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COVID-19 Response Program

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected the globe, the Office of Research and Advancement at Texas A&M University at Qatar put out a call for proposals for short-term, high-impact projects to support the national efforts in the State of Qatar related to combatting the outbreak of this virus. Full-time faculty members at Texas A&M at Qatar were strongly encouraged to submit short proposals that comply with the following guidelines:

  1. Researchers were urged to collaborate with agencies, institutions and organizations in Qatar that were already engaged in combating COVID-19.
  2. The proposed work was to be of an applied nature and target specific outcomes. Examples included, but were not limited to, the development or production of items that assist in the response to the COVID-19; development of models and algorithms that will support the response agencies; development of models that will support the understanding of the effect of COVID-19 on humans; and deployment of initiatives that target awareness about COVID-19 and efforts to combat its spread
  3. Work was expected to be completed within six months of the award.

A committee comprising members from Texas A&M’s campuses in Education City and in College Station, Texas (USA), selected the following projects for funding:

  • Code Design and Modeling to Improve Testing — Dr. Joseph Boutros and Dr. Hussein Alnuweiri, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Establishing Aerosol Virus Monitoring Capability in Qatar for Mitigation of COVID-19 and Future Epidemics — Dr. Bing Guo
  • 3D Printing of Critical Need Medical Parts and Devices — Dr. Bilal Mansoor and Dr. Marwan Khraisheh, Mechanical Engineering
  • Investigation of the feasibility of large-scale sterilization of medical, industrial and food using electron beam technologies — Dr. Othmane Bouhali, Science (physics)
  • Tailored prevention of coronavirus — Dr. Konstantinos Kakosimos, Chemical Engineering
  • Investigation of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the control of the process safety risk in major hazards industries in Qatar: Data collection, analysis and recommendations — Dr. Luc Véchot, Chemical Engineering
  • Public health information and linguistic diversity in Qatar amidst the COVID-19 pandemic — Dr. Sara Hillman, Liberal Arts

Projects began on or around 1 May 2020.