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Manager of Research & Innovation Support at KFUPM

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia


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Dr. Al-Hinai serves as the Manager, Research & Innovation Support Office and is an Associate Professor in the Earth Sciences Department of King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals.  He is also Assistant for Planning to the Vice Rector for Applied Research.

Dr. Al-Hinai recently has served as the Deputy Manager of AAFAQ Project - A Future Plan for University Education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for the Ministry of Higher Education, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

His general research interests include sand dynamics, sand control, engineering geology, and remote sensing.  He worked with NASA on an evaluation of Shuttle Imaging Radar as a method for mapping paleo-drainage systems in the Arabian Peninsula.  He employed remote sensing techniques to evaluate environmental impacts caused by the large 1991 Arabian Gulf oil spill and contribute to oceanographic models of the spill trajectory.

He is a member of the Remote Sensing Society (UK), the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the Dhahran Geological Society.

He received a PhD in Remote Sensing-Geology from Imperial College, University of London in 1988, and MS and BS degrees in Geology and Engineering Geology, respectively, from the American University of Beirut.