King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Saudi Arabia

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is an international, graduate-level research university located along the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. KAUST is dedicated to advancing science and technology through interdisciplinary research, education and innovation. Curiosity driven and goal-oriented research is conducted by students, faculty, scientists and engineers to address the world’s pressing scientific and technological challenges related to food, water, energy and the environment. Learn more at

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Dr. Jean-Lou Chameau

President, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
President Emeritus, California Institute of Technology

Dr. Jean-Lou Chameau took office as President of King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Saudi Arabia on July 1, 2013. Dr. Chameau is President Emeritus of the California Institute of Technology – Caltech – in the United States, which he led for seven years prior to joining KAUST.

After receiving his engineering degree in France at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers and earning his PhD in earthquake engineering from Stanford University, he had a distinguished career as a professor and administrator at Purdue University and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He then served as president of Golder Associates, a geotechnical consulting company, before returning to Georgia Tech as Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and vice provost for research. He became dean of its college of engineering, the largest in the United States, and then provost and vice president for academic affairs.

He has served on a number of public and industry boards, including the Council on Competitiveness, John Wiley & Sons, MTS, Safran and the Academic Research Council of Singapore. Chameau has received numerous awards for his research and contributions as an educator and academic leader. He is a member of both the US National Academy of Engineering and the French Académie des Technologies.