Texas A&M at Qatar workshop focuses on corrosion challenges and advances in QatarPublished Mar 07, 2018
A recent workshop hosted by Texas A&M University at Qatar highlighted Qatar’s ongoing challenges in the area of corrosion as well as recent advances and initiatives to address and combat it.
The workshop, “Material Selection, Reliability and Corrosion — Challenges and Opportunities,” was the first of a series of planning workshops that aim to highlight materials selection, reliability and corrosion challenges in Qatar to forge new, interdisciplinary, collaborative research initiatives for 2018 and beyond.
Maintaining critical infrastructures and key oil and gas assets is of strategic importance for the State of Qatar, said Dr. Bilal Mansoor, workshop chair and an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Texas A&M at Qatar.
Dhruv Arora from Qatar Shell said, “Corrosion remains one of the key focus areas for Shell R&D in Qatar. And we always appreciate these kinds of workshops that can foster close collaborations between industry and academics.”
Co-organized by the Mechanical Engineering Program at Texas A&M at Qatar and the National Corrosion and Materials Reliability Laboratory at Texas A&M’s main campus in College Station, Texas (USA), the workshop featured a lineup of scientists and engineers from local industry and subject-matter experts from top universities in the United States who shared their latest discoveries. The workshop established a platform for communication and knowledge-sharing among experts from academic institutions, research centers, industry and government organizations in Qatar.
The National Corrosion and Materials Reliability Laboratory (NCMRL) is a world leader in research and technology efforts for materials degradation and reliability. NCMRL’s main focus is research and development within corrosion science and engineering. Through research, education and training, and testing materials, the lab provides material selection, mitigation strategies and lifetime prediction tools to industry.
Dr. César O. Malavé, dean of Texas A&M at Qatar, said, “At Texas A&M at Qatar, our mission is to play a key role in creating sustainable solutions to real-world challenges by generating new knowledge through research and collaborative partnerships. This event brought together, experts from academic institutions, research centers, industry and government organizations to provide a venue for communication and knowledge-sharing. We hope workshops such as these are successful in providing much-needed synergy to the scientific community in Qatar to forge new collaborative research initiatives for the future.”