1313662582texasamTexas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) received five Postdoctoral Research Awards (PDRA) recognitions totaling more than US$1.47 million from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF).

The awards will further assist TAMUQ’s efforts to seek solutions to Qatar’s most pressing challenges of development and growth through a dynamic research programme that responds to needs and develops pragmatic, sustainable and implementable solutions to real-world issues.

Dean and CEO of TAMUQ, Dr Mark H Weichold, said:

Encouraging new and unique research talent is the key to innovation, and Qatar is supporting this development of new knowledge with the PDRA. Texas A&M at Qatar is proud to receive these recognitions for its postdoctoral researchers and to be able to create solutions to challenges of development and growth that further positively impact the State of Qatar’s people, its communities and its future.’

PDRA aims to attract and promote the direct involvement of recent Ph.D. holders to engage in further research work in Qatar and to promote human research capabilities inside Qatar. The programme supports postdoctoral scholars to work in research groups in Qatar in areas that are of national priority as outlined in the Qatar National Research Strategy. Focus areas include basic and applied research in all fields of natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences, agricultural sciences, social sciences and humanities. PDRA consideration is highly competitive, both financially and in the standards of excellence required.

Assistant dean of research and graduate studies, Dr Eyad Masad, said:

PDRA is a unique and novel programme that aims to attract talented young researchers to pursue advantageous research opportunities in Qatar. Texas A&M at Qatar is pleased with these five awards, and we are grateful to QNRF’s significant support.’

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PDRA Cycle 1 Projects awarded to TAMUQ:

– Dr Andre Zuber

Modeling CO2 Storage in Aquifers and Deep Oceans with the Q-Electro lattice Equation of State,

PI: Dr Marcelo Castier

– Dr Ilaria Menapace

Microstructural Characterization of Warm Mix Asphalts with Emphasis on Aging and Moisture Damage for Application in the State of Qatar

PI: Dr Eyad Masad

Dr Rajesh Kumar Raju

Computational Design of an Efficient Cascade Catalytic Scheme for the Conversion of CO2 to Methanol

PI: Dr Ed Brothers

– Imran Shafique Ansari

Efficient Spectrum Utilization Using Mixed RF/FSO Technology

PI: Dr Khalid Ali Qaraqe

– Dr Mohamed Gharib

Design of Passive and Semi-active Impact Dampers for Vibration Suppression in Oil/Gas Offshore Platforms,

PI: Dr. Mansour Karkoub

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Recognised as having one of the premier engineering programmes in the world, TAMUQ has offered undergraduate degrees in chemical, electrical, mechanical and petroleum engineering at Qatar Foundation’s Education City campus since 2003, and graduate courses in chemical engineering since fall 2011. More than 500 engineers have graduated from TAMUQ since 2007. In addition to engineering courses, TAMUQ provides classes in science, mathematics, liberal arts and the humanities. All four of the engineering programmes offered at TAMUQ are accredited by ABET.