Dr. Hasan M. Al-Ahmadi, director general of Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Center for Science and Technology

Dr. Hasan M. Al-Ahmadi
Updated 01 October 2019

Dr. Hasan M. Al-Ahmadi, director general of Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Center for Science and Technology

Dr. Hasan M. Al-Ahmadi has been serving as the director general of Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Center for Science and Technology (Scitech) since 2012.

Al-Ahmadi is also an associate professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

He joined KFUPM in 1982 as a graduate assistant and became a lecturer in 1985 after he graduated with a master’s degree in civil engineering.

In 1990, Al-Ahmadi completed his Ph.D. in transportation engineering from Michigan State University in East Lansing, US.

He returned to KFUPM as an assistant professor and remained in that position until 2013.

Moreover, Al-Ahmadi had been the assistant dean of Educational Services for Training Programs and director of University Diploma Programs between 2002 and 2004.

He is a member of several international and local committees, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, board member of Saudi Consultant Engineering Committee, and Saudi Society of Civil Engineering.

He received the Educational Excellence Award for his Evaluation of Airfield and Road Networks of King Khalid Airbase in Khamis Mushayt; it was chosen as the Best Research Award in 1999.

The Abdullah bin Mohammed Ababtain Heritage Museum, in cooperation with Scitech, recently launched a heritage exhibition on the Eastern Province to mark Saudi National Day.

The event was held under the patronage of Dr. Sahl Abdul Jawad, president of KFUPM, and attended by Scitech Director-General Dr. Hasan Al-Ahmadi, and other government entities officials.

The museum captures the different aspects of life in the Eastern Province, including social traditions, manuscripts, ancient devices, currencies, sea life and diving, as well as heritage weapons that were used to unify the Kingdom.


Space program to establish national training base

Updated 18 February 2020

Space program to establish national training base

  • The program also aims to create a prosperous educational environment in the Kingdom by establishing a stimulating and enabling environment for the space sector to be a platform that launches economic and scientific paths

RIYADH: The Space Generations Program (Ajyal) launched by the Saudi Space Commission will contribute towards establishing a national base for human capital in the space sector, said Abdul Aziz Al Al-Sheikh, CEO of the Saudi Space Commission.

The program, he said, encourages interest in scientific research and learning various sciences in the areas of innovation: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM).

Al-Sheikh added that the program was striving to cooperate with specialized academic circles to achieve further progress in research related to space science and its applications.

The program also aims to create a prosperous educational environment in the Kingdom by establishing a stimulating and enabling environment for the space sector to be a platform that launches economic and scientific paths.

“We derive our inspiration from the experience of Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Space Commission, and his team, who were passionate, creative and determined to reach space,” said Al-Sheikh.

He added that the scientific team that supported the prince’s journey included a group of scientists as well as the most skilled technicians, designers and creative thinkers who contributed to achieving this dream.

The CEO said that the success of the trip was a result of the efforts of the entire team. “The Saudi Space Commission seeks to form a similar dream team that contributes to achieving our ambitious vision for the future of the space sector in the Kingdom,” he added.

Director general of the Space Generations Program, Ilham Al-Harbi, explained that the program had a comprehensive set of goals and strategic visions that aim to instill inspiration in generations to achieve leadership in space science.

She said that the program also aimed to build and develop future generations of Saudi space scientists and turn their dreams into a reality.