Project Title:

Studies on Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plant in Sembcorp Salalah Power & Water Company SAOG

Project Details:

The students of chemical engineering visited Sembcorp on December 13th, 2021 gain more knowledge regarding the desalination process and observe the operation, process control monitoring, and laboratory testing facilities of the plant. The plant, which has a contracted capacity of 445 megawatts and a contracted water capacity of 15 MIGD (million imperial gallons per day) for reverse osmosis, has been in full commercial operation since May 2012.

The group of students who visited the company designed a plant that has a capacity of 240,000 metric tons per day and 20 million gallons per day of drinking water that is technically viable, acceptable, and cost-effective. The design process studies the system of reverse osmosis as it is the most effective treatment for drinking water. During the khareef seasons, the demand for potable and drinking water in the Dhofar region increases due to the influx of tourists and the region's rapid industrialization. The design project is the chemical engineering program's final project course, intended to build on and consolidate knowledge gained in previous courses.

List of Students

Section 1

Name of the Supervisor: Dr. S. Sivamani

S. No.

Student ID

Name of the Student

1

46S1422

Khadija Ahmed Salim Ba Omar

2

42S162101

Muna Said Mohammed Kashoub

3

46S1517

Fatima Abdullah Ali Matooq Airoon Al Shahri

4

42S163014

Ahmed Mohammed Ali Al Shanfari

5

42S15196

Abdul Rahman Said Ali Jadad

Section 2

Name of the Supervisor: Dr. Naveen Prasad

S. No

Student ID

Name of the Student

1

42S1786

Maroa Mohammed Awadh Shujaib

2

42S1796

Reem Ali Salim Al Shanfari

3

42J1813998

Zamzam Musallam Bakhit AL Awaid

4

42S163245

Said Awadh Salim Qatan

5

42J179612

Mohammed Said Bakhit Al-Mashani

The Industrial and Community Engagement Committee (ICEC) has invited Mr. Tauqir Ahmad, General Manager – Logistics, and Mr. Mazin Abdullah, HR Manager, from Majan Mining Company to visit the University on December 16th, 2021. Majan Mining Company LLC was founded in 2006 with the goal of producing the purest limestone for the steel and cement industries. Major steelmakers in the Middle East and Asia now rely on the company's mining activities due to the purity and consistency of both the product and the company's direction.

The Engineering Department's accomplishments in terms of industrial projects, industrial partnerships, and equipment facilities were presented by Dr. Said Omar Al Mashikhi, Head of the Engineering Department. On the other hand, Dr. Majdi Mohammed Bait Ali Sulaiman, Chairperson of the ICEC and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at UTAS-Salalah, discussed strengthening university-industry collaboration through trainings, projects, and research and development.

Moreover, visitors had a glimpse of the modern laboratory facilities of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering. Laboratory personnel explained the applications and significance of the equipment in relation to the real-world setting in the industries.

The Staff Professional Development (SPD) committee of the English Language Center at UTAS-Salalah provided a number of opportunities for the academic staff to reach their full potential professionally and personally by having organized four webinars and one in-person workshop during the first semester of Academic Year 2021-2022.

The first SPD webinar focused on the challenges faced by the ELT teachers during the Covid-19 pandemic. It was presented by Mrs. Manal Alabsy, an ELC lecturer, to around 40 participants on October 12, 2021.

The second webinar was delivered by Dr.Reynolds, a guest speaker from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, last November 8, 2021. The webinar shed light on the techniques in increasing students’ engagement with their learning, such as foregrounding “metalanguage” about learning in the class, asking students to complete “exit tickets” after each class, and incorporating tasks that require reflection.

The third SPD program was an in-person workshop on team building. It was conducted by Mr. Edward Stallard, an ELC lecturer, in the Self-Access Center on November 30, 2021. It was an interactive workshop about the essential skills in creating a team. Participants were asked to build towers, which were judged according to their height, aesthetics, and strength.

“Corpus Linguistics” was the fourth webinar. Dr. Niall Curry from Coventry University in the UK talked about what is corpus linguistics and how can it help with English language teaching and learning. About 50 participants joined the said webinar on December 1, 2021.

The last webinar was presented by Mr. Salim Al-Mashani, the HoS-English Language Program, on December 13, 2021. He talked about the essence of leadership, types of leadership, and attributes of leaders. He highlighted the important roles of leaders in the higher education sector.

The ELC administration, headed by Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, commended the SPD committee, which is chaired by Ms. Muna Kashoob, for its continuous efforts in organizing webinars, workshop, and other training programs for the ELC staff.

Preparations for the 4th annual ELT symposium are underway. The event will be participated by academics and researchers across the Sultanate of Oman on March 17, 2022.

The Information Technology Section, in collaboration with the IT Student Development Committee, hosted an online workshop for students on “Exploration and Practice of Embedded Systems in Education” on November 23, 2021.

The workshop aimed at supplementing students' knowledge on the fundamental concepts and current trends in embedded systems, that can be applied in capstone projects, course projects, and innovation efforts.

Engr. Meynard Soriano, lecturer from the Philippines, was the guest speaker. He started his presentation by showing some examples of embedded systems applications that are already available in the market. After that, he described the embedded systems, their components, and their functions all together. Then, he showed how embedded systems work in the academe and in real-world scenarios.

The workshop received a positive response from the approximately 50 student participants who considered it insightful and beneficial.

Bearing the theme “Mathematics in Industry Revolution 4,” the Math Section of the IT Department at UTAS- Salalah celebrated online the Oman Math Day on the 23rd of November 2021 as an opportunity for the students to understand the values, practices and new trends in the field of Mathematics.

The event was inaugurated by Dr. Fatima Al Shanfari, HoD-IT. In her message, she stressed the importance of Mathematics in understanding the physical world. On the other hand, Dr. Mallika Natrajan, HoS- Mathematics Section, emphasized the role of Mathematics s in Industry Revolution 4 and the need for the young generation to understand the varied applications of Mathematics.

During the keynote speech, Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim, Senior Cyber Security Consultant demystified Math and highlighted its role as the language for innovation; while the guest speaker Mr. Joshua Daniel Egan, Assistant Professor, at Hindustan College of Arts and Science, explained the importance of statistics in data science and the use of R Programming in various fields.

Other highlights of the online event were student presentations under the guidance of Dr. Benciya Abdul Jaleel and Ms. Asra Anjum. The topics were:

  1. What does IR4 mean to us
  2. Why Probability in Robotics
  3. Cryptography in Cybersecurity
  4. Statistics in Big Data

The event was culminated with the vote of thanks by Mr. Abdullah Salim Rajab Al Ojaili.

The Research and Consultancy Committee of Business Studies Department organized a webinar on “Research Leading to Disruptive Innovations and Impactful Publications” via MS Teams last November 23, 2021 as a part of its staff development program.

The resource speaker was Dr. Subramanian Babu, an acclaimed professor in India and the Dean at the School of Agricultural Innovations and Advanced Learning, Vellore Institute of Technology. He highlighted the theoretical and practical concepts of disruptive innovations, which are basically the mechanism that results to better quality and efficiency in performance. Moreover, he cited the proactive approach in achieving disruptive innovations with highly relevant and practical examples, as well as the strategies that ensure an impactful and influential research publication.

The webinar ended with an open forum.

The IT Department, in collaboration with the Research and Consultancy Committee, conducted a webinar entitled “Covid-19 Analysis and Diagnosis through Machine Learning” on November 30, 2021 via Google Meet.

The guest speaker was Dr. Mohammad “Sufian” Badar, hailed as an experienced educator and researcher. He taught in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Riverside, CA, USA; became an Analytics Architect in Century Link for more than a year in Denver, CO, USA; and possessed an excellent academic record in MS Molecular Science and Nanotechnology and Ph.D. in Engineering from Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA, USA, respectively.

Dr. Badar presented his research on a machine learning model, which predicts the Covid infection based on symptoms only. Also, the model diagnoses patients according to the severity of their symptoms (mild, moderate, or severe), and if they have had contact with a Covid patient. Currently, he and his team, are trying to increase the accuracy of the model’s prediction results.

The webinar provided insightful research ideas as well research opportunity collaboration to the participants.

The IT Section, in coordination with the HR Committee of the IT Department, organized a workshop entitled “Be Creative, Engage and Connect with Students Using Nearpod,” which aimed to demonstrate the use of Nearpod (https://nearpod.com/) as an interactive learning platform to improve student engagement.

The resource speaker Mrs. Jasmin Tumulak Estudillo focused on applying the different features of Nearpod and its integration to lessons for effective student learning experiences. She shared interactive activities such as collaborative board, matching type, polls, games and interactive board (Draw It). Results of these engagement activities can be viewed real-time by the lecturer. Also, comprehensive reports of student engagement can be generated by the Nearpod.

The concept of the workshop was taken from Benjamin Franklin’s quote “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.”

Monday, 08 November 2021 13:59

BSD staff attend IPMS session

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The Business Studies Department staff attended a session on Individual Performance Measurement System (IPMS), which was organized by the Human Resource Department (HRD) Committee on October 26, 2021.

The facilitator Mr. Hatem Suwailam discussed the essentials of accelerating the implementation of IPMS, such as the steps and tools involved in its implementation, the value addition possible to all stakeholders, and the measurable objectives to be achieved by the staff in specific time.

Also, he explained about objectives and key results (OKRs), key results features, and the bell-curve distribution of evaluation ratio (i.e. a tool to distribute staff using a curve shape where the majority will be the average and the lower percentage to the sides to represent excellent or weak performance).

The attendees were appreciative in learning the IPMS governing system, particularly on rules and responsibilities of the managers, staff, and HRD.

The Human Resource Department (HRD) Committee of Business Studies Department (BSD) organized an exclusive webinar for the staff members on September 28, 2021.

The facilitator Dr. Ramanadh Kasturi discussed the topic “Essential Probation and Advising Guidelines.” He explained the essential variables to consider in putting students on probation, such as inputs on semester grade point average and its calculation, cumulative grade point average and its calculation, reasons for the dismissal of students, scenario preparation for AP4 students, details related to handling listener student, prerequisite courses, and suggestions to advisors in handling probation students. He focused on the curriculum followed at UTAS while he was elucidating the topic. The attendees considered the webinar insightful and helpful.

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