Foreign newspapers celebrates the Saudi, Moaz Bou-A’isha’s success
The Saudi young man, Moaz Bou-A’isha, has achieved tremendous scientific excellence, represented in the use of 3D printing technology in the fields of medical and scientific research to combine medicine and engineering.
Moaz was born in Al-Khobar, his childhood lived in the industrial city of Jubail under the auspices of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, studied public education there, and then left for a scholarship to return home.
As an excellent surgical engineer in the Department of Neurosurgery, Moaz, who combined three specializations, worked on the use of 3D printing technology while at the Victoria General Hospital in London, and carried out unique research projects during his mission, representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in nearly 40 international and regional forums.
Moaz received many awards and achievements— Moaz, who launched Banan initiative to provide 3D printing prostheses for children of war, is a certified MIT University expert in the field of 3D surgical manufacturing, and a specialist in 3D printing and surgical planning at King Fahd Medical City.
In an interview with Al-Arabiya, Moaz says that 3D printing is often used in the stage of surgical planning, by taking CT images and converting them to 3D models to be printed; so that the operation can be performed on the printed model before performing it on the patient, to avoid the expected risks.
Talking about his presence in Jubail, Moaz says: “Being in the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu helped me a lot— most of the people around me are engineers, doctors, and industry professionals. I had a passion of exploring and asking about English terms. In the same time, I had time to practice sports and read along with my family support, which has been an effective role in developing my cognitive skills and identifying my tendencies”.
Moaz added: “I was interested in pursuing documentary programs, which talk about making things, and then I was interested in nanotechnology until I learned advanced things in renewable energies. In my elementary school, I received support from my teacher, Saud Al-Enezi, until I participated in the robot club in the Royal Commission in Jubail, where the first participants were three scientific teams from Jubail and Jeddah, and then I entered the first competition in Jordan and got second place in the Middle East”.
Moaz has global participations— He represented the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the United States as the leader of the Robot Club, during elementary and intermediate school. From early on, he employed the robot in the educational stages, and then he turned to the use of technology to serve humans in the field of health and rehabilitation of patients.
Moaz continued: “At the University, I focused on the use of 3D printing technology in all my projects, until I got a certificate in this specialization as a trainer of manufacturing technology, and I’m still working in this field until now, and after returning home I worked to use this technology in the surgical field”.
Moaz spoke about the difficulties of understanding the technology and the relationship of engineering with medicine, and how to introduce this technology. A three-dimensional unit and surgical planning was presented to the Minister of Health in one of the medical cities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Thankfully, the idea was accepted”.
“The biggest challenge was to introduce this technology,” Moaz added, “King Fahd Medical City was persuaded to provide this specialization, and establish a unit to be distinguished on the Middle East level. I became responsible for setting up a 3D printing and surgical planning unit. The unit was built after 10 months of work and I established an entrepreneurial company to provide surgical planning services to employ 3D printing technology in oncology rehabilitation”.
Moaz confirmed his interest in finding engineering solutions to medical problems, and said: “Physicians and surgeons are concerned with medical problems, and engineers complement their work; so merging the two specializations has a positive impact in finding solutions to the problems, and the engineer can develop simple solutions to problems that may be medically problematic. I was able to perform 50 specific surgeries at the Victoria Hospital to identify the surgical side, with training in integrated engineering courses”.