Texas A&M University at Qatar and Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre (QSRTC) have signed a two year agreement creating the ‘Qatar Shell Professorship’ which will honour an outstanding professor at Texas A&M at Qatar to support academic, development and research activities in the field of Energy and Environment.

The signing ceremony took place at Texas A&M at Qatar and was attended by Dr Ann L Kenimer, Interim Dean, and Youssif A Saleh, Vice-President of Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre, Qatar Shell.

As part of the agreement, QSRTC will fund the Qatar Shell Professorship, the goals of which will be to develop greater understanding of issues relating to Energy and Environment and facilitate the integration these concepts in the academic syllabus at Texas A&M at Qatar. The collaboration would also allow faculty to enhance their research programs and encourage discussions about these topics with key stakeholders and the public in Qatar, as well as promote their scientific results worldwide.

The designated professor will have at least 15 years of post-qualification experience, a PhD related to Energy and Environment and a record of active and continuing scholarship and specialisation in the field of Energy and Environment.

The Qatar Shell Professorship agreement is the latest in a series of collaborations between QSRTC and academia to increase its knowledge-transfer to local universities. QSRTC’s goal is to broaden Qatar’s research capacity, such as the Memorandum of Understanding signed with Texas A&M at Qatar to strengthen a partnership already spanning ten years in the fields of technology, science, research and development. This relationship has yielded numerous productive initiatives, including the Aviation Fuel Consortium, GTL Jet Fuel Program and the Shell-Eco Marathon Competition. In addition, an R&D agreement signed in 2014 with Texas A&M at Qatar seeks to find innovative solutions for the management of water, brine and salt at Pearl GTL.

Commenting on the agreement, Dr Kenimer said:

This collaboration demonstrates our determination to work hand in hand with QSRTC to enhance our research capacity and create new research and development opportunities at our branch campus. We believe that QSRTC is a valuable partner in our quest to promote long term and sustainable solutions in the field of energy and environment.’

Youssif A Saleh, Vice-President of Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre, Qatar Shell, said:

We are extremely proud to once again collaborate with Texas A&M at Qatar. Qatar Shell Research & Technology Centre (QSRTC) works closely with universities and schools to develop local Qatari talent and enhance technical capabilities, therefore delivering sustainable impact in support of the Qatar National Vision 2030.’

Its programme of dynamic collaborations with both the local and international academic community enables Shell to remain steadfast in its support of the QNV2030 and the Qatar National Research Strategy.

QSRTC is the anchor tenant at Qatar Science and Technology Park, where it is playing a vital role in shaping the future of R&D in Qatar, through ground-breaking research and thought-leadership.

For more information, visit shell.com.qa and www.qatar.tamu.edu.