Material Engineering

10/7/2015

The focus of the meeting was to expand on material technology knowledge in Qatar by enlisting international experts to share their research findings. Dr. Alan Turnbull of the National Physics Laboratory in the United Kingdom, and Dr. Morten Poulsen of the Danish Technological Institute in Denmark, presented to 30 of Qatar’s leading material technology specialists working in the energy sector.

October 7, 2015, DOHA – College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q) played host to local and international material engineering experts at a high-level meeting of the Forum for Material Technology in Qatar. The focus of the meeting was to expand on material technology knowledge in Qatar by enlisting international experts to share their research findings. Dr. Alan Turnbull of the National Physics Laboratory in the United Kingdom, and Dr. Morten Poulsen of the Danish Technological Institute in Denmark, presented to 30 of Qatar’s leading material technology specialists working in the energy sector. Further to this, Forum attendees met to develop the guiding principles of the group, which was created earlier in 2015. Since the inaugural meeting in April, the Forum has doubled in size drawing representatives from industry leaders, colleges and universities. Prior to this, there was no network for building capacity in the material technology field. Seeing this as an issue, CNA-Q engineering technology professor Hanan Farhat teamed up with Maersk Oil Qatar engineer Bruce Cowe to drive the Forum’s development.

“As Qatar’s oil and gas industry expands, so too does the need for material engineering to support it. The constant care and investment required to deliver safe, sustainable growth in infrastructure is dependent on sharing knowledge around the materials we build with,” said Hanan Farhat. “Establishing this network is extremely important to the industry, as the Gulf region has its own unique challenges given that the climate and environment here is completely different than other places in the world.” The Forum’s mandate is to establish a meeting platform for sharing best practices through peer-to-peer presentations, and encouraging joint industry research projects. The Forum aims to build a stronger material technology sector through safety, integrity, environmental protection and standardization. Since opening in 2002, CNA-Q has grown to offer over 35 diploma and certificate programs in Engineering Technology, Industrial Trades, Information Technology, Health Sciences and Business Studies. This year marks the 14th year that CNA-Q has been providing technical education in Qatar to support the State’s strategic vision to educate, develop and retain young Qataris.

 

 

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