QU College of Engineering Appoints Four Research Chairs

Doha, November 04 (QNA) – Qatar University’s College of Engineering (CENG) has appointed four new Research Chairs to enhance its research and academic portfolio, the university said Sunday.
 The new chairs Dr Simon Judd, Maersk Oil Professorial Chair in Environmental Engineering; Dr Attilio Petruccioli, Msheireb Properties Chair in Architecture; and Dr Sadok Sassi, Oryx GTL chair in Mechanical Engineering join Dr Peter Van Den Broeke, Qatargas Chair in Chemical Engineering.
 The aim of the positions is to support engineering students in research and other academic projects as well as to provide a link between education and industry, CENG Acting Dean Dr Rashid Al Ammari said.
 Commenting on the appointments, Dr Al Ammari said, “We are proud to co-operate with these companies whose confidence in the College reflects the quality of our programmes and research initiatives. In appointing these Chairs, we are responding to the growing needs of the industry for qualified graduates who will contribute towards
fulfilling the objectives outlined in Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy 2011-2016.”
 Dr Judd will work alongside faculty in the Department of Environmental Engineering, and support the College’s Master’s in Environmental Engineering programme. He will contribute to teaching and delivering seminars, research, project supervision, research procurement and programme development in the area of oil and gas industry wastewater treatment. His goal will be to establish an internationally-recognised center of research and development in produced water treatment technology at the college.
 Dr Judd’s appointment follows the agreement signed in March 2011 between QU and Maersk Oil Qatar to establish a dedicated faculty chair to support offshore environmental studies with a focus on protecting Qatar s marine habitats.
 Dr van den Broeke has joined a group of CENG chemical engineering faculty to set up a long-term project on carbon capture and utilization in association with Qatargas and other industrial partners. His duties include teaching a technical elective course to undergraduate chemical engineering students on natural gas processing, supervising
graduation research projects on carbon capture, and initiating a collaborative project on carbon management with Qatargas. He will also spend a few days per month at Qatargas in Ras Laffan to establish and execute the joint project on carbon management and related matters.
 Dr Petruccioli’s contribution is aimed at graduating qualified Qatari nationals to work in the design professions as they relate to creating responsive environments amenable to meeting environmental needs, heritage and historical constraints, and social and cultural aspirations of the Qatari society.
 He will deliver public lectures, and conduct specialized workshops to the professional community of architects to enable them to find appropriate solutions for responsive design parameters mandated by the unique peculiarities of Qatar in terms of climate, culture, and society. The ultimate objective of these activities is to develop an architectural language exclusive to the context of Qatar while addressing positive regional and global implications.
 Dr Sassi will develop and implement programmes of research and consultancy, present several workshops, provide technical advice in engineering education, and supervise summer training activities, in addition to other scientific activities commensurate with the needs of ORYX GTL. (QNA)