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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 Al Hammadi 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

Masdar Institute Campus

MIT and Masdar Institute Paper Receives Best Paper Award

July 2014

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, 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 the 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

June 2014

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.

Boot Camp at MIFinancial 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

June 2014

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.

Masdar Institute Students 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.

Gov. Patrick meeting in UAE

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.

Masdar Institute Press Release

MIT President Reif at Masdar Institute


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:


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. Learn More

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:

  1. graduate study opportunities;
  2. research and business start-up opportunities;
  3. 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.

Masdar Institute Press Release

F. Moavenzadeh receives award

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.

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Sheikh Al Nahyan + F. Moavenzadeh
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.

C. Cooney
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

February 2013

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 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 known as the Semiconductor Olympics. This accomplishment was covered widely by Gulf news outlets.

Masdar Institute News Story


2nd Call for Proposals – Flagship Research Projects

January 2013

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.  The full RFP, Timeline, Instructions, and Templates were available at:


Masdar President On Panel at MIT Inauguration

September 2012

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." President Reif thanked the panelists for showing how their institutions are "bringing MIT to the world and the world to MIT."

International Presdients with J. Pontin(pictured left to right) Jason Pontin, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Technology Review, Thomas Magnanti, MIT Professor and President, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Fred Moavenzadeh, MIT Professor and President, Masdar Institute, and Edward Crawley, MIT Professor and President, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology.

Masdar Institute Professor Gives Seminar at MIT

September 2012

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 membrane that works].

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MI Professor Hassan Arafat

Masdar Institute's Second Graduating Class

May 2012

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

December 2011

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.

MIT President Hockfield at Masdar Institute
President Hockfield meets with Masdar Institute students at their new campus in Abu Dhabi.

MIT President Hockfield at Masdar Institute
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).

Masdar Institute graduation 2011

MIT Professor Duane Boning to Serve as Director of the MIT Masdar Program

February 2011

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, the Masdar Institute, and Abu Dhabi.

As Director, Boning will build on the assistance MIT has provided to the 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.

Professor Duane Boning

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.

Hillary Clinton at the Masdar Institute

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