Professor Nimir O. Elbashir, the director of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Gas and Fuels Research Center (GFRC), a professor at Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ), and the director of the TAMUQ Fuel Characterization Lab, has been appointed to become the Petroleum Engineering Program Chair at TAMUQ, effective July 1, 2018.
Elbashir joined the chemical engineering faculty at TAMUQ in 2008 and was promoted to professor in 2016. In February 2015, he was appointed as an associate professor of petroleum engineering in addition to his position in chemical engineering, becoming the first Texas A&M at Qatar faculty member to hold a joint appointment in another program. This joint appointment has contributed to building more synergy among faculty members and promoted academic and research collaborations between the two programs.
His research interests are related to the design of advanced reactors, catalysts, and conversion processes for natural gas, coal, and CO2 to ultra-clean fuels and value-added chemicals. In his role as the director of the TEES Gas and Fuels Research Center, he leads multidisciplinary research projects involving chemical engineering and petroleum engineering faculty and staff, as well as other faculty members from multiple departments and colleges at the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas. He directs the ORYX GTL Gas-to-Liquid Excellence Program and Texas A&M at Qatar’s Fuel Characterization Lab, which supports major research activities in the advancements of synthetic fuels and chemicals obtained from natural gas in collaboration with industry and several world-leading academic institutions.
About Texas A&M University at Qatar
Since the fall of 2003, Texas A&M University at Qatar has offered Bachelor of Science degrees in chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and petroleum engineering. Texas A&M at Qatar also offers two graduate degrees in chemical engineering: a Master of Science (M.S.) and a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.). In addition to engineering courses, Texas A&M at Qatar provides instruction in science, mathematics, liberal arts and the humanities. The curriculum offered at Texas A&M at Qatar are identical to the ones offered at the main campus in College Station, Texas. Courses are taught in English and in a coeducational setting.
About the Texas A&M University at Qatar Petroleum Engineering Program
The Petroleum Engineering Program at Texas A&M University at Qatar, a part of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, is home to 35 faculty members, more than 700 undergraduate students, and nearly 400 graduate students. With a rapidly expanding research program, external funding is sourced from a wide range of governmental and industry sources.