Qatar University

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Department of Chemical  Engineering

 

Professor  Farid BENYAHIA

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Professor Farid Benyahia joined the Department of Chemical Engineering in September 2006. He chaired the department for six years till end of August 2012 with excellent achievements and awards for teaching and research, including ABET accreditation. He also actively contributed to the Qatar National Development Strategy (Natural Resources committee).

 

 

Previously he held positions of Associate Professor, Professor and Head of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department at the UAE University (2001-06), Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Teesside University in the UK (1992-2001), EPSRC Research Fellow in Chemical Engineering at Leeds University in the UK (1989-92) and Research Engineer in the petrochemical industry. Prof. Farid Benyahia obtained his BSc (Hons) in Polymer and Chemical Engineering from  Aston University  in Birmingham (UK) and his MSc and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Newcastle University in the UK. Professor Benyahia is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a UK registered chartered    chemical engineer. He worked extensively on Chemical and Biochemical Reaction Engineering Systems (over 25 years experience) and process design and simulation. He supervised  and co-supervised to completion 11 PhD thesis, 18 MSc Projects (mainly in Clean Manufacturing and Environment) and acted as external examiner for 7 MSc's (research) and 3 PhD's in the UK, 1 PhD in Singapore. Prof Benyahia chaired the Research Degrees Committee in the School of Science & Technology of Teesside University (UK) and directed the MSc program in Clean Manufacturing Technology also at Teesside, UK. He is a reviewer for well known international journals in chemical engineering and research grant awarding bodies internationally. Prof Benyahia has carried out consultancy work for UK chemical and waste water industries and UAE industry and government of Abu Dhabi. He developed an important infrastructure and research program at the UAE and Qatar Universities in soil bioremediation, membrane distillation desalination, advanced water treatment using immobilized cell technology (nitrification) in bubble columns, airlift bioreactors, membrane bioreactors and a patented carbon capture and utilization by mineralization. He has also been awarded  major research grants from JCCP (Japan), in partnership with TAKREER (Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Co) and Nippon Oil Corp (NORI, Japan) to develop advanced refinery oily waste water treatment technologies, an NPRP grant from Qatar Foundation to carry out research and development in CO2 mineralization (US 14/484,158 patent application) and an industrial research grant by ConocoPhillips GWSC to investigate the potential of industrial low grade heat for membrane distillation desalination in Qatar.   He developed a powerful team teaching approach to plant design and was awarded jointly with his team the 2011 Qatar University teaching excellence award. He presented his design teaching methodology at several international educational conferences including ABET symposia. He trained undergraduate students in research methods and practice through several UREP grants funded by Qatar Foundation. He supervised to successful completion 3 Master thesis and three ongoing in environmental engineering (membrane distillation desalination) at Qatar University.

 

 

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