The Research Chair Program at KSU is a key element in promoting the transition of the Kingdom to a knowledge-based economy. Research Chairs at the king Saud University have the mission of developing scientific research and to generate the knowledge and to adapt it to contribute in the national development and the creation of a distinguished generation of researchers and graduate students. A step in this direction was the establishment of two research chairs at the Department namely the Water Resource Exploration Chair in the Empty Quarter (Rub al Khali) and the Saudi Geological Survey Research Chair for Natural Hazards
Water Resources Exploration Chair in the Empty Quarter (WRECEQ)
Water Resources Exploration Chair in the Empty Quarter (WRECEQ) is utilizing modern geophysical techniques to conduct water research and was established in 2009. Dr. Abdullah Al-Amri, Chairman of the Department and Director of the Seismic Studies Center, is the supervisor of the WRECEQ, which has encouraged KSU students to pursue new scientific water exploration research through specialized graduate programs and research centers at KSU. In addition, the Chair works to create national and international channels of communication in water exploration.
Saudi Geological Survey Research Chair for Natural Hazards (SGSRC)
The Saudi Geological Survey Research Chair for Natural Hazards (SGSRC) was established in the year 2010 at the Geology and Geophysics Department of the King Saud University with the objective of strengthening and spreading innovative research in the field of geological hazards and related domains to support the distinctive participation in national and international research activities and to encourage the scientific publications related to this research in internationally renowned journals/periodicals. The chair is supervised by Prof Abdulaziz M. Al-Bassam and since its inception in 2010, its scientific committee members have published numerous research articles on reputed and peer reviewed international journals.