Abu Dhabi-UAE: 06 June, 2015 – The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today announced that 12 UAE national undergraduate students have been accepted for a six-week summer research internship program that will commence from 7 June.
The annual internship program is being offered to talented UAE nationals who are undergraduate students majoring in engineering, science or computer science. Each year Masdar Institute professors propose research projects that can accommodate interns. Interested students are then invited to apply and once accepted, interns experience six weeks of life at Masdar Institute. The nominations for this year are already closed.
The range of internships being offered this summer are designed to appeal to students studying fields that include ‘Advance Imaging of Nanomaterials,’ ‘Development of a High-Performance Compact Thermoelectric Generator for Space Exploration,’ and ‘Genetic Big Data Mining.’ All projects reflect the research focus and expertise of Masdar Institute. A total of 10 Masdar Institute faculty members will work with the interns during the six-week long program.
Dr. Lamya N. Fawwaz, Executive Director, Office of Public Affairs, Masdar Institute, said “Supported by the UAE leadership, the summer internship program is designed to hone the skills and expand the knowledge horizons of the participants, guiding them towards professional careers. Research is a continuous and ongoing process that is collaborative in nature and these internships offer a perfect platform for students to collaborate and engage with experienced faculty members. We believe the internship program this summer will better equip these undergraduates, developing their ability to conduct research in intensive laboratory environments and seek fruitful outcomes.”
This year, the undergraduate students who chose Masdar Institute for their summer internship are provided with accommodation within Masdar Institute’s unique sustainable campus, enabling them to fully experience the features of the sustainable architecture.
Abdulla Al-fazari, a Chemical Engineering student from the Higher Colleges of Technology, Abu Dhabi, has chosen the topic ‘Developing an Efficient CO2 Capture Method by Using Chemical Looping Combustion.’ A member of the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) program, which is a Masdar Institute outreach initiative, Al-fazari feels the internship will further strengthen his skills.
Al-fazari said, “Masdar Institute is one of the best universities focusing on sustainability and I am very happy to choose this research-based institution for my summer internship. Another factor for my choice is its collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which I believe will help me learn more about renewable energy without having to travel to the US.”
Manar Saeed Abdullah Almazrouei, a student from University of Sharjah, is eager to explore the area of ‘Coordinated Voltage Control for Large-Scale PV and Wind Power Nano-manufacturing.’ Almazrouei was encouraged to choose the internship program at Masdar Institute because of its achievements in renewable energy and sustainability.
Almazrouei said, “I hope this internship will have practical and theoretical application for the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering that I am studying at my university. I also hope that the knowledge I gain in the renewables industry will further improve my skills, and will help me in achieving my goals. I am certain that participating in this internship would help me to evolve into an international leader in the energy sector.”
The summer research internship program are designed to Inspire UAE undergraduate students to pursue graduate studies at the Masdar Institute. In addition, the projects within the program aim to promote a culture of research and innovation among local undergraduate students and the UAE community as a whole.