Conference on Advances in Engineering Materials held
Sharjah - The conference focused on many aspects of traditional and high performance materials.
Under the patronage of His Highness Dr. Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah,the American University of Sharjah organised The Eighth International Conference on Advances in Engineering Materials (IMS/8).
The conference focused on many aspects of traditional and high performance materials, including their properties, behaviour, production and quality control, in addition to promoting global collaboration among faculty, students, engineers and managers on advances in engineering materials.
In his opening remarks, Dr Leland Blank, Dean of the College of Engineering (CEN) welcomed the delegates and emphasised the UAE's diverse education system, in which students are exposed to liberal arts and a technical education, either in science, engineering, business, or architecture. "This sets the stage for our engineering programme at AUS," said Dr Blank. He also thanked all the support received from the people who organised the conference, as well as the sponsors including Sharjah Research Academy, Sahara Communications and BASF. Dr Adil Al Tamimi, Professor of Civil Engineering and Co-chair of the conference, also expressed his appreciation to all the delegates attending and thanked the supporters for their efforts in making the conference a successful event.
Dr Mufid A. Samarai, Senior Advisor at Sharjah Research Academy, Government of Sharjah also addressed the conference. In his keynote presentation, he emphasised the UAE's leading role in sustainability in the region and envisaged that within the next ten years no consultant, contractor or material supplier will be able to find a market in the field of construction in the UAE if he doesn't completely address sustainability and green buildings in his work.
Among more than 100 participants, keynote speakers of the conference also included Dr Mohammed Farid of the University of Auckland and Dr Zahid Qamar of Sultan Qaboos University, both of whom made significant contributions to the topics discussed.