Posted on December 26, 2016

Seventy-Five (75) Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) students from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) participated in a workshop on road safety issues in Qatar. The event is part of a senior level course on Project Engineering partially supported by QU Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center (QTTSC).

The students were divided into 15 groups. They each provided a presentation on road safety issues in Qatar. Highlighted topics focused on driver’s behavior in terms of the use of seatbelts, mobile phone texting while driving, and use of car seat for new-borns and children. Commenting on the event, CENG Dean and QTTSC Director Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa said: “The event comes in line with CENG commitment to engage students on the importance of road and traffic safety in Qatar. It also underlines the College’s continuous efforts to provide students with various opportunities through which they can strengthen their teamwork, communication and organizational skills which will serve them in good stead in their future professional endeavors.”

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CENG Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Professor Dr Shaligram Pokharel said: “Road safety in Qatar is an important issue in terms of public health concern as per the Qatar National Road Safety Strategy (2013-2022). Road safety is a shared responsibility of road users, road and traffic system developers and rule enforcers. The strategy mentions some of the areas of high concern in terms of road users such as the driver’s behavior with regard to the use of seatbelts and child restraints. Therefore, there is a need to continuously raise road users’ awareness on road safety issues.”

He added: “The students presented their projects on Qatar’s road safety to raise community awareness on road safety issues that they face in real life and to provide them with efficient solutions to avoid them. The students are learning the techniques and tools of project management which enable them to translate their projects and apply their knowledge to real life issues.” Student Laila Taha said: “This course is about project engineering and achieving all deliverables at one time taking into consideration the cost and duration. We studied the issue of road safety and identified the main causes of accidents in Qatar.”

Student Sara Al Rumaihi said: “This project engineering course has contributed to supporting my research and to enhancing my presentation skills in a way that will help me to further make more studies in this area.”

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