Ahad Ali, associate professor and director of the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in industrial engineering at Lawrence Technological University, will conduct workshops and seminars at Prince Sultan University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for three weeks in December under the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.
During his Dec. 10-31 visit, Ali will hold workshops and training sessions on industrial engineering, as well as participate in curriculum evaluation and development. Prince Sultan University, founded in 1999, is the first private university funded in Saudi Arabia by the Al-Riyadh Philanthropic Society for Sciences. It has more than 3,500 students.
Ali said the topics he will address on the trip will include supply chain management, project management, simulation modeling and analysis, quality assurance and quality control, safety, and Six Sigma process improvement. He said he will also help Prince Sultan University in establishing master’s degree programs and review its curriculum, as well explore opportunities for further collaboration between the universities, including mutual research work and student recruitment.
The funding for Ali’s trip comes from the Fulbright Program, a program of competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange. Founded in 1946 by U.S. Sen J. William Fulbright (D-Ark.), the program provides about 8,000 grants a year to underwrite study, research, and teaching. The Fulbright Program is funded by a congressional grant to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It operates in more than 160 countries around the world. Ali said he applied for the award early in 2017.
Ali joined the faculty of Lawrence Tech in 2007. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology in Bangladesh in 1994, a Master of Science in Systems and Engineering Management from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in 2000, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2003. Prior to joining LTU, he was an assistant professor at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez and a visiting assistant professor at the University of Toledo. He is the author of numerous professional journal papers and has presented at engineering conferences around the world.
Ali’s Dec. 10 departure means he will be wrapping up this semester’s courses half a world away. “My students are to submit their projects the weekend I leave, and I will be doing the grading from there (Saudi Arabia),” Ali said. “Everything’s online anyway.”