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Two National University Students Bagged Prestigious Omani Young Water Researchers Award

In an event organised today, on 4th September, 2019 at Middle-East Desalination Center (MEDRC) two students of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering  Department at the College of Engineering (CoE), National University of Science and Technology (NUST) were awarded prestigious 'Omani Young Water Researchers Award'  for their research on Wastewater Treatment.  

 Winners of Wastewater category are; Ms Wafa Al Mamri, M.Sc. Process Engineering student at the college secured first place for her work "Optimization of heavy metals removal by activated carbon made from waste tire using response surface methodology”. Her project aimed to produce activated carbon from the waste tire. Currently, around 40,000 tonnes/year end-of-life-tyres waste is produced in the Sultanate, and the absence of suitable management technology makes the problem even worst. The solid waste management agencies in Oman are seeking a feasible solution for managing tire-waste, thus producing activated carbon will not only solve tire waste problem in the sultanate but also provide cost-effective technology for wastewater treatment. Being a water-deficient country the sultanate always needs indigenous and cost-effective technology for wastewater treatment which can produce the recyclable quality of treated water resources.  

 Ms Wafa Al Mamri as a winner will also be awarded full sponsorship for attending Water Conference organised by the International Water Association (IWA) at Jordan in mid-September 2019.


Ms Raiya Al Hashmi B. ENG. Process Operations and Maintenance student secured second place for her work "Experimental scrutinisation on synthetic wastewater treatment using Neem bark and Date palm fiber as an adsorbent" Her project aimed to remove heavy metals using natural and low-cost adsorbents like Neem bark and Date palm fiber. The study suggested that the naturally available native plants like Neem and Date palm can be used to economically to replace currently used commercial and chemically synthesized activated carbons which are outsourced from outside Oman. 

 Supervisors of the winning students Dr Sudheer Kumar Shukla, and Dr Anna Jesil Cheriyan, faculty of the College of Engineering (CoE), National University of Science and Technology were also given a certificate of merit for supervising award-winning projects. 

 The above-mentioned projects are certainly leaving its footprints in National and International arena, this work and its recognition will open new opportunities for the students and the research conducted at the university will provide feasible solutions to the various challenges faced by the sultanate, especially in the area of water and environment.

  The event was well organised by MEDRC and, attended by the delegates from different organizations including H.E. Ciaran O'Cuinn, Director of MEDRC, H.E. Laetitia Van Asch, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands to Oman, Eng. Hussain AbdulHusssin, CEO, Haya Water, Dr Jauad El Kharraz, Head of Research, MEDRC, researchers from other Higher Educations institutes and reputed organization.

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