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AUIS Engineering Staff Presents Research at US Pipeline Integrity Conference

  AUIS Department of Engineering Lab Assistant Lanya Ali attended the Pipeline Pigging and Integrity Management (PPIM) Conference in Houston, Texas February 6 - 10, 2023 to present a two-year research project titled "Automated Methods to Estimate Transition Temperature, Upper Shelf Energy, and Uncertainty from Charpy V-Notch Data."    The project was a collaboration with a total of six researchers, including AUIS Engineering Assistant Professor Dr. Nathaniel Switzner.   During the conference, which was attended by prominent oil and pipeline companies, Lanya and one of her co-authors presented their findings, for which they received significant attention and interest from attendees.    Lanya also fulfilled a life-long dream of visiting the NASA Johnson Space Center, where she was captivated by the the history and evolution of human space exploration. 

Engineering Seniors' Research Published by Industry Publication

  Two AUIS senior Civil Engineering students have been published in the January issue of Structures, the research journal of the Institution of Structural Engineers. Their senior capstone research paper titled Efficient models to evaluate the effect of C3S, C2S, C3A, and C4AF contents on the long-term compressive strength of cement paste was first made available to the public on December 12, 2022.     Seniors Payam Abubakr and Ahmed Ahmed focused their research on predicting the compressive strength of cement paste from its chemical compositions. The outcome of their research is expected to have a significant impact on reducing the cost and time required of cement tests, as well as material waste.    The students’ research was conducted under the supervision of AUIS Assistant Professor Ahmed Salih Mohammed and was published with an impact factor of 4.01.  

AUIS Research Collaboration Symposium

  American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) is pioneering an effort to form a nucleus for collaborative research aimed at enhancing the quality and value of university graduates and their scientific output in the Kurdistan Region and the Republic of Iraq at large. The AUIS Research Collaboration Symposium will lay the foundation for establishing an institute that focuses on supporting innovation, research, and development in governmental and industrial sectors.   

Engineers Create the World: Life Beyond Graduation

  On April 23, 2019, the AUIS Engineering Department hosted a seminar for students by Dr. Nabaz Sheena titled “Engineers Create the World: Life Beyond Graduation” as part of a series of career-related workshops during the spring 2019 academic semester.   Dr. Sheena received his BA from the University of Sulaimani and a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. With 32 years of design experience in a range of engineering-related fields, he is now director at one of the UK’s largest engineering consulting firms. The purpose of Dr. Sheena’s presentation was to inspire future engineers and provide them with a better understanding of design processes as well as potential career paths after graduation.   Student attendees gave positive feedback about the event and were happy to learn about Dr. Sheena’s experiences and how he overcame personal and professional obstacles.  

Engineering students visit Darbandikhan Dam on class field trip

  Students from AUIS's Engineering Geology class recently visited the Darbandikhan Dam on a recent school-sponsored field trip to learn how concepts taught in the academic program are applied in real-world settings.  Taught by Mohamed Shwani, Adjunct Assistant Professor, students made the trip to learn more about dam structures, fluid mechanics, and maintenance of the infrastructure projects. Students were curious to also learn about the effects of recent earthquakes and heavy rains on the structure and safety measures taken.  

AUIS Engineering students win first- and second- place prizes at local competition

  Students from the AUIS Engineering Department won first- and second-place prizes at the 2019 Engineering Exposition held on April 1 at Sulaimaniyah Polytechnic University.   University teams from across the region were invited to participate in the exposition and competition portions of the event. Judges of the competition deliberated before choosing the first-, second-, and third-place projects on display, the prizes for which were $1,500, $1,000, and $500 respectively.   In total, four AUIS teams participated in the event, led by Professor Abdelaziz Khlaifat and Dr. Shadi Vafaeyan. The winning teams both presented projects with solutions to everyday problems. The first-place prize (energy category) was a hydropower pipe system by which students were able to generate electricity using water flowing through a pipe. The second-place prize (mechanical category) was a hybrid solar wind system with which students hypothesized it would be possible to continuously generate electricity for 20 years - the estimated lifespan of the device. Students reported a number of local companies have already expressed interest in their prize-wining projects.    The participating AUIS students said the exposition and competition were an opportunity to showcase the results of their hard work. “Without the encouragement of our supervisor, we would not have made it to the competition,” said student Jehat Abid.   Student Omar Muafaq urged others to seek out similar opportunities. Muafaq said, “I encourage students to participate in any coming competitions and events because this was a great experience for me and I saw new ideas from the other participants.”

Engineering Department’s Extracurricular Activities in Fall 2018

  As in previous semesters, the AUIS Engineering Department arranged a number of extracurricular seminars for engineering students and the wider University community during the fall 2018 semester. Seminars covered topics in civil, construction, energy, and mechanical engineering.     On October 22, Dr. Ahmed Salih and Dr. Aram Hassan, assistant professors at AUIS, delivered a presentation titled, “The Engineering Spirit.” The purpose of this seminar was to help students understand fundamentals of engineering, as well as how to be a good engineer and what to expect after graduation. The professors also shared their own personal experiences in the field of engineering.   Assistant Professor Dr. Naufel Bahjat presented a second seminar on November 22 about applications of bio-signal controllers in robotics. The seminar presented topics from the fields of engineering and information technology, giving students across both departments a broad idea of the use of robotics in medicine.    Students in Wrya Abdulfaraj’s surveying class took a field trip to visit the site of an ongoing government project in Sulaimani. AUIS students studying civil and construction engineering had a unique opportunity to visit the Sulaimani Chamber of Commerce’s warehouse in Zhalla where they observed practical applications of profiles, cross-sections, cut and fill – all topics they were theoretically familiar with through their coursework. Site engineers at the warehourse took time to interact with the students and offered to be in touch in the future.     

Engineering at AUIS

A brief look at the engineering program at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. AUIS offers majors in construction, mechanical and energy engineering. A new major in civil engineering will be offered from Spring 2018. Around 46% of all undergraduate students at AUIS study engineering.  Suscribe to our YouTube channel to watch our latest videos.  What is the AUIS advantage? Find out here.  The application is now open for Fall 2017 undergraduate program. Click to apply now. 

Mary E. Geyer Foundation Offers Scholarship for High Performing Female Students

The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) is pleased to announce a new scholarship for AUIS undergraduate students, offered by the Mary E. Geyer Foundation, Inc. The  scholarship will be awarded to two high performing female students who are already majoring in Information Technology (IT) and Engineering at AUIS. A scholarship of $1,500 will be awarded in each department in Fall 2016. The Mary E. Geyer Foundation is a non-profit corporation designed to financially support young undergraduate women who choose a technical career path. The Foundation’s chief mission is to identify meritorious female undergraduates who major in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields via their declared major.  “It is our belief that women who are successful in these fields will gain influence politically, socially and culturally, and ultimately increase their number in important leadership roles which shape the communities in which they live,” says Professor Roger W. Geyer, president of the Foundation, and former professor of computer systems and IT at AUIS. “I hope to grow these scholarships in both number and amount at AUIS. Plans are underway to make this funding self-sustaining into the foreseeable future.” AUIS students, Zainab Hamid (IT), Snur Hamid (IT) and Zanwer Hassan (Engineering) at AUIS, have previously been awarded scholarships from the Foundation. Overall eighty percent of enrolled undergraduates at AUIS receive some form of institutional or outside aid. The university's merit-based tuition scale aims to give Iraq’s best students access to the university’s top-ranked, American-style education, regardless of their family income. Applicants can find out more about the requirements and application process here. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is September 11, 2016. Learn more about the Mary E. Geyer Foundation here.
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