics were selectively chosen to address Sabic-KAUST long-term research strategies. They include solar energy, feedstock and catalysis, separations, biorenewables, computation and environmental sciences.
Al-Mady said: ‘Sabic is committed to encouraging new ideas and the building of effective solutions. We believe in the power of human ingenuity – which is why we are committed to encouraging scientists and promoting cutting-edge research at higher education institutes in Saudi Arabia.”
He said that KAUST’s dedication to develop knowledge and technologies has made it one of the most important centres of teaching and research in the region. “We clearly see the benefits of our business and research partnership with KAUST in support of our customers’ needs as well as for the good of humankind.”
Prof Shih said that new ideas and approaches are needed to tackle critical challenges facing humanity today – water, food, energy and the environment. “To deliver novel and transformative solutions to these challenges it is essential to nurture talents – scientists and engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs – with drive and creativity. Sabic and KAUST are investing together in ambitious and enterprising talents for the Kingdom and the world, supporting postdoctoral research of the highest quality,” he said. – TradeArabia News Service