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Building Human Capacity to Meet Demand for Engineers and Scientists in the Middle East and North Africa (other)

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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K-12 & Pre- College Engineering Division Poster Session

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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26.306.1 - 26.306.12



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Hamid R. Parsaei Texas A&M University at Qatar


Brady Creel Texas A&M University at Qatar

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Brady Creel is project manager for the Office of Academic Outreach at Texas A&M University's branch campus in Doha, Qatar. The Office of Academic Outreach oversees K-12 and pre-college STEM enrichment programs, in addition to teacher professional development and strategic school partnerships, via the Texas A&M University at Qatar Initiative in Engineering Leadership, Innovation and Teaching Excellence (ELITE).

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John S Small Texas A&M University at Qatar

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Building Human Capacity to Meet Demand for Engineers and Scientists in the Middle East and North Africa (other)Several countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have been investingsubstantially in the past two decades to promote STEM disciplines among young and upcomingtalent. One of the long-term goals for countries in the region is move rapidly from ahydrocarbons-based economy to a knowledge-based economy, and many nations have compiledstrong credentials to support advancement toward those goals. The State of Qatar is one suchcountry that has benefited from substantial investment made by the government to educate thenext generation.A centerpiece of those efforts is Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and CommunityDevelopment. Qatar Foundation, established in 1995, has been an active leader in importingeducation and expertise to jumpstart Qatar’s knowledge-based economy, and __________University at Qatar is one of the six American university campuses established in QatarFoundation’s Education City in Doha, Qatar, to offer degree programs that support Qatar’s broaddevelopment goals.__________ University at Qatar offers ABET-accredited undergraduate degrees in chemical,electrical, mechanical and petroleum engineering, and has proven itself as one of the leadingacademic institutions in the region. A major pursuit of __________ University at Qatar is todevelop and implement STEM enrichment programs for both students and teachers atelementary, middle and high school levels. Thanks to strong support from the industrial sector,__________ University at Qatar has been successful in developing and implementing suchoutreach programs through its Initiative in Engineering Leadership, Innovation and TeachingExcellence (ELITE), which has become an organizational fulcrum for marshaling campus-widecollaboration in support of STEM enrichment, and for developing the external partnershipsnecessary to fund such efforts.This paper summarizes some of the recent projects implemented in Qatar by __________University to promote STEM disciplines among the next generation to support Qatar’stransformation to a knowledge-based economy. Further, it documents findings about translingualmessaging and marketing strategies designed to stimulate interest in STEM disciplines amongyoung people in the MENA region.

Parsaei, H. R., & Creel, B., & Small, J. S. (2015, June), Building Human Capacity to Meet Demand for Engineers and Scientists in the Middle East and North Africa (other) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23645

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