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Competitiveness and Economic Advancement


Prof. Kamel TOUMI, USA

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
USA



Abstract

Some MENA region economies showed a recovery recently, but growth seems to remain fragile and well below its potential.This growth was slight for both oil-importing and oil-exporting countries. The world bank reports that challenges will persist due to risks from regional turmoil, volatility in oil price, political transitions, delays in structural improvements, and high unemployment. Despite such challenges, some MENA countries continue to use traditional methods that no longer guarantee prosperity. New strategies are required to build economies that generate wealth and raise the well being of citizens.

This presentation focuses on key factors that influence the future competitiveness of companies and countries. The areas in focus will be viewed from a global perspective. They will include innovation and technology advancement, global competitiveness, advanced manufacturing technologies and robotics, human capital and talent development, the effect of emerging economies, and new opportunities that will inspire new manufacturing methods and processes.



Background

Kamal Youcef-Toumi joined the MIT Mechanical Engineering Department faculty in 1985. He earned hisadvanced degrees (M.S. 1981 and Sc.D. 1985) in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. His undergraduate degree(B.S. in Mechanical Engineering awarded in 1979) is from the University of Cincinnati. Professor Youcef-Toumi's research has focused primarily on design, modeling, simulation, instrumentation, and control theory. The applications have included manufacturing, robotics, automation, metrology and nano/biotechnology. Heteaches courses in the fields of dynamic systems; robotics; precision machine design and automatic control systems. Professor Youcef-Toumi was selected as a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator "inrecognition of research and teaching accomplishments and academic potential." He served as a member onseveral professional committees of The National Science Foundation, Chairman of the InformationTechnology program within The Arab Science and Technology Foundation, Member of the review committeefor European Union funded Network of Excellence for Innovative Production Machines and Systems, Memberof the Scientific Committee for Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum, Head of the Controls,Instrumentation and Robotics Area in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT, Member of the MITCouncil for International Programs, and Research and Strategy Advisor for Qatar Computing ResearchInstitute. He is the Co-Director of the Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT and KFUPM. Professor Youcef-Toumi has served as a consultant for a several companies including AT&T Bell Laboratories,EDO Corporation, Varian Radiation Division, Gillette Corp., Delta Search Laboratories, Jentek Sensors, MorganStanley Co., General Electric, TEKES - National Technology Agency of Finland, Jordan Hospital, MitsubishiElectric Corp. Penn State University-College of Medicine - Cancer Institute. He is a member of IEEE and an ASME Fellow.He served as Chairman of the ASME Dynamics Systems & Control Division Robotics Panel. He was anAssociate Editor of the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurement and Controls, the InternationalProgram Committee Chairman for the 2010 IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems, and an Associateeditor of the ASME's Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) Conference Editorial Board. He hasserved as Editor of several symposia/conference proceedings. Professor Youcef-Toumi is the author of over 200publications, including a textbook on the theory and practice of direct-drive robots. He holds over 30 registered/pending patents.Professor Youcef-Toumi has been an invited lecturer at over 160 seminars at companies, research centers and universitiesthroughout the world.



About IGEE ex INELEC :

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Boumerdes formerly called the National Institute of Electricity and Electronics- INELEC, came into existence as a result of an agreement signed between the National Company for Manufacture and Assembly of Electrical and Electronic Equipment, SONELEC, and Education Development Center, EDC, Newton, Mass., USA. The agreement was signed as early as March 1976, according to the program set forth in the planning study conducted for SONATRACH in March 1974.
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