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 themselves professionally. 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 an 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 next ICTEA duplicated and even eclipsed the success of the 1st ICTEA. It was held in the United Arab Emirates on January 3-6, 2006. The 3rd ICTEA was held with an even larger attendance in Amman, Jordan in the heart of Amman.The 4th ICTEA was held in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on the campus of the Petroleum Institute in January 2009. The 5th ICTEA was held in Marrakesh in Morocco.
The 6th ICTEA was held in Istanbul, Turkey. Large number of papers were presented from May 29 to June 1, 2012. The 7th ICTEA was held in Marrakesh, Morocco in May 2014. Very large number of scientists from MENA region attended the conference and two ASME special issues journals are in preparation. The 8th ICTEA was held in Amman Jordan. Very good number of scientists attended the conference which was held in the campus of the German-Jordanian University. The 9th International Conference on Thermal Engineering was held in Abu Dhabi, UAE in Collaboration with Alhosn University. The 10th International Conference on Thermal Engineering was held in Muscat Oman, in collaboration with Sultan Qaboos University. The 1th International Conference on Thermal Engineering will be held in Doha, Qatar in collaboration with Texas A&M University at Qatar. Finally the 12th International Conference on Thermal Engineering was held in Gujarat, India.