Under the Patronage of His Excellency, Dr. Khaled M. Al-Angari

Minister of Higher Education, Saudi Arabia



Tuesday, May 11, 2004 (22 Rabi-I, 1425)

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM, KFUPM Auditorium Building 20



Professor Charles Kruger

Professor Kruger is the Vice-Provost & Dean of Research and Graduate Policy and Professor, Department of Mechanical at the Stanford University, California, USA. He is the author of over 200 papers on plasma physics, chemical kinetics, fluid mechanics, radiation energy transfer, combustion, magneto hydrodynamics, and optical diagnostics. He is the co-author of the textbooks Physical Gas Dynamics and Partially Ionized Gases. He has served as Associate editor of the AIAA Journal, as Chair of the Hearing Board of the Bay Area Air Pollution Control District, and as a member of the Environmental Studies Board of the National Research Council. Professional society memberships include the American Physical Society, Combustion Institute, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Mr. Vladimir Yossifov

Mr. Yossifov is the Director, Division for Infrastructure Services and Innovation Promotion at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). His professional experience is in the field of industrial property protection and technology licensing, promotion of inventive activity and technological innovation, international trade and government administration. He has contributed to a number of documents & publications on the commercialization of inventions & research results, innovation and technology management, intellectual property and innovation, intellectual property information services and licensing and transfer of technology. Mr. Yossifov graduated from the Institute for Mining and Geology, in Sofia in 1968. In 1974, he obtained a diploma as a patent practitioner from the Higher Patent Training School of the Mechanical & Electrotechnical Institute in Sofia, and in 1979, he received a post-graduate degree in international economic relations from All-Union Academy of Foreign Trade, Moscow.


Mr. David E. Dougherty

Mr. Dougherty is a practicing patent attorney with local, national, and Inter-national clients and is a partner in the firm of Dennison, Schultz, & Dougherty. In the past 15 years, he has developed a multinational client base in South Asia and Middle East, including Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Japan, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait Oil Co., Kuwait University, KFUPM, and in the United States. He has long-time working association with KFUPM faculty and researchers in getting a number of US Patent. He has presented several seminars on patenting around the globe. He is the author of two books, From Technical Professional to Corporate Manager, and From Technical Professional to Entrepreneur. Mr. Dougherty has participated and contributed in several societies and organization for the protection of intellectual property. He has served as a member of the US Government/Industry delegation to USSR on Patents and Licensing. Presently, he is actively participating in the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel.


Dr. Saleh A. Bakhrebah

Dr. Bakhrebah is the Vice Rector for Applied Research and an associate professor of Civil Engineering at the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1973 and 1970, respectively, and his B.S. degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1967, all in civil engineering. During his professional career spanning over three decades, Dr. Bakhrebah held the positions of Supervisor of University Projects, Dean of Business, Secretary General of the University, Dean of Faculty & Personnel Affairs (Acting), Dean of the College of Engineering Sciences, and Acting Dean of the College of Applied Sciences, besides teaching and research. He is a consultant to several government and private organizations as well as chairman and member of a number of university and national committees. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Concrete Institute, American Institute of Engineering Education, National Association of College and University Business Officers, Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society), Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering Honor Society).


Professor William M. Sackinger

Prof. William M. Sackinger received his B.S. in Physics, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.  He was employed in industrial research from 1961 until 1970, when he joined the Faculty of the University of Alaska.  After 25 years there, he retired in 1995 and has been President and CEO of Obelisk Hydrocarbons (Alaska) Ltd. since 1994.  He has eight issued patents, two of which were patented in 26 countries, and has been inventing since 1961.  From 1988 to 1995, he was Director of Intellectual Property and Licensing at the University of Alaska.  He is a Member of the Licensing Executives Society, and is a consultant to KFUPM.