SQU prof, PAEW win innovation awards

A Sultan Qaboos University professor and Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) have been chosen to receive the ‘Research & Innovations Award in Water Science’.
The Research Council (TRC), in collaboration with the Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science (SQHCCS) and the Ministry of Education, on Wednesday announced the winners under three categories in the second year of the awards.
In the scientific publication category, the award went to Professor Anvar Kacimov from SQU.
In the innovation category, an eight-member team from PAEW won the award for its project, ‘Resilience of Water Service in Oman: Muscat as a case study’.
Five students won in the ‘The Young Innovator’ category. The first award went to Al Bara al Badwi and Imad al Rumaimi from Alhawari bin Mohammed Al Azdi School for their project, ‘Biological Grey Water Filter’.
The second place was secured by Maha Said al Salmiya for her project, ‘Magic Water Filter’. In the first place came Shaima al Habsiya for her water tank application. Hani Ismail al Riyami came fourth for his project, ‘Smart Irrigation’, while Khalid al Shehhi came fifth for his project on economic shower.
The award aims to encourage and promote the development of high-quality research and innovative ideas that address the needs of the local water sector. It comprises two categories: the scientific publication category and the innovation-based category.
Dr Osman Abdalla, Director of Water Research Centre, College of Science, SQU, said, “It is extremely important to encourage innovation, creativity and development among the youth as well as research to tackle water challenges in the Sultanate.”
The steering committee was chaired by the Secretary General of the Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science. It includes members from TRC, Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources, SQU, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, PAEW, Petroleum Development Oman and Haya Water.
The team, led by Professor Kacimov Anvar, College of Agricultural & Marine Sciences, Department of Soils, Water and Agricultural Engineering, won in research papers. “Our paper was on Mathematical Simulation, including computer simulations of water motion when the drip line or any other source of water is buried under the ground and goes straight to the roots. The advantage is less evaporation, salinity and targeted to the roots. Thanks to TRC, we have also made a composite with contrasting textural properties that saves water,” said Prof Anvar.