Texas A&M at Qatar receives seven UREP awardsPublished Jul 10, 2019
Texas A&M University at Qatar faculty and researchers have received seven awards in the 24th Cycle of the Qatar National Research Fund’s (QNRF) Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP). UREP is QNRF’s flagship program, co-funded by Qatar Shell, designed to develop research infrastructure in Qatar by establishing the basics of scientific research at the undergraduate level.
Texas A&M at Qatar teams receiving grants in this cycle include:
- “Determination on Lubricating Capabilities of Commercially Available Liquid Lubricant for Water-Based Drilling” led by Dr. Mahmood Amani, Petroleum Engineering Program
- “Characterizing Photovoltaic System Arc-Faults” led by Dr. Robert Balog, Electrical and Computer Engineering Program
- “Assessing Radiation Therapy Treatment of Lung Cancer Using GATE Monte Carlo Simulation Software” led by Dr. Othmane Bouhali, Science Program
- “Fluid Characterization and Identification of Optimal Miscible CO2 Injection Conditions for EOR” led by Dr. Mohamed Fadlelmula, Petroleum Engineering Program
- “Automated Mitotic Cell Detection Using Transfer Learning” led by Dr. Jim Ji, Electrical and Computer Engineering Program
- “Design and Manufacturing of an Ultra Energy-Efficient Gas to Liquid Car for Shell Eco-Marathon” led by Dr. Michael Schuller, Mechanical Engineering Program
- “Multiphase Flow Visualization of Alternative Refrigerant Mixtures” led by Dr. Kumaran Kannaiyan
In this cycle, UREP grants were awarded to 54 proposals from student teams across several universities within Qatar, out of the 136 peer-reviewed proposals received. The winning proposals address the various pillars of the Qatar National Research Strategy, with 20 awards in Energy and Environment; 18 in Biomedical and Health; nine in Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities; and seven in Computer Sciences and ICT.
Launched in 2006, UREP is QNRF’s longest running program and is designed to develop the research human capital and research infrastructure in Qatar by establishing the basis of scientific research at the undergraduate level. To date, more than 3,800 undergraduate students have benefited from the UREP grants and produced insightful research while working under the mentorship and guidance of their professors.