Texas A&M at Qatar and QSRTC establish Qatar Shell Professorship
Mar 16, 2016
Doha, March 16, 2016: Texas A&M University at Qatar and Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre (QSRTC) have signed a two year agreement creating the ‘Qatar Shell Professorship’ which will honor an outstanding professor at Texas A&M at Qatar to support academic, development and research activities in the field of Energy and Environment.
The signing ceremony took place at Texas A&M at Qatar and was attended by Dr. Ann L. Kenimer, the Interim Dean of the branch campus, and Youssif A. Saleh, Vice President of Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre, Qatar Shell.
As part of the agreement, QSRTC will fund the Qatar Shell Professorship, the goals of which will be to develop greater understanding of issues relating to Energy and Environment and facilitate the integration these concepts in the academic syllabus at Texas A&M at Qatar. The collaboration would also allow faculty to enhance their research programs and encourage discussions about these topics with key stakeholders and the public in Qatar, as well as promote their scientific results worldwide.
The designated professor will have at least 15 years of post-qualification experience, a Ph.D. related to Energy and Environment and a record of active and continuing scholarship and specialization in the field of Energy and Environment.
The Qatar Shell Professorship agreement is the latest in a series of collaborations between QSRTC and academia to increase its knowledge-transfer to local universities. QSRTC’s goal is to broaden Qatar’s research capacity, such as the Memorandum of Understanding signed with Texas A&M at Qatar to strengthen a partnership already spanning ten years in the fields of technology, science, research and development. This relationship has yielded numerous productive initiatives, including the Aviation Fuel Consortium, GTL Jet Fuel Program and the Shell-Eco Marathon Competition. In addition, an R&D agreement signed in 2014 with Texas A&M at Qatar seeks to find innovative solutions for the management of water, brine and salt at Pearl GTL.
Commenting on the agreement, Dr. Kenimer said: “This collaboration demonstrates our determination to work hand in hand with QSRTC to enhance our research capacity and create new research and development opportunities at our branch campus. We believe that QSRTC is a valuable partner in our quest to promote long term and sustainable solutions in the field of energy and environment.”
Youssif A. Saleh, Vice President of Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre, Qatar Shell, said: “We are extremely proud to once again collaborate with Texas A&M at Qatar. Qatar Shell Research & Technology Centre (QSRTC) works closely with universities and schools to develop local Qatari talent and enhance technical capabilities, therefore delivering sustainable impact in support of the Qatar National Vision 2030.
Its programme of dynamic collaborations with both the local and international academic community enables Shell to remain steadfast in its support of the QNV2030 and the Qatar National Research Strategy.
QSRTC is the anchor tenant at Qatar Science and Technology Park, where it is playing a vital role in shaping the future of R&D in Qatar, through ground-breaking research and thought-leadership.
About Texas A&M University at Qatar
Texas A&M University, recognized as having one of the premier engineering programs in the world, has offered undergraduate degrees in chemical, electrical, mechanical and petroleum engineering at Qatar Foundation’s Education City campus since 2003, and graduate courses in chemical engineering since fall 2011. Texas A&M at Qatar has awarded more than 635 degrees since 2007. In addition to engineering courses, Texas A&M at Qatar provides classes in science, mathematics, liberal arts and the humanities. All four of the engineering programs offered at Texas A&M at Qatar are accredited by ABET. The curricula offered at Texas A&M at Qatar are materially identical to those offered at the main campus in College Station, Texas, and courses are taught in English in a co-educational setting. The reputation for excellence is the same, as is the commitment to equip engineers to lead the next generation of engineering advancement. Faculty from around the world are attracted to Texas A&M at Qatar to provide this educational experience and to participate in research activities now valued at more than $224 million, and that address issues important to the State of Qatar. Visit www.qatar.tamu.edu.
About Qatar Shell
Shell is the largest international investor in Qatar having invested USD 21 billion over the past decade. Qatar Petroleum and Shell have jointly delivered two of the largest energy projects in the world in Ras Laffan Industrial City. Pearl Gas to Liquids (GTL) is the world’s largest GTL plant and cements Qatar’s position as the GTL capital of the world. At an investment of up to USD19 billion it represents the largest single investment in the Shell Group’s global portfolio.
The Qatargas 4 Liquefied Natural Gas project (QP (70%) and Shell (30%) combines Shell’s global leadership in LNG with Qatar’s position as the world’s largest LNG supplier.
Shell has established a world-class research and development facility and a learning centre, the Qatar Shell Research & Technology Centre, at the Qatar Science & Technology Park. Shell has a financial commitment to invest up to USD100 million on programmes in support of energy and the environment at the Centre over a 10-year period.
Qatar Shell contributes to the objectives of the Qatar National Vision 2030 not only through our economic investments, but also through our investments in national talent and capability development, both internally through the professional development of our Qatari employees, and externally through our extensive Corporate Social Responsibility programme, positively impacting Qatar, in partnership with Qatari institutions.