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Texas A&M University at Qatar receives $1.47m in PDRA research awards

July 23, 2014 11:29 am

Texas A&M University at Qatar received five Postdoctoral Research Awards (PDRA) recognitions totaling more than $1.47 million from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). The awards will further assist Texas A&M at Qatar’s efforts to seek solutions to Qatar’s most pressing challenges of development and growth through a dynamic research program that responds to needs and develops pragmatic, sustainable and implementable solutions to real-world issues.

PDRA aims to attract and promote the direct involvement of recent Ph.D. holders to engage in further research work in Qatar and to promote human research capabilities inside Qatar. The program supports postdoctoral scholars to work in research groups in Qatar in areas that are of national priority as outlined in the Qatar National Research Strategy. Focus areas include basic and applied research in all fields of natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences, agricultural sciences, social sciences and humanities. PDRA consideration is highly competitive, both financially and in the standards of excellence required.

Dr. Mark H. Weichold, dean and CEO of Texas A&M at Qatar, said, “Encouraging new and unique research talent is the key to innovation, and Qatar is supporting this development of new knowledge with the PDRA. Texas A&M at Qatar is proud to receive these recognitions for its postdoctoral researchers and to be able to create solutions to challenges of development and growth that further positively impact the State of Qatar’s people, its communities and its future.”

Dr. Eyad Masad, assistant dean of research and graduate studies, said, “PDRA is a unique and novel program that aims to attract talented young researchers to pursue advantageous research opportunities in Qatar. Texas A&M at Qatar is pleased with these five awards, and we are grateful to QNRF’s significant support.”

PDRA Cycle 1 Projects awarded to Texas A&M at Qatar:
Dr. Andre Zuber, Modeling CO2 Storage in Aquifers and Deep Oceans with the Q-Electro lattice Equation of State,?
PI: Dr. Marcelo Castier;??

Dr. Ilaria Menapace ,Microstructural Characterization of Warm Mix Asphalts with Emphasis on Aging and Moisture Damage for Application in the State of Qatar,?
PI: Dr. Eyad Masad;

Dr. Rajesh Kumar Raju, Computational Design of an Efficient Cascade Catalytic Scheme for the Conversion of CO2 to Methanol,
PI: Dr. Ed Brothers;

Mr. Imran Shafique Ansari, Efficient Spectrum Utilization Using Mixed RF/FSO Technology,
PI: Dr. Khalid Ali Qaraqe;

Dr. Mohamed Gharib, Design of Passive and Semi-active Impact Dampers for Vibration Suppression in Oil/Gas Offshore Platforms,
PI: Dr. Mansour Karkoub.

For information contact:
Nehal Maher
Texas A&M University at Qatar