A freshman student bested over 30 students who presented a total of 24 research projects in the Carnegie Mellon University Qatar’s (CMU-Q) third annual Meeting of the Minds Undergraduate Research Project Symposium held yesterday.
“Last year, I was dreaming to be a CMU-Q student and today I have competed with the seniors and won,” Rashid Al Kaabi, who won three awards for two projects, said in utter amazement.
Al Kaabi’s project was judged the Best Project Overall. Titled ‘Q-VOIP Labourer’s Communication Needs’, it offers technology solutions to tackle the communications problems faced by immigrant workers in Qatar.
“The aim of my project is to help immigrant workers with limited or no computer skills. I tried to find a solution which could integrate this modern technology to make communication affordable and available everywhere,” he said.
His study required him to conduct interviews with low-income workers, during which he found the need to offer an affordable way for them to communicate with their relatives back home.
Meeting of the Minds is part of Carnegie Mellon University’s Undergraduate Research Initiative, which supports and encourages undergraduate students to participate in innovative research.
During the symposium, undergraduate and graduate students as well as Ph.D candidates present their work in a manner that can be easily understood by those not from that field, giving the students an opportunity to present their work to a wide audience of faculty, fellow students, family members and industry representatives.
The winner of Best Poster was ‘Cross Registration Design’ by Khalid Alsooj, Nasreen Zahan, Faiza Al Saeed, Amal Al Barwani and Naif Al Kaabi.