Dr. Hassan Rashid Al-Derham, an alumnus of North Carolina A&T State University, has been appointed the sixth president of Qatar University in Doha, Qatar. His tenure began on June 15, 2015.

He is a 1990 graduate of the College of Engineering where he earned his bachelor’s in architectural engineering.

“The College of Engineering is extremely proud of Dr. Al-Derham’s success. The ability to leverage knowledge to provide innovative perspectives and solutions is precisely what we expect of all of our graduates of the College of Engineering and across N. C. A&T; and I look forward to applauding Dr. Al-Derham’s future accomplishments in this new role,” said Dr. Robin Coger, dean of the College of Engineering.

Prior to his appointment, Al-Derham served as vice president for research where led the university to its current position as a leader of research excellence in the Gulf Cooperation Council region.

Under his leadership, the university won the largest percentage of grants in the National Priorities Research Program and the Undergraduate Research Experience Program under the Qatar National Research Fund.

He also served as the associate vice president for research and head of the civil engineering department in the College of Engineering at QU.

Al-Derham also earned a master’s in civil engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and a doctorate in construction project management from the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom.