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Weichold appoints dean's fellows to lead branch campus initiatives

Published Dec 10, 2015

Dr. Mark H. Weichold, dean and CEO of Texas A&M University at Qatar, has announced the appointment of three faculty fellows to lead specific projects and initiatives at the branch campus.

Dr. Shehab Ahmed, associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program, was named the Dean’s Fellow for Industry Research Partnership. Dr. Ashfaq Bengali, a chemistry professor in the Science Program, is the new Dean’s Fellow for Teaching Excellence. Dr. James Rogers, associate professor of political science in the Liberal Arts Program, will continue his role as Dean’s Fellow for Mentorship of Early Career Faculty Members.

As the Dean’s Fellow for Industry Research Partnership, Ahmed's role will be to support our research office in promoting the development of strategic research partnerships with the industry, including organizing Texas A&M at Qatar workshops with industry to demonstrate the campus' capabilities and discuss areas of common interest. He will also work with various offices in Qatar and Texas A&M's main campus in College Station, Texas, USA, to increase awareness in Texas A&M at Qatar about developing and managing intellectual property.

Ahmed joined the Texas A&M at Qatar faculty in 2007 as a visiting assistant professor. He was previously a senior electrical engineer at Schlumberger Technology in Texas. He earned a bachelor's degree from Alexandria University, and master's and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University. He directs the System Engineering and Energy Conversion (SEEC) Lab at Texas A&M. Lab researchers work in the areas of power electronics, system design and mechatronics.

Dr. Ashfaq Bengali will be the Dean’s Fellow for Teaching Excellence. His role will be to support our academic and student services office in developing programs that focus on enhancing teaching methods to improve the learning experiences of students at Texas A&M at Qatar. This will include the organization of internal workshops that discuss experiences and enhancements in pedagogical methods and course management. He will also support the Teaching with Technology initiative.

Bengali received his B.A. from Carleton College. Following his Ph.D at the University of Minnesota, he held postdoctoral positions at the University of California, Berkeley, and Los Alamos National Laboratory where his research focused on time-resolved infrared photochemistry of organometallic complexes. Before joining Texas A&M University at Qatar in 2006, he was associate professor of chemistry at Dickinson College.

Rogers will continue his role as Dean’s Fellow for Mentorship of Early Career Faculty Members for a second year. In this position, he coordinates Texas A&M at Qatar’s efforts to develop and provide mentorship opportunities for early-career faculty members. Rogers will continue to work with program chairs, faculty members at Texas A&M at Qatar andTexas A&M, and other colleagues from academia and industry to develop mentorship opportunities that may include peer-teaching evaluations; input on research proposals; developing collaboration with leading faculty members, researchers and industry professionals; and guidance on professional service.

Rogers holds a joint appointment as associate professor of political science at Texas A&M and at Texas A&M at Qatar. He holds two earned doctorates, a Ph.D. in political science and a J.D. in law. Rogers also holds an M.A. in economics and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Nebraska with four undergraduate majors. Rogers is a fellow with the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. From 2008 to 2013 he was head of the political science department at Texas A&M in College Station and was editor of the Journal of Theoretical Politics from 2006 through 2013. He specializes in the use of mathematical models to analyze political phenomena, focusing on the design and engineering of political and legal institutions. He teaches graduate courses in political institutions and public administration, as well as in game theory and mathematical modeling. He teaches undergraduate courses in constitutional law, comparative state constitutions, law and legislation, and research methods.