IEEE WSA Section organized Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Educators Training Workshops

IEEE Western Saudi Arabia Section hosted three training workshops for Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Educator on October 9th, 2018. The event was organized by IEEE Western Saudi Arabia Section in collaboration with International Technical College at Jeddah – LAUREATE.

IEEE volunteers were Dr. Samy Ghania, Associate Professor at the College of Engineering at the University of Jeddah and Dr. Khaled Mahmoud, Associate Professor at the College of Engineering at the University of Jeddah.

Dr. Samy started by a one-hour introductory level workshop on a “Siemens Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) For PLC and SCADA Integration”. After introducing the audience to the concept of PLC and SCADA, Dr. Samy demonstrated a real-life simulation on Siemens TIA software.

Next workshop was another one-hour workshop on Renewable Energy and its sources. Dr. Khaled Mahmoud volunteered to introduce the attending Educators and Professionals on the concept of renewable energy and its latest discoveries. He introduced them to different sources of renewable energy including Geothermal, Wind, and Solar. A comparison among each source and the other was done according to the latest statistics and innovations in the field of renewable energy.

The last session was about mechatronics and its applications by Dr. Khaled Mahmoud. The workshop gives a good background about the modeling of mechatronic systems and its components and some applications of utilizing mechatronic systems to achieve a certain performance.

Forty educators and industry professionals from different academic institution or companies and cities in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia registered and attended the training at the International Technical College at Jeddah – LAUREATE.

The event was also shared online on the IEEE Western Saudi Arabia Virtual Meeting Room with another group of interested attendees.

Based on attendees’ feedback after the event, more than 85% were very much satisfied with the event, the workshop content and found the topics helpful to them.

This event was the first technical collaboration between IEEE Western Saudi Arabia Section and the International Technical College at Jeddah – LAUREATE with great support from Dean, Dr. Faris Gorashi and Mr. Mamdouh Nouri, Director of Administration and Academic Support at ITC College at Jeddah – LAUREATE.

The organizing team from IEEE WSA Executive Committee members includes Vice Chair Dr. Hafidh Al-Samarrai, Treasurer Mr. AbdULLAH Binladin, Educational Activities (Vice Chair) Mr. Ibrahim Nasar, Secretary Dr. Mousa AL-Akhras and Industry Relations Coordinator Mr. Ahmed Ekram.


Marwan Alsahafi represents our section in R8 SYP Congress in Portugal

Marwan Alsahafi from the King Abdulaziz University student branch is representing the IEEE Western Saudi Arabia section in the most significant student event in Region 8! The 2018 Region 8 Student and Young Professional Congress, is held in Porto, Portugal this year.

He is also participating in the poster session with the following poster to showcase the exciting student events and activities organized by the KAU student branch in the past year. We wish him a safe and pleasant trip to Portugal!



15th Learning & Technology Conference (L&T 2018)

On 25-26/2/2018 Effat University, Jeddah, KSA hosted the 15th Learning & Technology Conference. L&T 2018 was technically sponsored by IEEE Western Saudi Arabia (WSA) Section. 2018 theme was Internet of Things: Embedding Intelligence.


IEEE WSA section had a strong presence in the different conference committees and activities. Dr. Adnan Al-Bar, a member of WSA section and Professional Activities officer in the ExCom was the conference general co-chair. Both Dr. Heba Alkurdi from King Saud University and Ms. Reem Turki Chair of WIE Affinity Group, joined the conference Scientific Committee.

During the conference, Dr. Abdulrahman Alahdal, Um Al Qura University, Makkah and member of IEEE WSA section gave a keynote speech about different activities of IEEE in large and IEEE WSA section. Dr. Alahdal also gave a technical talk entitled Biomedical Application of IoT Technologies and its Effect.

Dr. Mousa Al-Akhras, Saudi Electronic University, senior IEEE member, IEEE WSA section and section’s secretary gave a four hours technical workshop on Web Applications Hacking: SQL Injection & Cross-Site Scripting. The workshop covered both theoretical and technical aspects of web application hacking. The demonstration was built using Linux Kali and OWASP BWA.




Encouraging Activities within WSA IEEE Section

In order to grant the approval, we must plot a policy and implement it.
The policy includes the following:
  1. The chapter must have a plan submitted using Vtools and approved by the Excom.
  2.  Chapters should submit their plans through the Chairs of their activities, i.e. if the activity is for young professionals, the  Chair of YP must submit the plan, if it’s for students chapter, the student activities chair must submit.
  3. The section encourages and supports activities across the section and not activities for each chapter and branch.
  4. Activities which are limited to one branch or chapter (OU) shall be funded according to the rebate that OU received.
  5. All future requests must follow the section’s policy and abide by it.


Celebrating the International Disability Day

International Disability Day Dates: 19-20 December 2017

Under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Mish’al bin Majid bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Jeddah, the Vice President for Development, Dr. Amin bin Yousef Naaman, inaugurated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2017 event at the King Abdul Aziz University. This event held at King Faisal Conference Center organized by the Deanship of Students Affairs for Special Needs, drew the participation of 22 organization, with almost 1000 attendees.

IEEE-Western Saudi Arabia (WSA) SIGHT under the leadership of the Section’s chair,  Dr. Hafidh Al Samarrai is the initiator of this annual event and has taken a lead role in organizing, planning, and conducting this event since January 2017.         

IEEE-WSA SIGHT was also responsible for coordinating between the different organizations participating including, Marrakiz Alahya, Reaayat Alajyal, King Fahad Public Library and King Abdulaziz University to organize this event. SIGHT also played a leading role in developing the plan for the event, the time schedule, and the workshops.

The Exhibition

The Vice President for Development, during his tour of the exhibition held as part of this celebration, reviewed three projects implemented by the University, as initiatives related to National Transition Program 2020 of Saudi Arabia. These projects were all concerned with the promoting of the status of people with special needs within a university environment: The Project providing the blind path “Bluetooth”, the development of English language curricula in the form of “Daisy Format” for the blind on mobile phones and the exhibition of mobile awareness life on wheels.

During the exhibition, IEEE-WSA SIGHT also showcased a number of technologies and applications which can be of assistance to those with Special Needs in their day-to-day life.

The Main Event

The day’s ceremonies began with the recitation of verses from the holy Quran and continued with a presentation entitled “Department of Life” focusing on people with special needs and the need to expand what’s on offer to them through the preparation of the place and provision a variety of services targeted to them. 

This was followed by a speech given by the Secretary General of the Neighborhood Centers in Jeddah, Engineer Hassan Zahrani, reviewing the efforts of the centers, in the service of people with Special needs, through their employment, their integration in the community and the setting up of programs and forums for their own. He also praised the holding of this celebration and the active participation of the organizations and people interested with special needs people.

The President of the Generations Welfare Society Dr. Ibrahim Muhanna Al-Muhanna, speaking next stressed the importance of celebrating those with special needs by activating practical initiatives in raising the level of service provided to them. He stressed that this celebration gives a clear indication of the University’s keen interest in serving the people with special needs. He also noted the many initiatives and projects launched for people with special needs in order to better serve them by the University.

Then a play entitled “Point of View” was presented to the students of the university with special needs, as the first production in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to represent the heroes of students with different disabilities “visual-motor-nervous” written by the great writer Lenin Ramli, directed by Faisal Harbi, From the judging committee at the Third Theater Festival where the first participation was for people with special needs in the festival.

In his speech given on behalf of HE Dr. Abdulrahman bin Obaid Al Youbi, the University’s Vice-Dean for Development, Dr. Amin bin Yusuf Al-Youbi welcomed the participants and said, “King Abdulaziz University celebrates in December each year the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. To achieve a learning environment that is equal to everyone regardless of their physical and sensory abilities.”

“At this year’s ceremony we are celebrating a number of achievements such as the establishment of the first agency for people with special needs in the Kingdom’s universities within the Deanship of Student Affairs and the launching of projects within the initiative to promote the status of people with special needs at the university, which was funded by the National Transition Program 2020. The three projects are providing the blind path “Bluetooth”, the development of English language curricula in the form of “Daisy Format” for the blind on mobile phones and the exhibition of mobile awareness life on wheels.”

He added that “one of the proudest in the service of the issues of people with special needs at the University of the “founder” is to change minds about their issues and their rights, there are high committees under the chairmanship of the Director and an executive working to study needs and adjust the course when needed, and pledge to all to continue tireless efforts in order to be the first university in the region to serve people with special needs.” At the end of the ceremony, the Under-Secretary for Development, Dr. Amin bin Yousef Naaman, honored the sponsors and participants in the ceremony.

The Workshops

The activities of the International Day of Disability are marked by a number of sessions and workshops. Dr. Ibrahim Al-Muhanna runs the “Visual Disability Course”, in which Isaac Harsi presents the aids to visual impairment. The second session focuses on the deaf and mute, and includes a workshop by Dr. Nabil Al-Hashemi, “Light Sensitivity and Autistic Children” workshop by Dr. Hanan Baqbas, followed by a workshop: “Media Coverage on Persons with Disabilities” by Aya Jibril, and then the experience of Professor Autek Mulla on “the correct integration of comprehensive autism”, Professor Ashgan al-Ghamdi concluded sessions for the first day with a paper entitled “the impact of technology on the life of blind women”.

IEEE-WSA SIGHT hopes, based on the very positive feedback received from the participants that this will be the start of a new series of events focusing on People with Special Needs.