Texas A&M University Qatar and Maersk Oil Qatar recently announced that a team of Qatari high school students won the top prize at the annual Summer Engineering Academy (SEA).
SEA is an elite STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program organized by the university and oil company. The winning students had developed an innovation that could be used for extracting oil from oil reservoirs. The team was made up of six students: Fajer Almarzooqi, Fatma Al Abdulghani, Fay Al Sulaiti, Moza Al Kuwari, Saoud Al Abdulla and Muneera Al Sulaiti.
“I am extremely happy with the students and their performance,” Dr. Nayef Alyafei, a graduate of the university and current faculty member and team mentor, said. “Although they are grade 11, they are showing us all the necessary raw skills to be excellent engineers in the future. I am very happy with this summer engineering academy experience as it is doing its job by letting the students experience how to be engineers and giving them this option to explore engineering before pursuing it as a career.”
The SEA event occurred simultaneously with the Future Engineers Program, which featured more than 30 Qatari students developing space-related projects.