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A team of high school students who investigated a phenomenon in the oil industry that can make it difficult to recover oil won ‘Best Engineering Research Project' in the third annual Summer Engineering Academy organised and hosted by Texas A & M University at Qatar (Tamuq) and Maersk Oil Qatar.
The Summer Engineering Academy, an elite 10-day STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) enrichment programme, is part of the Dhia: Engineering Leaders partnership between Texas A & M at Qatar and Maersk Oil Qatar that aims to attract young Qataris to STEM fields, which are critical to the success of the Qatar National Vision 2030.
The winning team comprised of Eric Frohlich, Fatima Alnajar, Mohab Bosila, Saidatul Zairin, Salma Ibrahim and Sara Al-Banna from Raba'a Al-Adawiya Secondary Girls School, International School of London-Qatar and International School of Choueifat. A team that designed a smart helmet to help monitor the health of Qatar's construction workers during intense summer heat won the ‘Outstanding Technical Communication' award.
Alya Alkawari, who won the ‘Best Presenter' award, said, 'The Summer Engineering Academy provided me with the opportunity of exploring the STEM fields more than before, especially since this project emphasizes on a certain major offered at Texas A & M University at Qatar, Alkawari said.
Dr Nayef Alyafei, assistant professor of petroleum engineering and himself a graduate of Texas A & M at Qatar, led the winning team with Dr Mohamed Fadlelmula. Both said they were impressed with the progress the students had made during the two-week program. 'As a teacher, my role is to make sure the next generation of scientists and engineers is inspired and that they do well, Alyafei said. 'These students were excited to learn and they liked what they learned, it's so rewarding to see them appreciate the beauty of science and engineering.
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