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University students present international design projects to industry representatives

Senior chemical engineering students from Texas A&M University at Qatar presented their International Chemical Engineering Design projects in May 2011. Five design teams and a total of 20 students, 10 students from Texas A&M University and 10 from Texas A&M at Qatar participated in the project to design an aromatics processing facility.

The design project was posed by Fluor, a leading engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance and project management company, and was based on a real project performed by Fluor to ensure direct practical relevance. The teams demonstrated the importance of teamwork as they worked to create an integrated solution. The project’s collaborative demands mimicked the type of real-world problems students will face as they enter the engineering industry, including the challenges of problem solving across time zones, countries and cultures.┬áThe International Chemical Engineering Design projects were presented to industry representatives from Fluor, ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, Mitsubishi, Q-Chem, WorleyParsons, and Qatar Petroleum at Education City. Awards for the design project winners were presented in College Station on 10 May.

Dr. Patrick Linke, associate professor of chemical engineering, Texas A&M at Qatar, organized and supervised the project from Qatar said, “The final design projects are always one of the most important and challenging educational experiences for our senior chemical engineering students. Delivering integrated engineering design solutions for the first time in a team and under time pressure is extremely challenging. The international setting is excellent practice for when these students work in the globalized industries post-graduation. Our students responded very well to the challenge and we continue to be very proud of them. We are confident that these hard-working and professional graduate engineers will be well-prepared to make a difference in Qatar and the world at large.”

Team Five were named overall award winners, members included:
Texas A&M University at Qatar winners:
Bader Al-Madhadi
Abdulwahab Ziaullah

Texas A&M University winners:
Mohamad Mouneimne
Amy Su