This is a research and design project that commenced in the 2015-2016 academic year with the support of Boeing and Office of Research at Alfaisal University. The aim of this project is to design an efficient and reliable solar powered vehicle capable of competing in international competitions. This is a state of the art challenge involving a multidisciplinary team of electrical, mechanical, software and industrial engineering students. Currently, in its sixth year the latest prototype has been completed Areej 1.0.
The project continues to develop the skills of the students in research, simulation, experimental design and prototyping, teamwork, and logistics amongst other HQP skills, improving understanding of their courses and their academic standing. The team also aims to participate in the SASOL 2022 Solar Challenge in South Africa.
Dr. Ahmed Oteafy – Project Supervisor
Dr. Oteafy is the Boeing Solar Car Project supervisor and director of the Joint Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles R&D Center (JSEC) that host the project at Alfaisal University. He started the project in the 2015-2016 academic year and continues to oversee the development of its modules and the research projects that are inspired by the project.
He is an Assistant Professor at the Electrical Engineering department, where he teaches Power Systems, Renewable Energy, and Modern Control related courses, and is a Senior Member of the IEEE.
Eng. Habib Farooq – Team Leader
Eng. Farooq is the current team leader of the Boeing Solar Car Project. He started as a member in the team in his freshman year, and continued onwards in its development until his graduation in 2019. He currently continues leading the team and has been a Research Assistant at JSEC since the 2019 Fall semester.
Eng. Ahmad Kanbar – Mechanical Team Lead
Eng. Kanbar is the current mechanical team lead of the Boeing Solar Car Project. He started as a member and continued onwards in its development until his graduation in 2020. He currently continues leading the mechanical team and has been a Research Assistant and a Teaching Assistant at JSEC since the 2020 Fall semester.