Posted on March 10, 2016

Qatar University Center for Advanced Materials (QU-CAM) yesterday held its 7th Materials Science and Engineering Symposium on March 10. The symposium was organized in conjunction with Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ), and was sponsored by Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO). Under the theme “Academia and Industry: Fostering Innovation through Collaboration”, the symposium brought together over 100 researchers, academics and industrial experts. It aimed to promote dialogue and exchange of ideas among experts from various disciplines, as well as identify and address prospects for future interdisciplinary collaborations.

Attendees included QU QAPCO polymer chair Prof Igor Krupa, and QU Qatar Fuel Additives Company Limited (QAFAC) chair Prof Syed Zaidi, University of Cambridge head of Electric Carbon Nanomaterials Group Dr Krzysztof Koziol, TAMUQ regents professor Prof Dallas Little, QAPCO Learning & Development manager Eng Abdulla Naji, as well as QU and TAMUQ faculty, students and staff. QU VP for Research and Graduate Studies Prof Mariam Al-Maadeed and TAMUQ vice dean Dr Eyad Masad (pictured) delivered the welcome remarks at the opening ceremony.

Keynote speaker QAPCO chief operations officer Mr Yousuf Rebeeh presented on “Academia and Industry: Fostering Innovation through Collaboration”. The program agenda comprised a panel discussion on “Key to Successful Industry-Academia Partnerships”, and 8 sessions presented by experts from CAM, TAMUQ, Cambridge University, Qatalum, Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre (QSRTC), and Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute (QEERI).

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Topics included “Innovative method for Polymer Stabilization of Soils”, “Role of Nanotechnology in Erosion Protection”, “Aluminium & Non-hydro Carbon Industries -- An Educational Experience in Qatar”, “Direct Methanol Fuel Cell: A Sustainable Green Energy Technology”, “Impacting Qatar for a Sustainable Energy Future: Building Stronger Connections between Industry and Academia”, “Structural Health Monitoring: Selected Case Studies”, and more.

The event also included presentations by two QU materials science and technology Masters students Abdullah Holozadeh and Sara Ahmad. They gave an overview on their working experience with the industry as part of their MSc thesis. Prof Mariam Maadeed said: “One of the primary research aims of Qatar University is to expand the relevance of research it carries out and effectively employ it to overcome local challenges, which necessitates industry-academia collaboration.”

Dr Masad said: “The partnership between Texas A&M University at Qatar and Qatar University continues to grow stronger and more strategic. We are highly appreciative of the support from QAPCO that made it possible to continue to organize the materials symposium and develop partnerships with the industry.” Abdullah Holozadeh said: “I strongly believe that working on an industrial research project is vital to realize the connection between research activities and industry demands. My project has helped me gain valuable insight into the waste recycling area. I would like to thank QU and Qatalum for giving me an opportunity to solve real-world problems through top quality research.”