Professor Nedal Ratrout is currently the Dean of Academic Development and Professor of Civil Engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He served as the chairman of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at KFUPM between 2010 and 2015. Professor Ratrout received his BSc. in Civil Engineering in 1983 and his MSc. in Civil Engineering (Transportation) in 1985 from KFUPM, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering (Transportation) from Michigan State University, USA in 1989.

Professor Ratrout specializes in optimization of urban traffic flow, traffic safety, and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).

He is a member of the National Committee for Traffic Safety in King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (1992-present) and a board member of the Saudi Society for Traffic safety (2012- 2016). He also served as the chairman of the Traffic Safety Committee at KFUPM (1999-2009).

Professor Ratrout Participated as manager or co-investigator in 26 engineering and research projects. Worked as a part-time consultant for several consulting engineering firms in Saudi Arabia.

Professor Ratrout published 61 papers in refereed journals and conferences. He acted as chairman and/or a committee member in 26 Ph.D. dissertations and MSc. theses.

Professor Ratrout received HRH Prince Bander Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Reward for academic excellence in 1989. He received the Distinguished Research Project Leadership Award of KFUPM in 2000, the College of Engineering Sciences Service Award of KFUPM in 2003, the College of Engineering Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award, KFUPM 2004 and the College of Applied Engineering Distinguished Teaching Award, KFUPM 2006.