Posted on February 23, 2015

Two student teams from Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) will take part in the Shell Eco-Marathon (SEM) Asia, an energy efficiency competition which will be held in Manila, Philippines from February 25 and March 1.

Students from the College’s departments of mechanical, electrical and industrial engineering will participate in their ultra-energy-efficient vehicles among 105 student teams from 15 countries across Asia and the Middle East. They are Abdulhadi Jaralla Al Qahtani, Ahmed Saleh Janahi, Ajad Hossain Howlader, Elrumisa Hassan Mohamed, Gehad Essam Desouky, Sirine Koubaa, Hamad Jassim Al-Bahar, Mohammed Talal El-gergawi, Khalid Ali Al-Qahtani, Abdulrahman M Al-Hamadi, Ibrahim M Al-Mulla, Mohammed A Abdulla, Luma Shalabi,  Nour Alhouda Zargayoun, and Sherouk Mohamed Morsi.

It is the 4th time CENG has sent teams to the Shell Eco-marathons and will continue its tradition of participating in the Prototype category in which teams are responsible for various aspects of the vehicle’s design, such as the chassis, body, steering, power transmission and electrical systems. CENG dean Dr Rashid Al Ammari said: “Our students are being given an invaluable opportunity in the Shell Eco-Marathon to build teamwork and communication skills while tackling a real-life engineering problem. They are applying the engineering knowledge they have gained in class. We look forward to hearing great news about their performance in the competition”.

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Rob Sherwin, Deputy Country Chairman, Qatar Shell said: “We are very pleased to see Qatar University once again participating in Shell Eco-Marathon Asia. It is very impressive to see the high-level of detailed preparations and innovative thinking that the students have demonstrated in the design and assembly of the vehicles. Eco-marathon provides a great opportunity for students to experience what it’s like to translate their engineering skills to tangible products, and to work as teams to find solutions for current issues that face the industry and the world."

The Shell Eco-marathon program is one of the world’s most innovative and challenging student competitions held annually in Europe, America and Asia where university student teams from around the world are challenged to design, build and compete with energy-efficient vehicles.  The program encourages students to develop innovative vehicles that exemplify fuel-efficiency and the future of transportation. Teams complete the 15km competition distance on a teaspoon full of fuel and the team that goes the furthest distance using the least amount of energy is the declared winner.  The current record in the eco-marathon for a gasoline prototype vehicle stands at 4,896.1 kilometers on a single liter of fuel – the equivalent of driving from Qatar to Paris.