Enterpreneurship in China - Practice of International Graduate, USST


Zaid Al-huthi, a former master’s student majored in Thermal Engineering in School of Energy and Power Engineering of USST, is the CEO and founder of an engineering company based in Shanghai, the MEP SOLUTIONS. 

As a former researcher in Particle Dynamics and with his background in Mechanical Engineering, Power Engineering and work experience in aviation and training, he started the company focusing primarily in improving the quality of foreign student graduates by facilitating training in Numerical Simulation and Modeling in fields of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Explicit Dynamics (AUTODYN).The vision of MEP SOLUTIONS is to help companies, career engineers and engineering students build technical knowledge, to offer technical services and consultancy in aviation and conduct research and development in the fields of numerical modelling and simulations.

The company cooperates with other companies, including a local company in Xiamen, in the aviation training and maintenance sector, and has trained Chinese engineers in airframe structure, powerplant and aviation regulations & publications based on the American FAA license program and FAA license examination preparation. As an example, MEP SOLUTIONS does training for Chinese engineers in Shanghai Civil Aviation College. The company also has good aviation resources overseas and offers technical services in aviation and ground handling equipment.

MEP SOLUTIONS initialized a Youth Development Programme targeting foreign engineering students from all over China, offering free and partially sponsored online and offline training workshops for students from developing countries. The program aims to make foreign graduates more skill oriented in the competitive Chinese market, furthermore improve the foreign graduates R&D skills as they return to their home countries making them valuable assets in their homeland development.

MEP SOLUTIONS has trained students from universities in and out of Shanghai, like Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Donghua University, Shanghai University, Shanghai Normal University,  Zhejiang Sci-tech University, etc. MEP SOLUTIONS also helps students with their research and development in workshops and helps them succeed with their thesis, in two majors of mechanical engineering and civil engineering. Workshops for USST students are free because they are from Zaid's home university. 3 international students from Kenya and Yemen who are currently studying in USST received training there. 2 of them are Ph.D students.


The next move of the company is, as put by Zaid “I am working on EASA (European) licensing for Chinese engineers, because the FAA license (American) will be more complicated within the next couple of years”.

An offline workshop will be coming up in August. The company will have foreign engineers working in Chinese companies and foreign engineering students looking to improve their skills.

More of  Zaid’s self-statement


Enrollment and Graduation:

I was one of the two international student in the Power and Energy School when I first got enrolled in September of 2014, and I graduated with my Chinese peers in 2018, who welcomed me as friend and a brother.



I made a lot of good friends during my academic tenure in USST, some of these friendships I cherish till this day, and I admit without these friendships I would have not been able to succeed and integrate in USST.


The words I have for the teachers of USST are not enough to describe the amount of gratitude for them, one of my best friends in USST was teacher Zhang Gorlin from ISO. Of course my dear supervisor Professor Fengxian Fan (Fourth from Left in the picture) was my role model and guide, I also received significant guidance from Professor Su Mingxu ( First from Left in the Picture ), and many other teachers like Teacher Hua (ISO).



During my tenure in USST I participated in all cultural, national, and sport activities. I was the captain of the international students Dragon Boat Team several times, I organized with other peers and friends cultural pavilions. I went on cultural trips to understand the diversity and authenticity of Chinese history. Most importantly I loved every bit of it. It added to my understanding of China and enriched my personal experience.