Texas A&M at Qatar recognised 15 local high school students 21 January 2015 at the Engineering Building at Education City.

The branch campus honoured 15 high school students for their winning projects during two recent research competitions, the Secondary School Research Experience Program and the Intel Science Competition Arab World 2014. The students’ winning projects were displayed during the Science and Engineering Showcase in the branch campus Link Atrium from 11:30 am to 1 pm, followed by a luncheon and awards ceremony presided over by the Dean and CEO of Texas A&M at Qatar, Dr Mark H Weichold. He said:

We are proud to feature your outstanding winning projects from the Secondary School Research Experience Program and 5th Intel Science Competition Arab World 2014. Because of the students innovation and perseverance, we saw those award-winning, thought-provoking and inventive projects last week. Those winning projects illustrate how these concepts are fundamental in engineering the world around us and making it a better place. I would like to thank the Intel Corporation, the Research and Development Division of Qatar Foundation and Qatar’s Supreme Education Council for organizing these important competitions…and for supporting Qatar’s goal of becoming a knowledge-based economy – as does Texas A&M University at Qatar.’

The competitions this year were intense and made students employ their best interview and presentation skills to compete with more than 100 students from nine countries across MENA. The students were mostly from local Arabic independent schools including Qatar Technical School, Amna Bint Wahab Independent School for Girls, Al Eman Independent Secondary School for Girls, Arwa Bint Abdel Muttaleb Independent School and Al Hekmah International School.

The winning projects included a smart chair for the elderly and disabled, recycling sugar remnants to produce ethanol, refining oil, the impact of petrochemicals on the environment of Qatar, the impact of new technology and lack of recycling old/used technology, and the toxicity of smoking. Texas A&M at Qatar students, faculty and staff attended the showcase of winning projects to support and encourage these outstanding students.

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