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February 25, 2017

TAMUQ Hosts Course for Qatar Armed Forces

Eighteen officers from the Qatar Armed Forces learned fundamentals of cyber security and wireless communication during a three-day course last week at Texas A&M University at Qatar.
The course was organized by Texas A&M at Qatar’s Continuing and Professional Education program and held at the branch campus in Education City. The course was designed to be the first of a series of training opportunities to support development of Qatar’s human capital in defense and national security.

Brig. Gen. Mohammed Owaidha Al-Ramzani, chairman of the Reconnaissance and Surveillance Center (RSC), attended the closing ceremony for the course, which was one outcome of an agreement Texas A&M at Qatar and the RSC signed in June 2016 that aims to develop the human capital and technological knowledge base needed for Qatar’s future.

Texas A&M at Qatar also signed an agreement with the Qatar Armed forces in January of this year. Both agreements aim to provide scholarships and internships for engineering students at the branch campus; increase opportunities for custom-designed training and seminars to support the RSC and Armed Forces’ operations and workforce; strengthen links between the branch campus and the Qatar Armed Forces to facilitate exchange of knowledge and expertise; and establish collaboration in research and discovery.

The course was presented by professors Dr. Joseph Boutros, Dr. Hussein Alnuweiri and Dr. Ali Ghrayeb, all faculty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program at Texas A&M at Qatar with expertise in cyber security and wireless communications. Topics of the three-day course — the first of its kind offered at Texas A&M at Qatar — included cyberattack models, how to analyze and defend against malicious code, wireless communication standards, drone communications and other special topics, such as wifi, cloud security and network integrity.

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