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Texas A&M University at Qatar and Qatar University Collaborate with QAPCO for Materials Symposium

Published Feb 11, 2013

Texas A&M University at Qatar and Qatar University (QU) have teamed up with Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) to organize the upcoming 4th Materials Science and Engineering Symposium to be held at the new Library Auditorium at Qatar University on 7 February 2013. Texas A&M at Qatar and QU are organizing partners in presenting the 2013 symposium entitled “Advanced Materials for Sustainable Systems.”

The symposium will bring together experts and leaders in academic, research and technical communities to present and share discussions on the latest advances and future strategies in the sustainable materials field.

2013 Materials Symposium

Texas A&M at Qatar Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Dr. Kenneth R. Hall, said, “Texas A&M at Qatar is pleased with the collaboration with Qatar University and QAPCO. In addition to the materials symposium, our joint collaboration extends to joint research projects and exchange of expertise.”

The theme of this year's symposium addresses recent developments in advanced materials used to manufacture and construct sustainable industrial and infrastructure systems. These systems are essential in order to support the economic growth in the State of Qatar. To this end, the symposium program is designed to stimulate active discussions among participants through presentations and expert panels, as well as promote future collaboration among participants in cross-disciplinary areas pertaining to advanced materials.

Dr. Mohammed Al Mulla, QAPCO’s Vice chairman & CEO, praised the partnership between Qatar University and Texas A&M & Qatar for organizing this symposium, saying, “I believe that it is vital for the future of materials science and engineering that we continue to explore the sustainability of new applications and processes in this field. That is why this symposium is important as it opens up avenues of discussion and enables innovative and unique applications to be discussed and developed further.  I am also pleased that QAPCO is supporting this symposium and actively participating in it, and feel privileged to work once again with our strategic education partners, Qatar University and Texas A&M at Qatar. I believe that this symposium will lead the way in terms of materials research and development and I hope that we can continue our collaboration in future years.”

Dr. Hassan Al-Derham, Vice president for Research at Qatar University said: "We deeply value the ongoing support QAPCO provides in supporting and promoting scientific research, which is among Qatar University’s top priorities. We encourage collaboration between community organizations, which fosters the exchange of expertise and supports scientific research. This underpins our aspirations at Qatar University to build a strong research base in support of the Qatar National Vision 2030."