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KAUST Workshop: Shaping the future with Composite Materials

Saudi Arabia, Thuwal

This workshop provides a high-level forum to openly review the latest developments in all fields on composite engineering, and evaluate/advise how these could benefit to the development of a strong composite-related Saudi economy for the Vision 2030.

The workshop will bring together experts from academia, industry and government to discuss the current state of research and to develop feasible strategies to ensure the rapid development of composites, directly in state-of-the-art technological applications.

The organizers aim to promote networking inside the Saudi academy/industry community, as well as to connect it with key international experts.


  • Prof. Gilles Lubineau - Director of COHMAS Laboratory, KAUST 
  • Dr. Fahad Al-Khodairi - Corporate Fellow, Sabic

Invited speakers:

  • Prof. Suresh Advani, University of Delaware, USA
  • Dr. Khaled A. Al-Buraik, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia
  • Dr. Fahad Al-Khodairi, SABIC, Saudi Arabia
  • Prof. Majed Alrefae, Royal Commission Yanbu, Saudi Arabia
  • Dr. Muneer Bakhsh, GDC Middle East, Saudi Arabia
  • Prof. Wesley Cantwell, Khalifa University, UAE
  • Prof. Francisco Chinesta, ENSAM, France
  • Prof. Pedro Da Costa, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • Prof. Martin Dunn, Univ of Colorado Boulder, USA
  • Prof. Gerard Fernando, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Prof. Eric M. Feron, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • Dr. Enrique Garcia, CTO, National Composite Center, UK
  • Prof. Carlos Gonzáles, IMDEA, Spain
  • Prof. Vassilis Kostopoulos, University of Patras, Greece
  • Dr. Celine Largeau, IRT Jules Verne, France
  • Prof. Jinsong Leng, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  • Prof. Gilles Lubineau, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • Prof. Véronique Michaud, EPFL, Switzerland
  • Prof. Jerry Qi, Georgia Tech, USA
  • Prof. Kumar Shanmugam, Khalifa University, UAE
  • Prof. Tong Earn Tay, NUS, Singapore
  • Prof. Michael Wisnom, University of Bristol, UK
  • Dr. Recep Yaldiz, Sabic, The Netherlands

This event will take place on 16-18 March 2020 in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.