Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) and the Institution of Engineers, India (IEI) launched the Centenary International Engineering Congress (CIEC) at Qatar University to discuss several topics related to “Smart Engineering – State of the Art Technologies in Oil & Gas and Infrastructure Development.”
The opening session featured speeches by QU president Dr Hassan al-Derham, Indian ambassador P Kumaran, IEI president Dr TM Gunaraja and chief adviser partnerships, Dr Nabeel al-Salem from Qatar Foundation Research, Development, and Innovation.
Dr al-Derham said, “It is an honour to attend the International Engineering Congress in partnership with the Institution of Engineers, India, which has been active in promoting professional activities, supporting students and spreading technological activities across India since its inception in 1920. The conference will shed light on the latest innovations and technology in the engineering sector in the presence of experts and professionals from Qatar, India and other countries across the world.”
Kumaran stated that “it is a moment of pride for the entire engineering community in India and in Qatar, as we celebrate the 100th year of the IEI. The IEI is the largest multidisciplinary professional body encompassing 15 engineering disciplines, and provides a robust platform for sharing and exchanging professional ideas and knowledge. It has a vast membership base and operates through its 123 centres located across India and six overseas chapters, including Qatar.
CENG dean Dr Khalid Kamal Naji said, “The conference will discuss different advanced and state-of-the-art technologies and technological innovations of integrated engineering processes for the development of petrochemical and civil infrastructure.”
Dr al-Salem, delivered an insightful talk highlighting Qatar Foundation’s leading role in establishing a nation-wide culture of research, and fostering a vibrant ecosystem of research, development, and innovation in Qatar. “Through this ecosystem, QF RDI nurtures and empowers students, researchers, technologists, and professionals to contribute in novel and innovative ways. We recognise that the next logical step from research and development is innovation and commercialisation. Qatar Science and Technology Park,  home to some of the largest global technology companies and promising startups, takes pride in its 10 years of impactful achievements for Qatar,” noted Dr al-Salem.
“Since its inception, the Qatar Chapter of IEI has been rendering dedicated and uninterrupted professional services to the engineering community of Qatar, consistent with its vision and objectives for the last 29 years. Key activities include regular technical seminars and workshops, promoting the general advancement of engineering and technology, while also providing a platform for rich technical interactions that support the continuous professional development of the engineering community of Qatar,” added Gunaraja.
IEI also celebrated Engineer’s Day at Al Dana Club, West Bay, observed worldwide on  September 15 annually.