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Enrichment Highlight: SC 19 Conference

In November 2019, seven KGSP students were invited to attend the 2019 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, Analysis Conference (SC19) in Denver, Colorado to represent the KGSP by joining attending KAUST faculty and students.  Now in its 31st year, this annual conference brings together a diverse community of students, researchers, scientists, developers, and computer industry specialists to participate in exceptional programming of technical presentations, papers, informative tutorials and research posters.  For the KGSP students, conferences like these serve as vital resources for academic discourse, professional skill-building, and networking.

Hussain AlmattarAt the KAUST exhibition booth, KGSP students assisted KAUST faculty in promoting the University and its groundbreaking computational research.  They also supported conference attendees as they partook in an immersive 3D virtual reality experience of the brain featured at the booth, a resource constructed and utilized by KAUST’s Visual Computing Center.

Hussain Almattar, a sophomore majoring in Mathematics at the University of Rochester, proudly represented KAUST at the exhibition booth, expressing that it was great way for him to show his appreciation to the KGSP and to become better acquainted Maryam Almaskinwith members of the KAUST faculty.  Hussain also prioritized attending panel discussions--especially those pertaining to Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence--in order to apply this information to his research endeavors.

Maryam Almaskin, a sophomore at Texas A&M University majoring in Applied Mathematical Sciences, reports looking forward to taking more computer science classes after learning about the many new developments in Super Computing at SC19.

For more information on KAUST’s participation at SC19, visit and  


KGSP students represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s future scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and thought-leaders. As both individuals and as a community, they reflect the KAUST mission of driving scientific discovery through excellence in education and cutting-edge research, and share a commitment to fostering innovation, economic development, and social prosperity throughout the Kingdom and the world.  


Selection to the KGSP is extremely competitive, and currently by invitation only. Successful applicants are Saudi Arabian students in their final year of high school who demonstrate impressive academic credentials within STEM fields, meaningful extra-curricular achievements, and who share the KAUST ethos of continuous discovery.  Learn more here.


The KGSP is administered by the Office of Strategic National Advancement at KAUST, under the direction of Vice President & Senior Associate to the President, Dr. Najah Ashry. Strategic National Advancement directs the university's strategy to serve Saudi Arabia's transformational priorities: Through initiatives in young talent and Saudi workforce development, social responsibility, and national engagement, the Office contributes to a thriving innovation ecosystem by building knowledge capacity, creating opportunities, and strengthening impact.