Message from our dean
Dean, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar
A Year of Accomplishments
The first graduating class at CMU-Q was in 2008, and each year our alumni network grows in both numbers and achievements. In the last year, here are just a few of our alumni accomplishments.
Education Excellence Day Awards
Six graduates from the Class of 2020 received awards from His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Amir of Qatar. Haya Al-Kaabi (BS 2020) received a platinum award. Gold awards went to Sara Al-Darwish (BS 2020), Albandari Al-Mana (BA 2020), Taimaa Al-Mohanadi (BA 2020), Maha Al-Tamimi (BS 2020), and Fatima Mustafawi (IS 2020).
CEO of Silatech
Hassan Al-Mulla (BA 2012) was named the CEO of
Silatech, a Qatar-based nonprofit organization that promotes large scale Education job creation for youth around the world.
Government of Ireland Scholarship
Farjana Salahuddin (IS 2017) was awarded the Government of Ireland Scholarship to further her studies at Trinity College Dublin. Salahuddin was one of only 60 recipients worldwide.
IEEE/ACM Symposium on Edge Computing
Aliaa Essameldin (CS 2017) and Mohammed Nurul Hoque (CS 2020), published their work in the 2020 IEEE/ACM Symposium on Edge Computing. The paper, which is called, “More than the sum of its things: Resource sharing across iots at the edge,” is
co-authored by Khaled Harras.
The Global Alumni Network
The CMU-Q alumni network extends throughout Qatar and beyond. Our alumni work at top organizations and creative new startups. They are influencing government policy, analyzing big data, spearheading creative projects, educating people, researching new ideas and working to improve the lives of others.
The Admission Process
Class of 2024
Recruitment for the Class of 2025
The admission process for the Class of 2025 was exceptionally selective, with a record number of applicants.
Pandemic restrictions precluded in-person visits, interviews and events with prospective students. Instead,
CMU-Q reached out to prospective students digitally, including the first virtual Admission Viewbook in English and Arabic.
Early Decision, Class of 2025
Faculty members, by program
Meritorious Teaching Award 2021
Cecile Le Roux, assistant teaching professor of organization
New faculty members
Iman Adeinat, visiting assistant professor of operations management
Samaneh Hamidi, visiting assistant professor of mathematics
Sameer Mathur, visiting associate professor of marketing and business technologies
Provost’s Inclusive Teaching Fellowship
Ihab Younis was awarded a CMU Provost’s Inclusive Teaching Fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year. Younis will redesign elements of the advanced elective, Molecular Biology, to address issues of gender bias and gender barriers in the scientific community.
Elizabeth W Jones Award
Mariam El-Esnawy received the Elizabeth W Jones Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. The award is given annually by CMU to recognize a biological sciences senior for exceptional commitment to research. This is the second year in a row that a CMU-Q student has won the award.
Minor intron splicing
Ettaib El Marabti, Ihab Younis and Joel Malek from Weill Cornell Medicine—Qatar wrote the first comprehensive review of minor intron splicing for the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. El Marabti graduated from CMU-Q in 2017, and is now a student at WCM-Q.
Yusufbek Nasriddinov was one of 13 Carnegie Mellon students accepted into the selective Innovation Scholar program at the main campus’ Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship. He is the first Innovation Scholar to be selected from the Qatar campus.
Al Fikra National Business Competition
Ali Al-Maadid won in the Mashrouie Category at the 2020 Al Fikra competition for his concept of a metal recycling plant.
Qatar Stock Exchange Financial Education Competition
A team of students took the top spot at the second QSE Financial Education Competition. Haidar Al-Haidar, Joud Ghalayini, Faiha Sahirah and Mariam Syed edged out teams from Qatar University and Hamad Bin Khalifa University. Abraham Farooqui was also on the original team.
First undergraduate program ranking
Carnegie Mellon University was ranked second for U.S. undergraduate computer science programs by US News & World Report, a leader in educational analysis. CMU-Q has taught the computer science program since 2004. This is the first time that US News & World Report has ranked undergraduate computer science programs.
International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC)
CMU-Q hosted Qatar’s first ICPC event, which included students from CMU-Q, College of the North Atlantic-Qatar and Qatar University. Giselle Reis and Eduardo Feo Flushing organized the competition, which qualifies Qatar-based students to progress to the regional level. Mohammed Al-Jawaheri, Igli Mlloja, and Abubakr Mohamed won the competition.
CyberStars Qatar computer security competition
Faculty member Ryan Riley won first place at a competition that challenged participants to solve a complicated set of cybersecurity problems. The contest was hosted by the Ministry of Transport and
Communications and Q-CERT.
Dean’s Innovation Scholar
Susan Hagan was the 2021 recipient of the CMU Dean’s Innovation Scholar award. Hagan was honored for her teaching approach, which
brings together design, rhetoric and technology.
Al Fikra National Business Competition
Student Mohammed Al-Qassabi won in the Startup Category at the 2020 Al Fikra competition for an invention toautomatically detect when football players are offside.
Qatar Sustainability Week webinar
Chadi Aoun was featured in a panel discussion titled, “Maintaining Sustainability: Building capacity and breaking barriers,” hosted by the U.S. Embassy Qatar during Qatar Sustainability Week.
Arts and Sciences
Global Learning Festival 2020
Dudley Reynolds was a speaker for the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) panel on language policy at the Global Learning Festival 2020, which was hosted by UNESCO Learning Cities Wyndham and Melton, Australia. Reynolds spoke about rethinking the role of the classroom as a space for peer learning, and capitalizing on students’ diverse linguistic backgrounds.
Provost’s Inclusive Teaching Fellowships
Deepa Nair and Patrick Walsh were awarded Provost’s Inclusive Teaching Fellowships for the 2021-2022 academic year. Nair will redesign the course Gender in South Asia, while Walsh will focus on the course AI, Society, and Humanity.
Great Chemistry Quiz
Students from more than 20 high schools participated in CMU‑Q’s first Great Chemistry Quiz, an online competition created and hosted by Ravichandra Bachu and Simon Faulkner.
Academic Resource Center
The ARC provides individual and group consultations for students who have questions about their course material. In the fall semester, there were 2439 consultation visits; in the spring semester, there were 2044 consultation visits.
The Edge Summer Program moved to online mode in 2020, so students could participate, regardless of their location. Attendance quadrupled for the summer 2020 session, with more than 80 students participating.
The Connection virtual conference
Teresa MacGregor and Jasmine Kirby, along with
Jill Chisnell and Rikk Mulligan from main campus,
created and published a crowd-sourced digital exhibit
as part of The Connection virtual conference.
Refinitiv Eikon certification
Four students earned certification for the Refinitiv Eikon data dashboard, a professional-level global stock trading and financial analysis tool. Jasmine (Siyuan) Guo, Yusufbek Nasriddinov, Ihsane Sadiki
and Ravshanbek Salimov received the certification, with Guo and Salimov passing with distinction.