The College of Science and Engineering (CSE), part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University, is celebrating its "most successful cycle" of the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) Graduate Student Research Award (GSRA) programme yet, with 17 students receiving a scholarship.
The programme, now in its seventh cycle, was launched to promote the most deserving students QNRF believe will go on to promote a world-class research culture in Qatar, and who will contribute to the nation’s research and development mission.
Aisha Alrumaihi was one of the award recipients and said: “Ever since I graduated from my bachelor programme at CSE, obtaining a GSRA grant has been one of my biggest dreams. I hope to repay the faith shown in me by using this scholarship for the benefit of my university, society and the country in general.”
Aisha completed a master's in Sustainable and Energy at CSE, which gave her valuable experience that has benefited her career at Qatar Petroleum.
Shehel Yoosuf, who has an MS in Data Science from HBKU, said: “Receiving this scholarship award recognises the work I have done, especially in the past two years as a graduate student, and it will drive me to keep learning. I am currently focusing on machine learning and computer vision for crowd analysis."
Jassim Mohamed Almulla said: “It really is an honour to be recognised by such a respected organisation and it motivates me to give my best and meet the high expectations of QNRF.”
Jassim recently graduated from HBKU with a master’s in Analytics in Health Management.
Bader al-Sada completed his bachelor’s degree in Computer Networks and recently added a master’s in Cybersecurity at HBKU. He is currently working as part of the ICT team to create a prototype deployment of a blockchain-based transparent rewarding system to incentivise people to commit to confinement during Covid-19, using wireless location as a monitoring service.
He said: “My experience of studying at HBKU has been terrific, even with the difficult circumstances we have faced this year due to Covid-19. HBKU’s management of these circumstances, and the capability of the university to accomplish high quality learning remotely, has been very impressive"
Maryam Haji said: “I am very proud and absolutely honoured to receive a GSRA scholarship. I am confident that I will be a great exemplar to my peers and an asset to HBKU and the community.
“My research project is to develop a unique ‘resource atlas’ for Qatar based on the EWF Nexus Node concept.”
Maryam earned a bachelor degree in Industrial and System Engineering at Qatar University before receiving a master’s in Sustainability at HBKU with a GPA of 3.83.
Noora al-Emadi said, “My aspiration is to contribute to Qatar's vision in developing people and an economy based on knowledge and science. I hope to see Qatar become a pioneer in all fields, especially research and development.”
Noora was driven to continue studying at HBKU after receiving her master’s in Data Science and Engineering from the university earlier this year.
Dr Mounir Hamdi, founding dean of CSE, said: “CSE is committed to supporting the country’s endeavours in the fields of science, engineering, and technology and we are proud to see so many students receiving scholarships to study with us. It recognises our efforts to make a significant positive impact on Qatar, the region, and globally. In particular, it illustrates CSE’s ability to attract top-notch students into its graduate programmes.”
Dr Abdul Sattar al-Taie, executive director of QNRF, said: “QNRF would like to congratulate the 17 successful candidates and we wish them all the very best in successfully completing their proposed research towards their master’s/PhD degrees. We look forward to tracking their progress and witnessing their continued success.”
The full list of awardees is: Maryam Haji (PhD in Sustainable Energy), Aliya Banu (master’s in Sustainable Energy), Saif al-Hazbi (PhD in Computer Science and Engineering), Shehel Yoosuf (PhD in Computer Science and Engineering), Hagar Hussein (master’s in Data Analytics in Health Management), Yasmin Abdelaal (master’s in Data Analytics in Health Management), Hanaa Abbas (master’s in Cybersecurity), Osama Mousa (master’s in Information Systems in Health Management), Ali Abdelaal (PhD in Sustainable Energy), Noora al-Emadi (PhD in Computer Science and Engineering), Mishal al-Thani (PhD), Maryam AlHajri (master’s in Data Analytics in Health Management), Aisha Alrumaihi (PhD in Sustainable and Energy), Bader al-Sada (PhD in Computer Science and Engineering), Bashar Hassna (PhD in Logistics and Supply Chain Management), Jassim Mohamed Almulla (PhD in Computer Science and Engineering) and Manal Alkuwari (PhD in Logistics and Supply Chain).