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Texas A&M at Qatar IFTP winners participate in global finals

Published Apr 27, 2024

The team from Texas A&M at Qatar which won the national level of the Invent for the Planet competition recently showcased their work at the global finals held in Arts et Métiers ParisTech - École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers in Aix-en-Provence, France.

During the event, the team which included Aiman Ali, Anurag Srivastava, Nahin Kabir, Osama Hasoneh, Mohamed Bakri, and Elyas Al-Amri presented their project poster. Their innovation was a submersible remote-operated vehicle to reduce the issue of bycatch that is harmful to marine life ecosystems.

They networked with students from different countries around the world and explored the city of Aix-en-Provence. The students also explored the French culture by visiting historical monuments and the prestigious campus of Arts et Métiers, learning about different industries in France, tasting the French food, seeing the traditional French markets, and meeting French entrepreneurs.

The students said that it was an unforgettable journey of innovation and entrepreneurship, networking, global collaboration, community engagement, multidisciplinary education, and fun. “Participating in the Invent for the Planet competition has been a humbling and eye-opening experience. As a team, we learned more about ourselves as individuals and had exposure to what is needed for people to be successful entrepreneurs and innovators on the global stage. We hope to carry forward our learnings from this experience and apply them to our future projects as TAMUQ Aggies.”

Invent for the Planet is a global competition where participants have to develop, design, build and present ideas and technologies of benefit to the world, within 48 hours. The competition is organized by Meloy Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at Texas A&M University’s flagship campus in College Station.

“Invent for the Planet is an exceptional experience for TAMUQ students to implement their engineering knowledge in real world applications, and dive into the world of innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Lana Al Ladki, Program Manager, and IFTP Qatar organizer. “Through the Engineering Enrichment and Entrepreneurship Program, we strive to provide unparalleled opportunities for students to broaden their skillsets, explore their passions, and unlock their limitless potential.”