Engineering Professor Reflects On His Time In Paisley

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A recent return to University of the West of Scotland (UWS) sparked memories of an exciting time in Paisley in the late 1980’s for engineering PhD graduate Prof Dr Mohamed G Abouali.

Prof Dr Mohamed Abouali PhD 1992

Professor Dr Mohamed G Abouali, currently serving as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Pharos University in Alexandria (PUA), Egypt, couldn’t miss the opportunity to visit Paisley when on a recent visit to the UK as it had a “significant impact” on his life and career.

Prof Abouali told us: “I am proud to say that I am an alumnus of the University, formerly known as Paisley College of Technology, but I sadly haven’t been back to Paisley since 1992.

I had the privilege of studying in Paisley during the late 80’s and early 90’s, where I pursued my PhD under the supervision of Prof Ian McEwan. My experience was nothing short of transformative, and it played a significant role in shaping my academic career and personal life.”

A Professor of Industrial Engineering, Mohamed’s PhD research area included artificial intelligence and expert systems of optimised welding procedures for rotating tube TIG welding of Babcock and Wilcox, Scotland, UK.

“During my time in Paisley, I was fortunate to be a part of a vibrant academic community that was dedicated to creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment. The faculty members were not only experts in their respective fields, but they also took a keen interest in the academic and personal growth of their students. This nurturing atmosphere allowed me to explore my research interests freely, and I was able to collaborate with many brilliant minds that helped shape my research trajectory.

Apart from the academic rigor, Paisley is a town that is steeped in history and culture. I have many fond memories of exploring its cobbled streets and ancient architecture, immersing myself in Scottish traditions, and meeting people from all walks of life. It was a truly enriching experience, and I will always cherish the memories of my time in Paisley.

My time in Paisley has had a significant impact on my life and career, and I am proud to be associated with this esteemed institution. The knowledge and skills that I gained during my time at UWS have helped me in my professional journey, and I continue to uphold the values and ethos that were instilled in me during my time at the University.

I am deeply grateful to UWS for providing me with such a transformative academic experience, and I am proud to be part of the UWS alumni community. I look forward to staying connected with UWS and supporting its mission of creating innovative and socially responsible leaders who can make a positive impact on society.”

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