SASTA Press Office
The Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology in the Arab World (SASTA) announces the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors: Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. The appointment follows unanimous nomination and vote by the board of SASTA.
Dr. Youcef-Toumi is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He is also Co-Director of the Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT and KFUPM, and Director of the Mechatronics Research Laboratory (MIT).“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Kamal Youcef-Toumi to SASTA’s Board of Directors. He is the kind of high caliber Expatriate Arab Scientist that represents what SASTA is all about.”, said Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy, Chairman of SASTA’s Board of Directors. “He is a world-recognized, highly-published scientist who is a leader in a world-respectable institute such as MIT with many responsibilities but committed and passionate about reaching out to help the Arab region in academia, research and mentoring.”
Youcef-Toumi’s research and teaching interests have focused on design, modeling, simulation, instrumentation, and automatic control systems. The applications have included manufacturing, robotics, automation, metrology and nano/biotechnology.
Youcef-Toumi served on many scientific and technical committees in the US and around the world. He has also served as a consultant and conducted research and development for many companies and government agencies. He is interested to use these experiences to contribute to several activities including (i) curriculum (content, teaching methods, and digital learning), (ii) hands-on students’ experience, (iii) innovation & entrepreneurship ecosystem, (iv) research and development with industrial focus and sponsorships, and (v) partnerships for establishing leadership in selected areas.
He is an author of over 320 publications, including a textbook on the theory and practice of direct-drive robots. He holds over 48 registered/pending patents. Professor Youcef-Toumi has been an invited lecturer at over 180 seminars at companies, research centers and universities throughout the world.
With Prof. Youcef-Toumi, SASTA Board now comprises six distinguished Arab scientists: Chairman, Wael Al-Delaimy; Secretary General, Hilal Lashuel; Members, Adel Nefzi, Rabi Mohtar, Magid Abou-Gharbia and Khalid A. Qaraqe.