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The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering is involved in numerous research initiatives in Saudi Arabia. As home of the Saudi Research Group, ASU is aiming to improve construction efficiency in the kingdom by pursuing research, educating Saudi government officials and researchers and recruiting gifted graduate students. ASU is also working closely with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry for Municipal and Rural Affairs and the firm Hazim Construction to develop a system to classify contractors, as well as improve the performance of bonding, licensing and regulatory requirements.

Additionally, researchers from ASU and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh are working to develop and advance electromagnetic scattering and antenna technologies.

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ASU engineering Professor Larry Mays received the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water – Surface Water Prize in December 2014 in Riyadh. The award recognized his achievements in water resources engineering, including research on how ancient water technologies can be adapted for use in water-scarce regions today. His three related textbooks, judges said, have had an impact on water resources engineering and management “throughout the world.”

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Together, Saudi and ASU researchers have co-authored 101 published papers. Leading the way was King Abdulaziz University with 62 papers, followed by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology with 29. King Saud University, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, and King Khalid University published the remainder.