Dr. Meis Moukayed judges winning category
Best of the Best Projects, university-level, awarded in applied chemistry and biochemistry category
Dr. Meis Moukayed, Professor of Natural Sciences at the School of Arts and Sciences, was recently selected to participate as a Judge for the nationwide Think Science 2017 competition which took place on 18-20th April 2017 at the World Trade Centre in Dubai. Think Science is an Emirates Foundation initiative and “platform for UAE youth” “designed to develop their knowledge in the field of science and technology”. “Think Science Competition is a nationwide science competition that engages UAE youth to develop, design and build science-based innovations that respond to society’s most pressing needs”[1].
Dr. Moukayed, who judged the University level Category in Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry, explained, ” This year’s competition attracted 3000 applicants who submitted 1380 projects from which 300 projects were shortlisted from schools and universities from across the UAE to participate in the final round of the competition. Collectively, as judges from both academia and industry, and over a very hectic yet exciting 3 days, we judged 300 projects submitted by 820 participants between the ages of 15-35 years in several exciting innovative science and technology categories.
The categories included: Smart systems, Industrial and Mechanical Systems, Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry, Health and Biomedical Systems, Energy, Health and Biomedical Systems, Applied Chemistry, Applied Physics, Environmental Sciences, Safety Systems, Transportation Systems, Vehicle Design and Aviation, Road Safety Systems, Systems for Visual and Hearing Disabilities, and Systems for Special Needs”.
Dr. Moukayed added, “It was a genuinely enjoyable yet very demanding experience. Some of these projects were very innovative and showcased hidden and creative science talents amongst our UAE youth. I found the interaction with all these young participants, discussing their innovative ideas and projects, and sharing in their energy and enthusiasm for their science and technology projects most rewarding. The spirit was brilliant – there were some very talented young scientists and engineers from the UAE participants who had great innovative ideas, with clear potential to contribute to their respective science fields, and who deserve further encouragement”.
“It was also great to interact with fellow doctoral judges from academia and industry, and to exchange ideas on science and technology in UAE higher education and industry. I believe this to be a valuable outreach opportunity as a scholar and member of AUD, and indeed confirms our commitment to participating in knowledge-based initiatives that contribute to the advancement of society. To be a part of this exciting national competition which champions the budding scientists of tomorrow who will be building our future systems, technologies and cities to improve our lives was indeed a very worthy experience”.