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TAMUQ receives 23 research awards
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TAMUQ receives 23 research awards

Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) has received 23 research awards and bagged the three recognition awards of the Qatar National Research Fund’s (QNRF) National Priorities Research Programme (NPRP) at the QNRF Seventh Annual Research Forum.
TAMUQ received 23 awards from a total 120 chosen for funding from 869 projects submitted by 29 institutions in Qatar. TAMUQ’s awarded projects span its degree programmes in chemical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and petroleum engineering, as well as its science programme.
“Our research is contributing new knowledge, which is critical for the foundation of a knowledge-based economy,” said Dr Mark H Weichold, dean and CEO, TAMUQ. “This latest round of awards and recognition from QNRF demonstrates the high quality of research conducted at TAMUQ and the world-class caliber of our faculty and research staff.”
TAMUQ researchers and its research office were also singled out for major awards.
Dr Haitham Abu-Rub, professor and chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Programme, was named Best Researcher of the Year for his productivity in high-impact journals. 
Abu-Rub is also managing director of the Smart Grid Center – Extension in Qatar and a chief scientist at Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI). In the past year, he published 25 journal papers, 11 conference papers, one book and four patent disclosures. An expert in the area of power electronics, renewable energy, smart grid and AC drives, Abu-Rub was awarded QNRF NPRP Exceptional Proposal recognition in 2013 for a $4.6mn project to improve solar power conversion.
Receiving the Best Research Project for 2015 was TAMUQ’s Dr Tingwen Huang, professor in the 
Science Programme. 
Huang and his research team investigate the dynamics, optimisation and control of neural networks, chaotic dynamical systems, complex networks, and control and optimization of memristors (electronic resistors with memory) and smart grid, all of which are critical to development of Qatar.
TAMUQ’s research administration office was also honoured, being named Best Research Office for the third time in the past four years. TAMUQ’s research office is responsible for vetting research proposals that are submitted to QNRF for funding and managing the awarded research projects. Research Office employees include Cynthia Richmond, Anu Kuriakose, Kathleen Bates, Anjum John, Daryl Daniel, Abdul Azeem Thadil, Erin Kinne, Smitha
Abraham and Gerald Cruz.
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