Posted on November 03, 2017

The College of Engineering at Qatar University (QU-CENG) recently hosted a lecture on “The challenges and opportunities to be faced by the next generation of engineers in the coming 40 years”, in collaboration with Hilson Moran.

The event was chaired by QU Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Student Chapter. It aimed to provide a brief on the history and background of sustainability from an engineering perspective, as well as an overview of the main challenges that the future generation of engineers will face in their profession. Attending the event were CENG Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department Head Prof Elsadig Saad, Hilson Moran Regional Director Mr Matt Kitson and Principal Sustainability Consultant Mr David McKenna, as well as representatives from CENG.

The event’s program included presentations delivered by CENG Associate Professor Dr Ahmad Sleiti and Mr David McKenna. They presented on “How new technologies and design techniques must be adopted in order to achieve the Qatar National Vision 2030 and beyond” and “Overview of QU’s project for the International Solar Decathlon Event involving the development of a house powered entirely by the sun”. Commenting on the lecture, CENG Dean Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa said: “This type of lectures help find solutions for the challenges that might face the future generations of engineers considering sustainability and smart systems. Engineers need to be equipped with the most modern techniques based upon regional and global perspectives to move towards the knowledge-based economy and make a huge difference to the future of technology and engineering.”

Dr Ahmad Sleiti noted that the Solar Decathlon is an international competition created by the US Department of Energy in which universities from all over the world meet to design, build and operate a grid-connected, energetically self-sufficient house. The houses use solar energy as the only energy source and are equipped with all the technologies that permit maximum energy efficiency. He said: “The goal of the Solar Decathlon initiative is to contribute to the knowledge and dissemination of industrialized, solar and sustainable housing, to raise awareness, encourage professionals, educate the general public, promote architecturally attractive solar system integration, and clearly demonstrate that high performance solar homes can be comfortable, attractive and aff

Mr Matt Kitson said: “Doha has come a long way in the last decade and in order to achieve the Qatar National Vision, Qatar must strive to develop better quality, healthier and more efficient buildings and communities.” Mr David McKenna said: “Some of the key technologies discussed during the lecture include electric and autonomous vehicles, renewable and conventional energy, modular construction, advanced intuitive building management systems, and designing with virtual and augmented reality.”