OBJECTIVES AND TOPICS
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History and motivation of
the ICTEA conferences
The ICTEA conference series was inspired to help provide an opportunity
for professional development of scientists and engineers in the Middle
East, including the Gulf region and North Africa.
The need for such development persists, despite the strong
commitment of regional governments to improving undergraduate education
and to building research capabilities in institutions of higher
learning. Until recently,
attracting highly motivated academic staff to advance research agendas
and to make significant contributions to GDP growth were not among the
top priorities. But, thanks
to the foresight of regional leaders, higher education in this part of
the world is starting to change.
However, the fact remains that highly skilled scientists and
engineers in the region who are dedicated to research, often must seek
work abroad in academic and research institutions in order to develop
Well defined and focused high quality scientific/technical meetings
dedicated to contacts between the academics and researchers in regional
institutions of higher learning and their counterparts abroad are
scarce. The purpose of
starting a biannual international conference ideally to be rotated
around the Middle East, Gulf and North African region countries was and
still is to meet this need and to provide a well structured platform to
boost research activity and productivity in the region as well as
providing a point of contact and networking.
Such a conference can serve as a focal point for the gathering of
scientists and engineers who hail from this region and who are working
abroad in Europe, North America and other industrialized parts of the
world. Thermal Engineering
was selected as an umbrella title for the Conference series because of
its encompassing meaning and because this research area is of great
importance to the region.
Topics related to environment, energy, petroleum, and construction are
obvious examples of thermal engineering applications which are crucial
to the economic development of the region.
At the time the decision was made to hold the first Conference on
Thermal Engineering in Beirut from 31 May to 4 June in 2004, Lebanon was
poised to emerge from its long period of arrested development.
The country had come out of a long civil war and the long and
arduous process of rebuilding Lebanon had started.
Beirut had experienced an explosive growth and rebuilding
activity during the decade preceding 2004 with billions of dollars of
investment and had regained some of its past glory and glitter worthy of
its nickname “Paris of the East” of the 1950’s and 1960’s before the
civil war. It was felt that
the opportunity to start this exercise in Beirut to be rotated later to
elsewhere could not be passed up.
International Conference on Thermal Engineering held under the patronage
of his Excellency Emile Lahoud the President of Lebanon was successful
beyond the best expectations of the organizers. The success of the
conference could not have been achieved without the support of the
Lebanese and the Canadian Governments. A large audience of scientists
attended the meeting held in the
Movenpick hotel on the Corniche.
Selected peer reviewed papers appeared in January 2006 in a
special issue of the Journal of Applied Mechanics (Transactions of ASME
– American Society of Mechanical Engineers) dedicated to ICTEA and
edited by Dennis Siginer.
The next ICTEA duplicated and even eclipsed the success of the 1st
ICTEA. It was held in the
United Arab Emirates in Hilton Al Ain on January 3-6, 2006 under the
high patronage of his Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan
with support of the UAE University.
ICTEA was held with an even larger attendance in Amman, Jordan at the Le
Royale Hotel in the heart of Amman under the patronage of the Prime
Minister of Jordan, his Excellency, Dr. Ma'roof al Bakheit. The growing
success of the conference series and the rapid recognition it gained and
continues to gain is quite gratifying to its organizers and benefactors.
ICTEA was held in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on the campus of
the Petroleum Institute in January 2009 comprised of 177 papers with
participation spread geographically further afield that ever before. The
thermal engineering topics covered in the technical program of the 4th
ICTEA range from double diffusive convection to thermodiffusion, energy
and energy analysis methods, biological heat transfer, numerical methods
in fluid flow and heat transfer, porous media, enhanced oil recovery,
waste management and waste disposal, microgravity sciences and
processes, combustion, multi-phase flow and heat transfer, melting and
solidification, internal flow and heat transfer, new and renewable
energy technologies, environmental engineering, heat transfer with
non-Newtonian fluids, non-Newtonian fluid flow and heat transfer and
polymer processing science and technology.
ICTEA was held in Marrakesh in Morocco .
More than 120 papers were presented from May 10-14, 2010.
The Organizing Committee did not spare any efforts to ensure a
smooth running meeting with social activities.
The Technical Program Committee worked very hard to review and
edit papers and present an excellent Technical Program.
We would like to express our gratitude to the management of Cadi
Ayyad University for the unwavering support and to the Organizing and
Technical Program Committees for their commitment and endless hours.