Skip Navigation

Texas A&M at Qatar recognizes student achievements during annual awards

Published May 03, 2023

Texas A&M University at Qatar, a Qatar Foundation partner university, recognized students who have excelled in academics, leadership and involvement for the 2022-2023 academic year during the university’s annual Aggie Achievement Awards. 

The awards included students of the year, which are nominated by the faculty of each academic department. These students are outstanding leaders who excel in academic performance and have significantly contributed in service to Texas A&M University at Qatar and our global community. This year’s undergraduate student awardees are Faisal Ashour (Chemical Engineering), Fathima Hakeem (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Ayman Karaki (Mechanical Engineering), Romeo Robert Indico (Petroleum Engineering) and Reem Haji (Arts and Sciences). The master’s student awardee was Yusra Ahmed (Chemical Engineering).

Other awards given at the ceremony included the Buck Weirus Spirit Award, which honors students at Texas A&M’s flagship and Qatar campuses who excel each year in terms of involvement, experiences, impact and spirit; the Gathright Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Junior Award that recognizes the top junior in each of the academic colleges at Texas A&M University; the Richard E. Ewing Award for Excellence in Student Research; and the Aggie Core Value Awards that recognize students who epitomize Texas A&M’s core values of respect, excellence, leadership, loyalty, integrity and selfless service.

Student engagement awards were also presented. These awards recognize the campus’s incredibly talented student leaders, student organizations and their advisors for hard work, excellence and dedication to add value to student life at Texas A&M at Qatar.

Faisal Ashour, who won multiple awards including the Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Student of the Year, Buck Weirus Spirit Award, Student Leader of the Year and an Engineering ELITES Award, said that it felt surreal to be recognized by faculty and his peers.

“I am truly humbled and honored to receive these awards,” Ashour said. “Over the past four years, Texas A&M University at Qatar has given me multiple opportunities to enhance skills including communication, leadership, and project management; and the mentorship and support from my faculty and peers has contributed immensely to making me who I am today, and for that I am truly grateful.”

The Engineering ELITES Program provides an opportunity for students to participate in six High-Impact Practices, which equip student with skills and experiences outside of their regular courses. Such skills include teamwork, communication, leadership, and design, skills that are highly sought in the job market. In order to earn an Engineering ELITE award, a student must have participated in experiential learning or an internship, held leadership roles, visited the flagship campus in College Station in a learning capacity, conducted research and engineering design, and been on a service learning trip.

Ghalya Abdulla, a recipient of the Engineering ELITE award, said, “I am honored to receive this prestigious award. As a Qatari female engineering student, I would like to urge my fellow colleagues to step that extra mile and take advantage of every opportunity that could extend their knowledge and build their character. Texas A&M University at Qatar gives us opportunities to be more than just another engineer. It offers us the required support and opportunities that reflects our potential to become a real engineering leader.”

Dr. Hazem Nounou, associate dean for academic and student services at Texas A&M at Qatar, said, “It gives me great pride to recognize our incredible students who have worked tirelessly over the course of the year, not just to excel at academics but also uphold the Aggie core values in everything they do. These students go above and beyond – be it academics, research or their involvement in extracurricular activities. These students show us what makes an Aggie special. Congratulations to all the Aggies who have worked so hard this year –– you have earned these awards.”

List of Award Winners:

Academic Awards
Award Name Winner
Undergraduate Student of the Year, Chemical Engineering Program Faisal Ashour
Graduate Student of the Year, Chemical Engineering Program Yusra Ahmed
Undergraduate Student of the Year, Electrical & Computer Engineering Program Fathima Hakeem
Undergraduate Student of the Year, Division of Arts & Sciences Reem Haji
Undergraduate Student of the Year, Mechanical Engineering Program Ayman Karaki
Undergraduate Student of the Year, Petroleum Engineering Program Romeo Robert Indico


Core Value Awards
Award Name Winner
Respect Core Value Award Youssef Mahmoud 
Excellence Core Value Award Beena Debnath
Leadership Core Value Award Hassan Khan
Loyalty Core Value Award Sai Lingampalli
Integrity Core Value Award Vishmi Singhapura
Selfless Service Core Value Award Mohamed Ahmed Bakri Mohamed


Buck Weirus Spirit Award 
Award Name Winner
Buck Weirus Spirit Award  Fasial Ashour
Buck Weirus Spirit Award  Noor Hassan
Buck Weirus Spirit Award  Hassan Khan


Gathright Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Junior Award
Award Name Winner
Gathright Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Junior Award Wellage Ushara Ovidu De Silva


Student Organization Awards
Award Name Winner
Student Engagement Award Arindha Joshua Silva Gunananda Muni
Student Leader of the Year Fasial Ashour
Student Organization Advisor of the Year Ms. Irawaiti Setiwan
Student Organization Event of the Year Jashn-e-Bahaar by Aggie Desi Club
Student Organization of the Year American Society of Mechanial Engineers


Award Name Winner
Engineering ELITES Award Ghalya Abdulla
Engineering ELITES Award Omar Affifi
Engineering ELITES Award Sayed Afnaan Ahmed
Engineering ELITES Award Faisal Mamdouh Asaad Ashour
Engineering ELITES Award AlMaha Bahzad
Engineering ELITES Award Nathan Joseph Braganza
Engineering ELITES Award Beena Rani Debnath
Engineering ELITES Award Mehtab Ellahi
Engineering ELITES Award Leela ElZayat
Engineering ELITES Award Ahmad Hammoud
Engineering ELITES Award Hassan Khan
Engineering ELITES Award Saba Hanif Khan
Engineering ELITES Award Vishmi Mandira Singhapura
TAMUQ_Aggie Achievement Awards (2).jpgTAMUQ_Aggie Achievement Awards (3).jpgIMG_5639 copy.jpgIMG_5651 copy.jpgIMG_5764 copy.jpgIMG_5701 copy.jpg