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Elbashir visits UTP in Malaysia and Instituto Tecnológico de Celaya in Mexico

Dr. Nimir Elbashir, chair and professor in the Petroleum Engineering Program and chemical engineering professor, gave a talk about advancement in natural gas processing research at the Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) in Malaysia. Elbashir visited UTP with Dr. Jeff Spath, chair of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M, to sign an MoU to explore collaborations in research and teaching. Also, Elbashir visited Instituto Tecnológico de Celaya in Mexico to teach a short course on shale gas monetization and to collaborate with researchers on joint projects.

Texas A&M at Qatar's Petroleum Engineering Program participates in joint workshop

Texas A&M at Qatar's Petroleum Engineering Program took part in a joint workshop with the Petroleum Engineering Department at Texas A&M to develop short and long-term plans for integrating the department teaching, research and service activities and building excellence in each.

Texas A&M University's Petroleum Engineering Department is a world-leading program in the upstream field and Texas A&M at Qatar's strength is in the midstream field. The whole day workshop was held at the La Torretta Resort in Montgomery, Texas on September 28. The second workshop will be held in Doha in March 2019.


PETE senior students at Texas A&M University at Qatar attended The SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition held in San Antonio from 7-11 October 2017,and participated in the annual Petrobowl Championship.

This students’ trip was fully sponsored by OXY – Qatar, who have also sponsored it for the last 5 years.

PETE 16 senior students met with Vicki Hollub President and Chief Executive Officer of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, on Monday 9 October prior to her speech at the ATCE. They thanked her for the great opportunity that OXY had offered them to attend this premier petroleum professional’s event.

ATCE provides a multitude of opportunities that students need to enhance their technical knowledge and professional network.

It is the one "must attend" events of the year for practicing engineers, educators, and students. The opportunity to network, to review current practices and emerging technologies, and to engage with the service industry is second to none.

ATCE is designed to showcase the technologies used in the upstream industry, as well as present research and technical papers, by industry and academic experts, is also offers a unique opportunity for students to network, meet peers and to establish contacts in the industry. 

From a student perspective, ATCE provides numerous opportunities to engage and collaborate with other student chapters. There are also a number of student-centric activities such as the PetroBowl, the Student Paper Contest, and functions that are designed to build collaboration between chapters and to build foundational relationships amongst student members. Our students also had a focused program of work that was designed to help them make the most of the whole event and gain valuable insights for their future careers.

The Petrobowl championship is ATCE’s most competitive event, it, pitches SPE Student Chapter teams against each other in a series of quick-fire rounds, answering technical and nontechnical industry-related questions.

Multidisciplinary Projects in Engineering Education

Transformative Educational Experiences Grant



Summary report:

As per the submitted TEE proposal plan, students from different engineering programs were recruited to carry out the work promised in this granted proposal. The students initially discussed the potential in a number of different options for the project. A large focus was placed on green technology, or options that deal with sustainable energy or environment, since they match well with the Qatar National Vision 2030. The students shared their ideas with the project faculty mentors who selected “Grey Water Treatment Using Solar Thermal Energy” as the project for students to proceed with. One of the selection criteria was to have the selected project multidisciplinary so the students from different majors can contribute to.

The students then resumed their work and started researching current work in the field of grey water treatment. By the end of their literature review, the students were able to propose a design for a solar water filtration system. The system includes a parabolic dish used to concentrate the solar energy into a tank of grey water to vaporize it. The vapor is then directed into a separate tank where it will be condensed to form clean and reusable water.

Different factors of the water filtration system were studied by the students such as the design and organization of components, the selection of the material of different parts of the system, and the dimensions of each part. Energy balance equation at the bottom of the focal-point tank was used to ensure proper sizing of different components.

The students are currently building the experimental setup to be able to conduct some tests and collect results for analysis purposes. They are also working on the project write-up, which is expected to be submitted to an education conference.

Finally, students will be having their work and prototype demonstrated during the teaching week. The built prototype will show off the efforts students put in this project and the multidisciplinary nature of it.

Shell Eco Marathon Team - Mechanical Engineering Presentation at QATALUM

December 6, 2016  

A group of Mechanical Engineering students and their mentors: Dr. Michael Schuller and Mr. Muhammad Bin Yousaf have visited Qatar Aluminum Limited- Qatalum on December 6, 2016. The group, in the presence of QATALUM's CEO: Mr. Khalid Mohammed Laram, gave a presentation about the last year's SEM car competition and exposed their plans for the upcoming SEM competition which will take place in Singapore in March 2017.  

MEMA 2015

TMS Middle East - Mediterranean Materials Congress on Energy and Infrastructure Systems (MEMA 2015)

January 11 14, 2015 • Doha, Qatar

This materials congress will focus on new materials research and development in applications of interest for Qatar and the entire Middle East and Mediterranean region. The goal of this congress is to build synergy among researchers working on different materials applications but with similar objectives of enhancing design, sustainability, and functionality of materials. The congress will also be a forum for establishing collaboration among academia, research institutions, and industry in the Middle East and Mediterranean region and the rest of the world... view more>> 



Tuesday, 18 February 2014 • Doha, Qatar

For the 5th consecutive year, Qatar University and Texas A&M University at Qatar are jointly organizing the annual symposium on material sciences and engineering. This year’s event will be hosted on Tuesday 18th of February at the Center for Advanced Materials (CAM), Qatar University.  Every year, leading experts from academic institutions, research centers, companies, and government organizations participate in this symposium to discuss the latest advances and prevailing challenges in materials science and engineering. The theme of this year's symposium is to discuss advances in materials research that are key to address the research grand challenges in the State of Qatar as well as the needs of various Qatari industries. The symposium will feature speakers from top international academic institutions, Qatar Energy and Environment Research Institute (QEERI), Qatar University, Texas A&M University at Qatar, and several companies.  The symposium program is designed to stimulate active discussions among participants through presentations and a panel discussion. The symposium will also provide the opportunity to promote future collaboration among the participants in cross-disciplinary areas. view more>>


February 17 – 20, 2014 • Doha, Qatar

The second Middle East Conference on Biomedical Engineering (MECBME) will provide a forum for professional engineers, scientists, clinicians and academics engaged in research and development to convene and present their latest scholarly work in biomedical engineering. It will also provide engineers with an opportunity to interact and share their experiences in industry and technology applications. The conference will run for four days and will be accompanied by an industrial exhibition. Diverse tutorial sessions by leading experts will be held on the first day of the conference. Submitted papers will be peer reviewed. Accepted papers will be indexed in IEEExplore. Extended versions of selected papers will be published in the Journal of Medical Imaging and Health Informatics (JMIHI)...


Twenty PETE students participating in the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition 2016 – Dubai – the trip was sponsored by OXY.