‘STEM education is vital to budding Qatari engineers’

 02 Oct 2017 - 3:27

‘STEM education is vital to budding Qatari engineers’
CENG Dean, Dr Khalifa Al Khalifa (right), Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the State of Qatar, Ajay Sharma (second rght); and QU President, Dr Hassan Al Derham.

The Peninsula

Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) yesterday hosted a discussion session entitled “A Day in The Life of An Engineer”, in collaboration with The British Council Qatar and BAE Systems.
Attending the event were, QU President, Dr Hassan Al Derham;  Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the State of Qatar, Ajay Sharma; CENG Dean, Dr Khalifa Al Khalifa; Director of the British Council Qatar, Dr Frank Fitzpatrick; BAE Systems Vice-President, Qatar John Taylor; and engineers and scientists from QU, as well as various local schools and members of the general public.
Panellists were Red Arrows Junior Engineering Officer, Flight Lieutenant Alicia Mason; CENG Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Associate Professor, Dr Samer Ahmed; and BAE Systems Engineer Jack Tucker. They discussed topics related to various areas of science and engineering.
Dr Khalifa Al Khalifa, said: “This event represents a networking opportunity between CENG, academia and industry to exchange ideas and expertise in a way that benefits students and gets them acquainted with modern technology, and puts them in close touch with international teams to develop their skills and improve their technical capacities.”
Dr. Frank Fitzpatrick, said: “Our work with young people in culture and education encourages them to realise their goals and supports the communities and society where we work. The Red Arrows is a professional, high quality aeronautical team, and we hope that seeing them perform will inspire young people to participate in innovative engineering and scientific programmes.”
John Taylor said: “STEM education is vital to encouraging young Qataris to embark on exciting and diverse engineering careers. Today’s panel discussion really showed what technical careers can hold for students, whether it is developing systems that provide the information to pilots to enable them to get the most from their aircraft such as head-up displays, or maintaining aircraft that makes it possible for teams like the Red Arrows to put on awe inspiring displays. We hope to have inspired some of the next generation of Qataris to pursue a career in a field that is not only exciting but is also important to creating a sustainable economic future for Qatar.”
Alicia Mason said: “The Red Arrows epitomise teamwork and showcase not only precision in the air but also engineering excellence on the ground by dedicated Royal Air Force technicians. This focus on delivering a world-renowned performance is the result of specialist training in the UK and across the vital subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM. My career has taken me all around the world and I am now looking forward to meeting people in Qatar to highlight the opportunities available to men and women in technical, STEM roles.”