In 2016, Texas A&M University at Qatar continued its role driving research that has an impact on Qatar and the world, collaborated with Qatari industry, hosted guest speakers and events, and built on its reputation for excellence.
Texas A&M at Qatar faculty, students and other researchers made new breakthroughs in energy and the environment, computer science, health sciences and the humanities.
The most prominent of these research projects are those receiving funding and recognition from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). 在卡塔尔 Foundation’s Annual Research Conference, Texas A&M at Qatar faculty and students received awards, including Best Research Project of the Year, Best 研究 Office of the Year, Best Poster and the 本科生科研 Experience Program (UREP) Oral Presentation Award. In addition to these awards, 16 proposals received funding from the QNRF out of a total of funded proposals. QNRF also awarded five UREP grants that gave additional opportunities to 16 undergraduate students at the branch campus, giving them chances to give presentations, publish research and win more awards.
Texas A&M at Qatar also saw the introduction of a new dean in 2016. In July, interim dean Dr. Ann L. Kenimer handed leadership of the branch campus over to the new dean, 博士。塞萨尔O操作。 malavé, who was previously professor and dean of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University. Malavé succeeds Dr. Mark H. Weichold, who left his position as dean to become the executive director for the Halliburton Global Engineering Program in Texas A&M’s College of Engineering.
And in late 2016, Texas A&M at Qatar received even more recognition from the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), an engineering research agency of the State of Texas headquartered at Texas A&M’s main campus in College Station, Texas (USA). Two Texas A&M at Qatar faculty members — and TEES researchers — received TEES Engineering Genesis Awards for Multidisciplinary 研究.
博士。 nimir elbashir和DR。谢哈布·艾哈迈德每个获得该奖项，这是提供给谁T恤已经获得的$ 1万以上显著研究资助的研究人员。
Elbashir is a professor in the 化学工程 Program and the 石油工程师 Program at Texas A&M at Qatar and director of the TEES Gas and Fuels Research Center. He and his research team were recognized for research excellence in building up unique global research collaboration models between academia and industry to develop novel technologies for CO2 utilization. One of these research projects is a $4.8 million project funded by QNRF under the National Priority 研究 Fund-Exceptional Proposal in collaboration with Total, Northwestern University and Qatar University. Ahmed is an associate professor in the 电气和计算机工程 Program at Texas A&M at Qatar. He was awarded a grant from RasGas Company Limited for his proposal, “An Intelligent Open Hole Wireline Tool Conveyance System” with co-PI Dr. Hussein Alnuweiri. Their research is focused on developing an intelligent open hole wireline tool conveyance system to overcome challenges in deploying logging tools in deviated and horizontal wellbores. The proposed intelligent wireline system can potentially save significant rig and crew time, which contributes to a safer and more cost-effective operation.
The branch campus also established its second TEES center when the Advanced Scientific Computing Center was officially named a TEES center by the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System. The center aims to become a regional and global leader in scientific computing by developing innovative solutions and using state-of-the-art computational tools to address computational challenges in science, engineering and industry.
With new leadership and continued efforts to educate, discover and meet the needs of Qatar and the world, Texas A&M at Qatar moved into 2017 looking to continue the good work the branch campus did in 2016.