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A talk at AUS explores how engineering is pushing the limits of human augmentation and the metaverse

Engineers have always used their creativity to push the boundaries of what was once thought to be impossible. From the invention of the wheel to modern-day space exploration, engineering techniques have enabled humans to achieve incredible feats. In a recent talk titled "Using Engineering Techniques to Push the Boundaries of the Possible", Dr. Slim Saidi from American University of Sharjah (AUS) discussed how these techniques are being used to take humans into a new era of possibilities.

Dr. Saidi is a visiting Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at AUS. He has a PhD from the Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal, Canada; a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (DSA) from HEC Business School, Montreal; and a degree in industrial engineering from ENIT, Tunisia. He has extensive experience in innovation, international strategy and management and has advised executives globally.

Dr. Saidi has held several senior executive positions in government and private organizations in the Middle East and Africa and was a partner with global management and strategy consultants. His areas of expertise include digital transformation, strategy, customer experience, operational efficiency, cost optimization, supply chain strategy and operation and quality management.

In his talk to the AUS community, Dr. Saidi delved into how engineering techniques are being used in human augmentation and the metaverse to push the boundaries of the possible and inspire individuals to think creatively and innovate in their own fields. He examined the latest innovations in human augmentation and associated challenges, such as brain-computer interfaces, exoskeletons, implantable devices and how they are enhancing human capabilities, extending life expectancy and improving quality of life.

According to Dr. Saidi, engineering is all about pushing boundaries and exploring the unknown.

“With the latest advancements in human augmentation and the metaverse, we have the opportunity to take this exploration to new heights. By integrating advanced technologies with human biology, we can create a world where physical and virtual realities merge seamlessly," he said.

Dr. Vian Ahmed from the Department of Industrial Engineering hosted the talk and noted; "We are excited to have Dr. Saidi share his insights with us. His extensive experience in innovation, international strategy and management makes him the ideal person to explore the latest trends in human augmentation and the metaverse. This talk was both informative and inspiring to individuals interested in pushing the boundaries of what is possible in their field."

This talk is part of the College of Engineering (CEN) lecture series, which provides a platform for renowned experts to share their knowledge and insights on various topics related to engineering. It is a great opportunity for students, researchers and professionals to learn about the latest developments in the field and engage in meaningful discussions with industry leaders and experts.

With the UAE looking to the metaverse as a way to significantly bolster economic growth, the AUS Department of Industrial Engineering strives for excellence in teaching by equipping students with core competencies and empowering them with the necessary skills for successful careers in today’s digital era. For more information on the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, visit


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