UAE University students with Dr Ken Volk at the Personal Rap
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today welcomed 28 women Architectural Engineering students, 23 of them Emiratis, from the UAE University.
Dr. Kenneth Volk, Outreach Manager, Masdar Institute, offered a presentation to the students illustrating the design orientation and architecture of the buildings, natural lighting aspects, features that facilitate cooler ground-level breeze and other sustainable elements.
The UAEU Architectural Engineering students were keen to learn more about the smart buildings and the technologies that make the buildings more sustainable. Additionally, they were also informed on the areas including smart grid, smart infrastructure and smart buildings that Masdar Institute will be conducting further research in collaboration with industry leaders.
Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Executive Director of Public Affairs, Masdar Institute, said: “The visit was another example of the proactive role Masdar Institute plays in spreading awareness on sustainable energy and clean technologies. The smart architecture and the design of the various buildings at Masdar Institute that are constructed with the environment in mind serve as a powerful inspiration for tomorrow’s leaders to emulate. It was also an opportunity for the visiting students to learn in detail about our graduate programs on advanced technology, research offerings and scholarship opportunities.
“At the same time visiting students learnt about our outreach programs that aim to engage the youth to effectively contribute to developing clean technologies through interacting with today’s energy industry leaders. It is a privilege to welcome students from academic institutions who visit us to gain an understanding about various programs at Masdar Institute. We sincerely thank the country’s wise leadership for their guidance that has made Masdar Institute one of the renowned institutions in clean energy and advanced technologies.”
Earlier, the students were received by Samar Al Harbi, Student Enrollment Officer, and Sara Al Junaibi, Outreach Officer, Masdar Institute. After arriving at the campus via the sustainable Personal Rapid Transport (PRT) pod cars, the students toured the campus to view the various sustainable features including the Wind Tower at the Courtyard as well as the environment-friendly buildings that make Masdar Institute one of the unique academic institutions in the world.
Some of the visiting UAEU students were also interested in participating in the Masdar Institute Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (MI-REUS) program, a four-week summer internship program. Organized by Masdar Institute for UAE national students who are university seniors, the program attracts a number of applicants studying science, engineering and information technology every year.
Among the 28 UAEU female students, most of them expressed their interest in applying for the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) program, a Masdar Institute outreach program managed by Masdar Institute. The pre-eminent program aims to educate, inspire and position students and young professionals to become future leaders capable of solving the world’s most pressing challenges in advanced energy and sustainability.
During the year-long program in 2011, the YFEL members had an opportunity to attend the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi, network with industry leaders and visit the WFES clean technology exhibition, attend the Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards Ceremony (ZFEP), and contribute to debates featured in the YFEL 2011 schedule of programs.
In addition, participants were involved not only in the YFEL at WFES, but also participated in the educational courses on policy, leadership and technology. Moreover, select YFEL members attended the European Future Energy Forum 2011 in Geneva while other members participated in the two-week Summer Practical Course at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, US.
Established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Masdar Institute integrates theory and practice to incubate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, working to develop the critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. With its world-class faculty and top-tier students, the Institute is committed to finding solutions to the challenges of clean energy and climate change.