Posted on April 15, 2015

Winners of the Qatar University (QU) 6th Gasna Competition were announced at a closing ceremony on April 9. The competition which is an initiative organized annually by the organization’s Gas Processing Center (GPC), drew the participation of more than 300 students and teachers from 100 independent and international schools, and included over 80 projects. This year’s competition was sponsored by QAPCO, Dolphin Energy Limited, ExxonMobil Qatar, RasGas, ConocoPhillips Qatar and QatarGas.

Attending the ceremony were QU College of Engineering (CENG) Dean Dr Rashid Alammari, GPC Director Dr Mohammed Almarri, ExxonMobil Qatar Environmental Researcher Nayla Al-Naema, Dolphin Energy Limited Director of Public & Government Relations Ajlan Eid Al Enezi, ConocoPhillips Research Scientist Eman Al Shamari, QAPCO Head of Academic Affairs Department Abdulrahman Sultan Aldarweesh, RasGas Process Engineer Hamad Al Bunain, and QatarGas Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Officer Rand Agha.

Winners of the 1st Category (KG- Grade 4) were Halimah Al Saadiah Independent School for Girls (1st), Newton International School-D-Ring (2nd), and Hajar Primary Independent School for Girls (3rd). 2nd Category (Grade 5 and 6) winners were Brooq Primary Independent School for Girls (1st), Jawaan Bin Jassim Model Independent School for Boys (2nd), and Al Khanssa Primary School for Girls the (3rd). Al Yarmook Preparatory Independent School for Boys won 1st place in the 3rd Category (Grade 7-9) followed by Osama bin Zaid Preparatory Independent School for Boys (2nd), and Umm Maabad Preparatory School for Girls (3rd).

4th Category (Grade 10-12) winners were Ali Bin Jassim Bin Mohammed Al Thani Secondary for Boys (1st), Al Khor Prep/Sec Independent School for Girls (2nd), and Umm Ayman Independent Secondary School for Girls (3rd). Winners of the Incentive Award were Al Falah Primary Independent School for Girls (KG-Grade 4), Al Huda Primary Independent School for Girls (Grade 5 and 6), Abdurrahman Bin Jassim Preparatory Independent School for Boys (Grade 7-9), and Amna Bint Wahab Independent Secondary School for Girls (Grade 10-12).

In his remarks, Dr Rashid Alammari said: “This national competition is one of several community service activities and outreach programs conducted by the College that engage students on innovation and creativity in science and engineering. It highlights QU’s vision to become a model national university in the region and promote a knowledge-based economy. These young students are the future generation of leaders and professionals, and it is critical that they start owning their future today.”

6th Gasna Competition winners 2 [].jpgQAPCO Vice Chairman & CEO Dr Mohammed Yousef Al Mulla said: “We need the youth of today to be excited about engineering. We need them to learn and understand more about what makes Qatar such a great industrial nation. This competition will help to realize this dream and to encourage the next generation of engineers and scientists to take up our vision and make it a reality. QAPCO is proud to be associated with Gasna, a great initiative that aims to increase the children’s understanding about the importance of gas and gas processing to the economy and the future of Qatar.”

ConocoPhillips Qatar President Gary Sykes said: “The annual Gasna Competition allows us at ConocoPhillips to reaffirm our commitment to Qatar and its future generations through extending our support in bringing another generation of young Qatari youth closer to their country’s key industry in an experience that will leave them better informed on its state-of-the-art technology, infrastructure, and the resources that are crucial to Qatar’s development.”

Ms Nayla Al-Naema said: “Qatar University has excelled in finding creative ways of getting school-age children excited about math and science. ExxonMobil Qatar is delighted to have found an ideal partner, as we work to provide the energy that drives human potential and ultimately fuels progress.”

Dolphin Energy Limited General Manager Mr Adel Ahmed Albuainain said: “Dolphin Energy takes pride in sponsoring and mentoring the young engineers, our future leaders. Since the launch of 6th Gasna Competition in December 2014 until today, we have witnessed courage, enthusiasm, excitement and team spirit among the participants. All the participating schools and teams are winners today for their hard work and time invested in this project. Gasna Competition achieved its goal by engaging our young students in science and engineering initiatives. We congratulate everyone involved and wish them success.”

Ms Rand Agha said: “As part of our corporate social responsibility program, we have been supporting this competition for the past few years and we are impressed by the fact that our efforts are paying off really well. The final projects, presented by students, bear testimony to this fact. We are hopeful that the competition will go a long way in encouraging the country’s younger generation to make their contribution towards the development of innovative projects for gas and related product technologies.”