Qatar University College of Engineering opens vibrant Engineering Week

April 24, 2014 10:28 am

Qatar University’s Engineering Week 2014 (April 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.

VP and Chief Academic Officer Dr Mazen Hasna gave the welcoming remarks at the event that was attended by 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 23-25; 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, adding, “Providing the opportunity for our students and the visiting students 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”.