UAE nationals begin Ektashif Program at Masdar
Ektashif brings together ace students to learn about renewable energy.
Twenty two UAE national undergraduates began their week-long hands-on labs experience last Saturday under the second annual ‘Ektashif’ outreach program at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. Tours to local industries and design challenges to test creative and engineering skills will also be part of the program for the students who are currently majoring in science, engineering or information technology in their respective universities.
Ektashif is a residential program that brings together talented UAE undergraduate engineering and science students to discover and learn about renewable energy, sustainability and the environment.
Participants develop communication skills and learn about cutting-edge research through action labs, organised tours, lectures, and team-building activities. The program aims to encourage students to consider conducting further research in clean energy and sustainability.
Presentations on laser, skills for developing a thesis paper, tips on literature review and ways to develop an effective argument are included in this year’s program. The labs focus on ‘Earth Observation’, ‘Digital Electronics’, ‘Data Mining’, ‘Waste Material Characterization’, ‘Dynamic Aspects of Sustainable Energy Policy’, ‘Optical Fiber Sensing’, ‘Optical and Electron Microscopy to Study Different Materials from Micron to Nano-Scale’, ‘Power Electronics’, and ‘Algae: From Biofuels to Human Health’.
Masdar Institute is an on-going collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It is committed to finding solutions to the challenges of clean energy and climate change through education and research.