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An iron will to succeed

“The discovery of self is a learned and slow process. If something does not make sense for you, it should be eliminated immediately; otherwise, you start making compromises, and compromises lead to failure.” – Mincho Kavaldzhiev

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Documenting the ‘dodos’ of tomorrow

By David Murphy, KAUST News On October 23, as part of the University’s 2018 Enrichment in the Fall program, Dr. Gustav Paulay, curator of invertebrates at the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH), drew on his many years of marine malacology expertise to deliver an engaging keynote on marine biodiversity. In his lecture introduction, Michael Berumen, acting director of the KAUST Red […]

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Exploring the night sky

“It’s amazing when you’re able to look through the lens of a telescope and observe objects that are millions of miles away—objects we usually only see in textbooks or on the internet,” said KAUST Ph.D. student Daniel Corzo.

Corzo and his fellow stargazing enthusiasts assemble to use the group’s 8-inch Meade LX200 and Vixen VC200L telescopes, which feature automatic positioning, and binoculars to look at the sky. Their night sky observation events have taken them in search of low light pollution areas where they may see the stars more easily.

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The skill behind the utilitarian

Ernest Neil Davison began his career in glassblowing 30 years ago in his hometown of Sunderland in the northeast of England. Sunderland has a proud history of glassmaking, and it was in one of the city’s most well-known workshops that Davison began his five-year glassmaking apprenticeship.

“The job hasn’t changed since I started,” he noted. “You’re using the same medium, and the tools that were used are pretty much the same. The only difference nowadays is that some companies now have lathes with water jet capabilities that can cut glass in precision shapes. But the trade is exactly the same—today’s apprentices will learn the same skills I learned back in the 1980s.”

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A ‘silver bullet’ awakening

The seed of Mani Sarathy’s love of science—and combustion—can be traced back to his youth growing up in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and specifically to the year 1993. It was during this year that the 13-year-old Sarathy was amazed as he read an article describing the hydrogen fuel cell.

“[The article] was about the hydrogen fuel cell, a technology that would provide efficient energy with zero emissions—a ‘silver bullet!’ Wow, I was fascinated by it and it motivated me to become an engineer so I could work on fuel cells.”

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From Germany to Saudi Arabia: A journey for Isabelle

In May 2017, Manfred and Doris sat down at their kitchen table in Meerbusch to plan their next trip abroad—this time a road trip to visit their daughter Isabelle at KAUST. What would seem a daunting trip to people half their age barely registered with the adventurous couple, who, in their 50 years of marriage, have already traveled through 90 countries—they’ve driven the Silk Road from Germany to China; driven the length of the Americas; traveled the length and breadth of Asia; and taken regular forays in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

Their latest trip involved their trusted 12-year-old Toyota Land Cruiser and over 9,000 kilometers of open road through countries, continents, time zones, lowlands, highlands, sea and desert. Doris drove and Manfred navigated, just as they always have since they first met in Switzerland 50 years ago.

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The Global Potential of Wastewater

A quick online search confirms the unquestionable importance of water globally and the role it plays in human survival. Peiying Hong, an assistant professor of environmental science and engineering at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), dedicates the majority of her time to water research, and in particular, wastewater and harnessing its potential to address global water scarcity and to improve global health issues in developing countries.

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Developing disposable lifesaving sensors

Large area environmental monitoring can play a crucial role in dealing with crisis situations, such as forest fires or industrial gas and chemical leaks. Forest fires alone are responsible for thousands of fatalities worldwide every year and exposure to the unmonitored emission of toxic gases in industrialized and remote regions can also lead to fatalities and lifelong health issues.

A group of KAUST researchers is seeking to address these environmental and high-cost concerns through the development of a low-cost, 3-D printed reliable node system.

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The authentic Australian

When Lea Sublett was in high school, all she wanted was a traditional holiday to somewhere like Disneyland, but her free-spirited father had other ideas. Rather than enjoying a “normal” family holiday like her classmates, the young Sublett often found herself in some far-flung locations…

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A Magnetic Attraction

“It is a marvelous feeling when you identify a solution that no-one else saw before, and you know this solution has incredible potential for helping people in need to live a better life,” KAUST Ph.D. student Abdullah Almansouri

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Understanding the “bio-world”

“During COVID-19, people have understood the importance of health. Without our health, people cannot even go out of their house, let alone enjoy the convenience of new technologies. My ultimate goal is to develop transparent and explainable ML methods to improve the efficiency and outcomes of healthcare.”

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A logical progression

“There are many research achievements I could list, but none stick out so much that I would highlight them. I feel most proud when I see my students graduate, after having spent 3.5 years or more with them, and seeing how far they have come in their journey. That, for me, is a significant enough highlight.”

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