Texas A&M in Qatar is dedicated to educating “the whole engineer”—one who bridges the heart with the mind in the creative acts of collaborating with others when engineering solutions to real world problems.
The STEAM Initiative was founded by Dr. Troy Bickham, Assistant Dean of Academic and Student Services in 2014. It is currently headed by the Liberal Arts Program Chair Dr. Joseph Ura and directed by Dr. Aymen Elsheikh.
Texas A&M in Qatar has joined the movement to transform S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education to S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education. To aid engineering undergraduates in developing their abilities to perceive “the bigger picture,” Texas A&M in Qatar students are required to take a minimum of ten liberal arts courses (e.g. history, anthropology, political science, sociology, kinesiology, language, writing, literature, music, and other creative arts). The goal of integrating the liberal arts into engineering degrees is to assist future engineers in becoming well-rounded citizens and life-long learners who are capable of considering the human impact of their work and evaluating the ethical responsibilities of their decisions. In the various projects collected and displayed via Texas A&M’s S.T.E.M. to S.T.E.A.M. initiative, we invite you to look for signs of the “development of an internal voice” so integral to the complete education of an engineer as advocated by the S.T.E.A.M. movement. We think you will find that the most interesting projects archived on this website reveal a deep engagement between learner and subject, between artist and audience, and between creativity and critical inquiry.