Upon being awarded as the valedictorian of the 2012 class of the American Creativity Academy


Celebrating my BS graduation with the Nittany Lion!


Celebrating my MS graduation with the Nittany Lion!

Who Am I?

My name is Mohammad Al-Sager Al-Zayed. I was born and raised in Kuwait, and I lived all my life in Kuwait up to the year 2012, when I decided to pursue my studies in Industrial Engineering in the United States.

Academics have always been important to me from an early stage in my life. I graduated as the Valedictorian of my high school year at the American Creativity Academy of Kuwait. Along with my high school diploma, I also earned an International Baccalaureate diploma.

I received my BS Industrial Engineering (minor in Six Sigma) in 2016 from Penn State University with academic distinction.  I was also honored to receive the Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department Outstanding Senior Award upon my graduation, an award intended for a senior that displayed scholastic achievement, integrity, leadership and character, while maintaining a GPA that is in the top 10 percent of the graduating class.

Following my undergraduate studies, I started pursuing my graduate studies in Industrial Engineering  at Penn State. I worked with Dr. Scarlett Miller on research in engineering education, exploring factors that lead or dissuade engineering students in selecting a particular discipline in engineering. I graduated with my MS Industrial Engineering last May 2017.

I am currently pursing my PhD degree in Industrial Engineering at Penn State under a fellowship from the Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Department at Kuwait University. My major research interests are in human factors, safety engineering, and engineering education.

I am looking forward to completing my doctoral degree and returning to Kuwait to start my career as a faculty member in the College of Engineering at Kuwait University. In the long run, I aspire to have a global impact in engineering education.