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Masdar Institute launches 5 ‘iCenters’

Abu Dhabi, January 19, 2014

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an Abu Dhabi-based research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, has launched five Institute Research Centers (iCenters).

The five iCenters – Institute Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (iInnovation), Institute Center for Energy (iEnergy), Institute Center for Water and Environment (iWater), Institute Center for Microsystems (iMicro) and Institute Center for Smart and Sustainable Systems(iSmart) – will collectively support the institute’s continued evolution in to a regionally-focused but globally-recognized university that produces knowledge and technologies across the sustainability spectrum.

The iCenters will also help drive Masdar Institute’s contribution to developing new technologies and building human capital for the direct benefit of the UAE and the region.

Each iCenter is focused on a specific research area. iInnovation focuses on accelerating the pace of innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the UAE, while iEnergy works towards sustainable production, transport, use and storage of energy.

iWater addresses clean water production and management, and water resource challenges faced by the UAE and the region. iMicro serves as a research and development hub for the UAE’s emerging semiconductor ecosystem with research activities in semiconductor device design and fabrication, circuit and system design, photonics and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).

Finally, iSmart addresses the development of smart and sustainable engineering systems through work on policy and system design and analysis using novel modelling and computational tools.

These centres will focus on early-stage research and serve as bridges between industry and academia, and are expected to bring new research collaborations, by attracting research projects and funds, while interfacing with donors, industry and the government.

Dr Fred Moavenzadeh, president, said: “The iCenters will aim to provide strategic and operational direction for Masdar Institute's basic and applied energy research in order to achieve research excellence.

“In addition, they will serve the institute’s faculty, students, and stakeholders by supporting a collaborative environment.” - TradeArabia News Service




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