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This year’s annual fall graduate recognition celebrated 18 University graduates and degree candidates since the official Spring commencement ceremony in May 2013.
The ceremony recognized nine graduates from August and nine degree candidates from this December.
Opening the event, Dr. Hamid Parsaei, associate dean for Academic Affairs at Texas A&M at Qatar, said, “This December marks one more momentous moment in Texas A&M at Qatar’s bright history where we recognize and celebrate 18 of our new Aggie engineers who have successfully completed their remarkable academic journey and received their degree from one the finest engineering institutions in the world.”
The ceremony and reception offered an opportunity for graduating students to reflect on their achievements during undergraduate studies and future career prospects.
Batool Hashim Al-Sayed , electrical engineering summer graduate, said, “This honor is the motivation for new start. I have very much enjoyed my time at Texas A&M at Qatar and this is one of the most memorable moments of my life.”
Texas A&M University at Qatar’s Dr. Patrick Linke is working to create innovative solutions one of the desert country’s most pressing challenges: food security.
The chemical engineering professor is collaborating with the Qatar National Food Security Program (QNFSP) to address challenging water scarcities in the small booming nation. Due to this water shortage, Qatar is dependent on substantial food imports for its basic food security and the challenge will only increase as the country continues its rapid economic and population growth. To combat this, Qatar has established the program to foster strategic food reserves, international trade and increases in domestic production through scientific and technological development in renewable energy, water management, agricultural development and food processing.
Linke, managing director and cofounder of the Qatar Sustainable Water and Energy Utilization Initiative (QWE) at Texas A&M at Qatar, is supporting this effort by the country as the chief engineer of QNFSP. Linke, a process systems engineer, focuses on the design of efficient processes, integrated systems and associated infrastructures with a concentration on energy and water systems. He currently leads research into innovating desalination process designs with a focus on membrane-based systems, the optimal use of renewable forms of energy for desalination, desalination infrastructure planning, the efficient use of energy in industrial zones, the synthesis of novel materials for power generation from alternative energy sources and the development of tools to minimize environmental impacts from industrial activities.
His work is helping develop long-term solutions that QNFSP hopes will boost the current domestic production of eight percent of the country’s demand to around 40 percent in the short- to mid-term.
Linke explains: “Careful systems analysis has led us to an integrated solution concept that addresses the countries water shortage. It enables the preservation and restoration of the nation’s ground water reserves whilst supplying agriculture with the renewable water required to support sustainable domestic food production.”
Texas A&M at Qatar is working with both industry and Qatar’s government entities to build new knowledge that will push Qatar’s tremendous growth and help the country achieve the aggressive goals it has set forth in its framework for development, the Qatar National Vision 2030.
QNFSP Executive Chairman, Mr. Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiya, commented on this important contribution and effort, saying, “Dr. Linke’s leadership as chief engineer for the Qatar National Food Security Program and his work in helping to develop the National Master Plan for Food and Water Security, serve as a prime example of collaboration across sectors to achieve the Qatar National Vision 2030. By combining leadership in research and development with an ambitious drive for innovation in business and government, the partnership is helping to secure a resilient and sustainable future for the people of Qatar and a promise of healthy food and water solutions for the two billion people living in dry lands throughout the world.”
Media contact: Alicia Holland, Office of Marketing and Communications Texas A&M University at Qatar
Texas A&M University at Qatar and Maersk Oil Qatar today expanded their partnership for educating engineers by launching the second World Congress on Engineering Education and a new annual award and cash prize for Qatar’s top high school teacher of math and sciences.
This partnership extends Maersk Oil Qatar’s exclusive sponsorship of the World Congress on Engineering Education (WCEE). The inaugural Congress, held in January 2013, attracted hundreds of educators and researchers from five continents to Doha, and provided an important forum for discussing cutting-edge practices in engineering education, said Dr. Mark Weichold, Dean and CEO of Texas A&M at Qatar.
“The Congress brought together many of the world’s top scholars on engineering education and research, and their discussions are already influencing how we approach teaching and learning for engineering students in Qatar and beyond,” Weichold said. “These discussions would not have been possible without support from our industry partner, Maersk Oil, and we look forward to continuing that conversation at the second WCEE in November 2014.”
The Congress also highlighted the importance of math and science education for middle and high school students, Weichold said, and inspired organizers to create an award to recognize Qatar’s top teacher of math and sciences.
“Students must have strong skills in math and sciences to succeed in undergraduate engineering programs, and we want to recognize outstanding teachers in Qatar who provide that foundation,” Weichold said.
A selection committee will review nomination packets and choose the winning teacher, who will receive a cash prize of 20,000 Qatari riyals. Details about the competition are available at www.stem.qa
Mr. Lewis Affleck, managing director of Maersk Oil Qatar, said a focus on youth initiatives in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — is a key element of Maersk Oil’s support for the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the country’s development of a knowledge-based society.
“We are delighted to partner with Texas A&M University Qatar for this pioneering forum for the second year running. Maersk Oil Qatar recognizes both the importance of nurturing and developing local talent in STEM disciplines, and the value of high standards in engineering education as a key component in achieving a highly skilled workforce. The WCEE plays an increasingly impactful role in this area, while the new STEM Educator award will recognise the vital contribution that exceptional teachers make to student development.”
Mr. Affleck said he looked forward to the outcomes of the second WCEE and that Maersk Oil was proud to support the advancement of engineering education for Qatar and the region.
“Maersk Oil Qatar operates one of the most technical and complex oil fields in the world offshore in the Al Shaheen field. Working with local schools and universities to develop young people in science, engineering and technical skills is a primary focus for our company, and we hope that one day many will become future leaders in Qatar’s energy industry” added Mr. Affleck.
Media Contact: Nehal Maher, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Nehal.email@example.com +974.4423.0540 +974.5542.8289
Texas A&M University at Qatar hosted the inaugural Advanced Scientific Computing Workshop this week at the university’s Engineering Building at Education City. The event fostered discussion among participating faculty and researchers who are committed to developing innovative solutions and using state-of-the art computational tools to solve challenges in the broad science field.
Mark H. Weichold, Texas A&M at Qatar dean and CEO, said, “Importantly, the work TASC will accomplish will help implement the initiatives set forth in the Qatar National Research Strategy and actively contribute to the Grand Challenges defined by the QF R&D Division, as well as contribute to recommendations of the Qatar Cancer Research Center. As a university, Texas A&M at Qatar believes it is necessary to engage multiple and diverse communities to develop new insights and understanding, and that this engagement is essential to creating new and pragmatic solutions to challenges. Texas A&M at Qatar is committed to working with its academic colleagues to extend the frontiers of science and engineering, and advance key areas of discovery that are beneficial to our partners and the communities and industries in which we work.”
Texas A&M at Qatar’s Advanced Scientific Computing (TASC) effort is a multi-disciplinary group which brings together faculty and researchers from different engineering and science disciplines to explore and leverage their expertise in an effort to tackle complex computational problems.
TASC was established to address the needs of engineering and science in areas that are of high relevance locally and globally. Locally, the group is aiming to actively contribute to implementation of the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS) in the field of computational science and its applications such as material science, computational chemistry, medical physics, system biology and high performance computing. On an international level, the group is focusing on tight links with global supercomputing and computational science centers.
The TASC group is contributing to the QNRS through active collaborative research programs, energetic contribution to the Grand Challenges defined by the Qatar Foundation Research & Development Division and providing active contribution to the Qatar Cancer Research Strategy Committee. TASC plans to communicate with Qatar academic and industrial institutions, as well, to troubleshoot challenging and complex problems that are of crucial importance to the growth and development of industry.
TASC’s intent is to provide an essential forum where experts can discuss relevant and world-class technologies in varying computational aspects in the field of science and engineering and to contribute to the delivery of peta-scale science for researchers and scientists in Qatar. TASC hopes this will lead to the implementation of sustained and persistent High Performance Computinginfrastructure. In addition, the program will be seen as a home for scientific activities where workshops, lectures and short courses are presented to foment discussion that leads to solutions.
Othmane Bouhali, research associate professor and director of Research Computing at Texas A&M at Qatar, said, “The goal of Texas A&M at Qatar’s Advanced Scientific Computing group is to play an important role, together with other partners within QF and Qatar, to tackle complex and challenging problems for Qatar and the region through advanced and computational techniques. This year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to three computational chemists which was yet another recognition by the international community of the importance of computing and simulation for the real world.”
“TASC members are already working on challenging problems such as molecular dynamic simulation for energy applications, radiation detector simulation for medical purposes, multi-scale simulation of corrosion in pipelines, laser physics and photonics, as well as advanced computing hardware such as GPU and FPGA, all areas that directly affect the growth and advancement of Qatar and industry.”
About Texas A&M University at Qatar:
Texas A&M University, recognized as having one of the premier engineering programs in the world, has offered undergraduate degrees in chemical, electrical, mechanical and petroleum engineering at Qatar Foundation’s Education City campus since 2003, and graduate courses in chemical engineering since fall 2011. Over 400 engineers have graduated from Texas A&M at Qatar since 2007. In addition to engineering courses, Texas A&M at Qatar provides classes in science, mathematics, liberal arts and the humanities. All four of the engineering programs offered at Texas A&M at Qatar are accredited by ABET. The curricula offered at Texas A&M at Qatar are materially identical to those offered at the main campus in College Station, Texas, and courses are taught in English in a co-educational setting. The reputation for excellence is the same, as is the commitment to equip engineers to lead the next generation of engineering advancement. Faculty from around the world are attracted to Texas A&M at Qatar to provide this educational experience and to participate in research activities now valued at over $159 million, and that address issues important to the State of Qatar. Visit www.qatar.tamu.edu.
Texas A&M University at Qatar hosted its annual Shukran event this week. The event recognized and thanked partners in industry, government and the local community who have supported the university during the past year. This included more than 26 companies and individuals from Qatar and the GCC.
The event was attended by VIP guests and leaders from many of Qatar’s most active governmental institutions and corporations, and included an address from His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, minister of energy and industry.
“This Shukran event reflects our pride in the role Texas A&M at Qatar plays in embracing and supporting Qatar’s National Vision 2030, as guided, launched, and supported by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar,” he noted in his address.
His Excellency paid tribute to Texas A&M at Qatar’s role in education, inspiring youth and helping transform Qatar into a hub of research and a center for knowledge. He also thanked all those who have contributed to the success of the university, as well as its members of staff for their dedication and hard work.
“It is important to highlight the value of Texas A&M at Qatar’s expertise and research initiatives in supporting Qatar’s energy, industrial and commercial sectors. What is even more important is the fact that as Texas A&M at Qatar engineering graduates begin to contribute to Qatar’s development, they will effectively be leading the next generation of young Qataris into their own journey for the same purpose.”
“One can only feel a sense of reward to see this strong engagement between educational institutions and the various stakeholders at the government, industry and local community levels.”
Speaking to the audience of distinguished guests and industry leaders, Dr. Mark H. Weichold, Texas A&M at Qatar dean and CEO, said, “The university believes it is important to thank its most enthusiastic and steadfast supporters for their generous and extraordinary contributions to the university and its efforts. Texas A&M at Qatar would not be embarking upon its second decade, as it is this year, without your loyal commitment to our students, faculty and programs. The university’s previous decade of success in contributing to the State of Qatar is thanks in so many ways to you.”
The university recognized the generous and steadfast support of many of its longtime partners, as well as new collaborators, including Maersk Oil Qatar, QAPCO, QAFCO, Qatar Shell, ORYX GTL, Oxy Qatar, Total E&P Qatar, Conocophillips Qatar, ExxonMobil, Qatar Fuel (WOQOD),Ooredoo, UDC, Agilent Technologies , Qatar Airways among many other university supporters.
About Texas A&M University at Qatar: Texas A&M University, recognized as having one of the premier engineering programs in the world, has offered undergraduate degrees in chemical, electrical, mechanical and petroleum engineering at Qatar Foundation’s Education City campus since 2003, and graduate courses in chemical engineering since fall 2011. Over 400 engineers have graduated from Texas A&M at Qatar since 2007. In addition to engineering courses, Texas A&M at Qatar provides classes in science, mathematics, liberal arts and the humanities. All four of the engineering programs offered at Texas A&M at Qatar are accredited by ABET. The curricula offered at Texas A&M at Qatar are materially identical to those offered at the main campus in College Station, Texas, and courses are taught in English in a co-educational setting. The reputation for excellence is the same, as is the commitment to equip engineers to lead the next generation of engineering advancement. Faculty from around the world are attracted to Texas A&M at Qatar to provide this educational experience and to participate in research activities now valued at over $159 million, and that address issues important to the State of Qatar. Visit www.qatar.tamu.edu.