Weichold receives Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah International Energy Award

Photo of Dr. Mark Weichold receiving awardDr. Mark Weichold, dean and CEO of Texas A&M University at Qatar, was awarded the inaugural Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah International Energy Award for "lifetime achievement for the advancement of education" at the Doha Energy Forum’s 2013 event gala in March.

The award recognizes Weichold’s contributions and achievements in the advancement of education in Qatar, and was presented by HE Al Attiyah.

HE Dr. Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani, president of Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) and vice president of education at Qatar Foundation, presented the award in front of guests including HE Fouad Siniora, the former prime minister of Lebanon, HE Dr. Ibrahim Ibrahim, economic adviser to His Highness the Emir and executive member of the Supreme Committee for Development Planning, and HE Governor William Weld, former two-term governor of Massachusetts.

"I congratulate Dean Weichold on being recognized through this most prestigious award," Ali Al-Thani said. “Under his leadership, Texas A&M at Qatar is playing a vital role in the development of the energy industry both in our country and internationally.  He has made a great personal contribution to the advancement of education, and I thank him for his generous support for the development of academic excellence at Hamad bin Khalifa University.”

Weichold accepted the award, saying, "I am honored and humbled to be recognized with the inaugural 'Lifetime Achievement for the Advancement of Education' award from His Excellency Al-Attiyah. I have not made this journey alone. This award also belongs to the many people who have encouraged and supported me during my career. They have shared with me their dedication, commitment and belief in the power of education and its capacity to make a difference. Education does not simply allow for study, it allows us to understand, and encouraging youth and discovery has never let me down. At Texas A&M and Texas A&M at Qatar, we encourage excellence, initiative and integrity; characteristics I strive to model for the young people I am honored to know; it is the key to their future."

HBKU executive vice president and provost Dr. David Prior introduced Weichold at the awards ceremony saying, “Dr. Weichold is an exceptional leader whose dedication and vision have made significant contributions to young students, to society and to Qatar, in particular. He has demonstrated a career-long dedication to advancement of education through teaching and learning based on inquiry and discovery. He fundamentally understands that these concepts underpin the intellectual development of students at all levels, in all places, in all cultures, and recently brought his strong vision and its application to exemplary leadership as dean and CEO of Texas A&M at Qatar. This is where he has earned, and is so deserving, of this award.”

Weichold has been dean of Texas A&M at Qatar since 2007. During his tenure, the program has grown to more than 500 currently enrolled students, 40 graduate students, nearly 80 full time faculty members, more than 300 former students of which nearly half are Qatari nationals and a research program with more than 140 projects that are closely aligned with  Qatar’s National Vision 2030 and the Qatar National Research Strategy.

The first annual awards ceremony recognized five individual lifetime achievement distinctions. HE Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, minister of Energy & Industry and chairman and managing director at Qatar Petroleum, was recognized for ‘Lifetime Achievement for the Advancement of the Qatari Energy Industry.’ HE Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE minister for Higher Education & Scientific Research, won the ‘Lifetime Achievement for the Advancement of Future Energy Leaders,’ and HE Abdalla Salem El Badri, the secretary general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), picked up the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of OPEC.’ Randa Takkieddine, Paris correspondent for Al Hayat newspaper, was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement for the Advancement of Energy Journalism.’

The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards were created and named to honor the legacy of HE Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, president of the Administrative Control & Transparency Authority, in recognition of his formidable contribution to the international energy industry over the course of many decades. In such a distinguished career HE Al-Attiyah has made a difference to many people, companies and nations including, most notably, the massive contribution he has made to the development of the Qatar energy industry.



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Texas A&M University, recognized as having one of the premier engineering programs in the world, has offered undergraduate degrees in chemical, electrical, mechanical and petroleum engineering at Qatar Foundation’s Education City campus since 2003, and graduate courses in chemical engineering since fall 2011. Almost 300 engineers have graduated from Texas A&M at Qatar since 2007. In addition to engineering courses, Texas A&M at Qatar provides classes in science, mathematics, liberal arts and the humanities. All four of the engineering programs offered at Texas A&M at Qatar are accredited by ABET. The curricula offered at Texas A&M at Qatar are materially identical to those offered at the main campus in College Station, Texas, and courses are taught in English in a co-educational setting. The reputation for excellence is the same, as is the commitment to equip engineers to lead the next generation of engineering advancement. Faculty from around the world are attracted to Texas A&M at Qatar to provide this educational experience and to participate in research activities now valued at over $135 million, and that address issues important to the State of Qatar. Visit www.qatar.tamu.edu.