Posted on March 10, 2016

Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation, invites members of the community to a distinguished speaker talk on “Examining connections: Natural gas production, methane emissions, and climate” by Professor David T. Allen (pictured) from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. The event, which is open to the public, will take place at the Cinema in the HBKU Student Center from 11 AM – 1 PM on Thursday, March 10th.

Dr. Allen is the author of seven books and over 200 papers, as well as a recipient of a number of awards including the Research Excellence Award in the Sustainable Engineering Forum from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He has written widely on topics such as coal liquefaction and heavy oil chemistry, with much of his work in the past decade focused on urban air quality, the engineering of sustainable systems, and the development of materials for environmental and engineering education.

The seminar will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn more about natural gas production in the United States and North America’s energy landscape. Dr. Allen will discuss environmental issues related to “fracking”, shale gas, and oil production, sharing data from recent field studies on the emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas. 

The public lecture is a first for HBKU’s College of Science and Engineering (CSE), which launched Masters and Ph.D. programs in sustainable energy, sustainable environment, and biological and biomedical sciences last year. In support of the university’s goal to educate the future leaders of Qatar and offer innovative, interdisciplinary programs targeted to meet the needs of the country, HBKU’s CSE also has plans to introduce a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Computer Science and Engineering, as well as Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Bioengineering, Cybersecurity, and Data Science and Engineering in the future.

To learn more about the event, as well as HBKU’s diverse program offerings in the sciences, please visit