As a part of staff development program, a training program on “CNC Programming on Lathe and Milling Machine” was given by Mr. Kumaradhas P., Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Section, on 19th May 2015 and 6th October 2015. The following topics were discussed:
The presentation was ended with an interactive session of questionnaire and vote of thanks.
The Chemical Engineering Students visited “Center for Sustainable Development Algal Technologies Program” in Qatar University, Doha Qatar.
Mr Hareb Al Jabri of Qatar University, the project manager of algal technologies program said the project is to reduce CO2 emission and develop sustainable and environment- friendly biofuels for the future.
The main purpose of the visit is to observe the growth characteristics, effects, composition, harvesting and conversion of bio fuels in the demo plant of microalgae. The students also witnessed the laboratory cultures on how fats and lipids are extracted to make fuel. Moreover, they performed some training and workshop in the laboratory on the culture collection of cyanobacteria and microalgae.
These visits provide great opportunities for the students to relate their on-going project in Chemical Engineering.
The student attendees were Said Salim Al Harizi, Ali Mohammed Salim Hubais, Anwar Abdulqawi Salim Fadhil, supervised by Mr. Izhar Ahmed, SCT Lecturer.
Students of SCT - Chemical Engineering Won 2nd Prize in Innovation Project Competition with the topic - “Comparison Studies for the Removal of Methylene Blue from Aqueous Solution Using Tea and Coffee Powder”. The event was conducted in Higher College of Technology, Muscat from May 25-27,2015.
In this study the two (2) low cost adsorbents (waste tea and coffee powder) have been used for the removal of methylene blue. Approximately, 95% of methylene blue was removed at pH of 6 within 16 minutes with tea powder and 85 % within 22 minutes with coffee powder. The study concluded that both waste tea and coffee powder have same adsorption capacities with methylene blue solution.
A team from “The Research Council (TRC) in Muscat visited Salalah College of Technology on 19th May, 2015. Dr Issa Al Shabibi, Research Assistant for Education and Human Resource section delivered a talk on the topic -“The Research Program”. This was delivered both in English and Arabic at the English Language Center.
As a policy-making body and funding agency for research, TRC encourages the promotion and application of research, innovation and science to create value that serves business, markets and the wider needs of society. Dr. Issa Al Shabibi discussed about the ways and mechanism of carrying out research activity in the College. The Open Research Grant program aims at enhancing research capacity in the Sultanate of Oman by allocating small to medium sized research grants for short and mid-term projects. He mentioned about various kinds of research program but focused on the Faculty-Mentored Undergraduates Research Program that are very useful in the context of students at SCT. Heads of all academic departments, Head of English Language Center and QA Head were present during the program.
The College Health and Safety Committee in cooperation with the Engineering Department organized a two day workshop last May 20 and 21, 2015. Engr. Said Habkooh Kashoob, Safety Engineer from Port of Salalah discussed the basics of first aid such as CPR. He also discussed the duties of fire wardens stationed in a building. The participants gained knowledge in managing emergency situations as they were given opportunities to experience performing different tasks during hands on session.
A symposium on Current Perspectives and Challenges in Chemical Engineering and Technologies was conducted by Engineering Department - Chemical Engineering Section on 14th May 2015 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Salalah. The symposium aimed to bring academicians, engineers, researchers and industrial professionals to exchange ideas on the challenges and current perspectives in chemical engineering and technology. The Head of Engineering Department- Dr Said Omar Al Mashikhi gave the welcome address while the College Dean - Dr. Maryam Al Awadi inaugurated the event. This one day scientific symposium included presentation of international speakers, research and project paper presentations of faculty and students from various colleges and universities in Oman. A team of judges from various colleges, universities and industries selected best three papers and posters out of 20 entries. The event ended with words of gratitude from Engr- Arlene Joaquin, Head of Chemical Engineering Section.
The Research and Consultancy Committee at Salalah College of Technologyorganized a one day workshop on 5th May 2015 entitled “INTRODUCTION TO LATEX”. The main objective of this program was to share knowledge, skills and techniques to develop LATEX, a document preparation system and document markup language which is widely used for communication and publication of books and research articles . LATEX can be used across multiple fields and areas of study. Dr. Pankaj and Mr. B. D. Pandey were the key resource persons for this workshop. They described the major aspects of LATEX in a concise way. The Heads of Departments thanked all staff for their hard work and dedication to this workshop.