Posted on June 29, 2016

Muna Al-Mohannadi, a senior reservoir engineer in the Reservoir Depletion Studies section of RasGas Company and a Class of 2010 petroleum engineering graduate of Texas A&M University at Qatar, has been named the branch campus’ first-ever Alumnus of the Year.

Al-Mohannadi joined RasGas Company’s Reservoir Engineering Section in July 2010 after earning a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M at Qatar. During her first two years at RasGas, she successfully completed rotational assignments in Geoscience & Petrophysics, Production Engineering, Drilling & Completions, and Business Support as part of her development plan. In 2014, she moved into the Reservoir Depletion Studies section to enhance her skills in reservoir modeling.

Al-Mohannadi was nominated and chosen for the award for her workplace success and for her contributions to Texas A&M at Qatar. Since graduating from Texas A&M at Qatar, she has been an active and visible member of the local Society of Petroleum Engineers community. She also has been proactively supportive of the petroleum engineering program at Texas A&M at Qatar through her involvement in the Petroleum Engineering Industry Advisory Board, as well as her contributions to senior student design projects and poster presentations. She has been invited to speak at SPE events in the past, has given papers at the annual International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC), and plays an active role in supporting women and their professional development in the region.

“I see myself as leading,” she said. “Not a leader just by acting in a leadership role, but by showing other Qatari ladies that if I can do this, they can do this as well. It’s not impossible. I’m lucky to work for a very supportive company, and if you know that what you do is appreciated, you will keep doing it, and that’s key. Qatari ladies—any other ladies—if they see the support, they will rise and they will shine.” Al-Mohannadi was recognized at Texas A&M at Qatar’s alumni suhoor at the Ritz-Carlton Doha on 23 June. More than 150 faculty, staff and former students of Texas A&M at Qatar attended the event, which aimed to encourage graduates to connect and stay involved with the branch campus. Interim dean Dr. Ann L. Kenimer congratulated former students on being fine examples of Texas A&M at Qatar.

“Aggie engineers are uniquely positioned to help Qatar achieve the goals set out in the Qatar National Vision 2030,” Kenimer said. “Aggie engineers are starting businesses, breaking down gender barriers, developing the sustainable technologies of the future, devoting themselves to community service, and so much more. We celebrate each and every one of your successes as you work to make a difference in Qatar and around the world.”

Organized in collaboration with the Texas A&M at Qatar Alumni Council, the alumni suhoor also focused on the newly established Al Shaheen Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to students studying at Texas A&M at Qatar. This scholarship fund creates an opportunity for current and former employees of the Qatar campus — as well as former students — to contribute directly to the education of young people in Qatar.