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.


KSRelief launches humanitarian projects in Somaliland

Updated 25 September 2020

KSRelief launches humanitarian projects in Somaliland

HARGEISA: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has launched projects with a total value of $2.2 million in Somaliland, it announced on Wednesday.

The projects, launched in cooperation with the Norwegian Refugee Council, will reportedly benefit around 100,000 people and cover the fields of women’s and children’s rights, water, environmental sanitation, and education.

Hassan Mohammed Ali, Somaliland’s minister of planning and national development, thanked Saudi Arabia for supporting the nations of the Islamic world in general, and Somaliland in particular.

The assistant director of KSRelief in Africa, Youssef Al-Rahma, said the projects form part of KSRelief's relief and development efforts in Somaliland across several sectors, in addition to raising awareness to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a related development, Najd Health Center in Yemen’s Socotra governorate continues to provide medical services with the generous support of KSRelief in cooperation with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). The center provides vital services to pregnant women, mothers and children. Beneficiaries expressed their gratitude and appreciation to KSRelief.

KSRelief has also been distributing food baskets to Syrian and Palestinian refugees and the most-vulnerable Lebanese families in several parts of Lebanon.