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A workshop on “Preparing for a Successful ABET Visit”  was delivered to CENG faculty members , October 29. 

Dr Samaka presented an overview of the program-reviewing process from the perspective of ABET evaluators, and threw light on evaluation visits, pre-visit preparation, general campus visit activities, and the post-visit process.  His presentation also focused on documenting, implementing and presenting evidence for processes related to program assessment and evaluation, and guidance on writing a self-study report.
 
Dr Samaka also shared his vast experience in the accreditation process which he said will be of considerable benefit to CENG programs that are seeking accreditation renewal from various ABET commissions in 2017.
 

 

CENG participated in the 3rd World Engineering, Science and Technology Congress 2014

The College of Engineering (CENG) participated in the 3rd World Engineering, Science and Technology Congress 2014 (ESTCON 2014), held in Kuala Lumpur on June 3-5. The theme "Engineering, Science, Technology and Humanities: Convergence for a Sustainable Future" stressed bridging communities of experts in research and innovation in sustaining knowledge for the betterment of society.
 
CENG dean Prof Rashid Alammari, Associate Dean for planning and development Prof Saud Ghani, Eng. Mohamed Kamal from the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and  teaching assistant Dr Ahmed Elkhatat from the Department of Chemical Engineering represented Qatar University at the event that promotes knowledge sharing, intellectual discussions and networking on various areas of interest for academics, researchers, scientists, engineers, interest groups and industry experts from around the world.
 
The QU booth was visited by Dr Zaini Ujang, Malaysia Education Ministry's Secretary-General II and Dr Abdul Rahim Hj Hashim, Chairman of ESTCON 2014 among more than 2000 visitors from different institutions from over 50 countries.
 
Prof Alammarri detailed to Dr Ujang and Dr Hashim CENG’s efforts to connect advances in research and innovations in engineering and technology with relevant stakeholders to maximize the impact on local and global economic development and quality of life.
 
The majority of visitors who visited the booth over the 3 days were graduate students  from Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) keen to know more about the Masters and PhD programs at CENG, and a number of professors and post-doctoral students from different  universities who were interested in research collaboration between QU and their respective universities.
 


CENG hosts GCC Deans Meeting

College of Engineering (CENG) hosted deans from universities in KSA, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman on April 22-23  at the 21st Meeting of GCC Deans of Engineering, Architecture, Planning, and IT.  The annual forum is an opportunity for the deans to discuss developments and updates in their various colleges and to explore ways to enhance coordination among GCC universities at all levels, including initiating joint and collaborative projects.
 
The meeting program also included attending the opening ceremony of CENG’s Engineering Week, visiting the poster exhibition of projects by GCC students in the GCC Student Design Contest, and a tour of QU facilities.
 
Commenting on the meeting, CENG Dean Dr Rashid Al Ammari said that it was a valuable forum to strengthen communication among GCC universities towards continuous collaboration, and advance exchanges of experiences and developments in a way that supports the academic process in all GCC colleges of Engineering, Architecture, Planning, and IT.
 
“We continue to strengthen our close connections and are of similar mind in our commitment  to preparing well-qualified engineers who can contribute to the future of their respective countries and the wider region”, he added.
 
Dr Husain Al-Khaiat, dean of Kuwait University College of Engineering and Petroleum and the General Secretary of the GCC Deans Council for Colleges of Engineering, Architecture, Planning and Computing  extended his gratitude to QU for organizing the event and the Design Contest with such professionalism.
 
“The meeting allowed us to discuss several important topics like the role of universities in supporting communities, the importance of making a difference in this regard, and the need to widen the scope of our resources and services to reach non-academic circles”, he said, adding, “I look forward to welcoming the Deans to next year’s meeting which will be held at Tayba University”.
 


CENG runs the GCC Students Design Contest 2014 

Students from Qatar University’s College of Engineering (CENG) competed among their colleagues from universities in UAE, KSA, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait in an online design contest under the categories engineering, architecture, and computing.

The GCC Students Design Contest 2014, organized by CENG, started in November last year and culminated in a recent closing ceremony in which the winners were honored in the presence of  QU VP and Chief Academic Officer Dr Mazen Hasna, CENG Dean Dr Rashid Al-Ammari, Mulla, QAPCO Vice Chairman and CEO Dr Mohammed Yousef Al-Mulla,  Dolphin Energy Qatar GM Mr Adel Al-Buainain,  and Kuwait University College of Engineering and Petroleum dean and General Secretary of the GCC Deans Council for Colleges of Engineering, Architecture, Planning and Computing Dr Hussein Al Khayat.
 
Over 200 students participated and 47 projects were entered in the contest and judged by a panel of experienced reviewers.

QU students Noor Alam Chowdhury, Abdul Kader Sakil, and Md. Shafiul Islam won first place in the engineering category with their project “Test Bench: a track simulator to measure power consumption of an electric car”, while the graduation project on the Gulf Tower Office Building by their colleagues Mazen Kabashi Elamin and Mohammed Hussam Alsoub placed second Two projects from University of Bahrain tied for third place in this category – “Shell and tube heat exchanger rating software for educational applications” by Mohammed Ali Almalki, Abdulla Anwer Albuarki, and Mohammed Abed, and “Reviving the Diplomatic Area” by Amna Humaidan, Zainab Mahdi, and Zainab Abdulla.
 
In the computing project, QU students Hajer Al Shamari, Aisha Mohamed, and Shama Al-Hajri won for their project “A fast and accurate hardware-based system for quantification of IHC stains in breast cancer tissue specimens”.
 
UAE University students Reem Al Mazrouei, Fatima Al Dhaheri, Fakhera Al Mansouri, Mahra Al Dhaheri won in the architecture category for “The government-built Emirati house : Estidama approach”.
 
Dr Al-Ammari said: “We at the College of Engineering was proud to organize this contest which helped to advance the spirit of camaraderie and goodwill among the GCC students who shared their knowledge and skills that would benefit them all and motivate them towards further excellence.  I thank them for their participation and congratulate the winners on a job well done”.    He also thanked the technical and organizing committees who comprised members of CENG departments of urban planning & development, electrical engineering, mechanical & industrial engineering, computer science & engineering, civil & architectural engineering, and chemical engineering.
 
Thanking QU for hosting the contest, Dr Al Khayat noted that the competition was a way of communication and interaction among the GCC students to exchange skills, knowledge and experience.
 


The Annual High School Wooden Bridge Contest Event

The second High School Wooden Bridge Competition organized by Qatar University  Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering in the College of Engineering ended with a closing ceremony on May 22   in which the winners were named.

First place went to Hamad bin Abdullah bin Jassem Secondary Independent Schools for Boys, second to  Al Shahaneya Preparatory and Secondary Independent Schools for Boys and third place to Doha College.  Fourth and fifth-place winners were Nasser bin Abduulah Secondary Independent Schools for Boys  and Jassem bin Hamad Secondary Independent Schools for Boys respectively.

The competition is the second instalment of the department’s high school outreach activity  in which high schools are challenged to design and build model bridges using only wooden sticks and carpenter's glue, and testing them their load capacity.  Its objective is to promote the field of engineering in general and civil engineering in particular to young students to interest them in pursuing studies towards a future career as civil engineers.

The competition was launched in November last year and drew 27 schools and (number) teams of students participated.  Each team was provided with 250 sticks and a container of glue to facilitate their designs. In February and March, the selected teams were visited by senior students, teaching assistants and faculty from the department to follow their progress and provide guidance and advice. 

The teams also had the opportunity to visit the department for follow-up assistance on their models.

Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering Head Dr Ramzi Taha said: “We were very pleased with the level of creativity and innovation the students demonstrated.  By organizing this competition, the department continues to seek ways in which to engage young minds to the importance of engineering in their everyday life”.

College of Engineering Dean Dr Rashid Al Ammari commented:   “High school outreach is a key component of the College’s vision and strategic plan.  It is important for us to  be part of the national process of  building a cadre qualified engineers to contribute their knowledge and experience to the country’s progress in the future”.
 


QU organizes International Symposium on: Advances in Chemical Engineering & Sciences

Qatar University Department of Chemical Engineering research collaborators presented their latest findings at its recent international symposium “Advances in Chemical Engineering and Sciences” organized in conjunction with the Gas Processing Center.
 
The purpose of the event was to bring together the department’s researchers and external collaborators of ongoing projects under the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) of the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) to showcase latest developments in chemical engineering and related sciences.
 
Also participating were QU faculty from various disciplines, undergraduate and graduate students, research staff and industry representatives.   QU student members of the local chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) provided volunteer services in organizing and assisting at the event.
 
The forum included presentations by five international experts -- Prof Jan Wook Choi, Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) on “Next generation rechargeable batteries: Bio-inspired approach and wearable applications”; Prof Ioannis Economou, Texas A&M University at Qatar on “Prediction of physical properties from molecular simulation for chemical process and product design”; and Prof Santiago Aparicio, University of Burgos on “The behavior of ionic liquids with regard to carbon nanostructures: A computational chemistry approach”.
 
Mr Robert de Kler, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) presented on “Dynamic simulation mode of the bsorption/desorption process and modeling of the dynamic behavior of CO2 infrastructure”; and Prof Qiang Xu, Lamar University, on “Industrial flare minimization via dynamic simulation and optimization”.
 
Also on the event program were over 20 graduate and undergraduate student presentations on ongoing research findings, a poster display and competition, and a panel discussion on emerging research topics.
 
QU graduate student Nabila Adam Mohammad and QU post-doctorate research fellow Dr Mohammed Tariq won for their poster “Natural Gas Hydrate Inhibition via Ionic Liquids” which was supervised by department faculty Dr Mert Atilhan.
 
In his welcome address, College of Engineering Dean Dr Rashid Alammari pointed to the critical support by QNRF who he said is “the main driver of the research and development we are witnessing today in Qatar”.  He added: “At the College, we continue to step up to our responsibility to ensure the quality and excellence of our research and very much appreciate the contribution of the researchers and collaborators to this end”.
 
Department head Dr Ramazan Kharaman noted that the symposium provided an invaluable opportunity for faculty members and participating speakers to exchange expertise, knowledge and discuss various aspects of collaborations.
 

 


QU Held Engineering Week 2014

Qatar University's  Engineering Week 2014 (May 23-28) organized by College of Engineering (CENG)opened with a launch ceremony yesterday attended by members of QU leadership, and representatives of the event’s sponsors Dolphin Energy, QAPCO, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, and QAFAC.
 
QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad gave the welcoming remarks at the event that was attended by VP and Chief Academic Officer Dr Mazen Hasna and College of Engineering dean Dr Rashid Alammari; Dolphin Energy Deputy VP Public Relations Mr Ajlan Al Enazi and Public Relations Assistant Manager Mrs Jowaher Al-Abdulla; Occidental Petroleum Corporation President and GM Mr Stephen Kelly, and Deputy GM Mr Hassan Al-Malki; and QAPCO Snr Development Officer Abdulrahman Sultan Darwish.
 
CENG members included Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies Prof Abdelmagid Hammuda, Associate Dean for Development and Industrial Relations Dr Saud Ghani, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Prof Adel Gastli, faculty and students.
 
The objective of the Week is to raise awareness of male and female secondary school students of the College's engineering majors, and to motivate them to pursue their studies at the college.  It is also an opportunity for the college to strengthen ties with its industrial partners, and to keep the wider community updated on its ongoing developments.  Activities for male students will be conducted on April 23-24; female students on April 27-28.
 
All CENG departments will be represented in activities throughout the Week which will include “Building an Electric Motor”, Engineering Jeopardy Game”, “Robo Race”, “Who wants to be an Engineer”, and fun shows.  An exhibition by the departments and sponsoring companies will serve to connect with participating students and respond to inquiries.
 
The opening ceremony included an entertainment show and presentation by Robert Curbeam, a former astronaut who served on three space shuttle missions, making seven spacewalks.  He is currently VP of Mission Assurance, Quality and Six Sigma at Raytheon Company.

Dr Alammari expressed his appreciation of the excellent relations between the college and industry which he said is reflected in joint initiatives and collaborations including the annual Engineering Week.   He extended an invitation to all secondary schools in Qatar to participate in the Week’s activities.  “This event along with others which we organize to benefit our young people is part of CENG and QU’s rich tradition of outreach and community engagement and which have made a positive impact on many young minds and produced countless success stories”, he said.
 
“Providing the opportunity for our students and the visiting high schoolers to learn from an expert such as Robert is part and parcel of our mission and vision”, he added
 
Dolphin Energy GM Adel Ahmed Albuainain, said: “Providing an environment for the younger generation to develop practical and academic skills will help ensure the country has specialists across all fields of engineering in place for the future.  Initiatives of this nature are critical and complement efforts undertaken by academia and industry to support the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy 2011-2016. We take enormous pride in investing in the country’s youth and delighted to deepen the strong relationship we have with the University”.
 
Occidental President and GM Stephen Kelly said: “Oxy Qatar is delighted to continue its longstanding partnership with Qatar University by supporting its second annual Engineering Week.  We are committed to supporting education and capacity building through our Social Responsibility Program.  The Engineering Week initiative exemplifies this commitment by providing students with a unique opportunity to engage with engineering experts through practical and interactive activities.  Events like this are crucial to promoting science and engineering and the important role it plays in long-term national development, particularly among the younger generation of students in Qatar”.
 
QAPCO Vice Chairman and CEO Dr Mohamed Yousef Al Mulla said: “In line with its unwavering commitment to support the education sector, QAPCO takes great pride in our collaboration with Qatar University and in particular with the College of Engineering.  Together, through innovative initiatives such as the Engineering Week, we ensure that the next generation of engineers is well equipped with the strategic skills to successfully and sustainably build the future of our industry. We hope it will inspire those future engineers to pursue an exciting career within the industry”.
Curbeam said: “I am happy to have been able to speak with the students about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). My background as an engineer has benefited my career by opening doors for me in the flight test community, NASA and now with Raytheon”.

 


CENG runs Graduate Programs Open Day

Over 100 applications have already been received for Qatar University’s PhD and Masters engineering programs, College of Engineering (CENG) Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies Prof Abdelmagid Hammuda revealed at the recent Open Day for graduate programs.   The deadline for applications is 10 May and 15 May respectively.
 
The Open Day was an opportunity for the College to orient the over-100 prospective engineers on the graduate programs and their requirements.
 
Attending the event were CENG members Dean Dr Rashid Alammari, Associate Dean for Development and Industrial Relations Dr Saud Ghani, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Prof Adel Gastli, Coordinator of Research and Graduate Studies Dr Mohamed Arselene Ayari, department heads, and other members of the college. 
 
Prospective applicants learned about the Masters programs in Computing, Urban Planning & Design, Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering, and the programs offered under the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering -- Architecture, Urban Planning, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering, Material Science and Engineering. The duration of the Masters programs is 2-4 years, and 4-8 years for PhD programs.
 
Prof Hamouda noted that the large number of applicants to the degree programs is due to the quality of  CENG programs that is highly-recognized by industry, and the expertise of the well-qualified faculty from all over the world. "This event comes as response to the industry’s high demand  for engineering graduates  which is reflected in Qatar's booming industry, and its need for qualified and experienced personnel", he said.
 


CENG Held QUCC 2014 Closing Ceremony

College of Engineering organized the closing ceremony of QU Computing Contest 2013 in the attendance of college members, participating schools representatives. Contest for this year is sponsored by QAPCO and Dolphin Energy.
 
Organizing committee members were impressed by the quality of the excellent submissions they received, and were surprised to see the talent and abilities shown by everyone who participated in the contest. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering would like to encourage as many high school students as possible to contribute to this computing contest next year.

in his speech, CENG Dean Dr Rashid Al Ammari thank extended his thanks to the Organizing Committee for organising this event that greatly benefited the CENG, and secondary school students who gained knowledge about robots programming, and opened different ways for students to join CENG.

“I would like also to thank the contest sponsors Dolphin Energy and QAPCO that keep supporting CENG in different events and initiatives that contribute to the progress of academic process.

in his speech, Computer science and Engineering Head “Prof Sebti Foufou said “This computing contest is designed to offer students across Qatar the opportunity to interact with each other and demonstrate their creativity and team-work skills. The contest also provides a platform for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at QU and schools to focus on the growing market demand for computing professionals (such as software engineers, system administrators, system developers, network designers, security consultants, teachers, etc.).

As in the previous years, this year’s contest is based on logic programming of the sensor inputs of a LEGO NXT 2.0-based robot. There is, however, an added engineering component that involves picking up a ball of specific color and dropping it off on a certain location. Teams gathered together for the contest day and their robots competed based on the time it takes to finish the tasks.
 
At the end of event, CENG Dean Dr Rashid Al Ammari and Computer science and Engineering Head Dr Sebti Foufou honored the winners. The first winning team was Marwan Naji Al Jritley and Omar Ayman Behairi from Tarek bin Zeyad Independent Secondary School for Boys. Mentor was Mr   and the team won QR10000 and a scholarship in CSE department. The second winning team was Almoutaz Billah Ibrahmeem Ali and Mohammed Talaba Ahmed from Tarek bin Zeyad Independent Secondary School for Boys who won QR6000.

The Third winner placement was shared by 4 teams. They were Hussam Al Qadi and Omar Anwar from Omar bin Abdalazeez Independent Secondary School for Boys, Abdullah Al Jamal and Ali Makki from Tarek bin Zeyad Independent Secondary School for Boys, Hiba Mohammed and Anan Mohammed from Amna bint Wahab Independent Secondary School for Girls, Karam Fawzi and Menat Allah Saber from Amna bint Wahab Independent Secondary School for Girls. Each team won QR4000.
 


QATARI STUDENTS VISIT BAE SYSTEMS’ TYPHOON FINAL ASSEMBLY IN THE UK

As part of its ongoing programme to inspire young people about science, technology, engineering and maths, BAE Systems recently hosted a group of students from Tarek Bin Zeyad Secondary School in Doha at its Military Air business in the North West of England. The trip was arranged by the College of Engineering of Qatar University  as part of its high school outreach Life is Engineering Project.  It included visits to Bristol University, Williams F1, Jaguar Land Rover and the University of the West of England.
 
The students, who are all considering careers in engineering, were given the opportunity to see how the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft is built on the state of the art assembly line at the Warton Aerodrome.  They were also lucky enough to see the aircraft itself fly above Warton on one of its routine flights.
 
Having seen how Typhoon is made and then seen it in the air, the students then visited the Flight Test Telemetry Facility where they were given a demonsration of how engineers can analyse data from a Typhoon mission, in real-time, from the ground.
 
Ian Malin, BAE Systems’ Head of Typhoon Exports commented: “It was a delight to have the boys visiting.  Their enthusiasm and excitement about what they had seen during their visit to BAE Systems was evident.  Typhoon is an excellent example of high tech engineering and is a good way to demonstrate why engineering is a good career for young people to consider.”
 
QUOTE FROM QATAR UNIVERSITY  College of Engineering Dean Dr Rashid Alammari said:  "We are pleased to have given these young future engineers the opportunity to get an insight into the world of engineering by witnessing operations at such renowned organizations.  I have no doubt this experience will further strengthen their decisions to pursue studies in this field and later contribute to the development of Qatar".


Qatari high school students visit UWE Bristol and Bristol Robotics Laboratory

A team of high school students from the Tarek Bin Zeyad Secondary School, Qatar recently visited UWE Bristol and Bristol Robotics Laboratory as prize-winners of a competition to visit the UK to discover more about the British engineering industry. The trip was organised by Professor Saud Ghani, Associate Dean of Development and Industrial Relations and Communications Manager, Osama Omar from College of Engineering, Qatar University.

The students accompanied by Osama Omar and Nabil Kathem, school teacher, were in the UK from 8-15 May to learn more about Britain's engineering expertise which also included industry visits to Williams, BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.

The students won the prestigious prize after entering a competition, organised by the College of Engineering, to design a car. Their winning entry was presented to industry experts including Richard Noble and the Bloodhound SSC team in March at a VIP lecture on the groundbreaking Bloodhound project as part of the British Festival 2014 in Doha, Qatar.

The University has developed strong links with Qatar University and was the first stop on the tour. The students were accompanied by Dr Hazem Gouda, Programme Manager and taken on a campus tour to exchange experiences with UWE Bristol engineering students, meet staff and view the University's impressive facilities.

There was also the opportunity to meet David Lennard, Business Development Manager, researchers and take a tour of Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), the largest and leading centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK. BRL is a collaborative partnership between UWE Bristol and the University of Bristol, and home to a vibrant community of over 100 academics and industry practitioners, which lead current thinking in service robotics, intelligent autonomous systems and bio-engineering.

The visitors were welcomed to the Faculty of Engineering and Technologyby Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, Professor Paul Olomolaiye and Dr John Lanham, Associate Dean. The Faculty is working closely with the College of Engineering to develop research collaborations and academic programmes in the areas of robotics, engineering, construction, water-security and environmental management.

Dr John Lanham, Associate Dean, Faculty of Environment and Technology, said, “We are very pleased to be developing our links with Qatar University. There are a number of areas – specifically water-security and the application of robotics for assisted living – where there appears to be strong alignment between our work and work at QU. Additionally we were delighted to host the student group and am very pleased that the visit has motivated and engaged the students.”
 


CENG visits Mowasalat 14 March 2014

Mowasalat Chief Executive Officer Khalid al-Hail has urged students to avail of the growing opportunities in the mobility and transport industry.

Al-Hail told this to a group of faculty and students from Qatar University’s College of Engineering who visited Karwa City yesterday.

The Mowasalat CEO highlighted the operational challenges to be overcome in providing efficient and effective public transport services in the country. “We, at Mowasalat, are planning to expand public transport infrastructure by putting in place a series of initiatives. They are certain to enhance the public
mobility in Qatar,” he said.

Al-Hail said the Ministry of Transport is working out plans in line with the goals and objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030, aimed at enhancing the abilities and capabilities of the local talent.

The group which visited Karwa City consisted of the dean of the college, senior faculty members and 30 students.

The visit was made to gain first-hand experience about the activities at Karwa City where assembling of the buses is one of the main activities. At present, the workshop is assembling a second “Made in Qatar” bus.

Mowasalat has been offering project internship and other educational programmes to Qatar Foundation and Qatar University since 2013.

Nasser al-Khanji, executive director for support services at Mowasalat, said the investments being made to enhance transport infrastructure would not only help boost the economy but would also contribute to opening up opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship.

Rashid Alammari, dean of the College of Engineering, said he hoped there would be more co-operation between Qatar University and Mowasalat in coming days.


Qatar University and Qatar Shell Empower young Qatari Women Engineers - 13-March-2014

Qatar University (QU) and Qatar Shell recently hosted a joint panel discussion to highlight the important role that women can play in shaping Qatar’s future energy sector.

The panel discussion, held at QU, was jointly organised by Qatar University Alumni - College of Engineering chapter and Qatar Shell Women’s Network, aimed at encouraging young Qatari women to consider an engineering career in Ras Laffan through the creation of a networking and knowledge sharing platform.

While addressing the role of women in the State’s energy sector, Maha Al Mannai, University Collaboration Manager at the Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre (QSRTC), said, “It is with great pride that Qatar Shell hosts together with Qatar University this panel discussion to encourage Qatari female students to consider career opportunities in the energy sector.”

“Today’s event  forms part of QSRTC’s wider outreach and university collaboration programme where  we share our industrial and technical knowledge with young people in support of Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030 and the fostering of a knowledge based society, “ added Al-Mannai.

The panel discussion saw professional engineers including Maryam Al Bishri, Reservoir Engineer at Qatar Petroleum; Maryam Manojahri, Technologist at Qatar Shell; Kaltham Al Kaabi, Corrosion Engineer at RasGas; and Maha Kafood, Process Engineer at Maersk Oil, address their own experiences in the field.

The panellists also highlighted the subsequent challenges they have had to overcome, having chosen a career in engineering, while dispensing valuable advice to the young women considering the same professional path.

Noting the importance of such an event, Dr Rashid Al Ammari, Dean College of Engineering at Qatar University, said, “Like Shell, we are passionate about the professional development of our female students and the empowerment of young Qatari women. Events like this provide our students with the opportunity to enrich their knowledge by engaging with top female engineers who represent international leading organisations here in Qatar.”

Maryam Manojahri, Technologist at Qatar Shell also shared her experiences working with Shell, saying “the time I have spent at Pearl GTL has been an invaluable foundation for my career, giving me early exposure to the responsibilities of leadership and decision-making in the world’s largest Gas-to-Liquid plant.  As a Qatari woman, I am extremely proud to be contributing to Qatar’s energy sector and to be an inspiration to the future generation of female Qatari engineers”.

In 2013, Qatar University (QU) and QSRTC signed a Memorandum of Understanding that consolidated its numerous collaborations, in which QSRTC sponsors and supports the educational programmes on offer at QU and shares its industrial and technical knowledge with QU faculty and students; in addition it facilitates greater collaboration through expert lectures, internships, competitions, awards, and the recruitment of QU students.  


Qatar Road Safety Studies Center receives support from ExxonMobil Qatar and MOI Traffic Department - March 16 2014

Qatar Road Safety Studies Center (QRSSC) at Qatar University (QU) will receive a contribution of QR1million from ExxonMobil Qatar Inc to support its efforts in raising awareness of road safety and accident prevention.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Interior’s Traffic Department, ExxonMobil Qatar’s support will help the Center conduct research on road safety and provide a long-term vision for road safety in Qatar, in alignment with the National Road Safety Strategy 2013-2022, which is overseen by the National Traffic Safety Committee.

The announcement was made in a press conference yesterday conducted by QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad, Traffic Department Director Brigadier Mohammed Saad Al-Kharji and ExxonMobil Qatar Inc President and General Manager Bart Cahir in the presence of QU leaders, QRSSC Director Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa, College of Engineering Dean Dr Rashid Alammari, faculty and staff, and representatives from the Traffic Department.

Under the terms of the 2-year partnership, QRSSC will conduct research including in-depth analysis of vehicle accidents, safety assessment of school buses, pedestrian traffic studies, traffic management, and safety of Doha’s highways. Extensive research will also focus on predicting potentially hazardous road conditions through to 2022. From the research findings, the Center will run road safety awareness campaigns throughout the country to share information with the community. Additionally, Center researchers will be supported by senior students at QU to present research findings to the community.

Prof Al-Misnad said: “Road safety is an area of critical importance in a country that is experiencing such rapid development as Qatar. It is incumbent on us to collaborate with like partners ExxonMobil Qatar and the Traffic Department in finding long-term solutions for this issue that stands at the heart of the welfare and safety of the people of Qatar”.

Brigadier Al Kharji thanked Qatar University for its continuous support in providing consultations to the Traffic Department, and ExxonMobil for supporting several of their programs. He stressed the importance of studies and research efforts that target traffic safety, noting that traffic problems are a shared concern and that organizations should assist in raising the community’s awareness of the issue. “I wish the research project all success, and hope to soon see fruitful findings and results. The Department will implement the recommendations coming out of these studies”, he added.

“We are very pleased at ExxonMobil Qatar to partner with Qatar University and the Traffic Department on this important national initiative, which aims to better protect local residents,” said Bart Cahir. “At ExxonMobil, safety is a core value and we have a steadfast commitment to ensuring a culture of continuous safety excellence. Both Qatar University and the Traffic Department share this value of ours, and this is a great opportunity for us to work together for the benefit of Qatar’s people”.


QAPCO and Qatar University Strengthen their Partnership with New Agreement - 11-Mar-14

Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) Q.S.C. and the College of Engineering at Qatar University are taking an innovative approach for collaboration between academia and industry by signing a new agreement that details all existing and new initiatives for 2014. Within the scope of this agreement six university projects will be funded by the Petrochemical giant providing extra financial and technical support from the company that will be of great benefit to the students of the University.

The new initiatives include the following activities and events and all have been designed to increase awareness of technical and engineering issues to not only the students currently studying at the College of Engineering but also to local high school students.

  • Quality Celebration Day
  • Engineering week and GCC Students Contest
  • Computing Contest
  • Life is Engineering Program
  • Senior Design Contests
  • Wooden Bridge Program

Dr. Mohammed Al Mulla, QAPCO’s VC&CEO, was extremely pleased to sign this agreement saying "The continual exchange between academia and industry is something that QAPCO has worked very hard on for the past few years as it will help to create the best-possible education for both Qatari and Expatriate students and will, I am sure have a positive impact upon the Oil & Gas Industry in the future. Within the scope of the agreement we will financially support these excellent initiatives, but QAPCO will do more than that by providing subject-matter experts to be directly involved in the events either by participating as a judge at the contests or by offering technical assistance to help the teams of students.”

Dr. Rashid Al Ammari, the Dean of the College of Engineering thanked Dr. Al Mulla and QAPCO for their continued support and praised the strong partnership between the University and QAPCO, “From Qatar University’s perspective, collaborations between the Education sector and Industry make a substantial contribution to our students education and also help us to promote engineering and technical disciplines to High school students. It really is a win-win situation for all concerned.”
The first two events of the year the Computing Contest and the Life is Engineering Program have already been launched with local schools, as both events will be happening in May.

QAPCO was established in 1974 and is a joint venture between Industries Qatar (80%) and Total Petrochemicals (20%). QAPCO is one of the largest producers of low density polyethylene (LDPE) in the region. LDPE is considered as the most widely used to of plastic, providing innovative and practical applications such as food packaging, cables, agricultural films or toys and playing a key role in the development of green building solutions. LDPE enriches the daily lives of million of people around the planet. QAPCO is involved in a number of joint ventures that include QATOFIN, RLOC, QVC, and QPPC, thereby, producing various petrochemical products such as Ethylene, LLDPE, EDC, VCM, Caustic Soda etc., making QAPCO a regional petrochemical powerhouse.


QU Launches Computing Contest 2014 - 25-Feb-14

Qatar University’s 7th instalment of its popular Annual Computing Contest was launched in a ceremony held last Monday.

The event was attended by College of Engineering (CENG) Dean Dr Rashid Alammari, Associate Dean for Development and Industrial Relations Dr Saud Ghani, Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department head Dr Sebti Foufou, Contest Committee head Dr Elsayed Sayed and members, and sponsor representatives Snr Development Officer Mr Abdulrahman Sultan Darwish from QAPCO, and Snr Machinery Reliability Engineer Mr Omaer Al Nuaimi from Dolphin Energy.

Members of participating schools learned firsthand about the structure, rules and prizes of the contest which entails students designing, building and programming a robot to do certain tasks in a specific time.

Commenting on the contest, Dr Alammari noted that it targets secondary school students to build their awareness of the importance of computer science and computer engineering as well as all engineering disciplines to the community. He thanked the sponsors for their support of the contest which he said had become an important event on the calendar for high school students, teachers, principals and parents.

Mr Darwish said: “It is a tremendous privilege for QAPCO to sponsor this Qatar University initiative, to be able to support the youth of Qatar and to contribute to their education. QAPCO is always keen to participate and support events and activities that contribute to Qatar’s National Vision 2030”. He noted that it is the first year that QAPCO is involved in the contest and expressed the hope that it will not be the last. “This competition is a great example of learning at its very best. It is an innovative way of encouraging the students to learn about computing, the technical aspects of robotics as well as life skills in leadership, teamwork and communication as they compete. I wish them well”, he said.

Prof Foufou stated that the Computing Contest is considered one of the most important high school initiatives to raise students’ awareness of various scientific and engineering principles, and prepare them to join QU and other academic institutions. “They are tomorrow’s leaders and it is incumbent on us to lend our expertise in guiding them towards becoming professionals in the computer science and engineering field”, he added.

The first phase of the contest will include training workshops for teachers to be held on March 8 and 15. Participating students will have training sessions in the coming weeks in the lead up to the closing ceremony in May when winners will be announced with first place receiving QR 10000 and a scholarship to study at CSE, and second and third place receiving QR6000 and QR 4000 respectively, Dr Sayed explained.

 
 


BIM Policy – one Industry, one Language - 24-Feb-14

The fourth “BIM User Day” in the event’s non-profit series covering various as¬pects of Building Information Modeling (BIM) took place at Qatar University (QU) in Doha, Qatar on February 24, 2014. The immense interest and growing number of attendees over the past two years have shown that the demand for BIM services in the region is increasing.

Following the success of four BIM User Days since 2012, the organizing partnership of Qatar University and HOCHTIEF ViCon, in collaboration with Teeside University UK, is well on the way to advancing an important platform for BIM knowledge transfer in Qatar and the Middle East.

The 4th instalment themed “BIM Policy: one industry, one language” addressed the development of common standards for BIM in contracts, manuals and guidelines from national level to project level. As with the three previous events, topics focused on processes, people, technology, and policy.

Previous User Day themes explored the impact of BIM on existing business processes for design, construction, and operation of construction facilities; BIM technologies to enhance efficiency and increase quality; and BIM education and certification.

QU Associate professor of civil engineering and BIM User Day coordinator Dr. Saleh Mubarak said: “Qatar University is poised to play a pivotal role in supporting BIM education and research, and also in helping Qatar to keep up with the industry demand, and establish BIM standards and certification. In working alongside HOCHTIEF and Teeside University, we are continuing to engage students in BIM processes to prepare them to enter the relevant government, industry and private sectors”.

“BIM is an effective method for managing construction projects during their en¬tire lifecycle, from the design phase to facility management. As organizers, we hope to empower the industry in Qatar to meet the future demands of Qatar’s growth”, said HOCHTIEF ViCon Qatar managing director Rene Schumann.

HOCHTIEF ViCon board member Christoph Weber said:”BIM related contracts in Qatar have come a long way over just a few months but there is still room for misunderstandings on the operational level, until the major players find a common language, and the industry clearly under-stands expectations”.

The organizers see these User Days as an invaluable opportunity to bring together regional experts and interested parties from all areas of the industry. The objective of the event, they say, is to increasingly involve students and young professionals not only to be prepared for the growing demand of BIM services in Qatar but also to be able to assist in developing the required industry standards in the region.

Speakers as well as participants were unanimous on the importance and the challenges of a “one language” approach which will require matching the expectations of industry and government with practical deliverability. BIM’s Building SMART initia¬tive is committed to reviewing all major BIM guidelines in the future to fulfill the need for nation¬al, associational and organizational standards to establish a common basis for BIM management and services. 


 


Emir Honors Qatar State Awards Winners - 19-Feb-14

HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani honored at the Emiri Diwan here on Tuesday morning the winners of the Qatar's appreciative and incentive state awards in sciences, arts and literature. HH the emir bestowed Qatar's appreciative and incentive State awards in their fourth round upon HE Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Attiyah, HE Dr.Sheikh Mohammed Bin Eid Al Thani, HE Nasser bin Mubarak Al Ali Al-Maadheed , Dr. Hassan Abdulrahim Yousef As-Sayyed, Dr Noura Yusuf Mubarak al-Kuwari, Dr. Khaled Nasser Mohammed Al-Khater, Dr. Mariam Ali Sultan Al-Ali Al-Maadheed, Dr. Rashid Abdul Qader Mohammed Al-Amari, Hamad Abdullah Hamad Al-Rumaihi and Khalifa Abdullah Jassim Lmreikhai. HH the Emir commended the winners' efforts and their distinguished performance and appreciative role in their work, wishing them every success in rendering service to their homeland.

For their part, the honoured expressed their gratitude and deep thanks to HH the Emir for this honor , stressing meantime their due keenness to continue rendering service to their country under the wise leadership of HH the Emir.


 


QU Teams win big in TAQA GCC Hybrid-Electric Challenge - 1-Feb-14

Qatar University’ s College of Engineering (CENG) women’s team Gernas 114 emerged champions in the race category of the recent Taqa Hybrid-Electric Grand Prix held in Abu Dhabi.

With a score of 101 laps in the final race, the women -- Marina Ashraf Messiha, Rehab Abdelnasser Ahmad, Batool Sameer Gaben, Chresteen Fareed Baraket, Nouralhouda Tarek Zarga Youn, Sherouk Mohamed Morsi, and Elrumisa Hassan Mohamed beat a lineup of over 100 students from GCC institutions. These included United Arab Emirates University, Khalifa University, Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi University, Masdar Institute; Nizwa College of Technology, Oman; and the College of Technological Studies in Kuwait.

The student participants spent months designing and building single-seater, lightweight hybrid cars in line with race designs and safety rules.

 Gernas 114’s win also put the men’s team Gernas 214 in second place in the competition. Abdulla Rafaan Al Yami, Khaled Qahtani, Mohamed Saleh Al-Ashqar, Saleh Saeed Safran, Hamad Jassim Al-Bahar, Abdulla Rafaan Al Yami, and Mohammed Negahdar Khodadady came in 22.32 seconds behind their female counterparts. The team from Nizwa College of Technology Oman placed third.

Commenting on the achievement, QU College of Engineering Dean Dr Rashid Al Ammari said: “Congratulations to both teams – we are very proud of them for their hard work and determination. Applause to the women’s team on this wonderful achievement which demonstrates the growing place women hold in the field of science and engineering”.

“The college is committed to involving its students in regional and international activities to give them invaluable opportunities to apply classroom theory with practical, hands-on experiences. The winning students have shown that they have been exposed to a quality teaching and learning environment and that they can hold their own among colleagues from institutions at home and abroad. They are true ambassadors of the college”.

Rehab Abdelnasser Ahmad pointed to their supervisors for the team’s success, saying: “We had one choice which was to win. I am so proud of being an engineer and more proud of belonging to Qatar University that always motivates and encourage its students to be the best and give their maximum”. She also extended thanks to each member of the team. “Success would not have been possible without their cooperation”, she said.

Marina Ashraf Messiha” “Our target was to prove ourselves as engineers. It was an exciting challenge to merge what we learned in lectures and implement it in real life application. We also gained a lot of experience in troubleshooting errors, shared knowledge with other teams and enhanced our teamwork skills”.

Abdullah Al Yami said: “This was a great experience. I learned a lot about hybrids, their impact on the environment and society, and about project management. I would like to thank Qatar University for giving us the opportunity to participate in these kinds of challenges”.

 

 


 

Gernas teams continue success at SEM Asia 2014

QU’s award-winning Team Gernas from College of Engineering (CENG) recently won second-place in the GTL category of the recent Shell Eco-Marathon (SEM) Asia 2014 which was held in Manila, Philippines this year. Another participating CENG team placed 9th in the event with a battery-operated vehicle.


The two CENG teams joined over 100 students comprising 38 teams from 15 countries in Asia and the Middle East in the eco-marathon. The event was an opportunity for student teams to design and build energy-efficient vehicles and compete to drive the furthest on the equivalent of one liter of fuel. Gernas came in second driving 75.2km behind Monash University at 116.6km.

The second-place winners comprised Ajad Hossain Howlader, Noor Alam Chowdhury, Abdulkader Sakil, Amal Fareed Hassan, Ayat Rebhi Al-Aswad, Nada Ahmed Hussein, and Yasmeen Iyad Saleh from the Electrical Engineering Department. The other team comprised Ahmad Abu Hassanein, Ahmad Mohammed Abu Sultan, Abidbaqir Zulqarnain Baqir, Jassim Al Thani, Khalid Ali Al Qahtani, Mohaamed Abdulhadi Al-Kurbi, Luma Jehad Ahalabi, and Roa Jehad Shalabi from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department.

Applauding the students’ achievement, CENG Dean Dr Rashid Al Ammari said: “This comes soon after our students’ success in the recent GCC hybrid-car Grand Prix. This is a testament to the enriching teaching and learning environment at QU which enhances students’ enthusiasm for innovation and their ability to effectively translate what they learn in the classroom into tangible award-winning inventions. Congratulations to them all”.

CENG Associate Dean for Development and Industrial Relations Dr Saud Ghani said: “This achievement showcases our students’ hard work, determination and competitive spirit which have resulted in many successes in vehicle design and racing events. Under the mentorship of a team of talented faculty members, the students continue to advance academically and to gain important life skills of teamwork, communication, leadership and organization”.

Commenting on their achievement, Team Gernas member Yasmeen Iyad said: “During the week of the competition, I witnessed engineering skills at an advanced level that are needed to become a successful engineer. Both teams were highly motivated to achieve the best results. Our colleagues who came in 9th place showed amazing skill in building the prototype electric battery-operated car and I am sure we will be celebrating this car in the near future”.


MIE Held Mechanical Design Day - 2-Jan-14

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering has organized last Thu 2 Jan the Mechanical Design Day Fall 2013 at QU male students' activities building to present the projects of this semester.

In his opening remarks, MIE Head Dr Saud Ghani highlighted the importance of this day which showcast the proejcts desiged and prepared by Mechanical Engineering Senior students who worked for months on their projects to bring them to success. Dr Ghani thanked Rasgas for sponsoring this very important event.

Commenting on this project, College of Engineering Dr Rashid Al Ammari said “It is of CENG pleasure to release the Mechanical Engineering senior students projects that prove students and supervisors commitment to come up with high quality and successful projects. He thanked the event organizers represented by Dr Saud Ghani and Dr Elsadig Mahdi who helped students in all stages of projects.

“I would like also to thanks Rasgas Company that keeps supporting College initiatives in a way that adds great values to the events outputs”.

The projects that were presented are Design of a QU Vehicle for Shell Eco Marathon Competition: Prototype Category-I by Saleh Saeed Safran, Abdulla Mohd Alns, Ahmed Rabie Sakr, and Mohamed Adnan Abdalwahab. The second project was Design and fabrication of Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) presented by Abdellatif Mohammed Sadeg, Othman Shukri Abulaban, Musab N A Almozien, Yousif Walid Elhdari, Mohammad Ebrahem Ebrahemi, Mohamed Khaled Shehab.

The Project Design of a QU Vehicle for Shell Eco Marathon Competition: Prototype Category-II, run by Abdalla Ahmed Hares, Abdulla Rafaan Alyami, Ahmed R. Sammour, Mahmoud Jama Mahmoud, Khalid Ali Al-Qahatani. Then, the Artificial hip implant design by Mohammad Khaleel Abubasha was also discussed.

A Design and fabrication of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was explained by Yousif hamid Noureldin, Mohammed Desouki Desouki, Mohamed Magdi Hussien, Mohammed Mostafa Mohammed, Ahmed Mohamed Ali Ali, Salah Salem Bahumaid.

Finally, Design of a QU Vehicle for Shell Eco Marathon Competition: Urban Category prepared by Mohammed Abdulla Alkawari, Ahmed Magdy, Rabah Abdelrahim Nasereddin, Faisal Mohammed Shafeea, Ahmed Abo Sultan.


CENG Launches LIEP 2014

Qatar University’s high-school initiative Life is Engineering Project (LIEP) was launched on (date) at a ceremony held at Doha Sheraton.

The highly-popular initiative attracts students from schools throughout Qatar to its concept of accessible and fun science and engineering processes to build cars for a final race at Lusail International Circuit. This year’s winning team will be awarded a trip to Japan to visit the Nissan and Toyota assembly cars.

Present at the ceremony were College of Engineering (CENG) members including Dean Dr Rashid Al Ammari, Associate Dean for Development and Industrial Relations Dr Saud Ghani, Head Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department Dr Ameer Al Salem, faculty, 120 students and 12 teachers from 12 independent schools.

In its 5th instalment, LIEP will be sponsored by Mission Assurance Raytheon Company, Rasgas, QAPCO, ExxonMobil as Gold Sponsors, and Dolphin Energy and Qatar Shell as Silver Sponsor, and conducted in partnership with Qatar Motors and Motorcycles Federation (QMMF) and Lusail International Circuit.

Also attending the event were sponsor representatives Raytheon Company VP Dr Jim Wade, QAPCO Learning and Development Manager Mr Abdullah Naji, ExxonMobil Research Qatar Water Reuse Program Lead Dr Mohamad Al-Sulaiti, Rasgas Public Affairs Manager Mr Ali Zayed Al Marri, Dolphin Energy Engineering Manager Eng Ahmed Al Jumaily, and Qatar Shell Research & Technology Center QSTP-LLC University Collaboration Manager Mrs Maha Sultan AL-Mannai.

In his opening remarks, Dr Al-Amarri stressed QU’s commitment to promote science and engineering among youth in tandem with its community service responsibilities. “This project brings national students in touch with CENG faculty and current students and provides them with the opportunity to learn about our engineering programs and facilities. They are the future leaders who will take the reins in the energy industry and we are proud to guide them towards this goal which is in line with the national vision and development strategies. Thank you to all the sponsors for their continuous contribution to LIEP since its launch in 2009”.

Dr Mohamad Al-Sulaiti said: “At ExxonMobil Qatar, we have a vested interest in promoting academic excellence among students. I would like to thank the College of Engineering for their efforts, and for sharing our vision of inciting an interest and passion for engineering among national youth. Programs such as this one allow us to fulfil our obligations to the Human Development Pillar of Qatar’s National Vision 2030, and to have a positive impact on Qatar and its people. By fostering a generation of technical experts and leaders who can add value locally, and compete globally, we can help ensure that as economies grow, as will the capacity to meet the ensuing demand for increases in energy, transportation, healthcare, telecommunications, and infrastructure”.

Mr Ali Zayed Al Marri said: “As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, RasGas is strongly committed to supporting the education of our young nationals. This is the fifth consecutive year for RasGas to proudly and actively support the Life is Engineering Project. To Qatar University, the LIEP organizers, colleagues and participating schools, on behalf of RasGas, I would like to extend a very warm ‘thank you’ for this opportunity to shape the country’s future leaders and contribute in our own way to achieving the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030 and National Development Strategy 2011-2016. To the students, we look forward to continue our contribution to your education, professional and human growth as citizens of tomorrow”.

Maha Al Mannai said: “It is with great pride and satisfaction that Qatar Shell is sponsoring this event which seeks to encourage and engage young Qatari talent in engineering. What better way for us as a company to drive our support of the Qatar National Vision 2030 than by partnering with the premier academic institution in the country in providing innovative learning opportunities of this kind”.

In the lead-up to the final race in (month/year), participating students will attend technical workshops on Saturdays until end of March, after which 6 schools will be selected and will receive the car kits for assembly, LIEP Students Committee Head Mr Abdullah Al Yami said.