The 4th High School Wooden Bridge Competition organized by the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) ended with a closing award ceremony on April 5 in which Qatar Banking Studies and Business Administration Independent Secondary School for Boys was named the winner.
The competition which was sponsored by Qatar Aluminum (Qatalum) and Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) also saw 2nd place awarded to Doha Secondary Independent School for Boys and 3rd place to Al Shahaniya Preparatory and Secondary Independent Schools for Boys. Attendees included CENG Dean Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa, CENG Associate Dean for Development and Industrial Relations Dr Saud Ghani, CENG Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering Acting Head Dr Mohammed Farouk, QAPCO Capability Building Manager Ms Fatima Al Saadi, and Qatalum Public Relations Manager Mr Ibrahim J Fakhri, as well as CENG faculty and staff.
16 schools and over 50 Qatari students participated in the competition which started last November. It is one of several high school outreach programs conducted by CENG to motivate students to join the field of engineering in general and civil engineering in particular. It involves teams using sticks and glue to construct model bridges. Selected teams were visited by department senior students, teaching assistants and faculty who provided guidance and advice on their designs. They also paid a visit to the department for follow-up assistance.
Commenting on the competition, Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa said: “This competition is part of CENG collaboration with industry and its commitment to target community members to get them aware of its various programs and activities. Through this competition, CENG is reaching schools and students to motivate them to develop their skills in the field of engineering, which will contribute to preparing national engineers who will be able to fulfill the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.” Dr Mohammed Farouk said: “The competition aims to promote civil engineering skills among Qatari secondary school students by providing them with the opportunity to test and design small bridges and make use of imagination to come up with innovative bridges that can bear loads. This competition is a way to showcase the principles of civil engineering to participants, to highlight its importance to life and industry, and to attract distinguished Qatari students to the civil engineering program.”
Mr Ibrahim J Fakhri said: “These events help encourage students to go for professional paths related to engineering and mathematics which are critical skills to achieve success and excellence in the 21st century. Qatalum sponsors the Wooden Bridge Competition as part of its commitment to support all efforts to build human capacity in line with Qatar National Vision 2030, the Human Development Pillar, and the vision of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani aiming at increasing the number of Qataris in the national economy. It is also part of the Qatalum’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program which strives to enhance efforts at all levels to build a knowledge-based society in Qatar.”
QAPCO Managing Director and CEO Dr Mohammed Yousef Al-Mulla said: “At QAPCO, we recognize the importance of encouraging our students to learn more about engineering and work tirelessly with our educational partners to develop and nurture the outstanding young talent that we have in Qatar. I would therefore like to congratulate the College of Engineering at Qatar University for organizing this program as it is of great benefit to the students and introduces the concept of engineering in a practical and applied way. This is very important if we wish to inspire and encourage them to study the subject to a higher level and to ultimately pursue a career within the oil and gas industry.”