RIYADH: The general supervisor of the office of program management for King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Khalid Al-Hussan, won a seat at the International Academy of Astronautics for his research in the field of aerospace.
Through this membership, Dr. Al-Hussan will contribute to international efforts and cooperation between all countries and entities in the advancement and development of space technology and science in the world.
Al-Hussan supervised the Saudi satellites launched by KACST in 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2014, and was honored with an honorary award for his personal contributions to the development and production of the Antonov 132D joint venture between KACST and Antonov in 2017.
He was also selected for the Professor of the Year award from 1998-2003 for many engineering departments including civil, environmental, mechanical and space for his strong academic skills. He has published more than 100 scientific papers that were cited in the International Scientific Catalog.
He also registered 40 patents at the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Al-Hussan’s scientific publications have contributed to the development of a number of products in aviation and industry. He developed the principles of flow separation reductions.
He has also played an important role in promoting scientific research trends in Saudi Arabia. He led research teams in more than 50 projects at KACST, in addition to his contributions to various fields of science and technology recognized both locally and internationally.
The International Academy of Astronautics, founded in the Swedish capital of Stockholm, is an independent non-governmental organization recognized by the UN. The academy includes the first Arab astronaut, Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, and Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed, president of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology.
The academy aims to promote the development of space science for peaceful purposes, as well as to honor those who have completed a number of projects toward promotion of international cooperation with a view of the development of space science.