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Jordanian recognized for environmental ‘breakthrough’

Yahya Majali
Yahya Majali on July 17, 2020. Majali was recently recognized for creating an environmentally friendly material. (Photo: Handout from Yahya Majali)
AMMAN — For his outstanding research and demonstrated academic excellence, 35-year-old Jordanian Yahya Majali received the Presidential Medal from Ohio University, in the US, for his 2021 doctoral students.اضافة اعلان

Majali’s research exceeds the usual “lab scale” for academic research projects, approaching a larger “market scale”, he said.

His research, which culminated in a new eco-friendly composite material, “is a real product with superior mechanical and physical properties. The product reduces the greenhouse emissions by 44 percent and requires 62 percent less energy. We are talking about big numbers here,” said the medal-winning researcher in an online interview with Jordan News.

“For the first time, we are addressing the sustainability of such new material, as compared to other commercially available materials, creating a massive change in the field,” Majali, who engineered the material, said.

His research was supported by the US Department of Energy; it “won a $2 million grant couple of years ago to move this technology forward.”

The Jordanian scientist expressed his pride at receiving recognition for his hard work and innovation.

Majali, who worked seven years at the King Abdullah IIDesign and Development Bureau, said that his innovation “can be applicable and transferred to Jordan,” adding that “we are well set-up to incubate advanced technologies” in the country.

The sustainability lies in “taking recycled plastic waste and mixing it with coal,” explained Majali, stressing that “these materials might be available in Jordan too, as well as some plastic manufacturing facilities.”

Majali, who is a PhD student of Mechanical and Systems Engineering at Russ College, excelled as an undergraduate student at Mutah University, leading him to pursue scholarships for masters and doctoral degrees.

During his study at Mutah, he conducted a project for the development of “the first unmanned conventional helicopter in 2008.”

This recognized research is not Majali’s only achievement in the United States. He is also part of two projects “that received $1 million grants from DOE (US Department of Energy) that will be based on the material being developed now.”

Majali’s monitor and nominator, Jason Trembly, elaborated on the Jordanian student’s medal-winning research and contribution in an interview with Jordan News.

According to Trembly, the project might help to address “climate change and remediate environmental issues.” Majali’s utilization of “by-product materials from mining activities … create(s) new manufacturing jobs,” said Trembly, who is a Russ professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment at Ohio University.

The supervisor also spoke of Majali’s talent and dedication. “Mr Al-Majali has been a highly successful graduate student and also an important team member who helps others be successful as well.”

As for future impact, the Presidential Medal recipient said that the award and recognition he received will aid in “chasing future funding opportunities to secure further research.” The pioneer also illustrated how such research “can be inspiring for others” for future contributions as well.

His objective for further technical advancement is to “expand this technology from building and construction applications to targeting aerospace and automotive industries,” work that he has already begun, said Majali.

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