Engineering excellence after graduation

KAUST alumnus Khalid A. Al-Jabr received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University in 2014 and currently works for Saudi Aramco. Image courtesy of Khalid A. Al-Jabr.

-​By KAUST News

KAUST alumnus Khalid A. Al-Jabr is currently a reliability engineering specialist in Saudi Aramco's Consulting Services Department.

Al-Jabr received his Ph.D. from KAUST in 2014 in mechanical engineering, with a specialization in computational solid mechanics. He earned his undergraduate degree with honors in mechanical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and his master's degree from the University of Leicester in the U.K. in 2009.

After his KAUST graduation, Al-Jabr worked with Saudi Aramco's Material Engineering Division under the Consulting Services Department to establish the Saudi Aramco Corrosion Management Hub. He also helped improve reliability culture in Saudi Aramco as a practical application of his Ph.D. research area.

In 2018, the Saudi Council of Engineers selected him for their Engineering Excellence Award for his engineering achievements. Al-Jabr also received the Professional Certificate in Engineering Management, which was based on engineering management assessments carried out by the American Society for Engineering Management.

Saudi Aramco's core business area in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, is pictured here. Alumnus Khalid A. Al-Jabr work's for the company's Consulting Services Department as a reliability engineering specialist. Image courtesy of Saudi Aramco.

Al-Jabr became certified as a chartered engineer in mechanical engineering/reliability by the U.K. Engineering Council, and he recently graduated from the Saudi Aramco Specialist Development Program as a reliability engineering specialist.

He has also been active in the social arena, introducing a new concept for the Saudi Aramco Employees' Volunteerism Award, with his proposal nominated as one of the best 40 initiatives out of 1,000 entries.

Al-Jabr advised current KAUST students to make the most of the University's resources and the rich diversity available on campus. He noted that interaction with KAUST's exceptional minds offers great opportunities for progress—both professional and personal.

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