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Rahman receives Texas A&M Presidential Transformational Teaching Grant

Published Feb 07, 2021

TAMUQ-PETE-Aziz-Rahman-Presidential-Transformational-Teaching-GrantDr. Aziz Rahman, associate professor in the Petroleum Engineering Program at Texas A&M University at Qatar, has received a Presidential Transformational Teaching Grant from Texas A&M’s main campus in College Station, Texas (USA).

The seed-grant program is supported by the Presidential Excellence Fund designed to further the Texas A&M University commitments to the four pillars of advancing transformational learning; enhancing discovery and innovation, university as a community; and expanding impact on the state, nation and world.

The grants promote faculty creativity in the pursuit of teaching excellence. Faculty develop teaching and learning components with emphasis on either innovation and creativity; interdisciplinarity; diversity, equity and inclusion; or Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Each year, 30 projects receive two-year grants aimed at facilitating innovations within existing courses or learning experiences.

An innovative way to facilitate student understanding of complex engineering classes is to relate it to a real-world problem so for his project, Rahman will design demonstrations models for challenging courses, such as Heat Transfer and Transport Processes in Petroleum Production Engineering.

“The introduction of physical demonstrations in the traditional classroom settings provide students with more motivation and interest,” Rahman said. “These models will be used to demonstrate complex information during lecture time. The results obtained can furthermore facilitate with the introduction of this project in K-12 STEM activities."

Rahman joined the Texas A&M at Qatar petroleum engineering faculty in 2016 as assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 2020. He earned his Ph.D. in multiphase flow from the University of Alberta (Canada) in 2010. He was previously assistant professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland and an instructor at University of Alberta.

At Texas A&M at Qatar, Rahman teaches production engineering courses and developed a graduate multiphase flow assurance course. He has received about $2 million in research funding from Qatar Foundation, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and Newfoundland Research and Development Corp. He has been involved in a number of research collaborations with companies, including Total, Qatargas, Intecsea, NEL, Syncrude Canada, GRI simulations, C-Core, and Petroleumsoft. Rahman has established a multiphase flow loop and contributed to more than 150 refereed journal and conference publications related to multiphase flow experiment and computational fluid dynamics simulation.

He is also involved in with a number of professional organizations, including the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is a registered Profession Engineer in Alberta, Canada.