A KAUST-designed symbolic algorithm to solve nonlinear ordinary differential equations (ODEs) has been selected for inclusion in the current version of the computer algebra system (CAS) Maple 2020. The global symbolic and numeric computing software system—developed by the Canadian company Waterloo Maple (Maplesoft)—is widely used by scientists, engineers, and researchers to analyze, visualize, and solve mathematical problems.
The COVID-19 pandemic has activated vital innovation and R&D initiatives to tackle the crippling effects, health ramifications, and overall impact of the coronavirus on global societies and economies. In recent months, the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, launched a COVID-19-themed virtual accelerator aimed at supporting talented innovators, aspiring entrepreneurs, and innovative small companies dedicated to finding solutions to mitigate the spread of the virus through protection, prevention, tracking/detection, and treatment solutions.
KAUST alumni Dr. Chinthaka Gooneratne and Dr. Bodong Li both recently received Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) 2020 Regional Awards for the Middle East and North Africa Region. Gooneratne won the Regional Drilling Engineering Award, while Li was awarded the Regional Formation Evaluation Award.
Nazek El-Atab, a research scientist based in the KAUST MMH Labs, has been selected to participate in the Rising Stars 2020 Academic Career Workshop for Women in EECS. Rising Stars is an intensive workshop aimed at increasing the numbers of women interested in pursuing academic careers in computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering (EECS). The workshop, which was launched by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012, will take place virtually from November 9-10, 2020, and will be hosted by the University of California, Berkeley.
Muhammad Karimi, KAUST graduate (Ph.D. '19) and co-founder of the KAUST-supported startup company SensoTech, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) 2020 "Young Technical Professional of the Year" category. The premier oil and gas industry event will be held virtually from November 9-12, 2020.