Posted on May 19, 2015

Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) awarded scholarships to Saifaldeen Khalid Mattar and Ali Salah Shurair from Ali Bin Jasim Bin Mohamed Al-Thani Secondary Independent School for Boys to pursue studies at the Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) department for their first place win in the recent Annual Computing Contest. Seventy-nine teams comprising 158 students from 35 schools participated in the contest that requires students to program a robot that will perform tasks within a limited time. In the lead up to the final day, the department held two workshops on March 7 and 14 to orient participating schools on competition guidelines and to provide supervision on students’ projects.

At the awards ceremony on May 9, CENG Dean Dr Rashid Al Ammari applauded the winners and their supervisor Mr Mohammed Ahmed Elsied Ibrahim as well as the 2nd and 3rd place finalists respectively Mahmoud Esameldin Sewify and Yahya Hamdy Abdelatty from Tarek bin Zeyad Independent Secondary School for Boys supervised by Mr Ahmad Salah Azazi and Shahd Iyad Alroobi and Kheloud Khaled Zayed from Amna bint Wahab Independent Secondary School for Girls supervised by Mrs Ola Mohammed Othman.

Dr Al Ammari thanked contest sponsors QARCO, Dolphin Energy and ExxonMobil for supporting CENG’s efforts to prepare Qatari engineers who can bring the Qatar National Vision 2030 to reality. He highlighted the importance of this contest in reaching out to secondary school students, to raise their awareness of CENG programs and help develop their computing skills in general and robots programming in particular. “It is in line with CENG’s goal to produce graduates who are experts in computer science and engineering and to provide the industry with highly-qualified graduates in software and systems engineering, websites design and development, network engineering, systems security, and teaching IT”, he said.

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“Over the past few years, the Qatar University Computing Contest has successfully created a platform that engages and fosters a generation of future engineers, IT experts, and other professionals who will be tackling the challenges of the 21st century,” said ExxonMobil Qatar President and General Manager Alistair Routledge. “Qatar University has excelled in finding creative ways of getting school-age children excited about math and science, and we are delighted to continue our collaboration with the university, as we work to provide the energy that drives human potential and ultimately fuels progress.”

Dolphin Energy General Manager Qatar, Mr Adel Ahmed Albuainain said: “It is important that we support initiatives that contribute to the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the Computing Contest has given us the opportunity to do just that. By engaging and encouraging students to become future experts in science and engineering we hope to create leaders who will help shape the country’s future success. We have been proud to sponsor the Contest and I would like to congratulate the winners and all those who participated.”

CSE Head Prof Sebti Foufou said, "The Department is pleased with the growing popularity of the contest and looks forward to seeing what new innovations will be presented by the students in future contests”.