Abu Dhabi-UAE: 23 June, 2013 – A total of 22 talented UAE national undergraduates began their week-long hands-on labs experience on 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 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, organized 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’.
Serving as a key pillar of innovation and human capital, Masdar Institute remains fundamental to Masdar’s core objectives of developing Abu Dhabi’s knowledge economy and finding solutions to humanity’s toughest challenges such as climate change.
Established as an on-going 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 through education and research.