-By David Murphy, KAUST News
Muhammad Akram Karimi describes himself as an inquisitive-minded researcher who loves to solve industrial challenges through science and technology. Karimi is a third year Ph.D. student working in the Integrated Microwaves Packaging Antennas & Circuits Technology (IMPACT) Lab under the supervision of Professor Atif Shamim. His current research focus is on the design of low-cost and printed microwave sensors for various industrial applications, with a prime focus on the oil industry.
Creating novel sensing systems
Karimi is currently involved in the development of a field prototype of a microwave sensor for Saudi Aramco based upon a novel design he developed and tested during his Ph.D. Along with his professor, he is planning to become a part of a startup company aiming to provide innovative microwave sensing solutions to different industries, with a prime focus on the oil industry.
"My M.S. and Ph.D. work has been sponsored by a research grant from Saudi Aramco. During the course of the last three years, we have successfully developed and tested the lab prototype of a microwave sensor for the industry and are now in the phase of its commercialization in collaboration with a Norwegian company. The vibrancy of this project gave me a chance to present it to the Board of Trustees of KAUST, where it was really appreciated by the CEO of Saudi Aramco and the Energy Minister of Saudi Arabia," Karimi said.
"Due to the nature of the Ph.D. project, I have made contacts in the industry from Saudi Arabia, Norway and the U.S., which will definitely help me in my professional career as well," he said.
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