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The Attributes of Future 2030 Engineers in Qatar for Innovation and Knowledge Based Economy

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2016 ASEE International Forum


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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Concurrent Paper Tracks Session II Skills Development

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Mahmoud Abdulwahed Qatar University

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Dr Mahmoud holds BSc, MSc, and PhD in electrical, control and systems engineering; he completed his postgraduate studies in Germany, Sweden, and the UK. His main expertise is in Innovation, Transfer, and Education where he is ranked 14th Globally in the field of Engineering Education in last three years in terms of indexed publications in Scopus (2013-2016 period). Mahmoud worked in the UK before joining the College of Engineering at Qatar University in Fall 2011 as a faculty member, he was seconded from the College to the Office of Vice President and Chief Academic Officer in Spring 2013 where he worked as Adviser and then Manager of Strategic Initiatives & Innovations; his role focused on inception, coordination, and/or management of several strategic initiatives and innovation based practices across campus and in selected colleges. These included "Foundation of Excellence Initiative", "First Year Experience Implement Initiative", "Students At-Risk Initiative", "Technology Enhanced Learning Initiative", etc.; he also drove inception/approvals of several entities including the "Office of Strategic Initiatives & Innovations" with the VP & CAO office, the "Instructional Technology Support Unit" with OFID, and worked with the College of Engineering on inception/approval of the "Technology Innovation & Engineering Education (TIEE) Department ”. Mahmoud received several fellowships, from University of Technology Sydney, University Science Malaysia, and from USA Department of State (DoS) Professional Fellows program. He published 60+ peer-reviewed conference and journal articles, and attained a number of industry research funds, academic recognitions, awards, and best papers distinctions. He published on aspects related to Internet of Things (IoT), digitally enabled learning, innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, design, ethics, constructivism, competencies, Knowledge Based Economy/Society (KBEs), etc.

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Recent studies emphasize the needs of a wider set of skills engineers require than ever thought. These studies continue to emphasize that technical content knowledge and competencies are essential for any engineer; however, in addition to being well-grounded in mathematics and science, 21st century engineers should be well-shaped in broader knowledge-base and diverse personal/ interpersonal key-skills. Qatar is increasingly investing in knowledge development within its boundary, either through home grown manpower or through collaborative efforts from research centres from around the world. The investigation aimed to get overview of three main folds: 1- needed skills and content knowledge currently and in the future, 2- perception of potential transformations in light of Qatar National Vision 2030, and 3- perceptions in regards with academia-industry collaboration. Interviews with students, faculty, and representatives from the major industrial sectors in Qatar have been conducted. In this paper, findings from quantitative and qualitative investigation are reported. Quantitative analysis relied on comprehensive survey with multiple stakeholders from industry and academia, while qualitative analysis is constructed based on content analysis and grounded theory approaches. Consensus has emerged among different stakeholders on a set of skills needed for engineers, such as: communication, teamwork, problem solving, life-long learning, etc. In this paper, authors report on the empirical study investigating the needs of skills in engineering in Qatar, currently and in the future. Gaps have been identified, conceptualization is developed, and recommendations have been drawn upon.

Abdulwahed, M. (2016, June), The Attributes of Future 2030 Engineers in Qatar for Innovation and Knowledge Based Economy Paper presented at 2016 ASEE International Forum, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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