Saudi student flies into top spot at US aviation contest

Updated 04 April 2016

Saudi student flies into top spot at US aviation contest

DAMMAM: Saudi scholarship student Muhammad Ghulam, studying mechanical engineering in the American Rhode Island state, stood first in the university design competition sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The competition is designed for developing practical, innovative airport technologies to address real challenges facing the aviation industry.
Ghulam, from King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship Program, said: “I won the first prize in the airport operations and maintenance category after successfully passing the task of designing a system to improve methods for detecting and removing debris and stray pieces of material that could potentially damage an aircraft on a runway. This is what happened in 2000, when the Concorde plane exploded while takeoff due to such materials.”
The invention that addresses the issues of Foreign Object Debris (FOD), which is one of the major challenges in the aviation industry, is distinct from other debris removal systems in that no extra vehicle is needed to sweep the airport surfaces, he said.
Ghulam said the machine is designed to be retrofitted between the front and rear axles of baggage carts at airports because such carts are stationed all the time in the outer arenas of airports where such debris are often found.


Saudi Civil Service Ministry links up with 90 other agencies

Updated 13 December 2019

Saudi Civil Service Ministry links up with 90 other agencies

RIYADH: The Ministry of Civil Service, through a strategic partnership with the e-government program “Yesser,” has linked central databases with 90 government agencies representing more than 86 percent of public sector employees.

The database connection was secured after the agencies completed the requirements for sending human resources data through the government integration channel according to the classification of groups specified by the ministry.

The ministry, represented by its Digital Transformation Agency, has provided more than 27 electronic services on its website, serving government agencies and public sector employees.

This includes the “Eltizam” (commitment) service to provide human resources data including personnel data, jobs, salaries, qualifications, leave and performance evaluation.

There is also the “My Career Data” platform, which enables civil servants and human resources specialists to review and correct data, providing access to historical career records and administrative transactions.

King Salman recently issued directives to government agencies to complete electronic connectivity with the Ministry of Civil Service, to provide human resources data within 120 days.

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What is Yesser?

It is a program that works as a link among Saudi government agencies in their e-transition journey. Yesser establishes, develops and manages several e-government initiatives and products in Saudi Arabia using the highest technical and security standards.