A major highlight for Texas A&M at Qatar’s research program was the success of its fourth Research and Industry Partnership Showcase, held in late April at the Qatar National Convention Center. The annual event is a platform for the branch campus to show its partners the outstanding research that is achieved through collaborations with local industry, to enhance existing collaborations and to create opportunities for new collaborations, says Dr. Ali Ghrayeb, professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program and chair of the 2015 showcase.
2015 saw a refreshing refocus of the daylong event, putting the spotlight on students and showcasing the work of those students who participated in research as undergraduates, which is recognized as an important element of a well-rounded education. Students presented their senior capstone design projects, which give students a look at real-world design process and puts to the test all the technical and work skills they’ve developed while students at Texas A&M at Qatar.
The 2015 showcase also aimed to increase interaction between campus researchers and industry stakeholders, with an eye toward strengthening and widening the ties between the branch campus and industry. Collaborating with industry gives researchers exposure to real-world, real-life challenges, which helps them make their research more relevant to challenges companies face in Qatar — with the goal of advancing the State of Qatar’s national vision. In turn, industry stakeholders posed grand challenges to Texas A&M at Qatar researchers to help set the direction of its research activities and to provide feedback on the branch campus’ past and present initiatives and contributions in the research arena.
The showcase included student presentations given by senior undergraduate researchers, poster sessions and two panel sessions — “Energy and the Environment” and “Information and Communications Technology and Computing” — led by distinguished speakers from prominent industry stakeholders and Qatar Foundation. Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, QNRF executive director, and Dr. Bud Peterson, president of the Georgia Institute of Technology, were keynote speakers.
In addition, Texas A&M at Qatar is proud to work with the following collaborators:
- Maersk Oil Qatar
- British Petroleum
- Qatar Shell
- Qatar Science & Technology Park
- National Instruments
- Qatar National Research Fund
- Qatar Petroleum