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A New Vision for Enginering Education

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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International Division Technical Session 1

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24.80.1 - 24.80.8



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Hamid R. Parsaei PE Texas A&M University at Qatar

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Hamid R. Parsaei is Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University (College Station) and also Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Texas A&M University at Qatar. He is a registered professional engineer (PE) in Texas and a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). He has published more than 200 articles in peer-refereed archival journals and conference proceedings. He also served as editor for three international academic journals and five book series. His research, in excess of $22 million, has been funded by numerous government and private institutions.

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Nimir Elbashir Texas A&M University at Qatar

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Dr. Elbashir is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) and the Director of Texas A&M University Gas & Fuels Research Initiative (an initiative for a major research center involves 17 professors from Texas A&M University College Station Campus and Texas A&M Qatar Campus from both Chemical and Petroleum Engineering departments). He has over 16 years of research and teaching experience. His research activities are mainly focused on design of advanced reactors and processes for the gas to liquid (GTL) technology, and development of catalysts for the petrochemical and environmental industry besides development of engineering education models. He holds several US and European patents and tremendous publications in form of peer reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings as well as conference and industry technical reports publications. Dr. Elbashir completed research studies on design of reactor technology and applied catalysis for several world-leading companies (BASF Corporation, and SABIC R&T). He is currently leading a research team with multi million dollars fund in collaboration with researchers from nine prestigious universities around the globe and with scientists from world-leading industries. The scholarship of his research activities has been recognized by Qatar Foundation’s 2012th Best Energy & Environment Research Program of the Year in addition to several awards and recognitions from the Gordon Research Conferences; BASF Corp.; the 3rd International Gas Processing Symposium; Shell; the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; and Texas A&M University.

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A New Vision for Engineering Education Hamid R. Parsaei and Nimir Elbashir Texas A&M University at Qatar, Education City of Qatar Foundation, PO Box 23874, Doha, QatarTexas A&M University opened a branch campus in the Education City of Qatar Foundation in2003 by offering Bachelor of Science degrees in four engineering majors: chemical, electrical,mechanical and petroleum. The curricula offered at Texas A&M University at Qatar arematerially identical to the ones offered at the main campus in College Station, Texas and coursesare taught in English in a coeducational setting. The main objective of Qatar campus is tosupport Qatar’s development by educating engineers to contribute to the Qatar National Vision2030. As the nation strives to develop a knowledge-based society, the University recognizes theprofound need for highly skilled engineers to lead the next generation of discovery. Theuniversity developed a unique model for engineering education entitled “the Initiative inEngineering Leadership, Innovation and Teaching Excellence (ELITE)” to promote partnerships,collaboration and discourse that contribute to educating and preparing young people to addressQatar’s, the region and the world grand challenges of tomorrow. Considering the urgent needs inthese companies and global corporations for qualified engineers this model has generously beensupported by the Qatar Foundation and by the local and the global industry corporationsinvesting in Qatar and the region. This initiative is composed of several programs that includeadvanced engineering education models, recruitment efforts from high school students to scienceand engineering in addition to community service activities. The recruitment efforts to ouruniversity started with partnering with local and international schools to enhance science,technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to prepare the students to the universitystudies. This activity involved as well special programs to provide professional development forhigh school teachers of math, science and technology to enhance their teaching effectiveness. Onthe other hand, many of our engineering programs start refining the University’s engineeringcurricula to ensure they meet Qatar’s evolving needs and to advance students’ knowledge infields of common interest to industry in Qatar, the region and the world. The focus in this areaaccompanied by bolstering teaching, research and outreach in energy, the environment,sustainable technologies, ethics, project management and other related topics. Because of localindustry and government institutions support of this program significant number of ourundergraduate students are able to engage in well-funded research programs in energy,petroleum, communications and other fields relevant to the Qatar National Research Strategy.Furthermore, the University encourages our undergraduate students to undertake internships andcooperative learning experiences that increase their soft skills and hands-on experience thatwould guarantee their success in the workplace. This paper will highlight the success storiesfrom this program as per the experience of our students and our alumni who are working inseveral sectors in Qatar and the region and the world since 2008. On the other hand, this paperwill discuss the challenges and the potentials of this program to become a unique model for thefuture engineering education programs.

Parsaei, H. R., & Elbashir, N. (2014, June), A New Vision for Enginering Education Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--19972

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