Posted on March 23, 2019

Texas A&M University at Qatar and the Center for Advanced Materials (CAM) at Qatar University recently celebrated the 10th edition of the Materials Science and Engineering Symposium, which is supported by the Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO).

Since its inception, the Materials Science and Engineering Symposium has become a valuable platform through which researchers, academics and industry professionals can discuss the latest trends and advances in materials science and engineering. The objective of the symposium is to promote dialogue and exchange of ideas among experts from various disciplines, as well as identify and address prospects for future interdisciplinary collaboration.

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The 2019 symposium addressed the theme, "Sustainable Engineered Materials — The Way Forward," to support grand research challenges as identified in the State of Qatar’s National Vision 2030. Dr. Nasser Alnuaimi, director of CAM, highlighted the importance of this symposium by presenting accomplishments achieved by the center. He hopes the conference in the future, year after year, continues to maintain and sustain the research and technology advancement in Qatar in industry and academia. Alnuaimi emphasized the need for such symposiums that gather industry and academia experts, which will lead to a robust and quick development of both sectors in Qatar. 

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The event featured distinguished keynote speakers from Texas A&M University and Fudan University in Shanghai, China, as well as invited speakers from Texas A&M at Qatar, Qatar University, Qatar Shell Research, and Technology Center, the Qatar Environmental and Energy Research Institute and Qatar Petroleum. A panel discussion with experts from industry and academia focused on developing new industries based on sustainable engineered materials. Several undergraduate researchers from Qatar University and Texas A&M at Qatar also presented their work during the symposium, with the aim of motivating them to be future leaders in the area of materials science.

Symposium co-chair and Texas A&M professor Dr. Eyad Masad said, “The continuation of the materials symposium for 10 years is clear evidence of the maturity of the research culture in Qatar and the strong collaborations among academic institutions and industry. This symposium has generated ideas that have led to several multiyear research collaborations among various entities in Qatar.”