Qatar University launches Life is Engineering Project, 5th instalment of popular high school initiative

February 23, 2014 9:16 am

Qatar University’s high-school initiative Life is Engineering Project (LIEP) was launched on February 12 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 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 Jim Wade said: “We believe that if we work as a global community – of businesses, educators and policy makers – we will reach our goal of ensuring the next generation is inspired, prepared and confident to pursue science, technology, engineering and math careers. Our company is particularly interested in working with organizations like Qatar University that share this vision”.

Abdulla Ahmad Naji said: “The Life is Engineering Project, will I believe, open the eyes and minds of the young people who will participate, and is an excellent example of how learning can be made fun. This is critical to Qatar University, and to QAPCO as we need to promote engineering and the oil and gas industry to these young minds. We need the youth of today to be excited about engineering, we need them to learn and understand more about what makes Qatar such a great industrial nation – this competition will help realize this dream and help encourage the next generation of engineers and scientists to take up our vision and make it a reality”.

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”.

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”.

Ahmed Al Jumaily said: “Dolphin Energy’s sponsorship of Life is Engineering has enhanced its partnership with Qatar University and further strengthened the relationship between industry and education. We are proud to support this initiative and hope it motivates new engineers to embark on a career in the oil and gas sector”.
In the lead-up to the final race in May, 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.