Texas A&M University at Qatar signed with Qatar and Qatar Environment & Energy Institute (QEERI) a Memorandum of Understanding, 3 May, at the Engineering building at Texas A&M University at Qatar for the appointment of joint faculty.
The agreement aimed to further strengthen the existing partnership between the two institutions, achieve further cooperation in the areas of research and development and create initiatives in the interest of students and faculty members.
Dr. Mark H. Weichold, Texas A&M at Qatar dean and CEO, said, “We are very proud of the appointment of joint faculty as it holds tremendous potential, as it enhances the capabilities of both institutions and facilitates collaboration. This appointment means a sharing of expertise and resources to build the critical mass necessary to tackle research on Qatar’s Grand Challenges. It will allow our branch campus faculty and researchers to work as chief scientists at QEERI as we work to build capacity in the State and the region. It will also allow for the sharing of research facilities.”
“Joint faculty will participate in research projects, lead research groups at QEERI, work on research proposals, industrial partnerships, conferences and other scholarly activities, as well as work in QEERI labs and facilities.”
The agreement will also utilize the framework of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Smart Grid Center in Qatar and the Qatar Sustainable Water and Energy Utilization Initiative.
Dr. Mohammad Khaleel, QEERI’s executive director, said, “The joint appointment between QEERI and Texas A&M at Qatar is a great demonstration of Qatar Foundation’s ability to optimize resources and capitalize on the talents across QF entities to solve problems related to the national grand challenges in energy and water. Texas A&M at Qatar is a great partner and we are very proud to have joint appointments so faculty, students and scientists can work on daily basis together on projects of national impact.”
The efforts of these groups will be directed by Dr. Haitham Abu-Rub, professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering program and director of the Smart Grid Center; Dr. Patrick Linke, professor and chair of chemical engineering program and Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Wahab, professor of chemical engineering program and Itochu professor of engineering program. These joint appointments will place each of these outstanding faculty and researchers as chief scientists at QEERI.
“It is a privilege to work closely with QEERI and to shape leading research programs as foundations for economic and environmental sustainability. Dr. Linke said.
“Expanding the knowledge-base towards enabling the more efficient use of energy, water and other previous resources is crucial to the national development goals of the State of Qatar. With my experience in energy and water management and my expertise in process design and systems engineering, I hope to make positive contributions towards enhancing resources management and also process and technology innovation together with colleagues at QEERI.”
Dr. Abdel-Wahab, said, “I am delighted to have joint appointment with Qatar QEERI because this appointment will allow me to work more closely with my colleagues there on performing cutting-edge research and developing innovative solutions related to water security grant challenges. The combined expertise and experience at both institutes are complementary and broad and this appointment will further the partnership and joint collaboration between Texas A&M at Qatar and QEERI towards supporting long-term national programs on water and energy security.”
“A Joint appointment usually brings many advantages that will unify the available resources and capabilities and will help boosting our success. It is instrumental to avoid duplicating the resources and efforts and to efficiently utilizing our full potential. Abu-Rub said. “Collegiality is also an advantage of joint appointment. For us in Qatar this move is crucial toward effectively addressing grand research challenges and responding to Qatar National Vision 2030. I thank all those who helped in making this move a reality and hopeful we will see it on wider scale for Qatar benefit.”
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