Faculty of Engineering - Department of Industrial Engineering

Facilities, IE

Offices, Classrooms, and Laboratories

Since its establishment in 1975, the Department of Industrial Engineering occupied a 3-story building that had a basement as well. After 2007, a fourth floor was added to the building to ease up space problem. Due to the devastating flood in Dec 2009, the expected increase in student enrollment and the corresponding increase in faculty hiring, the University planned and constructed a new building for the Faculty of Engineering. This federally funded newly constructed building provides much more space for offices, classrooms, laboratories, and facilities than it was available in the old building. In April 2014, the Department of Industrial Engineering moved to the new building where the fourth floor (Section 4200 and Section 4600, about 7000 m2) were allocated to the department, as well as another area in the second floor (Section 4200.)  Female Section is segregated in a separate building G064 in the main campus.

i.                    Offices

The fourth floor area houses 37 faculty offices, Chairman Office (Room 44G29), secretarial and staff offices. Faculty offices are equipped with internet connections (both wired and wireless), telephone extension and AC control, along with necessary furniture. On both floors, an adequate number of toilets and kitchenettes are also provided. The Department Council meeting room (44G26), that is adjacent to the Chairman Office, has a capacity of 40 attendees. Department Council meeting room is equipped with a projector data show and video conferencing facilities to facilitate the participation of female faculty members in the meeting. Among many others, the following facilities also exist on the fourth floor: Department Documentation Room (44G42), faculty refreshment and catering room (44G39), IE Students Club (44G20/21/36) and a prayer room (44G13).

The Department of Industrial Engineering of the female section is located on the female main-campus, the second floor at building number G064, which houses 15 faculty member offices, Supervisor and secretarial office (room 201A). All rooms are equipped with internet connections (both wired and wireless), telephone extension and AC control, along with necessary furniture. A meeting room provided with data show projector and video conference facility is located on the second floor along with the faculty offices (room 215). The Department Council meeting room (226) has a capacity of 40 attendees. It is equipped with a projector data show and video conferencing facilities to facilitate the participation of female faculty members in the department council meeting. On all floors, an adequate number of toilets are also provided.

Among many others, the following facilities also exist in building G064: faculty refreshment and catering rooms) for both students and faculty members, IE Students Club (building G064, G floor, room 16) and a prayer room (building G064, First floor)

ii.                  Classrooms and Associated Equipment

Department of Industrial Engineering has six conventional classrooms (one on the second floor and five on the fourth floor) with an average capacity of 40 students. In addition, there are three active learning classrooms (two on the second floor and one on the fourth floor) equipped with round tables (up to four students per table) with a total capacity up to 40 students. All classrooms in both the second and fourth floors are equipped with a projector, screen, whiteboard, instructor PC and internet connection (both wired and wireless).

Building G064 (female section) has 14 conventional classrooms with capacity up to 100 students. Four active learning classrooms, two of which equipped with round tables (up to eight students per table)  with a capacity of 42 students). There are four large halls (capacity 160 students) and two large halls equipped with video conference facility (capacity up to 240 students). Classrooms and halls are used by  Department of Industrial Engineering and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

iii.                Laboratory Facilities

Lab facilities of the Department of Industrial Engineering are spread over the fourth floor of section 4600 (most of the labs) and the second floor of section 4200 (two computer labs).

Educational Laboratories

a.       Computer Application Laboratories:

                                                              i.          Computer Application Laboratories – Male Section

                                                            ii.          Computer Application Laboratories – Female Section

b.      Work Study Laboratories

                                                              i.          Work Study Laboratory – Male Section

                                                            ii.          Work Study Laboratory – Female Section

c.       Human Factors Engineering Laboratories

                                                              i.          Human Factors Engineering Laboratory – Male Section

                                                            ii.          Human Factors Engineering Laboratory – Female Section

 

A.    Computer Applications Laboratories:

The Department of Industrial Engineering has extensive facilities for imparting education and training in the field of computer skills based on software systems. The Department of Industrial Engineering has planned four computer labs out of which three are ready, whereas one is in the process of completion. The female section has six computer labs that are being shared by the Department of Industrial Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Also, there is a big lab under refurbishment that can accommodate 40 students. These laboratories are mainly used to support student instructions in computer usage and computer-related courses. Students also use computer laboratories and facilities to prepare their assignments, projects, and presentations for the different Industrial Engineering classes.

Several software-oriented courses are being conducted in these laboratories. Hence, all the computers in these two computer application laboratories are installed with software such as Oracle for Database programming, Design Expert for the Design of Experiments course, MS Visual Studio, QM for Windows and ARENA and SIMIO for simulation course.

   

a.       Computer Applications Laboratories – Male Section

i.        Computer Applications Laboratory 1

·         Location: Building 4600, Room 44E67.

·         Floor area: 90 square meters

·         Capabilities: 31 computers, a digital display, whiteboard and the instructor’s table and dais.

·         Student’s capacity per session: 30 students.

ii.     Computer Applications Laboratory 2

·         Location: Building 4200, Room 24G16.

·         Floor area: 70 square meters

·         Capabilities: 31 computers, a digital display, whiteboard and the instructor’s table and dais.

·         Student’s capacity per session: 30 students

iii.   Computer Applications Laboratory 3

·         Location: Building 4200, Room 24G14.

·         Floor area: 70 square meters

·         Capabilities: 31 computers, a digital display, whiteboard and the instructor’s table and dais.

·         Student’s capacity per session: 30 students

b.      Computer Applications Laboratory – Female Section

                                                        i.            Computer Applications Laboratory 1

·         Location: Building 064, Room 109. (currently closed and it will be open next semester)

·         Floor area: 95 square meters

·         Capabilities: 32 computers, a digital display, whiteboard and the instructor’s table and dais.

·         Student’s capacity per session: 30 students.

                                                      ii.            Computer Applications Laboratory 2

·         Location: Building 064, Room 106.

·         Floor area: 95 square meters

·         Capabilities: 32 computers, a digital display, whiteboard and the instructor’s table and dais.

·         Student’s capacity per session: 30 students.

                                                    iii.            Computer Applications Laboratory 3

·         Location: Building 064, Room 117.

·         Floor area: 95 square meters

·         Capabilities: 32 computers, a digital display, whiteboard and the instructor’s table and dais.

·         Student’s capacity per session: 30 students.

                                                    iv.            Computer Applications Laboratory 4

·         Location: Building 064, Room 120.

·         Floor area: 95 square meters

·         Capabilities: 32 computers, a digital display, whiteboard and the instructor’s table and dais.

·         Student’s capacity per session: 30 students.

                                                      v.            Computer Applications Laboratory 5

·         Location: Building 064, Room 206.

·         Floor area: 95 square meters

·         Capabilities: 32 computers, a digital display, whiteboard and the instructor’s table and dais.

·         Student’s capacity per session: 30 students.

                                                    vi.            Computer Applications Laboratory 6

·         Location: Building 064, Room 209.

·         Floor area: 95 square meters

·         Capabilities: 32 computers, a digital display, whiteboard and the instructor’s table and dais.

·         Student’s capacity per session: 30 students.

Courses served: Mainly IE 321 (Fundamentals of Computer Systems), IE322 (Computer Applications in Industrial Engineering I), IE 323 (Computer Applications in Industrial Engineering II), IE 421 (Industrial Information Systems) and IE 422 (Industrial Systems Simulation). Other courses such as IE 352 (System Analysis and Design), IE 411 (Operations Research II), IE 332 (Engineering Statistics), IE 432 (Design of Industrial Experiments), IE 413 (Network Analysis), etc. are also served by the labs.

Supervisor: Dr. Waqar Ahmad Gulzar.

 

B.     Work Study Laboratories:

The Work Study laboratories have been designed for the study of human work in all its contexts. Specifically, the laboratory facilitates Method Study and Work Measurement techniques where students can systematically investigate all factors affecting efficiency and work economy in certain setups. Students can also review situations to effect improvements.

                                                        i.            Work Study Laboratory – Male Section

·      Location: Building 4600, Room 44E89

·      Floor area: 80 square meters

·      Capabilities: see Appendix C.

·      Student’s capacity per session: 25 students.

·      Courses served: IE341 (Work Study)

·      Supervisor: Dr. Abdulrahman Basahel

 

                                                      ii.            Work Study Laboratory – Female Section

·      Location: Building G064, Room G5A (female section)

·      Floor area: 95 square meters

·      Capabilities: see Appendix C.

·      Student’s capacity per session: 25 students.

·      Courses served: IE341 (Work Study)

·      Supervisor: Dr. Farheen Bano.

 

C.    Human Factors Engineering Laboratories:

The Human Factors Engineering Laboratories have been designed and developed for the study of the role of the human element in the system performance, including task-related stress and strain, and task performance.

                                                        i.            Human Factors Engineering Laboratory – Male Section

·  Location: Building 4600, Rooms 44E58 & 44E66

·  Floor area: 190 square meters     

·  Capabilities: see Appendix C.

·  Student’s capacity per session: 25 students.

·  Courses served: IE342 (Human Factors Engineering) and IE 444 (Occupational Biomechanics)

·  Supervisor: Dr. Abdulrahman Basahel

 

                                                      ii.            Human Factors Engineering Laboratory – Female Section

·  Location: Building G064, Room G8A

·  Floor area: 95 square meters.

·  Capabilities: see Appendix C.

·  Student’s capacity per session: 25 students.

·  Courses served: IE342 (Human Factors Engineering) and IE 444 (Occupational Biomechanics)

·  Supervisor: Dr. Farheen Bano

 

Research Laboratories

The following laboratories support the research activities of faculty members and a few elective courses.

a.              Environmental Engineering Laboratory.

b.             CAD/ CAM Laboratory: equipped with six CNC machines.

Future Plans

To improve the attainment of SOs and provide better academic and research lab facilities to the student as well as faculty, the Department of Industrial Engineering has plans to establish the following laboratories:

Computer Applications Laboratory 4: Planned to be ready by Spring 2021.

Computing Resources

Students of the IE Program can use the Computer Applications Laboratories during or outside the courses supported by these labs. The instructors use the software related to their courses as instructional aids as well as for demonstration of solution techniques. Also, the female section has an Open Computer Laboratory which can be accessed during college working hours.

The students must use the software during the tutorial classes. Hence all the computers in the computer application lab are installed with software such as Oracle for Database programming, Design Expert for the Design of Experiments course, MS Visual Studio, QM for Windows, SIMIO and ARENA for simulation course.

Industrial Engineering Student Club:  The club has several computers free for use by the students. Several laser printers and a 3D printer are available for use.

Central Library:  All students have access to the computers in the central library between the hours of 8:00  AM to 10:00 PM on weekdays (Sunday to Thursday). The computers are equipped with a wired Internet connection, wireless Internet connection, basic word processing, and other computing applications. The computers allow free access to most of the international literature databases. However, the students are not allowed to install their own software applications on these computers, and they cannot save files on the computer’s hard disk. Nevertheless, they are allowed to save files on their external hard disk or flash memory stick.

Central Support Unit at the Deanship of Information Technology:  The services provided by this unit and that are available to students and faculty members are as follows:

    • Wired Internet connection
    • Wireless Internet connection
    • Internet security for university computers
    • Information storage for educational and research activities
    • Shared software library that contains the most used software within the University:

ü  Microsoft Office 365

ü  Microsoft Project Professional 2016

ü  Microsoft Visio Professional 2016

ü  Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

ü  SPSS   

Guidance

Faculty members and the students frequently use computers and software for course delivery and hands-on training. The students make use of laboratory facilities for solving assignment problems individually and in groups. The students make use of the data show projectors for their term projects and senior projects presentations too.

In all labs, safety instructions and standard procedures are shown for all equipment and set of experiment. Also, emergencies and relevant actions are explained in the first session of the lab each semester.

The Department of Industrial Engineering has technicians guiding the students regarding the use of the tools, equipment, computing resources etc. in tutorial classes and laboratories. Faculty members also guide the students regarding the proper use of lab equipment.

For any hardware and network related problems, the Faculty of Engineering Scientific Equipment Maintenance Center (SEMC) is requested to handle and solve the problem.

a)      Guidance in Instructional Laboratories:

Instructional laboratories are essentially attached to specific courses. For this reason, course instructors are responsible for the general supervision of the experiments done in these labs. Every laboratory is also assigned an engineer responsible for maintaining the lab and guiding the students during their lab session. In particular, the lab engineer will:

·         Instruct the students on lab safety

·         Explain how the experiment is to be conducted and distributes the lab experiment sheets

·         Help the students in doing the actual experiment

·         Guide the student in their report writing

·         Collect and grade lab reports under the supervision of the course instructor

·         Prepare a lab binder

 

b)      Guidance in Computer laboratories:

The teaching assistants are responsible for:

·         Helping the instructor during and after the lecture

·         Supervising the tutorial sessions

·         Maintaining the PCs by updating the hardware and the software

 

Maintenance and Upgrading of Facilities

The department consistently maintains and updates the facilities allocated to its undergraduate program to ensure that the instructional and learning environment is adequate and safe for the intended purposes in accordance with ABET Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual (APPM) section II.G.6.b.(1) Facilities.

i)                Maintenance of Facilities

Routine maintenance is carried out by lab technician of the Department. However, for major repairs, the Department depends on Faculty of Engineering Scientific Equipment Maintenance Center. If maintenance work is beyond the capabilities of SEMC, the supplier of the equipment is called upon to get the equipment repaired. Maintenance of buildings is handled by the University maintenance crew.

ii)             Upgrading of Facilities

The program is committed to the continuous upgrading and development of its labs equipment. The Department has a Laboratory Committee pursuing and specifying the future plans. This committee is composed of faculty members and engineers from the Department.

The Laboratory Committee decides about the laboratory-specific needs in terms of materials, software, and equipment for the instructional laboratories. The Department faculty, engineers and technicians are continuously encouraged to make suggestions and to submit requests for all their needs related to equipment maintenance, course work, or facilities upgrades. Facilities upgrade requests are first submitted to the chairman of the department, then to the dean of the faculty of engineering. If approved, they are forwarded to the Administration of Academic Services. This administration has four departments to handle incoming requests:

  • Department of Classrooms and Teaching Aids
  • Department of Laboratories
  • Department of Educational Media
  • Scientific Equipment Maintenance Center (SEMC)

Library Services

The central library of KAU is maintained by the Deanship of Library Affairs and is available to all KAU students. The library houses an extensive collection of engineering books, journals and databases. Library material is shelved in open stacks using the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme. The Library collection is accessible to faculty and students alike between the hours of 8:00 AM and 10:00 PM on weekdays. Professional librarians are available during the working hours to provide assistance.

The library contains more than one million titles of books, reference materials, manuscripts, dissertations and reports in different branches of knowledge. The central library subscribes to different databases and has a wide range of periodicals, and books, related to industrial engineering. Reference services are available to the students and the faculty. The library general catalogue is accessible from anywhere at any time through the library website. Faculty members may request the Deanship of Library Affairs to purchase any textbook or reference material through the library website.

The Deanship of Library Affairs has a digital library that allows students and faculty to access all information resources through the Internet and intranet. Examples of these resources include the Saudi Digital Library (SDL), ScienceDirect, Web of Science (ISI), IEEE, SpringerLink – Springer, Wiley, E-Journals, E-books and different databases such as EBSCO, Cambridge Journals, and others. These resources may be accessed through the web page of the Deanship of Library Affairs.

In summary: The facilities of the program and the support the program has been receiving for their maintenance and upgrading are adequate to support the attainment of the student outcomes. In particular, the new buildings have improved the adequacy of the facilities for the intended instruction and for the attainment of the student outcomes. The larger space afforded by the program has also contributed to foster faculty-student interaction and provide opportunities to the students to use modern engineering tools and to the faculty to enhance their research outcomes.

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