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Posted On: 7 January 2010 08:26 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Qatar University holds Open Day

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Qatar University Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) held its Open Day and Exhibition on Tuesday. The event was attended by QU Vice-President and Chief Academic Officer Dr Sheikha bint Jabor Al Thani, Vice-President for Research Dr Hassan Al Derham, Dean of College of Engineering (CENG) Dr Mazen Hasna, CENG Department Heads, faculty, students and alumni, and a large number of secondary school students. Industry representatives from QP, Qatar Gas, Ras Gas, Qtel, GE, QChem, Darwish Group, WorleyParsons and Kahramaa were also present. Opening the event, Chairman of MIE Dr Abdelmagid Salem Hamouda detailed the Department’s achievements and ongoing commitment to fulfill its vision and mission. “One of our key approaches is to be in touch with the intake of students”, Dr Hamouda said, adding, “we connect with the students from high school and offer information sessions on the weekends to maintain their interest”. Dr Hamouda noted that the curriculum at MIE is geared towards meeting the demands of the market and serving the community. He pointed to the Department’s project with Qatar Police on reducing accident rates in the country and another project with the Women’s Hospital at Hamad Medical Hospital to minimise the waiting and queuing time to access medical services. “Our Industrial Engineering (IE) Programme is the only one of its kind in the country and the Mechanical Engineering (ME) Programme the first in Qatar, Dr Hamouda stated, adding, “we provide the industry with the largest percentage of ME and IE engineers”. Dr Hamouda also noted the Department’s success in securing research awards which in 2009 totalled QR23.5m. Other achievements were a 125 percent increase in student enrolment; 36 percent of students on the Dean’s List; and graduates who are achieving very high GPAs. The Department also boasts the first female engineering student who graduated in 2006, Dr Hamouda said. Department faculty published over 62 papers in 2009, he added. The Open Day included a presentation by senior year student Zainab Ismail on the Undergraduate Research Experience (UREP): A Student’s Perspective.