Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

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Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
معهد مصدر للعلوم والتكنولوجيا
Masdar institute logo.jpg
Motto Learning to change the world
Type Private not-for-profit
Established February 25, 2007
President Fred Moavenzadeh[1]
Academic staff
81 (2013)[2]
Students No undergraduate programs
Postgraduates 417 (2013)[2]
Location Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Campus Small city
Colors Light Blue and White         

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (Masdar Institute) is a graduate level, research-oriented university which is focused on alternative energy, sustainability, and the environment. It is located in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Masdar Institute is an integral part of the non-profit side of the Masdar Initiative[3] and will be the first institution to occupy Masdar City. The Technology and Development Program[4] at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is providing scholarly assessment and advice to Masdar Institute.


Masdar Institute was established on February 25, 2007.[5] As of September 2013, the Institute employed 81 faculty members and had an enrollment of 417 students.[2] The establishment of Masdar Institute is part of a resource diversification policy for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi's leadership views research and education in alternative energy as a keystone for the future development of the emirate and have expressed their commitment through the establishment of Masdar Initiative, Masdar City and the Zayed Future Energy Prize.[6]

The President, Fred Moavenzadeh, was appointed in June 2010 and is the James Mason Crafts Professor of Systems Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT.[1]


The campus, like Masdar City, is designed by architectural firm Foster + Partners[7] and the first phase of the project is managed by CH2M HILL.[8] Emphasis is placed on flexibility, use of traditional architectural elements and modern materials to provide for an optimized combination of natural lighting and cooling that minimize energy needs both indoors and outdoors.


Masdar Institute is emphasizing interdisciplinary collaboration and an early decision was made to establish programs rather than departments.[citation needed] The currently existing programs are:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Engineering Systems and Management
  • Water and Environmental Engineering
  • Computing & Information Science
  • Electrical Power Engineering
  • Microsystems Engineering

Research centers[edit]

  • TwinLab3 Dimensional StackedChips Research Center
  • Sustainable Bio-energy Research Center (SBRC)
  • Smart Grid and Smart Building Center of Excellence
  • Renewable Energy Resource Mapping and Assessment Center


Masdar Institute admitted 92 students from 22 countries in the first year of its operation and is planning to have a steady state population of about 800 students.[citation needed] Qualified students from around the world are offered a full tuition scholarship, monthly stipend, travel reimbursement, personal laptop, textbooks, and accommodation once accepted to any of Masdar Institute's programs.[citation needed]

Faculty and research[edit]

Masdar Institute commenced teaching in September 2009. Its academics will be conducting research individually and in collaboration with MIT on a variety of topics.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Moavenzadeh named president of Masdar Institute". MIT News. June 29, 2010. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Fast Facts". Masdar Institute. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Masdar Institute". Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "MIT-TDP - Technology and Development Program - Projects". Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  5. ^ ADFEC signs a cooperative agreement with The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  6. ^ Opening address of the World Future Energy Summit by H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of The U.A.E. Armed Forces. Available at: WFES presentations
  7. ^ Foster + Partners Masdar City project website
  8. ^ Masdar selects CH2M Hill to manage the development of the world's first fully sustainable 'Green Community'
  9. ^ "MIT and Masdar Institute Cooperative Program". Retrieved 6 August 2015. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 24°25′57″N 54°37′07″E / 24.43250°N 54.61861°E / 24.43250; 54.61861