Posted on May 19, 2015

A group of female students from Qatar University visited ExxonMobil Research Qatar (EMRQ) at the Qatar Science & Technology Park last week. The students who took part in the visit are currently undergoing degrees at Qatar University’s College of Engineering, and Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences.

Qatar University female student 1 [].jpgThe visit, which was organized in collaboration with Qatar University’s Career Services Center (CSC),comes as part of ExxonMobil Qatar’s ongoing collaboration with Qatar University, and emphasizes how the company provides the university’s students with opportunities where they can see science in action, and experience the work that is done at the center in support of scientific research and the use of ground-breaking technology. 

During the visit, the students toured EMRQ’s laboratories, which include an advanced 3D virtual environment used to conduct research on a system to train workers in the oil and gas industry in an immersive, simulated environment. The goal is to create a realistic training experience similar to training simulators used to train pilots in flying a plane under both normal and emergency situations.

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The students also listened to presentations on EMRQ’s water reuse, environmental management, and geology programs; and judging from the barrage of questions that followed, there was no shortage of interest from the group, particularly regarding the environmental management and geology programs. Activities such as the tour underscore ExxonMobil Qatar’s local strategy to support sustainable educational programs,specifically in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In line with the Qatar National Vision 2030, ExxonMobil Qatar is committed to advancing education in Qatar, all towards helping develop and nurture a skilled and productive workforce that can support Qatar’s main economic activities.

“We at the Career Services Center, continue to provide QU students with on-site experiences that add value to their current studies and motivate them to make informed decisions on their future careers. This visit at ExxonMobil was an invaluable opportunity for them”, CSC Acting Director Maha Al-Marri said.

“A key goal for ExxonMobil is to help develop the next generation of scientists and engineers, and this can only be achieved through close cooperation between academia and industry – hence our ongoing collaboration with Qatar University,” said Abdullatif Al-Naemi, National Development Manager for ExxonMobil Qatar.  “We hope that the tour of ExxonMobil Research Qatar helped increase the students’ interest in science and engineering, and that it will help influence their future career decisions as they make their way into the workforce.”

Qatar University female student 3 [].jpgMaitha Ali Al-Naimi, who is studying chemical engineering at Qatar University, described the visit by saying, “I really enjoyed the visit to ExxonMobil Research Qatar last week.  I particularly liked meeting the scientists and researchers there, and to see how incredibly passionate they are about their work.” “This experience showed me the extensive possibilities that lie before me as an engineering major, and all the wonderful ways new technologies and innovative products can keep any industry fresh and alive,”she added.

EMRQ exemplifies how ExxonMobil provides the energy to drive human potential and support research, safety, health and the environment, in line with the Human and Environmental Development Pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030.