About Us

Key Facts and Achievements


  • Sustainable campus powered entirely by renewable energy.
  • State-of-the-art research facilities and hi-tech equipment.
  • Located in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, first sustainable urban development in the region.

Faculty and Students

  • International faculty and student body.
  • 91 faculty members from nearly 30 countries; 20% UAE nationals.
  • 456 students from over 50 countries; 51% female.
  • UAE nationals constitute 52% of the total student population.
  • Multi-cultural environment with vibrant and rich student life.
  • First elite group of master’s students graduated in June 2011.
  • First PhD students graduated in May 2015.
  • 120 MSc and PhD graduates from 44 countries in the Class of 2016; 45% females.
  • Over 500 graduates since inception.

Academic Programs

  • 9 accredited master’s degree programs.
  • Interdisciplinary PhD program.
  • All programs are based on the US graduate education model.


  • A full scholarship is offered to all admitted students.
  • Four additional full scholarships provided for eligible applicants in collaboration with our partners.

MIT Partnership

  • MIT contributes to the development of degree programs and curriculum.
  • Joint research projects by MIT and MI faculty; one-to-one and flagship projects.
  • MIT faculty serve on PhD committees at Masdar Institute.
  • Masdar Institute PhD students may spend one semester at MIT prior to graduation.
  • Joint MI-MIT innovation program to support research with potential commercial impact.


  • Three unique outreach programs targeting primarily UAE national students and young professionals:
    • Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL)
    • Ektashif
    • Internships


Research and Innovation Achievements

  • Ranked first in the UAE and 8th among ‘Middle East & West Asia’ academic institutions by Springer’s Nature Index 2016 annual ranking list.
  • Ranked 14th among the top 20 universities in the 2016 Best Arab Region Universities Rankings published annually by the US News and World Report.
  • Ranked the top Arab university for research citation impact in the US News and World Report 2015 rankings.
  • 91 world-class faculty members from over 30 countries with PhDs from the world’s leading universities; 19% of Masdar Institute’s faculty are UAE nationals.
  • Total UAE national enrollments increased from 11% in 2009 to 52% in fall 2016.
  • Over 500 graduates since inception.
  • Facilitated placement of 91% of our graduates in either employment or PhD programs in local and international universities.
  • Graduates have been employed at leading organizations such as Microsoft, GE, YahSat, Mubadala, MOFA, Siemens, ENEC, IRENA, and Nestle and have joined PhD programs at leading universities including UCLA, MIT, NYU, UC Berkeley, UT Austin, and Imperial College, London.
  • Secured over US$70 million in industry and government sponsored research contracts with more than 50 organizations (50% in UAE), with more research agreements in the pipeline in 2016.
  • Concluded major research agreements with local and international companies such as Takreer, Strata, ADNOC, Mubadala, Etihad Airways, Emirates Global Aluminum, Abengoa, Trevi Systems, Boeing, Suez Environment, Lockheed Martin and BP.
  • Launched the region’s first MSc Concentration in Space Systems and Technology in collaboration with YahSat and Orbital ATK in response to the UAE’s space exploration ambitions.
  • Published a book on 3D Stacked Chips in Springer, one of the leading international publishers. Co-edited by Dr. Ibrahim Elfadel, Professor of Microsystems Engineering.
  • Won the Oil and Gas Year’s ‘Partnership of the Year’ award for 2016 for its Digital Rock Physics (DRP) project, an R&D collaboration with partners including ADNOC, Total, and the Petroleum Institute.
  • Achieved 14 US patents, filed 70+ US patent applications, and received 130+ invention disclosures from faculty and students, firmly establishing the Institute’s place as a leader in intellectual capital development in the UAE.
  • Published 1100+ articles in peer-reviewed journals and 600+ conference papers.
  • Launched four core research centers in 2014 to develop innovation and human capital in key areas of relevance to the UAE’s national strategies – namely energy, water, microsystems and smart systems (iEnergy, iWater, iMicro, and iSmart).
  • Collaborated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to launch the Masdar Institute and MIT Joint Innovation Program (MMIP), which provides translational research grants to research projects with high potential for commercialization.
  • Established the “Catalyst” in collaboration with Masdar and BP to develop new ways for accelerating sustainable technology innovation.
  • Worked with the Executive Affairs Authority (EAA) of Abu Dhabi to develop a Demand-Side Management (DSM) tool that can help the UAE achieve up to 20% cooling energy savings.
  • Won the Middle East Solar Industry Association’s “Technology of The Year” award and the “Excellence in GIS Implementation” award for its UAE Solar Atlas project.
  • Launched the Seawater Energy and Agriculture System’s (SEAS) pilot project in collaboration with Boeing, Etihad Airways, SAFRAN, GE and TAKREER to develop sustainable food and bioenergy for the UAE aviation industry.
  • Launched the Coastal and Environmental Remote Sensing and Modeling Laboratory in support of the UAE’s goals for environmental monitoring and resource management.
  • Launched the Masdar Institute Solar Platform to help advance innovative and cutting-edge CSP technologies.
  • Launched the Photovoltaic (PV) Performance Simulator to help solar PV plant developers make optimal project sighting and technology selection choices.

Student and Faculty Innovations

  • A Masdar Institute student team was selected among the Top 12 finalists in the Go Green in the City (GGitC) 2016 global challenge hosted annually by Schneider Electric.
  • Mohammed Al Shehhi, a Master’s student in Electrical Power Engineering won the Innovator UAE 2016 award in the Sustainability and Life Sciences category for his Smart Solar-powered Ventilation System for vehicles, at the INNOVATOR Show 2016.
  • Ahmed Al Harethi, a PhD student in Water and Environmental Engineering and Dr. Faisal Al Marzooqi, PhD graduate and current Assistant Professor in Chemical and Environmental Engineering were both selected as members of the  Emirates Scientists’ Council.
  • Dr. Ibraheem Almansouri, Assistant Professor of Microsystems Engineering at Masdar Institute, won the Emirates Energy Award for his novel research on advanced solar cells technology.
  • Linda Zou, Masdar Institute Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, was awarded the first edition of the UAE Rain Enhancement Program grant worth US$5 million.
  • Six Masdar Institute faculty won the ADEC Award for Research Excellence (A2RE) 2015 for the quality, originality and feasibility of their research projects and their relevance to strategic sectors in the UAE.
  • Ahmed Al Harethi, a PhD student in Water and Environmental Engineering, became the first UAE national to invent a mechanism for the generation of biofuels, pharmaceuticals and fodder using genetic modification of algae that grows in the Abu Dhabi desert.
  • Al Harethi also won the Medal of Top Emiratis in 2014, for his pioneering invention.
  • Aaesha Al Nuaimi, a PhD student in Microsystems, became the first UAE national to fabricate thin film crystalline Si-solar cells in the Masdar Institute cleanroom.
  • Mejd Al Sari, a UAE national MSc in Microsystems graduate, fabricated the first polymer-based Organic Photovoltaic solar cell (OPV) in the UAE.
  • Dr. Faisal Al Marzooqi, a Masdar Institute PhD graduate and current assistant professor, became the first UAE national to disclose an invention for a novel technology to enhance desalination techniques using nanotechnology during his Doctorate studies at Masdar Institute.
  • Dr. Al Marzooqi also won the UAE Pioneers Award 2015 for inventing a novel technology to enhance desalination using nanotechnology.
  • PhD student, Muhammad Awais Bin Altaf, won a Predoctoral Achievement Award for 2015-16 at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference held in Feb. 2015 in San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • PhD student, Nazek El Atab, has been awarded the 2015 L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Middle East Fellowship for her potential to promote science among young Arab women.
  • PhD student Sabina Abdul Hadi won the Best Poster Award at the 42nd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference held in June 14-19, 2015 in New Orleans, LA.
  • PhD student Wala Saadeh won the best paper award at the International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS 2015) in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Masdar Institute students and faculty won three of the top five prizes for their innovative applications of high-resolution satellite data as part of a competition held by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center.

[*] Updates as of October 2016