GE at KFUPM Technology Forum: Accelerating university-industry collaborations

GE at KFUPM Technology Forum: Accelerating university-industry collaborations
May 15, 2012 at 02:05am
Hisham Bahkali, CEO, GE Energy in Saudi Arabia

GE is spotlighting critical paths to accelerate the transfer of advanced technology and enhance university-industry collaborations at the second King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) Technology Forum, which will be held on May 15 and 16, 2012.

Committed to complement of Saudi’s active pursuit of a knowledge economy, GE is supporting the Forum as platinum sponsor. At the Forum, GE experts will discuss the role that local technology development and knowledge transfer can play to further future development of the Kingdom.

“Leading institutions such as KFUPM play a critical role in promoting private sector collaborations that can strengthen the overall technology capabilities of the Kingdom,” said Hisham Bahkali, CEO, GE Energy in Saudi Arabia. “Working closely with premier institutions, such as KFUPM, to promote local research and development has always been a priority to GE.”

In addition to promoting industry-university collaborations through the GE Fuel Research Center, developed in partnership with KFUPM, GE announced earlier in March that its R&D center in Dhahran Techno Valley (DTV) will be ready by next year.

Through its participation, GE aims to further grow Saudi talent with the skills needed to support the Kingdoms’ needs in all sectors including energy. This commitment lies at the heart of GE’s Dammam-based SAR 1 billion GE Energy Manufacturing Technology Center, inaugurated last year and which houses an advanced energy training facility.

GE experts who will present at the KFUPM Forum include:

• Mazin Al Bahkali, General Manager, Power Generation, Saudi Arabia, GE Energy, keynote session on Wednesday May 16, 2012 from 11:45 – 12:15.

• Abdulaziz Alkhowaiter, Global Account Executive, GE Energy, panel discussant on Policies and Regulations Hindering Technology Development within Saudi Arabia Tuesday May 16, 2012 from 01:15 – 03:15

• Abdulrahman Al-Khalidy, Engineering Manager, Oil & Gas, GE Energy, panel discussant on Requirements and Needs for Efficient Collaborative R&D in Establishing Academic-Industry Partnerships for Technology Transfer, Tuesday May 15, 2012 from 01:30 – 03:30

• Robert Papp, Senior Service Regional Manager, GE Energy, panel discussant on Regional Association for Technology Transfer More than a Networking Opportunity, Tuesday May 16, 2012 from 01:15 – 03:15

• Markus Mayer, Executive Business Operation Leader, GE Energy, panel discussant on Product Development Needs for Technology Development and Transfer in Saudi Arabia, Tuesday May 16, 2012 from 01:15 – 03:15

GE Hewar will bring details of the event in the coming days.

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