Dr. Mahmoud is an engineer with a diverse background combining field experience, research, lecturing, and leadership. He has held a number of technical and management positions within Saudi Aramco, Aramco Overseas UK, and the Society of Petroleum Engineering. Mahmoud is currently the Drilling Automation team leader of Exploration and Petroleum Engineering Advanced Research Center (EXPEC ARC) in Saudi Aramco. He is managing a team of data scientists & research consultants in Dhahran, Aramco’s Global Research Centers and strategic partners from the industry & academia to deliver innovative and cutting-edge technologies to drilling operations. Mahmoud has BS and MSc degrees in Petroleum Engineering from KFUPM and Heriot Watt University and a PhD in Drilling Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.