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.