About Us

Fast Facts

  • Masdar Institute of Science and Technology opened on September 6th, 2009
  • The 2009 intake consisted of 89 students from an initial 1152 applications received from 79 countries.
  • The 2010 intake saw the selection of 82 students from 1869 applications drawn from 87 countries - an increase of 46% on the previous year
  • A total of 70 Master’s students graduated in 2011 and 54 followed in 2012
  • A total of 90 students of 2013 Class graduated in June 2013
  • The fifth intake consisted of 203 students, who joined in the Fall Term of 2013
  • As of September 2013, the total number of students stands at 417 with 162 UAE nationals and females representing 55% of all Emirati students
  • The number of students at the Institute is expected to grow to 600-800 over the next five years.
  • 81 faculty members are currently employed at the Institute with PhDs from the world’s leading universities.
  • Low student to faculty ratio of approximately 5:1.
  • Eight MSc programs and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Engineering are currently on offer.
  • 50% of the students’ and faculty's time is dedicated to research activities.
  • Over 300 research projects are currently underway, including Solar Beam Down, Innovation Ecosystems, Smart Grids, Aviation Biofuels, Carbon Capture and Storage, micro-grid system, Process Design Kits, etc.
  • One patent has been issued so far, while over 20 patent applications are pending and 20 invention disclosures are outstanding.
  • Research partnerships have been setup with Boeing, Honeywell UOP, the Advanced Technology Investment Company , ADCO, Siemens, Toyota Motor Corporation, GlobalFoundries, ADWEA, Emirates Wildlife, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, ParisTech, Ducab, Etihad, IRENA, Emirates Aluminum, etc.
  • Fellowship partners include Imperial College London UK), RWTH Aachen University (Germany), Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), University of Waterloo (Canada),  the University of Central Florida (USA), International Renewable Energy Company (IRENA), Toyota Motor Corporation, Siemens, ICT Fund, etc.
 
  • Masdar Institute’s Wind Tower, rises 45m above the podium directing the cooler upper-level winds into the open-air public square at its base.
  • The Masdar Institute building has been designed to minimize water consumption by using high efficiency appliances, low-flow showers, highly efficient laundry systems, incentives, real-time monitoring, smart water meters wastewater  treatment and reuse, high-efficiency irrigation and low-water use landscaping.
  • The current wastewater system combines grey water and black water for processing and treatment at the city’s membrane bioreactor (MBR) plant.
  • The waste management strategy at the Masdar Institute building seeks to minimize waste to landfill and maximize the resource potential of materials (recycling and reuse).
  • With walking encouraged to reduce energy use, stairs are always prominently featured, while elevators are hidden – the reverse of conventional buildings, where stairs are often hard to find.
  • Fossil fuel-powered vehicles are parked outside the premises and personal travel takes place via battery-powered Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) vehicles and electrical vehicles (EV).
  • The PRT system is the prototype of a new technology that Masdar City has been piloting in the Masdar Institute neighborhood. The PRT currently takes visitors from the PRT Station at the outskirts of Masdar Institute Campus, to within the campus.
  • For other transport needs Masdar Institute has 25 prototype electric vehicles (EV) to serve internal traffic, which are operating in collaboration with two Dutch and British companies. 
  • The EVs are running on rechargeable batteries  using power from Masdar City’s photovoltaic solar plant. The unique technology behind the EVs has been adapted to suit the UAE’s unique climatic conditions.
  • The first phase of the Institute campus has 102 residential apartments spread between four residential blocks, including one for females.
  • The second phase (1B) comprises 221 apartments, three laboratories, a multipurpose hall, a gym, Olympic swimming pool, cafes, retail outlets, offices and meeting rooms.
  • The façade of campus buildings is highly-sealed and insulated, and wrapped in 90 percent recycled aluminum sheeting.
  • A 10MW solar photovoltaic plant, whose 87,777 polycrystalline and thin-film modules occupy a 22-hectare site at the outer boundary of Masdar City, is the largest grid-connected solar plant in the Middle East.
  • A photovoltaic roof top array above the buildings helps provide 30% of the base electrical load of the campus.
  • Native plant species, sourced from local nurseries, link Masdar Institute to its immediate environment, as well as providing practical benefits, which include reducing air temperature in public spaces.
  • The Knowledge Center has more than 900 square meters of space for students and researchers, and primarily offers a wide range of electronic information resources, as well as a limited number of paper books, magazines and journals.
  • The slightly flattened spherical shape of the Institute’s Knowledge Center reflects the designers’ efforts to optimize the building’s photovoltaic (PV) energy harvesting on its roof.
  • The labs’ wall insulation levels are also more than three times higher than the benchmark set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers;
  • Laboratory structures have air-filled ethylene tetrafluoroethylen (ETFE) cushions that ensure almost no solar gain on the structures and limit the heat radiated to the street;
  • Masdar Institute’s micro-fabrication laboratory includes a 300 square meter state-of-the-art cleanroom facility (class 1000/100) established in collaboration with the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) and the Microsystems Technology Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT);
  • Masdar Institute cleanroom is designed to strengthen the Institute’s nanofabrication capabilities for nanoelectronics and nanophotonics, while fostering specific skills of students in the semiconductor industry.