PR | Winners of the 2017 ORYX GTL Post Graduate Student Awards All Educated in Qatar

PR | Winners of the 2017 ORYX GTL Post Graduate Student Awards All Educated in Qatar

PR | Winners of the 2017 ORYX GTL Post Graduate Student Awards All Educated in Qatar

Doha, Qatar – May 9, 2017: The esteemed 2017 winners of the 4th ORYX GTL Student Awards for the advancement of post-graduate education, which recognize outstanding individuals as future thought leaders who will contribute to building Qatar’s knowledge economy, were all educated in Qatari institutions of higher learning. 

The pioneering student awards each year acknowledge two Masters and two Ph.D. students, and this year’s class of winners came from Qatar University, Hamad Bin Khalifa University and Texas A&M University at Qatar.  The annual awards also highlight the importance of building post-graduate education capacity, especially for Qatar’s research and development in energy-related fields. Qatar has focused on becoming an energy R&D hub since 2006 when the government decided to allocate 2.8% of GDP annually to promote technology and innovation via the Qatar National Research Fund.

“Maximizing Qatar’s post-graduate skills is vital to the country’s transformation into a knowledge-based economy, as per the National Vision 2030. Therein lies the value of the ORYX GTL Student Awards for the Advancement of Post-Graduate Education in Qatar,” said Mohammed Al-Enazi, Chief Administration Officer, ORYX GTL. “The Awards are a cornerstone of the country’s effort to enhance the respect and prestige towards research-focused education. The high-level recognition will bolster the brightest students’ confidence to flex their brainpower in support of local Industry, Academia and Government – a win-win scenario” Mr. Al-Enazi said.

Previous research areas that have been explored by winners and nominees of the ORYX GTL Student Awards include gas reservoir stimulation and management of Qatar’s hydrocarbon resources; the characterization of multiphase flow properties, capillary pressure, and CO2 storage. This year’s Four Post Graduate winning students were recognized for their achievements in post graduate studies in Qatar, beating out global competition that included submissions from Imperial College London, Manchester University, and HEC Paris.

“As I was born and raised in Qatar, I have witnessed the rapid development that Qatar has gone through. As I grew up, I wanted to take part in this industrial revolution, especially that occurring in the energy sector,” Raid Hassiba, who received a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University at Qatar, said in his personal statement submission. “This motivated me to pursue a degree in chemical engineering at Texas A&M University at Qatar. During my undergraduate studies, I found my passion toward research, where I was involved in many research projects in the fields of chemistry, safety, and energy,” he said.

The Winners of the ORYX GTL Student Awards 2017:



  • Ahmad Mohammad Kayvani – Ph.D. Candidate in Sustainable Environment at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) and currently working as Research associate at Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute (QEERI).
  • Ahmer Baloch – Ph.D. Candidate in Sustainable Energy at the College of Science and Engineering at Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU),
  • Haneen Abdelrazeq - Recently obtained a Masters degree in Materials Science & Technology from Qatar University.  
  • Raid Hassiba – Recently obtained a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University at Qatar
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