Gifted engineering student gets Oman Air research scholarship

Muscat: Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate, in collaboration with the Italian Agency for Nuclear Physics and the Research Council on Monday announced a scholarship for Zainab al Salhiyah (pictured).
The Italian Agency for Nuclear Physics is the main supervisor of the scholarship.
Nearly 5,000 award-winning scientists from all over the world, whose work has already received global recognition, are involved in the initiative.
Al Salhiyah received the scholarship to work on the project after being recommended by the European Space Agency.
Her work will focus on particle physics, cosmo physics, nuclear physics and theoretical physics, as well as technological research.
Al Salhiyah represents the Sultanate at the Space Generation Advisory Council to support the United Nations Program on Space Application and is a member of Women in Aerospace Europe.
Commenting on the initiative, Dr Khalid bin Abdul Wahab al Balushi, Senior Manager of Government Affairs at Oman Air, said: “We are proud to engage with prestigious scientific research and delighted to support such a gifted Omani student. It is vital for the future of the Omani economy that we encourage the country’s youth to be technological and scientific innovators”.
Zainab al Salhiyah, who is a civil engineering student at Caledonian College of Engineering, Muscat, said: “I wasn’t expecting this opportunity but I have a great interest in the Sultanate’s participation in such international schemes and its collaboration with major European institutions focused on scientific research and development”.
Al Salhiyah thanked Oman Air and the Research Council for their financial and moral support. “This opportunity highlights the importance of nuclear physics in society, which focuses on the structure of our physical world, including stellar nuclear reactions, the generation of energy and the chemical elements”.
Nuclear physics helps us understand how heavy elements are formed from stars’ violent explosions. Today, nuclear scientists are conducting vital nuclear research in advanced facilities for the most important fields, such as medicine, materials, energy, security and climate. — ONA