Official website of King Saud University Participant Team in The Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018
Who We Are 2016-12-05T15:51:57+00:00


KSU has assembled a big team of highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students that are mentored by world-class faculty members, and assisted by skilled engineers, administrators, and mentors from the industry. Team KSU preliminary consists of 70 members, including 12 faculty members, 36 undergraduate students, 12 graduate students, 6 engineers, and 4 administrators. The Team’s technical background encompasses all the disciplines needed to complete the Solar Decathlon project. Those are architecture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering and water reuse, and interior design. We believe this diversity, characterized by a mix of skills and life experiences and supported by a strong and highly qualified leadership, will be key to Team KSU’s success.

Solar Decathlon

Solar Decathlon

“Solar Decathlon is an international competition in which universities from all over the world meet to design, build and operate a grid-connected, energetically self-sufficient house.The houses use solar energy as the only energy source and are equipped with all the technologies that permit maximum energy efficiency.During the final phase of the competition teams assemble their houses, open to the general public, while undergoing the ten contests of the competition, reason for which this event is called Decathlon. Since the first competition in 2002, the Solar Decathlon has expanded internationally to include four additional worldwide competitions: Solar Decathlon China, Solar Decathlon Europe, Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean, and now Solar Decathlon Middle East.

The Solar Decathlon Middle East will raise the prestige and visibility of the selected participating universities as they are part of the small group of top institutions that will compete in the world’s most important Solar House Event. One of the main characteristic elements of the Solar Decathlon Middle East is its emphasis on sustainability, innovation and research. The participant teams will work not only to develop and build their houses, but also to enhance the systems’ integration and generation of knowledge on sustainable construction.

Solar Decathlon Middle East offers students a unique opportunity for learning, taking theory and putting it into practice, and doing so through a case study. Students working on the project will be challenged to use their innovation capacity, and their ability to design and build an energetically self-sufficient solar house. The projects are developed by multidisciplinary teams, giving the students the opportunity to learn not only about technical issues but also about teamwork, communication skills, a sustainable lifestyle and socio-economic issues in order to ensure the viability of their project.”

Taken from the Solar Decathlon Middle East Website


King Saud University, the premier institution of higher education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was established in 1957 to enhance the nation’s growth and well-being. Through strong government support and many highly-qualified professionals and administrators, KSU has served as a traditional source of skilled professionals and academics needed to meet the nation’s growing needs in the areas of medicine, engineering, agriculture, science and development, the humanities and language. King Saud University does not limit its roles to teaching and research, however, it extends its practical and vital academic functions to the development of Saudi health care and the needs of the private sector.

Establishing Saudi Arabia’s first university was a response to the educational and professional needs of a young nation. Abdulaziz Al-Saud, proclaimed the King in 1932, and began laying the foundations for modernizing his country and establishing an educational system. In 1953, Saud, the eldest son of Abdulaziz, acceded to the throne upon his father’s death. He would soon institute the Council of Ministers and establish the Ministry Education.

Prince Fahd, who would eventually become the Saudi King himself, assumed the office of the first Ministry of Education, and following the first session of the Council of Ministers, he announce, “We will shortly establish the first Saudi University, this is a foregone conclusion. This university will be one of the most prominent houses of culture and sciences and will be worthy of our country where the light of Islamic faith and civilization has emanated.” The Kingdom’s first institute of higher education, King Saud University, was subsequently opened in Riyadh in 1957.Prince Fahd was committed to promoting higher education, and once said, “I am interested, before anything else, in supporting higher and vocational education in this country in order to add a new and illustrious chapter to our glorious history. Establishing a Saudi university with all its colleges, institutes and laboratories, built according to the highest of standards, is my immediate concern.”

In 1957, according to the dictates of the Royal Decree No. 17, Prince Fahd announced the founding of King Saud University, established in order to, “Disseminate and promote knowledge in Our Kingdom for widening the base of scientific and literary study, and for keeping abreast with other nations in the arts and sciences and for contributing with them discovery and invention”, in addition to reviving Islamic civilization and articulate its benefits and glories, along with its ambitions to nurture the young virtuously and to guarantee their healthy minds and ethics.” KSU: A History of Success

King Saud University


The College of Engineering was established as a joint project between the Ministry of Education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and UNESCO in November 1962. This project lasted until 1969 when the College of Engineering became an official part of King Saud University. The college started with three departments: the department of civil engineering (CE), the department of electrical engineering (EE), and the department of mechanical engineering (ME). In 1974 two departments were established: the department of chemical engineering (CHE) and the department of petroleum engineering (PE). In 1988 surveying engineering (SE) was also established as a program in the department of civil engineering. In 1982, the program of industrial engineering was established in the department of mechanical engineering. Later on the program became the department of industrial engineering (IE) in 2002.

The number of students of the college has risen from 17 in 1962 to more than 4000 students in 2005. The Faculty members have similarly grown in number from 4 to 210 within the same time span.

The mission of college of engineering is to provide high quality education programs that address the changing needs of future engineers, serve the profession and contribute to the advancement and well-being of the society by creating and disseminating knowledge and technology to future generations through teaching, research and partnership with industry and government.

The College of Engineering announced the strategic plan on a one-day workshop held on Wednesday 4/6/1428H. The workshop was led by Dean of the college at that time prof. Abdulaziz Alhamid, and the Strategic Plan Committee and was attended by professors from the university as well as a number of heads of private sector companies such as ARSMCO, SABIC, STC, SEC. and other governmental agencies.

The changes that have occurred on the ground since the development of the College’s first Strategic Plan have mandated a revision of this plan in view of the newly set strategic objectives of KSU as well as the changes that have occurred in the operating environment of the College. Nonetheless, our College, with its long tradition of excellence in research and teaching, will remain committed to taking and maintaining a leading role as one of the top premier engineering schools in the region. Therefore, a revised Strategic Plan for COE has recently been developed to set out our aims and priorities for the period to 1437 H (2016 G) as we strive toward excellence in engineering education and research. This brief document highlights the key elements of the revised Strategic Plan which is currently being implemented at COE.

College of Engineering