Texas A&M University at Qatar
Texas A&M University at Qatar Joint Advisory Board
The Joint Advisory Board (JAB) of Texas A&M University at Qatar was established May 25, 2003, between Texas A&M University and Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development to provide advice regarding the management and operation of Texas A&M at Qatar the Dean and CEO and to Qatar Foundation. The JAB is primarily responsible for ongoing review and evaluation of the success of Texas A&M at Qatar.
Joint Advisory Board Members
His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, PhD — Chairman
Former Minister of Energy and Industry, State of Qatar
N.K. Anand, PhD — Vice Chair
Vice President for Faculty Affairs, Texas A&M University
Alan Sams, PhD
Interim Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer, Texas A&M University
John E. Hurtado, PhD
Interim Vice Chancellor and Dean of Engineering, Texas A&M University
Interim Agency Director, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES)
Mohamed Salem Al-Marri
Executive Vice President of Projects, Engineering and Procurement Services, QatarEnergy
Bill Bullock, Jr.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, ConocoPhillips
President and General Manager, ExxonMobil Qatar
Mounir Hamdi, PhD
Founding Dean, College of Science and Engineering
Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Francisco J. Marmolejo
Higher Education President and Education Advisor, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF)
César O. Malavé, PhD, PE
Dean, Texas A&M University at Qatar
Ioannis G. Economou, PhD — Secretariat
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies, Texas A&M University at Qatar
Texas A&M University at Qatar Administrative Officers
The leadership of Texas A&M University at Qatar is responsible for the vision of the campus. This vision is simple: to be the premier provider of engineering education in the region, a significant contributor to knowledge internationally and an essential resource to the State of Qatar.
César O. Malavé, PhD, PE
Ioannis G. Economou, PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies
Hassan S. Bazzi, PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Research and Advancement
Violet M. Johnson, PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Hazem Nounou, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Studies
Assistant Dean for Finance and Administrative Services
Texas A&M University at Qatar Program Chairs
Patrick Linke, PhD
Chemical Engineering Program Chair
Erchin Serpedin, PhD
Electrical Engineering Program Chair
Bernard Lamel, PhD
Director, Division of Arts and Sciences
Marwan Khraisheh, PhD
Mechanical Engineering Program Chair
Albertus Retnanto, PhD
Petroleum Engineering Program Chair
Texas A&M’s branch campus in Qatar, part of the 2,500-acre multi-institutional campus known as Education City, formally opened on September 7, 2003, offering undergraduate degree programs in chemical, electrical, mechanical, and petroleum engineering. Texas A&M’s engineering program is widely considered among the best in America, and the curricula offered at the Qatar campus are materially the same as those offered at the main campus located in College Station, Texas. Texas A&M University at Qatar is fully funded by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development and provides a unique opportunity for the University to expand its international presence and provide educational and research opportunities for faculty and students.
The mission of the Qatar campus is to develop exemplary engineers and leaders through internationally recognized undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Texas A&M at Qatar generates new knowledge and intellectual capital through innovative research and collaborative partnerships that yield sustainable impacts. In all of its efforts, Texas A&M at Qatar serves the needs of the State of Qatar and the region through broad expertise and engagement that expands human capital.
Qatar Foundation and Education City
Founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, who was then the emir and now is the father emir, the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development’s guiding principle is that a nation’s most valuable natural resource is its people. The foundation’s symbol is the Sidra tree, whose deep, solid roots reflect the foundation’s regard for Qatari culture and whose fruits carry the seeds of hope for a better tomorrow.
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser serves as chairperson of the Qatar Foundation and guides the nonprofit organization’s programs and philosophies. Among those philosophies is a commitment to making Qatar a world-renowned center for higher learning.
To that end, the Qatar Foundation’s most visionary undertaking, Education City, was founded in 1997. The 2,500-acre complex in Doha, Qatar, boasts state-of-the-art facilities and a forward-thinking agenda that has enticed some of the world’s top universities to open branch campuses. In 2003, Texas A&M at Qatar joined Virginia Commonwealth University School for the Arts and Weill Cornell Medical College in offering undergraduate degree programs at Education City. In 2004, Carnegie Mellon University came aboard, followed by Georgetown University in 2005, Northwestern University in 2008 and HEC Paris in 2011. It is also the home of Hamad bin Khalifa University. In addition, the Qatar Science and Technology Park, an extensive, state-of-the-art research complex, is providing opportunities for research partnerships between business, government and academic institutions.
The missions of Education City are clearly defined: to prepare world-class graduates capable of assuming professional leadership positions in Qatar, throughout the Gulf region, and around the world, and to make Qatar a world leader in higher education and cutting-edge research. Texas A&M at Qatar is proud to take part in achieving the goals of the Qatar Foundation, which so closely resemble its own commitments to education and community service.