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Elbashir named Inventor of the Year

Published Oct 22, 2020

TAMUQ-ElbashirQatar Foundation recently named Dr. Nimir Elbashir, professor of chemical engineering and petroleum engineering and director of TEES Gas and Fuels Research Center, Distinguished Inventor of the Year for 2020 during QF's Virtual Awards Ceremony and Innovation Showcase.

The showcase was organized by QF Research, Development and Innovation's (QF RDI) division, Industry Development and Knowledge Transfer (IDKT).

The award recognizes the “most prolific inventor of patentable subject matter with the highest level of development, marketability and licensability of all inventions reported to the IDKT between 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2020. It also takes into account in combination of the past activity for the creator over the time they have been with Qatar Foundation. Inventive works may be in the form of a process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof. A patent signifies that the invention is state-of-the-art."

Elbashir has fiveactive inventions in the past two years, which represents only a small example of his excellence since he joined the faculty at Texas A&M at Qatar, said Dr. Hassan S. Bazzi, associate dean for research and advancement.

Elbashir has established and led several unique global research collaboration models between academia and industry, Bazzi said, with research funding exceeding several million dollars. He holds several U.S. and European patents, and has been author or co-author of numerous scientific publications in the form of peer-reviewed journal articles, books and book chapters, conference papers and industry technical reports.

Elbashir has received several awards and recognition of his research activities from QF, BASF Corp., Texas A&M University, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Shell, ORYX GTL Co., and more. He has also trained a large number of postdoctoral researchers, along with Ph.D., master’s and undergraduate students, and has served as a visiting professor in multiple universities around the globe.

Elbashir said, “This is a direct result of Texas A&M Qatar’s efforts in building world-class research facilities and recruiting the best students and researchers to work in a field of a critical importance to Qatar’s economy, and I have the pleasure being part of this success story.”