On Monday 16th December, 2019, Dr. Sahel N. Abduljauwad, KFUPM Rector, inaugurated the 6th Senior Design Expo in which 303 students participated, representing 99 teams.
Dr. Abduljauwad reviewed all candidate projects and listened to a brief explanation from students about their projects in the Design Expo which was held in Building 54.
He honored the winning teams, the working committees - represented in the executive committee of design expo, and BAE Systems and its partners for providing the competition rewards .
The competitors were from 13 different departments belonging to 4 colleges, namely the College of Engineering (67 teams), the College of Computer Science and Engineering (24 teams), the College of Environmental Design (4 teams), and the College of Petroleum and Earth Sciences (4 teams).
Dr. Mesfer Al-Zahrani, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, said “we celebrate today the achievement of our students in the Senior Design competition”, noting that “graduation projects are essential elements in all engineering programs”.
He explained that KFUPM integrates various components of the curriculum in engineering projects so that the basic sciences, mathematics, and engineering sciences which the student has learned in his freshman-to-senior years of study can be applied in a practical context.
By providing a conducive learning environment and enriching learning experiences for all its students, the University seeks to graduate leaders who are knowledgeable, skillful, and productive members of our society.
Dr. Al-Zahrani stressed that the Design Expo is evidence of the University’s successful experiential model, "which qualifies the students, provides them with interactive and personal skills, forms personalities capable of giving and helps them achieve professional success.”
The projects were in many engineering fields and clearly demonstrated many innovative works in the fields of renewable energy, water desalination, software, industrial digital solutions and architectural & civil designs.
The first phase of the evaluation is carried out by the University Academic Section. Then, the expo arbitration committees examine each project and listen to a presentation by one of the students.
In addition to the scientific and technical content of the project, the evaluation also includes the model, poster, presentation and discussion.
The result is determined by calculating the scores of the two evaluation stages. The evaluation of the department is the most important because the department knows more about the details of the project and because the evaluation during the competition is done in a relatively short period.