Posted on May 15, 2016

Qatar University (QU) Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering (CSE-CENG) honored students Hamad Mohsen Andilah and Abdulrahman Meshan Al Marri, and supervisor Mohammed Khair Al-Issa from Mohammed Bin Abdulwahab Independent Secondary School for Boys for their first-place win in its recent Annual Computing Contest.

2nd place finalists were Mohammed Salem Al Qahtani and Ali Shehab Al Diri also from Mohammed Bin Abdulwahab Independent Secondary School for Boys and supervised by Al-Issa, while 3rd-place went to Abdulaziz Ahmed Al Sulaiti and Khalifa Mubarak Al Sulaiti from Nasser Al Attiya Independent Secondary School for Boys supervised by Essam Al KhatibThe contest which was sponsored by QAPCO drew 48 teams of 96 students from 19 schools. It required students to program a robot that will perform tasks within a limited time. Leading up to the final day, the students attended workshops, and met with QU faculty members who visited the schools and provided guidance on competition rules and guidelines.

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CENG dean Dr Khalifa bin Nasser Al-Khalifa honored the winners and thanked QAPCO for supporting CENG’s efforts in its initiatives to educate Qataris nationals and deliver the STEM experience to the younger generation towards achieving Qatar National Vision 2030. He stressed the importance of strengthening relations with secondary schools to promote awareness of CENG programs, and help develop their computing skills in general and robot programming in particular. He added: “This competition is an educational and fun initiative that challenges students to deliver high-quality computing projects using engineering, maths, physics and science processes. Students gain valuable insight into computing which will hopefully encourage them to pursue their studies in the field and at our college”.


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QAPCO managing director and CEO Dr Mohammed Yousef Al Mulla said, “It is critically important that we support events and activities that promote engineering and technology to students as it will help ensure our country’s future competitiveness and pave the way for a new generation who shares our passion for engineering. I congratulate all the participants and thank Qatar University and CENG for offering stimulating STEM activities that make a difference to the future of engineering in Qatar".

CSE head Dr Sumaya Al Maadeed said “This competition represents an opportunity to discover students’ talents and capacities and encourages them to deliver projects of a high caliber”.