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Texas A&M at Qatar to highlight university’s response to COVID-19 in first fall Al Maerifa talk

Published Sep 08, 2020

Texas A&M University at Qatar, a Qatar Foundation partner university, will restart its Al Maerifa Public Seminar Series designed to share expertise and knowledge with the local community in Qatar on 10 Sept. with a discussion of the university’s response to COVID-19.

When the global COVID-19 pandemic began, Texas A&M at Qatar funded seven research projects to help Qatar combat the outbreak of the virus. During the seminar, Dr. Hassan S. Bazzi, Associate Dean for Research and Advancement, will present the COVID-19 activities undertaken by Texas A&M at Qatar in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Qatar Foundation, Barzan Holdings and Qatar Red Crescent Society, followed by faculty members who will present their research work and discuss project outcomes.

Presenting their work will be:

  • Hussein Alnuweiri, Electrical and Computer Engineering — “Code Design and Modeling to Improve Testing”
  • Bing Guo, Mechanical Engineering — “Establishing Aerosol Virus Monitoring Capability in Qatar for Mitigation of COVID-19 and Future Epidemics”
  • Marwan Khraisheh, Mechanical Engineering — “3D Printing of Critical Need Medical Parts and Devices”
  • Othmane Bouhali, Science (physics) — “Investigation of the Feasibility of Large-Scale Sterilization of Medical, Industrial and Food Using Electron Beam Technologies”
  • Konstantinos Kakosimos, Chemical Engineering — “Tailored Prevention of Coronavirus”
  • Luc Véchot, Chemical Engineering — “Investigation of the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Control of the Process Safety Risk in Major Hazards Industries in Qatar: Data Collection, Analysis and Recommendations”
  • Sara Hillman, Liberal Arts — “Laboring to communicate: Use of migrant languages in COVID-19 awareness campaign in Qatar” 

The Al Maerifa virtual seminar series features 45-minute seminars to promote knowledge on topics centered around Qatar’s grand challenges and research pursuits. The talks are presented in English and are designed for a general, nontechnical audience. Participants will be invited to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

Organized by Texas A&M at Qatar’s Office of Engagement, the Al Maerifa Public Seminar Series continues the partner university’s core mission of sharing knowledge with the local community in Qatar and showcases the breadth of the university’s expertise, said Dr. César Octavio Malavé, dean of Texas A&M at Qatar.

“Faculty members and researchers at Texas A&M at Qatar are innovating solutions to real-world challenges in Qatar and worldwide,” Malavé said. “I’m proud of the way our people have served the State of Qatar by lending their expertise in new and creative ways — while continuing to teach classes and support our students online. Our people truly are engineering leaders in Qatar.”

The second seminar of the fall Al Maerifa Public Seminar Series, set for 17 Sept., will feature Dr. Marwan M. Kraidy, dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar, who will present the talk, “The Torch and the Hearth: The Universe of Meaning of Extremism.” On 1 Oct. Nobel laureate Dr. Ben Feringa from the University of Gronigen (Netherlands) will present a talk, “The Joy of Discovery,” in partnership with the American Chemical Society Qatar chapter.

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