News and events information related to MIT's engagement with Masdar Institute, through the MIT & Masdar Institute Cooperative Program, is presented below.
News and events information for Masdar Institute as a whole, beyond the MIT & Masdar Institute Cooperative Program, can be found on this site's News and Events @ MI page.
Entrepreneurship Illuminated at Masdar Institute
November 17, 2015
Over two dozen participants, including Masdar Institute faculty and PhD students, completed the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp today. This three day workshop, held at the Masdar Institute campus in Abu Dhabi, was led by MIT’s Professor Charles Cooney and Dr. Luis Perez-Breva. Through this intensive experience, participants immersed themselves in the process of translating exciting technology ideas from research labs into commercially viable products.
Professor Charles Cooney leads a discussion at the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
Nanofluids Leveraged for Efficient Solar Steam Generation
Masdar Institute and MIT Team Develop Novel System to Convert Sunlight to Steam Directly for More Efficient Power Generation and Desalination
October 20, 2015
(Masdar Institute News)
Harnessing the sun’s heat for steam-driven power generation may have gotten a little easier and cheaper in the long run, thanks to a team of engineers from Masdar Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who have developed a system containing water with nanomaterials that converts sunlight to steam directly.
MIT Energy night is MIT Energy Club’s flagship fall event, featuring posters from MIT researchers, start-up companies and others focused on energy technologies. Over 900 people attended this year. The MIT and Masdar Institute Cooperative Program’s energy-related research initiatives were presented by Dr. Scott Kennedy, Assistant Director of Education Initiatives and Peter Jones, Assistant Director of Research.
Dr. Scott Kennedy discusses joint MIT and Masdar Institute energy initiatives with an MIT Energy Night participant
MIT and Abu Dhabi Connect on Energy and Environment
October 9, 2015
MIT Spectrum, published by MIT’s Office of Resource Development, has released its fall issue. Featured is an article that provides a brief overview of collaborative research efforts between MIT and Masdar Institute, with particular focus on efforts related to energy and the environment.
PhD student Wei Li, postdoc Ana Costa, Dr. Rita Sousa of Masdar Institute, and Dr. Herbert Einstein of MIT
On the Importance of Academic International Engagements
September 22, 2015
For over fifty years, Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh has played important roles in key MIT initiatives around the world. In the article “On the importance of academic international engagements: An interview with Fred Moavenzadeh”, published today by MIT News, Dr. Moavenzadeh shares insights gained from these rich experiences, including his time serving as President at Masdar Institute.
A satellite image shows irrigated fields (green and brown), irrigation canals (gray lines between fields), and villages (grey-white patches) within the Gezira Scheme in Sudan.
Dr. Aamena Alshamsi: Masdar Institute PhD Pioneer
September 4, 2015
After receiving a master's degree in information technology from the British University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Aamena Alshamsi spent nearly four years as a systems analyst for a government transportation agency.
But she missed academia. "I have a passion for research, for things that don't have limitations," she says. So she applied to the PhD program at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, a graduate-level university in Abu Dhabi, the UAE's capital city. In May 2015, she received a PhD in Interdisciplinary Engineering, becoming, with Faisal Al Marzooqi, one of the first two students to earn a doctorate in Masdar Institute's short history.
Dr. Faisal Al Marzooqi: Masdar Institute PhD Pioneer
August 19, 2015
Two things drew Faisal Al Marzooqi to Masdar Institute in 2013—the young technology university's new interdisciplinary PhD program and its multifaceted relationship with MIT.
Two years later, in May 2015, Al Marzooqi made history, becoming one of the first two students, along with Aamena Alshamsi, to earn a doctorate from Masdar Institute, the now seven-year-old graduate-level research university in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Masdar Institute and MIT Developing Innovative Renewable Energy Storage Technology
Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries Can Provide High Performance Energy Storage for the Future Electrical Grid
August 3, 2015
(Masdar Institute Press Release - Note: The collaborative research project featured in this article is co-led by MIT's Dr. Yang Shao-Horn and Masdar Institute's Dr. Saif Almheiri. Project team members at MIT include Dr. Nir Pour.)
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies is working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to develop an innovative energy storage technology that can support renewable energy in the UAE.
Dr. Saif Almheiri (second from the left) and Masdar Institute project colleagues in their Masdar Institute lab.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop Brings Masdar Institute Students to MIT
June 16, 2015
A dozen students from Masdar Institute traveled to MIT this month to participate in a seven day
workshop focused on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Topics explored included technologies for smart cities, measuring the process of effective innovation,
radical innovation, and fundamental design and fabrication skills as they relate to the media arts and
Venturing beyond Cambridge, students visited New Valence Robotics in Boston. In addition to hands-on
experiences designing and producing products using 3D printing technology, they learned about the
challenges and rewards of being an entrepreneur in an emerging technology company.
Workshop students display the products they designed and manufactured at New Valence Robotics, using the 3D printers pictured.
Masdar Institute Awards over 100 Master's Degrees and its First PhD Degrees
May 26, 2015
Masdar Institute marked another important milestone in its growth, as the PhD in Interdisciplinary Engineering degree was awarded for the first time to graduating students at the commencement ceremonies on May 26th.
At the event, held at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, Masdar Institute also graduated its fifth class of Master's students. Consisting of 22 Emiratis and 84 graduates from 36 countries, they were recognized for their accomplishments across nine academic programs.
Masdar Institute Commencement
MIT and Masdar Institute Work Together To Transform an Oil-Based Economy
May 11, 2015
An article entitled "MIT and Masdar Institute work together to transform an oil-based economy" was published today by MIT News. It provides an overview of the United Arab Emirates' strategy to diversify its economy through an emphasis on innovation, and describes the important role that MIT and its relationship with Masdar Institute plays in this ongoing transformational effort.
A copy of the full article is available on the MIT News website.
Dr. Vladimir Bulovic, MIT professor of engineering, speaks on emerging nanotechnologies at the recent Masdar Institute and MIT Research and Innovation Conference in Abu Dhabi.
Masdar Institute and MIT Research and Innovation Conference
April 13, 2015
Thirty-two MIT faculty, staff and students -- the largest MIT contingent ever to visit Masdar Institute at one time -- gathered for the Masdar Institute and MIT Research and Innovation Conference in Abu Dhabi on April 13th.
At the conference, Masdar Institute and MIT researchers presented summaries of ongoing collaborative research in the areas of renewable energy, water and climate, critical infrastructure, and advanced technologies. Over 200 people attended the one-day event, including regional leaders in industry, academia and government.
Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, President of Masdar Institute, opened the conference. Drs. Vladimir Bulovic and John Lienhard provided the UAE audience with a window on research being done at MIT in the areas of emerging nanotechnologies, and water and food, respectively.
MIT faculty presentations by Drs. Eugene Fitzgerald, Sang-Gook Kim, Elfatih Eltahir and Munther Dahleh focused on large scale MIT and Masdar Institute joint projects in the areas of solar cells, solar energy water splitting, climate, water, health, environment and future power grids.
The conference concluded with a review of smaller scale joint MIT and Masdar Institute projects aimed at helping to move technology from the lab to commercialization. MIT presenters included Drs. John Lienhard, Anuradha Agarwal and Tomas Palacios, with Dr. Duane Boning providing closing remarks.
Additional details about the event, including a complete list of speakers and the conference agenda, can be found in the conference program.
Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, President of Masdar Institute, presenting opening remarks at the Masdar Institute and MIT Research and Innovation Conference.
Best Conference Paper Awarded to MIT&MICP Coauthors
January 20, 2015
MIT Professor Erik Brynjolfsson and MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy co-authors Postdoctoral Associate Frank MacCrory and Research Scientist George Westerman, along with Masdar Institute Assistant Professor Yousef Alhammadi have won the 2014 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) Award for Best Conference Paper. Their winning paper is entitled "Racing with and against the machine: Changes in occupational skill composition in an era of rapid technological advance."
The award was presented last month in Auckland, New Zealand at ICIS 2014, the annual meeting of the Association for Information Systems (AIS), whose 4,000 members represent universities spanning more than 95 countries.
Masdar Institute Topped US News & World Report's Ranking for Research Excellence in Their Inaugural Best Arab Region Universities Listing.
December 14, 2014
Masdar Institute topped US News & World Report's ranking for research excellence in their Inaugural Best Arab Region Universities Listing.
Masdar Institute ranked first in the field-weighted citation impact list, used to measure the quality of a paper whether published by faculty, post-docs or students. It is one of the most sophisticated indicators of the value of research publishing of a university and enables the comparison of citation impact across subject areas with different publication rates.
In the US News & World Report listing, Masdar Institute also ranked second in the percentage of total publications in the top 10 percent category and third in the percentage of total publications in the top 25 percent category.
Additionally, Masdar Institute ranked sixth in the energy subject area, supporting its position as a leading university for clean energy research. Its overall ranking of 23 firmly places the institute among the Best Arab Region Universities listed. Masdar Institute Press Release
MIT and Masdar Institute Paper Receives Best Paper Award
A team from MIT and Masdar Institute was awarded the Donald O. Pederson Best Paper Award (IEEE TCAD Best Paper Award) 2014. The winning authors, Dr. Zheng Zhang, Dr. Tarek A. El Moselhy, Dr. Ibrahim (Abe) M. Elfadel, and Dr. Luca Daniel, received an unprecedented three nominations for their paper entitled "Stochastic testing method for transistor-level uncertainty quantification based on generalised polynomial chaos." The paper was a result of a joint research project of the MIT and Masdar Institute Cooperative Program.
Sponsored by the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA), the Donald O. Pederson Award recognizes the best paper published in IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems in the two calendar years preceding the award. Factors taken into account include the overall quality, originality, level of contribution, subject matter, and the timeliness of the research. In its award citation, IEEE CEDA describes the paper as an “outstanding accomplishment”. The award was presented on June 2nd at the 51st Design Automation Conference (DAC) held in San Francisco.
First Entrepreneurship Boot Camp Held at Masdar Institute
The first Entrepreneurship Boot Camp was held at Masdar Institute on June 15 - 17, 2014 in the Innovation Lab (iLab). The objective was to provide intensive training to faculty and postdocs in technology translation, particularly in how to think about potential commercial applications of Masdar Institute research. The workshop was led by Dr. Charles L. Cooney and Dr. Luis Perez-Breva of MIT and organized by Dr. Bruce Walker Ferguson, Head, Institute Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Masdar Institute.
Eighteen Masdar Institute faculty, post-docs, and Ph.D. students particpated in the interactive sessions. Teams formed and presented their start-up concepts to a panel of outside financial reviewers from Masdar Capital, Ubiquitech, Dubai and MBME, Abu Dhabi who selected the winning team.
Financial reviewer Kempton White describes judging criteria to Boot Camp participants in Masdar Institute’s Innovation Lab (iLab) following final team presentations on June 17, 2014.
Masdar Institute Students Attend Two Week Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop at MIT
A group of 14 UAE national students from Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi gained first-hand entrepreneurial experience during a two week summer workshop at MIT. Accompanying the students were Dr. Behjat Al Yousef, Dean of Students at Masdar Institute, and Dr. Irfan Saadat, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Masdar Institute.
The MIT program provided participants hands-on experiences and exposure to entrepreneurship, business, and emerging technologies. Expert presentations, workshops at the MIT Self Assembly Lab, case study discussions, and visits to incubators and start-up companies were all part of the visit.
Another Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop will be held in 2015 at MIT.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Innovation Mission to UAE
June 2, 2014
Governor Deval Patrick led a group of the Commonwealth’s government and industry leaders on an innovation mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to expand opportunities between the Commonwealth and the UAE for economic development and job creation focusing on the innovation economy sectors.
The Governor and members of the delegation were welcomed by President Fred Moavenzadeh of Masdar Institute, representatives from MIT and representatives from Masdar in its innovation, economic and energy sectors.
MIT President Reif Addresses Masdar Institute Encouraging Investment in Research Universities to Strengthen Innovation
April 15, 2014
The most fundamental way for a nation to build its strength in innovation is to invest in its research universities because this investment brings forth new knowledge and human capital – two key aspects that help accelerate innovation, according to Dr. L. Rafael Reif, MIT President.
“New knowledge is the foundation of all truly important innovation while human capital helps in transforming knowledge into new technologies, solutions, companies and jobs,” explained Dr. Reif, who was delivering a talk titled, 'Science, Technology and Education: Research Universities as Engines of a Modern Economy' at Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi.
Third Call for Proposals – Flagship Research Projects
February 27, 2014
MIT and Masdar Institute faculty were invited to submit proposals for the third round of joint flagship project funding under the MIT & Masdar Institute Cooperative Program. The full RFP, Timeline, Instructions, and Templates were available at: web.mit.edu/mi-mit-proposals/
MIT & MI Cooperative Program Participates in MIT Energy Night
October 18, 2013
More than 1,200 people attended the MIT Energy Club's annual MIT Energy Night at the MIT Museum on October 18th to view and discuss more than 75 presenters' posters. The event is a large scale poster session that brings together people from every energy-affiliated department at MIT.
Dr. Charles Hsu, Assistant Director of Research and Education, represented the MIT & Masdar Institute Cooperative Program and fielded questions about Masdar Institute from attendees on:
graduate study opportunities;
research and business start-up opportunities;
government/country-wide energy project deployment in UAE and the region.
Masdar Institute President Named Education CEO of the Year 2013
September 24, 2013
Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology was honored as the Education CEO of the Year by the Gulf Business Industry Awards. The awards aim to recognize the most successful businesses and leaders from sectors including banking, real estate, aviation, retail, media, energy, tourism, education, and technology. The judges selected Dr. Moavenzadeh for his extraordinary contribution to knowledge and human capital development in clean energy and sustainable technologies.
MIT and Masdar Institute Jointly Host UAE Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum in Abu Dhabi
April 29, 2013
MIT and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology jointly hosted a UAE Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum in Abu Dhabi on April 29, 2013. The forum brought together private and public stakeholders to discuss how to create a healthy innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in the UAE.
This invitation-only event gathered approximately 200 key stakeholders from government, universities, financial institutions, the business community, industry, and private foundations.
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth, and Social Development gave the keynote address and Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, President of Masdar Institute, presented opening remarks.
Insights into how innovation and entrepreneurship could help to meet the challenge of creating a knowledge-based economy in the UAE were shared by entrepreneurs and representatives from small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), industry, government, investors, and universities.
On April 30th, a workshop was held with the objective of identifying ideas and strategies for translating Masdar Institute entrepreneurship and innovation education and research into commercial products and services and to inform the design, implementation, and operation of the newly established Center for Innovation Systems and Entrepreneurship at Masdar Institute.
Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Executive Director, Public Affairs, Masdar Institute joins Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, President of Masdar Institute and Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth, and Social Development at the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum.
MIT Professor Charles L. Cooney, pictured above, moderated the forum with Professor Bruce Walker Ferguson of Masdar Institute.
New Dimension in Continuous Health Monitoring of People with Chronic Conditions
Students associated with two Masdar Institute faculty members presented scientific papers at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) 2013 in San Francisco. A total of three papers – two led by Masdar Institute faculty and one in collaboration with a faculty member from MIT – signify a new dimension in continuous health monitoring of people with chronic medical conditions and were presented at this conference also known as the Semiconductor Olympics. This accomplishment was covered widely by Gulf news outlets.
2nd Call for Proposals – Flagship Research Projects
MIT and Masdar Institute faculty were invited to submit proposals for the second round of joint flagship project funding under the MIT & Masdar Institute Cooperative Program.
Masdar President On Panel at MIT Inauguration
On September 20, 2012, Fred Moavenzadeh, President of Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, was a panelist in the Inaugural Symposium "A Globally Engaged MIT," speaking on "Global Partner Universities: Presidents' Perspectives." MIT President Reif thanked the panelists for showing how their institutions are "bringing MIT to the world and the world to MIT."
(pictured left to right) Jason Pontin, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Technology Review, Fred Moavenzadeh, MIT Professor and President, Masdar Institute, Thomas Magnanti, MIT Professor and President, Singapore University of Technology and Design, and Edward Crawley, MIT Professor and President, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology.
Masdar Institute Professor Gives Seminar at MIT
On September 18, 2012, Professor Hassan Arafat from the
Water and Environmental Engineering Program, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
spoke on "Process challenges in membrane distillation for seawater desalination: Membrane fouling and wetting." He concluded his talk by saying membrane distillation is a research field with much room for R&D to develop membranes that works.
On May 28, 2012 at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, Masdar Institute graduated its second class of master's students. Fifty students, who enrolled at Masdar Institute in September 2010, obtained their degrees from seven Master of Science graduate programs from HH Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Selected from a pool of over 1,900 applicants from across the world, these graduates represent 24 countries.
MIT President Susan Hockfield Serves on Zayed Future Energy Prize Jury and Visits Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi
MIT President Susan Hockfield traveled to Abu Dhabi to serve on the Zayed Future Energy Prize jury, an award aimed to drive innovation, leadership, long-term vision, and impact in renewable energy and sustainability.
President Hockfield toured the Masdar Institute campus, met with faculty, students, and staff and was briefed on the progress of the research projects between Masdar Institute and MIT faculty.
President Hockfield meets with Masdar Institute students at their new campus in Abu Dhabi.
President Hockfield visits the lab of Masdar Institute faculty member Professor Raed Hashaikeh.
Masdar Institute Holds First Graduation
June 5, 2011
Over 70 students from five master's programs graduated from the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology on Sunday, June 5, 2011. The graduation ceremony held at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi was attended by senior government officials and dignitaries. The graduates received their certificates from Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser and Vice-Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
"This occasion positions Masdar Institute as one of the rapidly emerging hubs for education in renewable energy-related fields. We are proud to have played our part in creating the next generation of leaders that will solve the manmade problems we are all experiencing," said Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, President of Masdar Institute and Director of MIT's Technology and Development Program (currently on leave from MIT).
MIT Professor Duane Boning to Serve as Director of the MIT Masdar Program
Associate Provost Martin Schmidt announced that Duane Boning, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has agreed to serve as Director of the MIT & Masdar Institute Program. In this role, Professor Boning will help strengthen the growing rich collaboration in education and research between MIT, Masdar Institute, and Abu Dhabi.
As Director, Boning will build on the assistance MIT has provided to Masdar Institute, including establishment of a range of new graduate programs at Masdar spanning topics of energy, smart grid, materials and microsystems engineering, that have been successfully launched under the leadership of Professor Fred Moavenzadeh, previous Director of the MIT Masdar Program who has taken a leave of absence to serve as the President of Masdar Institute.
U.S Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Visits Masdar Institute
January 10, 2011
The Secretary of State of the United States of America, Hon. Hillary Rodham Clinton, delivered a speech on January 10, 2011 at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology affirming the strong relationship between the United States and the United Arab Emirates. Secretary Clinton also commended Masdar's ambition and commitment to advancing and commercializing innovations in renewable energy and clean technology.