During the last academic year, 20 high school students from different schools in Qatar explored district cooling engineering by participating in a program organized by Texas A&M University in Qatar, a partner university of the Qatar Foundation, in collaboration with Qatar Cool .
During the program, Keeping Cool with Qatar Cool, students learned about various topics including pump physics, heat transfer and heat exchangers, water and energy conservation, thermodynamics, refrigeration, water purification and reverse osmosis. During each lesson, students worked on hands-on projects such as building water fountains, making swamp coolers, creating hydroponic systems, studying refrigeration components, and creating filtration systems. and water purification with an economic analysis of their designs.
The students also visited the Qatar Cool factory, which helped participants understand how district cooling works and the engineering behind it. The students researched solutions to clean or reuse the refrigerant gas in Qatar Cool factories or develop a more environmentally friendly method of venting the gas to the atmosphere, as part of their final project.
Karima Ahmed, a student at ACS International School Doha, said, “I was interested in the program because it would help me explore engineering more. I aspire to become an engineer, so it was very important for me to have real experience in the field. I expected to be challenged and pushed to do my best in each class. Throughout the course I constantly felt challenged, I had to be a good communicator and work well with my team to create complex solutions. For interested students, this program offers the best real-world engineering experience. If you’re not sure if engineering is the right path for you, this course shows you what engineering is and what it looks like in real life.
Hasan Zubeidi, a student at Qatar Academy Doha, added, “I would personally describe my journey with the ‘Keeping Cool with Qatar Cool’ program as extremely inspiring and informative, as well as fun.
It wasn’t just physics and math that I learned in class, but also the actual application of those concepts. Every aspect of a solution was taken into consideration during the program, and we relied heavily on the engineering design process that our supervisors taught and explained to us.
Overall, I would say this experience was eye-opening and inspiring. I was introduced to the world of engineering, a world that I had no idea was so vast and deep. Thanks to this, my incredible team and our excellent supervisor, Ms. Katbeh, I can confidently say that I will pursue a career in engineering or at least in STEM. »
The program was developed by TAMUQ’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Center to give students first-hand insight into how district cooling works in Qatar from the industry experts who [do it]. STEM experts Tala Katbeh ’15 and Benjamin Cieslinski led the program with contributions and some lessons from Qatar Cool.
Katbeh said, “The Keeping Cool with Qatar Cool program is one of a kind, and it was exciting to see how the students were actively engaged in the learning process. As an educator, I am very proud to have been able to help prepare the next generation of future engineering leaders in Qatar. We are also grateful for the support Qatar Cool has provided to make this a valuable experience for the students.
Qatar Cool CEO Yasser Al Jaidah commented on the program: “Innovation and scientific advancements are growing rapidly, creating demand for innovators. It is our next generation who will lead the way and build a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technical culture, students must expand their STEM skills to levels beyond what was deemed acceptable in the past. STEM education creates critical thinkers and enables the next generation of innovators. We are pleased to have been involved with Texas A&M in this program. As a rich organization of engineers from all disciplines, we know the value of STEM education and the invaluable role our future engineers will have in sustaining and improving the efforts we put in place. We look forward to continuing to work with institutes and students, helping to train and develop our future engineers. »
At the end of the program, students were recognized for their outstanding efforts. Bayan Khraisheh, Hasan Zubaidi, Karima Ahmed and Yaman Adwan received the best teamwork award, while JLina Elzeini, Rama Al Hamidi, Sana Al Hamidi and Zeid Kailani received the best presentation award for the efforts of their team in the final project. Wafaa Ismail received the Outstanding Citizen Award, Bartosz Werla received the Curiousest Award, and Karima Ahmed received the Best Engineering Notebook Award.
About Texas A&M University in Qatar
Since 2003, Texas A&M University has offered undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering in Qatar Foundation’s Education City, and graduate degrees in Chemical Engineering since Fall 2011 Texas A&M in Qatar has awarded nearly 1,400 degrees. All four undergraduate programs are accredited by ABET’s Engineering Accreditation Commission, www.abet.org. Professors from around the world are drawn to Texas A&M in Qatar to educate the next generation of engineering leaders in Qatar and to conduct research worth more than $277.7 million that addresses issues important to the state from Qatar. Visit www.qatar.tamu.edu.
About Qatar Cool
Qatar Cool is the leading district cooling company in Qatar, with The United Development Company (UDC) as the majority shareholder. Since its creation in 2003, Qatar Cool has aimed for operational excellence in all aspects of its business. Over the past 19 years, the company has developed strong technical and operational experience and refined its approach on both the business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) fronts.
Qatar Cool owns and operates four cooling plants spread across two major districts in Qatar. Three of the cooling plants are located in the West Bay district, with a combined cooling capacity of 92,500 tons of refrigeration.
The fourth cooling plant is located on the Pearl Qatar, a 41 million square foot man-made island. Pearl Qatar’s plant is the largest in the world with a cooling capacity of 130,000 tonnes of refrigeration. Qatar Cool’s fifth cooling plant in the Pearl of Qatar is under construction and will service the Gewan Island development. The cooling plant has a capacity of 18,000 tons of refrigeration.
In 12 years, Qatar Cool has saved more than 2.9 billion KWH, enough energy to power more than 12,000 homes in Qatar for a year. Energy savings, when converted to CO2, represent over 1.6 million tonnes of reduced emissions. To put that in perspective, that’s like planting over 20 million mature trees, those trees would fit into nearly 57,000 football stadiums, or to look at it another way, that’s comparable to removing over 315 000 cars off our roads.