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Certificate Program:
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

Program Overview:

Texas A&M University at Qatar and the Executive Education Center at Hamad Bin Khalifa University are pleased to announce the launch of the Fundamentals of Cybersecurity certificate program.

The program will cover topics related to the fundamental concepts behind modern cryptographic systems and how they can be employed to secure data and private communications. It will also introduce attendees to the collection and analysis of open-source and publicly available information, white hacking techniques for stealth collection, methodologies for the evaluation and validation of sources of open and publicly available information, as well as OSINT best practices.

In addition, this program will demonstrate how to conduct penetration testing and forensic investigations, allowing users and administrators to configure computers to stop cyber-attacks, or at least minimize their negative impact. It will also cover the basics of wireless networks and show principal attacks on a wireless network involving the three components of the confidentiality, integrity, and accessibility (CIA) triads. The understanding of this material will allow the user or administrator to build countermeasures to protect the wireless network.

Participants will receive a certificate in Fundamentals of Cybersecurity after the completion of all four modules, and a Certificate of Completion will also be presented to attendees at the end of each individual module. 

Click here to register for the four modules now and receive a 10 percent discount. Special rates apply to companies that register more than four employees, as well as Texas A&M at Qatar and Hamad bin Khalifa University alumni.

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Upcoming Courses

Asphalt Mixture Design

2-4 December 2018 ($1,500)

Course Overview
This course will cover the design process for asphalt mixtures. It includes aggregate and binder selection, measuring material properties, development of trial blends, volumetric calculations and analyses, Superpave mixture design criteria, mixture performance tests, RAP in asphalt mixtures, and selection of mixture type.
Furthermore, the definition of, and the different approaches to develop a balanced mixture design (BMD) and a Performance Engineered Mixture Design (PEMD) will be introduced.
The course will focus on the mixture design process in Qatar Construction Specifications (QCS). One day of the course will include a visit to an asphalt plant and a paving site.

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for engineers who are working for consultants, contractors and agencies that deal with pavement design and construction.

Asphalt Pavement Preservation

5-6 December 2018 ($1,200) 

Course Overview

Pavement preservation is the practice of selecting and applying maintenance and minor rehabilitation activities at appropriate times in order to provide and maintain serviceable roadways, extend pavement life, enhance pavement performance, ensure cost-effectiveness, increase safety, and reduce user delays.
Participants of the course will be introduced to the concept of pavement preservation and its applicability within a transportation agency, pavement preservation strategies, common pavement distresses, determining when a pavement is a good candidate for pavement preservation, and steps to select pavement preservation strategies for a given pavement.

This course will cover various topics as: introduction to pavement preservation components, common pavement distresses, influence of pavement condition on project selection, as well as pavement preservation strategies.

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for engineers who are working for consultants, contractors and agencies that deal with pavement design and construction.

Reducing Risks through the Management of Change process

9-10 December 2018 ($1,500)

Course Overview
Within industrial plant operations, change is inevitable. Process Operations view change as a means of: improving operations, increasing throughput, enhancing product quality, streamlining operations, optimizing staffing levels, cutting costs, etc. However, process safety professionals recognize that change is a means of introducing or increasing risk: An effective management of change process will merge safety concerns and operational needs into a single focus on "Safe Operations" enabling operations to implement desired plant modifications while managing new or increased risks through a systematic process.

The Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center Extension in Qatar and Snakard Consulting Group present this 2-day course on :" Reducing Risks through the Management of Change process".
The focus of this course is technology transfer, providing instruction on the underlying risk reduction concepts of management of change. It goes beyond the checklist requirements of the management of change and presents a challenging look at how diligent efforts undertaken by staff involved in the MOC process will save lives, improve operational performance and increase equipment reliability.

Who Should Attend
The class has been designed for management, technical and operating staff who originate or review MOC (Plant Change Request) documentation.

Harnessing Photovoltaic Solar Energy: Materials to Grid Connection

4-5 February 2019 ($ 1,350) 

Course Overview

Photovoltaic-based electrical energy is enjoying unprecedented global and regional growth. Within Qatar that are a number of initiative ranging from research and development, teaching, manufacturing, integration, sales, and service. Continued expansion of the solar energy market benefits from partnership between academia at Texas A&M University and Qatar leaders and companies.


This course is oriented toward stakeholders in industry, government, and research. It contains three modules that will cover the topics of solar materials design and synthesis, diffuse (photovoltaics; PV) and concentrating solar technologies, and balance of systems for grid-integration.
The first module will introduce different photovoltaic systems and in particular compare the market to the current organic solar cell performances and technologies. It will also cover material design and synthesis, processing of photoactive layers and a brief outline into plastic electronics.

The second module will discuss the solar resource assessment methods, and the various technologies of solar energy conversion to thermal and chemical energy. It will elaborate on concentrating solar power, the differences with PV, and the environmental impact assessment of all solar technologies.
The final module will examine the electrical characteristics of the PV module and methods to interconnect them to the ac power grid. We will explore the electrical model and develop an understanding of how to extract maximum power and ensure operation at the module maximum power point. We will also look into aspects of the balance of systems and develop an understanding of cost-drivers.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed to appeal broadly to anyone working in or dealing with solar photovoltaics. On the technology side this includes material scientists, chemical and electrical engineers who are interested in learning about the current state of the art. Participants from business, finance, and government sectors may benefit from the workshop as a technology primer.

Culturally and Responsive Business Communication

10-11 February 2019 ($1,250)

Course Overview

Participants will engage in and practice culturally and socially effective and appropriate forms of business and technical communication, such as reports, e-mails, and presentations. Participants will identify and practice practical strategies for dealing with cultural differences which shape behavior and influence business interactions in particular ways.

After the completion of the course, participants will write effective business correspondences, identify and practice strategies for business communication in diverse workplaces, and be able to identify cultural and social differences that influence business communication in diverse settings.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for local business professionals. This includes but is not limited to engineers, research assistants, and administrative assistants.

Foundations of Business Communication

13-14 February 2019 ($1,250)

Course Overview

Attendees will explore effective business and technical writing practices, with a focus on audience analysis, rhetorical knowledge, and workplace genres. Attendees will also learn strategies for collaborative writing and professional presentations.

Attendees will be able to recognize, analyze, and accommodate diverse workplace audiences and situations. Attendees will receive and provide feedback on how to improve their oral and written communication skills.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for local business professionals. This includes but is not limited to petroleum engineers, research assistants, and administrative assistants.

Soiling Loss in Operations and Maintenance of Solar PV Power Plants

3 March 2019 ($750)

Course Overview

Qatar has plans to install 1 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation capacity, accounting for a significant fraction of the national electricity demand. Due to the naturally dusty ambient condition, dust accumulation on solar modules causes an average of 0.5% output loss every day. In this short course, we will used data collected from the field to show the impact of soiling on the economics of solar PV power plants in Qatar. We will also discuss the factors affecting solar PV soiling loss, and measures for mitigation.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for persons related to solar PV power investment, development, operations and maintenance. 

Continuing Education at Texas A&M at Qatar

In today’s global economy it’s more important than ever that you and your workforce are prepared to meet the demands of increased international competition. From advanced leadership concepts and practices to emerging engineering technologies and equipment, it is critical those in your organization have the knowledge and skills to ensure an economic advantage and sustainable growth. Texas A&M University at Qatar can help you achieve this. Both our distinguished faculty and top-notch research facilities are at the forefront of innovation in the engineering field. Through our commitment to educating the engineering leaders of the future, our continuing education opportunities allow us to pass this knowledge on to the workforce in the State of Qatar, the region and the world. We’re sure you will find training solutions to suit you and your employees. We also welcome the opportunity to visit with individual organizations to discuss how to best meet their training needs through custom-designed courses.

Please click here to be added to our mailing list or email us at continuingeducation@qatar.tamu.edu. Thank you for your interest in Texas A&M University at Qatar Continuing Education Services and we look forward to seeing you in our classes very soon.