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QU female engineers invent firefighting robot | Qatar University

QU female engineers invent firefighting robot

2019-10-03
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Four recent female graduates from Qatar University’s (QU) College of Engineering were able to design and test a firefighting robotic vehicle. This robotic vehicle is the first of its kind to be completely designed and built in Qatar by Qatari female engineers.

The four graduates who are from the College’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering fully designed, built and integrated and tested the vehicle which can be remotely controlled and is kitted with a 360 panoramic camera that streams live video to a mobile phone or to a central control room. The robot is also equipped with a gas detector that feeds back gas levels to the firefighters on the ground.

The four students are Al-Maha Al-Shamari, Jawaher Al-Sulaiti, Ghader Al-Sharshani and Bashayr Al-Mehaiza, under the supervision of Dr. Jamil Renno.

The four engineers have now been adopted by Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) and they are enhancing their design to make it more suitable for putting off fires in oil and gas facilities. The team have held several fruitful meetings with governmental and commercial stakeholders with a view to launch a Qatari company that will produce these robotic vehicles and deploy them at sites in Qatar.

This effort fits within Qatar National Vision 2030 as a step towards diversifying the economy and contributes towards the transformation of the Qatari economy into a knowledge-based economy.