5 schools make it to QU college’s Challenge Race
DOHA QATAR University’s College of Engineering (CENG) has named five schools that will go on to compete in the Challenge Race—the final contest of its Life Is Engineering Project (LIEP) 2012. The project is run by the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and is one of the initiatives of the college to foster interest among high school students in science and engineering.
Omar bin Al Khattab Secondary Independent School for Boys, Al Shahaneya Secondary Independent School for Boys, Hamad bin Abdullah bin Jassim Secondary Independent School for Boys, Tareq bin Zeyad Secondary Independent School for Boys, Khalifah Secondary Independent School for Boys, and Al Furqan Secondary Independent School for Boys have been selected from among 13 schools that participated in the project.
While announcing the names of the schools selected for the contest, Head of LIEP Organising Committee Khaled al Athbah expressed his appreciation of the support provided by the sponsoring companies Ras Gas (gold sponsor), QAPCO, Dolphin Energy and Qatar Shell (silver sponsors) and Williams F1, and Qatar Motors and Motorcycle Federation (strategic partners).
In the run-up to the final selection, student representatives from all the participating schools attended workshops conducted by the LIEP team and several industry partners on such topics as health and safety, road engineering, engine dynamics, aerodynamics, LNG and Kit Car Assembly.
Led by the Head of LIEP 2012 Activities Committee Eng Omar al Jamal and assisted by Ali Alsamhari and Mohammed Ali Aroussi, the contest engaged students in answering test questions on assembling of cars.
MIE Head Dr Saud Ghani said that his department was pleased to see the level of popularity that the project had come to enjoy among schools in Doha. To promote greater interest and attract more students next year cars would be assembled at schools, said Ghani. “The assembly of cars will be done under the supervision of CENG faculty members and technical teams from sponsors,” he added.
Head of LIEP Media Committee Abdullah Attiya noted that they had received positive feedback and messages of appreciation from schools about the project and the experience and knowledge their students gained. “As a result of LIEP, students have now more awareness of our engineering programmes, and have picked up a number of important skills such as leadership, teamwork and communication that they will carry through their personal and professional life,” he said.
The selected schools have already started their internal workshops for assembly of cars in preparation for the Challenge Race in April. “All cars will be tested at QMMF before being allowed to join the race to ensure that they are safe, well-assembled and suitable for racing, Eng Attiya,” said.