Engineering Student Places 19th Worldwide with Qatar Team in Robotics Olympics

Naji Assaf, one of DeBakey’s senior engineering students was part of Team Qatar, the STEMvengers, who finished in 19th place among 175 teams worldwide in the FIRST Global Challenge.

The annual FIRST Global Challenge, is an ‘Olympics’-style robotics event, based on the 14
Grand Challenges of Engineering identified by the US National Academy of Engineering.

Due to COVID-19, the competition titled ‘Connecting Communities’, consisted of three months of STEM professional and technical sessions, as well as social media and online challenges for the students.

The team was mentored by Texas A & M at Qatar STEM program specialist Dr. Mohamed Gharib, who is part of Texas A&M University at Qatar’s STEM Hub Robotics Club (SHRC), a joint initiative between Qatar Foundation (QF) partner university and Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF).

Team Qatar is made up of 25 high school students with an interest in robotics from 14 schools across Qatar.

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