Posted on February 18, 2016

Twenty-four (24) undergraduate students from Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) will benefit from a collaboration with Boeing in which they will be provided technical support to build Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for air quality monitoring.

In the project which runs from February 14 to May 29, the students are required to build a fixed-wing UAV to be fitted with air quality health monitoring sensors. Technical overview of the UAV design will be provided by Boeing as well as technical support and mentorship. The UAVs will be tested and evaluated in May by a panel of judges from Boeing and industrial partners at Al Khor airfield. Students will be assessed on the aircraft’s flight performance and its ability to accurately gather environmental data. The final testing will be followed by an awards ceremony at QU in May.

Commenting on the collaboration, QU VP & CAO Dr Mazen Hasna said: “We are pleased to partner with Boeing in this initiative which will benefit QU engineering students in strengthening their skills and help them design and build Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. This collaboration underlines QU’s ongoing efforts to develop partnerships with international leading institutions from the field of science and technology, and enrich its students’ experience to become the next generation of professionals equipped to handle scientific challenges, in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.”

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Boeing Middle East, North Africa and Turkey president Mr Bernard Dunn said: “Boeing is a strong supporter of Qatar’s national development goals including skills development. We are keen to interest the next generation of Qataris in STEM fields and careers such as aerospace. Projects like this help Qatar University students build those types of skills and passion, while also addressing a critical environmental concern.”

CENG dean Dr Rashid Alammari said: “This project is every budding engineer’s dream and to be supported and mentored by experts in the field is an invaluable opportunity that will enhance his/her career aspirations. At CENG, we continue to provide our students with experiences and opportunities that heighten their skill, creativity and enthusiasm as they prepare themselves towards future exciting and fulfilling professional roles and responsibilities in the engineering field.”

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