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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.
- 96 faculty members from over 30 countries; 19% UAE nationals.
- 446 students from over 60 countries; 45% female.
- UAE nationals constitute 43% of the total student population.
- Vibrant and rich student life, multi-cultural environment; more than 15 student clubs.
- First elite group of master’s students graduated in June 2011.
- First PhD students graduated in May 2015.
- Over 450 graduates since inception.
- 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.
- Five additional full scholarships provided for eligible applicants in collaboration with our partners.
- MIT contributes to 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
- 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$60 million in industry and government sponsored research contracts with more than 50 organizations (50% in UAE), with an additional US$10 million of sponsored research contracts in the pipeline.
- 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.
- Research and Innovation Achievements
- Achieved 6 US patents, 65 US filed patent applications, and 116 invention disclosures from faculty and students, firmly establishing the Institute’s place as a leader in intellectual capital development in the UAE.
- Published 900+ articles in peer-reviewed journals and 500+ conference papers.
- Ranked the top Arab university for research citation impact in the US News and World Report 2015 rankings.
- 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).
- Partnered 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 to bridge the gap from laboratory to potential markets and investors.
- 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 as well as new air conditioning and building air handling approaches that could achieve significant additional energy savings for Abu Dhabi.
- Demonstrated how Emirates Aluminum can achieve 22% savings in gas consumption in casting operations and 36% reduction of cooling time in reduction pot cooling to achieve greater operational efficiency and cost savings.
- Launched the UAE Solar Atlas at the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil in 2012, a robust satellite-based mapping tool developed and validated at the Research Centre for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment.
- Won the Middle East Solar Industry Association’s “Technology of The Year” award and the “Excellence in GIS Implementation” award for Masdar Institute’s 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, providing comprehensive information on Arabian Gulf coastal processes, including sea currents, temperature, salinity, and other seawater quality parameters related to oil spills and red tides.
- Launched the Masdar Institute Solar Platform to serve as a concentrating solar power (CSP) research facility to advance innovative and cutting-edge CSP technologies and play a central role in the region’s first fully integrated solar research center, the Masdar Solar Hub.
- Launched the Photovoltaic (PV) Performance Simulator, a web-based geographic information systems (GIS) tool for modelling and simulating the performance of utility-scale PV power stations in the UAE, which will help solar PV plant developers make optimal project sighting and technology selection choices.
Student and Faculty Innovations
- 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, launched by the UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs in collaboration with the UAE National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), for her leading research on using nanotechnology to develop novel cloud seeding materials and accelerate water condensation.
- 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, reinforcing Masdar Institute’s commitment to develop the human and intellectual capital needed for the UAE’s space ambition.
- Saeed Al Khoori, an MSc student in Water and Environmental Engineering, won second place in the ‘Best Innovative Businesses’ category at the Young Entrepreneur Competition (YEC) 2014, Dubai.
- Masdar Institute Class of 2015 Water and Environmental Engineering Master’s student, Sabeera Haris, won the Best Student Poster award at the prestigious “37th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC)”, held by ‘The Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB)’ in San Diego, California.
- MIT Professor Erik Brynjolfsson, Postdoctoral Associate Frank MacCrory, Research Scientist George Westerman, and Masdar Institute Assistant Professor Yousef Al Hammadi won the 2014 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) Award for Best Conference Paper.
- A team from MIT and Masdar Institute was awarded the Donald O. Pederson Best Paper Award (IEEE TCAD Best Paper Award) 2014.