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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

CENG to start research on technologies for Fifa 2022


By Fazeena Saleem
DOHA: Qatar University’s College of Engineering (CENG) is ready to begin research to contribute to the novel technologies needed for the World Cup 2022.
The research will be conducted besides other areas of investigations by the College of Engineering.
The research projects funded by the National Priorities Research Programme will focus on six main research areas – Energy and Environment, Materials and Nanotechnology, Renewable Energy, Biomedical Engineering, Liveable environment and Infrastructure
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
“The college is also contributing to the new technologies needed for World Cup 2022 from rail, metro systems, road transportation safety and engineering, to stadium structures, novel cooling systems and ICT,” Dr Mazen Hasna, Dean, College of Engineering, Qatar University told The Peninsula.
“I can see CENG researchers improving water desalination technology, making solar energy more economical and widespread; undertaking research on advanced material and nanotechnology; and making advancement in information and communication technologies,” said Dr Hasna.
In the fifth cycle of National Priorities Research Programme College of Engineering received 31 projects with total funds of about QR109.5m ($30m). The college has 120 National Priority Research Programmes (NPRP) with total grants of about QR365m ($100m). This is about 60 percent of total QU research funds.
“We are proud at CENG that our research portfolio has grown substantially over the past few years, and we are taking solid steps toward leading the research activities among all peer engineering schools in the region,” Dr Hasna said.
“The news of winning this large number of grants came after years of efforts in recruiting world class faculty members, establishing research groups, and improving research infrastructure at CENG,” he added.
The College of Engineering is focusing its research on areas of energy, environment, sustainability, materials, biomedical engineering and Information and Communication Technologies, where it can make an intellectual and societal impact.
The College of Engineering collaborates in building and sharing knowledge, and it has many prestige’ international partnerships and collaborations to succeed in globalising research.
The college has research collaborations with over 70 research institutions in Qatar and around the world.
“At CENG we are really going global by forming academic and research partnerships with leading universities at the same time we are preserving our national characteristics,” said Dr Hasna. The Peninsula