Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the University of Sharjah, His Excellency Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, inaugurated the "2nd Annual Engineering Undergraduate Senior Design Project Exhibition" and the "1st Graduate Students Research Symposium." The events aim to showcase the designs and research projects of engineering students from the various disciplines that aim to serve the community.
The Exhibition featured around 40 designs including commercial and residential buildings, public areas development projects, and providing sustainable and innovative environmental solutions that combine modern technology and aesthetics.
The featured projects included work on solar photovoltaic (PV) energy, and a fuel cell power system with a water desalination unit to move ferries in a sustainable manner. Projects also included the design of a sustainable highway, the design of a central integrated solar vapor system and biomass system, the use of bio-polymer technology to improve soil, a project for the care of the elderly in the UAE, a project of thermal neutron imaging system for cultural heritage research, and a project of sustainable management of confectionery bakeries.
On the sidelines of the Exhibition, the College organized the "1st Graduate Students Research Symposium," which included 18 posters and 9 lectures for engineering students. The research of PhD students in Engineering Management included practical solutions to environmental and governmental management problems in Sharjah and the UAE in general. One study included a comprehensive assessment of the use of self-driving cars in the UAE as a promising future project.
Prof. Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Mechanical Engineering Professor, Co-Director of Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT in the US, and Member of the University of Sharjah's Board of Trustees, attended the inauguration along with Prof. Elsiddig Ahmed ElMustafa El Sheikh, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Prof. Maamar Bettayeb, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies; Dr. Salah Taher, Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs; Mr. Majid Al-Jarwan, Vice Chancellor for Public Relations; Prof. Abdul-Kadir Mohammed Hamid, Acting Dean of the College of Engineering; Dr. Ghazi Al Khatib, President of the Exhibition Organizing Committee; as well as a number of faculty and staff members from the College of Engineering, guests from the government and private sectors, and students.