Contact Site Map Search
News and events Overview
News and Events

Professor Fred Moavenzadeh Is Appointed President of Masdar Institute

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology has appointed Professor Fred Moavenzadeh from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as its President. Professor Moavenzadeh, James Mason Crafts Professor of Engineering and Director of the Technology and Development program at MIT, will support the institute’s mandate of transforming the emirate into a leading source of advanced technologies and highly skilled human capital.  

Masdar Institute Press Release (PDF) >

Professor Ernie Moniz Speaks at Lecture Hosted by Masdar Institute

Speaking at a public lecture hosted by Masdar Instite of Science and Technology entitled "Clean Energy Technology and Policy: A Post-Copenhagen View", Professor Moniz, Director of the MIT Energy Initiative, commended Abu Dhabi and the Masdar Institute for their visionary approach towards a strong knowledge and resource- based economy.

MIT Terrascope Class Visits Abu Dhabi and Masdar Institute group shot new students

Terrascope is a learning program for MIT freshman.  This year the class was charged with  developing a comprehensive plan to deal with the global rise in CO2 and other greenhouse gases.  For spring break 2010, the class traveled to the United Arab Emirates to explore Abu Dhabi’s efforts in the capture and storage of CO₂ and to gain practical knowledge in carbon sequestration.The study tour has included lectures presented by Masdar Executives and Masdar Institute faculty, as well as visits to various sites at Masdar City where testing of renewable energy technologies is taking place.

Terrascope Students' Blog>


MIT Delegation Attends World Future Energy Summit 2010

January 18 - 21, 2010

A delegation of MIT faculty and staff attended the World Future world future energy summit photoEnergy Summit in Abu Dhabi. Among the many events surrounding the Summit, MIT and Masdar Institute organized a workshop on Strategies for Addressing Carbon Constraints in Commerical Aviation. The Workshop focussed on a "post-Copenhagen" era where environmental constraints and carbon emission resetrictions are likely to have a significant impact on the aviation industry.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces visiting the Masdar Institute booth and speaking with Masdar Institute Professor Amal Abdulla Al Ghaferi and other Masdar faculty, staff, and students.


His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme
Commander of the UAE Armed Forces visiting the Waste to Energy lab stand of the Masdar Instituteworld future energy summit photo 2

MIT President Susan Hockfield Zayed Future Energy Prize Jury Member Photo

November 2009

MIT President  Susan Hockfield visited Abu Dhabi  in late November 2009 in her official capacity as a jury member of the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP). President Hockfield and the rest of the ZFEP panel gathered to determine the finalists of ZFEP. President Hockfield also met with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
(Pictured at right Dr. Hockfield and Dr. Al Jaber with Masdar Institute students earlier in 2009)



MIT Provost Rafael Reif Attends Masdar Institute Board Meeting and MIT Arab Alumni Association Conference

November 8- 9, 2009

On November 8, 2009 MIT Provost Rafael participated in the Masdar Institute's Board Meeting in Abu Dhabi. The following day, the sixth MIT Pan-Arab Conference: Global Energy Challenges & Opportunities, organized by the MIT Arab Alumni Association and sponsored by Masdar and the Masdar IInstitute of Science and Technology took place. The full day conference included notable speakers addressing: global energy strategy and policy; public and private sector developments; innovations in demand-side; and generation and carbon capture technologies. Regional government leaders, industry executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and the MIT Provost as well as MIT faculty and alumni attended.

MIT participants included (in order on agenda ):

provost reif Rafael Reif, MIT Provost, who gave the welcome address
moniz Ernie Moniz, Director, MIT Energy Initiative, who spoke on Energy Innovation for a Low-Carbon World

Mujid Kazimi, Professor, MIT, Director, Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems who discussed the topic:  Clean Energy Systems

moavenzadeh Fred Moavenzadeh, Director, MIT Technology  and Development Program, who took part in apanel on Systems for Innovation


Subra Suresh, Dean, MIT School of Engineering, whose presentation was entitled: Leading into the Future
John Parsons; Executive Director, MIT Center for Energy & Environmental Policy Research who took part in a panel on Carbon Management.

For for information, including videos and/or pdfs of the presentations, go to: http://www.mitpanarabconf.org/

Classes Begin at Madar Institute of Science and Technology group shot new students

September 6, 2009

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology commenced classes on September 6, 2009. The students are part of the Madar Institute's two-year Master's program and were selected from more than 1,200 applicants, representing 22 different nations.

Dr. John Perkins, Provost of Masdar Institute (pictured with students, right), said: “Masdar Institute aims to become a world-class university and research institution that will create and shape a new generation of leaders and critical thinkers in science and technology. We are tasked with responding to one of the most important challenges facing our planet – the need to develop sustainable energy solutions that ensure economic growth and prosperity for all nations, without damaging the environment.”  

Masdar Institute Press Release (PDF)>  


Professor John Perkins Named Provost of Masdar Institute Photo

May 2009

Professor John Perkins has been named the Provost of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi. Prior to joining the Masdar Institute, Professor Perkins led the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at The University of Manchester, one of four faculties in the new institution created following the merger of UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester. From 2001-2004 Professor Perkins served as Principal, Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London. The Faculty of Engineering was created in 2001 as part of a new management structure for the College.


"Masdar City: Zero Carbon, Zero Waste -- Someday Is Today"Photo
Khaled Awad, Director of Property Development, Masdar Initiative

May 8, 2009

Khaled Awad spoke to MIT students and faculty regarding the Masdar City project -- a six square kilometer sustainable development site that uses the traditional planning principles of a walled city, along with existing technologies, to achieve a zero carbon and zero waste community.




^ back to top

Masdar Institute Joins MIT Energy Initiative Photo

January 19, 2009

The Masdar Institute became the inaugural founding public member of the MIT Energy Initiative. Photo at right: MIT President Dr. Susan Hockfield and Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO, Masdar Initiative at the signing ceremony.





Seminar Calls for UK to Follow Abu Dhabi's Lead on Future Energy

July 8 , 2008

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Abu Dhabi's Masdar Initiative, challenged the United Kingdom to follow Abu Dhabi's lead in developing an affordable and sustainable energy future for the world.

Hosted by HRH The Duke of York, Dr. Al Jaber was part of a wider Abu Dhabi delegation, which included HE Kahldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi, to address UK government, business, and academic leaders on the issue of sustainable energy at a seminar at Buckingham Palace. Masdar Institute Press Release (PDF) >


^ back to top



MIT - Masdar Symposium

Abu Dhabi's Strategic Investment in Energy, Infrastructure and Education for the Future
May 5, 2008
Sponsored by: The Industrial Liaison Program and the MIT Technology and Development Program

Wong Auditorium - Tang Center

MIT and Masdar leaders discussed the shared roles of academia, industry, and government in solving the global challenges of long-term strategic development for alternative energy, sustainable infrastructure technologies, and education. More >


PhotoMasdar Institute of Science and Technology: Graduate Engineering Educational Opportunities in Abu Dhabi

May 6, 2008

Sponsored by: MIT Technology and Development Program

Bartos Theater, Wiesner Building, E15
12:30 - 4:45

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology held a session on Academic and Research Opportunities in Alternative Energy and Sustainable Technologies on May 6, 2008. Participants learned about studying at MIST, the curriculum and research, MIT's involvement, and living in Abu Dhabi. MIST faculty were on hand to answer questions.


PhotoMIT Space Solar Power Workshop

May 14-16, 2007

Sponsored by: MIT Technology and Development Program

Leading experts from industry, government, and academia participated in this two day workshop motivated by the pressing need to develop alternative clean renewable energy supplies. The group agreed that exploring alternative energy sources (wind, hydro-electric, terrestrial solar power, geothermal, and bio-fuels) as well as promoting conservation are high priorities. And it stressed that space solar and existing sources of power are not competitors.

Working groups:

  • Space Systems Technology for Space Solar Power
  • Solar Energy Technology: Terrestrial vs. Space Solar Power
  • Economics, the Environment, Public Policy, and Legal Issues
  • Integration Strategies

Each working group discussed many topics, including: the advantages of space solar power, technical unknowns and challenges, what research needs to be done, and what issues are unresolved.

The Future Cannot Be Sustained by Present Technologies

Workshop participants concluded that the United States, Japan, and Europe must take the lead in Space Solar Power, but acceptance and active participation by developing countries is essential. Awareness of Space Solar Power must be increased, a goal this group and others may pursue with future workshops and initiatives.

For list of program committee members and participants, visit: http://web.mit.edu/space_solar_power/index.html

About TDP | MIT Faculty Participants | News And Events | Current Projects | Prior Projects
©2009 MIT Technology and Development Program