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Tamuq-QU symposium explores sustainable engineered materials

Tamuq-QU symposium explores
sustainable engineered materials

Tribune News Network
Texas A&M University at Qatar (Tamuq) and the Center for Advanced Materials (CAM) at Qatar University (QU) recently celebrated the 10th edition of the Materials Science and Engineering Symposium, supported by the Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO).
Since its inception, the Materials Science and Engineering Symposium has become a valuable platform where researchers, academics and industry professionals can discuss the latest trends and advances in materials science and engineering. The symposium aims to promote dialogue and exchange of ideas among experts from various disciplines, as well as identify and address prospects for future interdisciplinary collaboration.
The 2019 symposium addressed the theme ‘Sustainable Engineered Materials — The Way Forward’ to support grand research challenges as identified in the Qatar National Vision 2030.
Dr Nasser al Nuaimi, director of CAM, highlighted the importance of the symposium by presenting accomplishments of the centre. He hoped the conference in the future, year after year, continued to maintain and sustain the research and technology advancement in Qatar in industry and academia. Nuaimi emphasised the need for such symposiums that gather industry and academia experts, which will lead to a robust and quick development of both sectors in Qatar.
The event featured distinguished keynote speakers from Texas A&M University and Fudan University in Shanghai, China, as well as invited speakers from Tamuq, QU, Qatar Shell Research and Technology Center, the Qatar Environmental and Energy Research Institute and Qatar Petroleum.
A panel discussion with experts from industry and academia focused on developing new industries based on sustainable engineered materials. Several undergraduate researchers from QU and Tamuq also were given the opportunity to present their works at the symposium with the aim of motivating them to be future leaders in materials science.
Symposium co-chair and Texas A&M professor Dr Eyad Masad said, “The continuation of the materials symposium for 10 years is clear evidence of the maturity of the research culture in Qatar and the strong collaborations among academic institutions and industry. This symposium has generated ideas that have led to several multiyear research collaborations among various entities in Qatar.”