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Masdar appoints president for R&D Institute

New president joins from partner MIT.

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Masdar is adding intellectual firepower to its renewables drive.
Masdar is adding intellectual firepower to its renewables drive.

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the world’s first graduate research institution dedicated to alternative energy, environmental technologies and sustainability, has appointed Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh as its president, the institute said in a statement on Sunday.

Dr. Moavenzadeh, James Mason Crafts Professor of Engineering and Director of the Technology and Development program at MIT, will take up his position in Abu Dhabi on July 1 2010.

“My mission as President will be to advance the long-term sustaining development of Abu Dhabi by providing a highly trained caliber of people equal to the task and working with other academic institutions in the region, with government officials, and with industry to insure free-flow of information and coordination of effort across platforms that will provide answer to complex questions and needs,” Moavenzadeh commented on his appointment.

The appointment comes at the completion of the Institute’s inaugural academic year. Serving as the nucleus of a research and development infrastructure, the Masdar Institute is a key element of Masdar, the government-owned company dedicated to renewables and carbon reduction.

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI), is a not-for-profit, post-graduate research institute, dedicated to alternative energy, environmental technologies and sustainability developed with the support and collaboration of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.
 

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