Engineering is key to the issues affecting our daily lives today. This is why Effat University was the first institution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to launch, in 2005, an engineering program for females. Since then our engineering program has become well established and is providing a unique opportunity for our students and budding engineers to address some of the greatest technological challenges facing our society in the 21st century, ranging from clean energy to securing cyberspace, to health informatics, to virtual reality, to name a few. Today Effat's engineering graduates are contributing to the betterment of our city, our nation, our region, and the world.
As Dean of the Effat College of Engineering, I have the honor and privilege to oversee the Computer Science Department, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and the Information Systems Department which constitute the backbone of our engineering disciplines.
Effat College of Engineering is firmly dedicated to building our students' academic, professional, interpersonal and social skills through our academic and extra-curricular programs, as well as our bespoke Effat Ambassador program, which promotes Effat University's core values far and wide beyond our campus. In doing so, the College of Engineering is proud to support the IEEE-affiliated (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) students’ societies such as the Women in Engineering Club, the IEEE Computer Society, and the IEEE Student Chapter. Our core values and vision are carried forward by over 290 engineering graduates, who have successful completed our programs, and are now making significant contributions to society and aspire to become tomorrow’s leaders.
Needless to say, none of our achievements would have been possible without the support of our prestigious industrial and international academic partners such as the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University (USA), School of Information Studies at Syracuse University (USA), and the School of Information Science and Telecommunication Engineering, and the School of Engineering at Tokai University (Japan).
Since 2003, Effat University has proudly hosted the Annual Learning & Technology Conference, now in its 14th edition and is managed by the College of Engineering. This event is a unique opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to exchange insights and experiences, with a view to addressing current and emerging challenges as well as innovation and advances in the pursuit of learning through cutting edge technology. This year’s overarching theme will focus on the potential of Makerspaces to richly blend information technology with the Fablab workshop to become a catalyst for learning transformation, innovation and economic development.
Before concluding, I am pleased to announce that the College of Engineering is to launch a new graduate program entitled "Master of Science in Energy Engineering", which provides a multidisciplinary approach to addressing current and future energy challenges. Students enrolled in the program will be able to specialize in renewable energy and petroleum engineering.
I am extremely proud of our faculty and staff who strive for excellence in teaching, research and community service, and also provide invaluable coaching and mentoring to our students. The future looks bright for the College of Engineering and Effat University. I look forward to working with you all to take our college to new heights by becoming a world-class institution.
Dr. Akila Sarirete
Dean, Effat College of Engineering