Dr. Toufic Mezher

Dr. Toufic Mezher

Professor and Associate Chair of Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Toufic Mezher is a Professor of Engineering Systems and Management at Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KUST) since 2017. Before Joining KUST, he was a Professor of Engineering Systems and Management at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (2008-2016) and Professor of Engineering Management at the American University in Beirut from 1992 to 2007.  He earned a BS in Civil Engineering from University of Florida, and a Master and ScD in Engineering Management from George Washington University in 1988 and 1992 respectively.  Energy Strategy and Policy; Technology Strategy, Entrepreneurship  and Innovation; Sustainable Development; Cybersecurity Policy; Business Analytics, Data Intelligence, and Knowledge Management; and Sustainable Construction.

Address: Abu Dhabi UAE

Telephone: +971-2-810 9160

Email: toufic.mezher@ku.ac.ae

  • BS in Civil Engineering from University of Florida, and a Master and ScD in Engineering Management from George Washington University in 1988 and 1992 respectively
  • ESMA607 Management & Entrepreneurship for Engineers
  • ESMA618 Management of Technology and Innovation
  • ESMA711 Technology Strategy
  • ESMA708 Sustainable Development: Theory and Policy
  • Research projects:
    • Analysis of the Existing Development Strategies in UAE from Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus Perspectives to Enhance the Policy Decision Making Process.
    • Building an Optimization Model for Water-Energy Nexus for the Abu Dhabi Emirate:  Economic & Environmental Perspectives.
    • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Market Analysis Potential for UAE
    • Using Data mining Techniques to Analyze Historical Trends in Renewable Energy Technologies and Policies in the IRENA/IEA Graph Database

    Research interests:

    Energy Strategy and Policy; Technology Strategy, Entrepreneurship  and Innovation; Sustainable Development; Cybersecurity Policy; Business Analytics, Data Intelligence, and Knowledge Management; and Sustainable Construction.


  1. Choucri N., Mezher T., Haghseta F., Baker W.R., Ortiz C., and Mistree, D. (Eds). Mapping Sustainability: Knowledge e-Networking and the Value Chain, Alliance for Global Sustainability Book series, Vol. 11, 2007, ISBN: 978-1-4020-6070-0, Springer.

 Refereed Journals

  1. Muzhikyan, A., Mezher, T., and Farid AM. Power System Enterprise Control with Inertial Response Procurement, Accepted for publication at IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, DOI: 10.1109/TPWRS.2017.2782085.
  2. Al Jeaidi, A., Mezher, T. The Sustainable Development Practices of the Insurance Industry in UAE. Forthcoming in International Journal of Sustainable Society, 2017.
  3. Mondal, A, and Mezher, T., Application of energy optimization models to design sustainable energy system: A review, Engineering Journal of Application & Scopes, 2(1), 1-8, 2017.
  4. Almazrouei M., Asad A., Abu Zahra M., Mezher T., Tsai, I. (2017) ,“CO2-Enhanced Oil Recovery System Optimization for Contract-Based versus Integrated Operations” Energy Procedia 105: 4357-4362.
  5. Al Awadhi, S. Abbas, Z., Mezher, T., Dawelbait, G., Tsai, I., and Al-Hosany, N. Analyzing Sustainable Development Impacts of Large-Scale Clean Development Mechanism Projects on Host Countries. Int. J. of Thermal & Environmental Engineering, 14 (2), 153-161, 2017.
  6. Mezher, T., Dawelbait, G., Tsai, I., and Al-Hosany, N. Building Eco-Cities of the Future: The Example of Masdar City. Int. J. of Thermal & Environmental Engineering, 12 (1), 1-8, 2016.
  7. Mezher, T., El Khatib, S., and Sooriyaarachchi, T.H.  Cyberattacks on Critical Infrastructure and Potential Sustainable Development Impacts.  International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism, 5(3), 1-19, July-September 2015.
  8. Sooriyaarachchi, T.H., Tsai, I., El Khatib, S., Farid, A., and Mezher, T. Job Creation Potentials and Skill Requirements in, PV, CSP, Wind, Water-to-Energy and Energy Efficiency Value Chains Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 52, pp. 653-668, December 2015.
  9. Saif, O, Mezher, T., Arafat, H. Water security in the GCC countries: Challenges and opportunities. J Environ Stud Sci, Vol. 4, pp. 329–346, 2014. (DOI: 10.1007/s13412-014-0178-8).
  10. Kaya, A., Mezher, T., Tsai, I. Firms’ Perspective on Technology Relatedness and Adaptation: A Survey on Renewable Energy Firms, International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance, Vol. 5, No. 5, October 2014.
  11. Lin, Y., Griffiths, S., Tsai, I., and Mezher, T. Technology Strategy in the Solar and Wind Renewable Energy Industries, Engineering Management Reviews Journal, Vol. 3, pp. 1-22, 2014.
  12. Kapsalyamova1, Z., Mezher, T., Al Hosany, N., and Tsai, I. Are Low Carbon Cities Attractive to Clean tech Firms? Empirical Evidence from a Survey, Sustainable Cities and Society, Vol.13, Pages 125-138, 2014.
  13. Hawila, D., Kennedy, S. Mondal, A, and Mezher, T., Renewable Energy Readiness Assessment for North African Countries, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 33, pp. 128–140, 2014.
  14. Mondal, A., Kennedy, S., and Mezher, T., Long-term optimization of United Arab Emirates energy future: Policy implications, Applied Energy, Vol.114, 466-474, 2014.
  15. Mezher, T., Tabbara, S., and Al Hosany, N. An Overview of CSR in the Renewable Energy Sector: Examples from Masdar Initiative in Abu Dhabi.  Management of Environmental Quality, v 21, n6, pp. 744 – 760, 2010.
  16. Chaaban, F., Mezher, T., Ouwayjan, M., “Options for Emission Reduction from Power Plants-Economic Evaluation.” International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems, v26, n1, 2004, Pages 57-63.
  17. Hawila, D., Kennedy, S. Mondal, A, and Mezher, T. The GCC countries RE-readiness: Strengths and gaps for development of renewable energy technologies. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 54, pp. 1114-1128, 2016.
  18. Mezher, T., Griffiths, S., Abu Zahra, M. and Abbas, Z., Outlook for a Power Generation Fuel Transition in the MENA Region.  Journal of Energy Engineering.  Vol. 141, No.3, pp. 040140261-11, 2015. (DOI:  10.1061/(ASCE)EY.1943-7897.0000204).
  19. Al Abd, Y.  and  Mezher, T., Toward Building a National Innovation System in UAE, Int. J. of Thermal & Environmental Engineering, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 109-124, 2014.
  20. Mondal, A., Mezher, T., Deployment of renewable energy technologies in Bangladesh: Long-term policy implications in power sector, Energy Strategy Reviews, Vol. 2, pp. 307-312, 2014.
  21. Nurrokhmah, L., Mezher, T., and Abu-Zahra, Evaluation of Handling and Reuse Approaches for the Waste Generated from MEA-based CO2 Capture with the Consideration of Regulations in the UAE. Environmental Science & Technology, Vol. 47, pp. 13644–13651, 2013.
  22. Abbas, Z., Mezher, T., and Abu-Zahra, M.R.M., CO2 Purification Part II: Techno-Economic Evaluation of Oxygen and Water Deep Removal Processes. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, Vol. 16, pp. 335–341, 2013.
  23. Abbas, Z., Mezher, T., and Abu-Zahra, M.R.M. CO2 Purification Part I: Purification Requirement Review and the Selection of Impurities Deep Removal Technologies. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, Vol. 16, pp. 324–334, 2013.
  24. Ferroukhi, R., Hawila, D., Ghazal, N., and Mezher, T., Renewable energy in the GCC: Status and Challenges, International Journal of Energy Sector Management, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 84-112, 2013.
  25. Fath H., Sadik, A., and  Mezher, T., Present and Future Trend in the Production and Energy Consumption of Desalinated Water in GCC Countries, Int. J. of Thermal & Environmental Engineering, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 155-165, 2013.
  26. Mezher, T., Dawelbait, G., Abbas, Z. Renewable energy policy options for Abu Dhabi: drivers and barriers, Energy Policy Journal, Vol. 42, pp. 315–328, 2012.
  27. Mezher, T., Goldsmith, D., and Choucri, N. Renewable Energy in Abu Dhabi: Opportunities and Challenges, ASCE Journal of Energy Engineering, Vol.137, No.4, pp. 169-176, 2011.
  28. Henschel, A., Dawelbait, G., Mezher, T., and Woon, W.L. “Forecasting Renewable Energy Technologies in Desalination and Power Generation using Taxonomies,” Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development, v2, n3, pp. 79-93, 2011.
  29. Mezher, T., Building Future Sustainable Cities: The Need for a New Mindset, Construction Innovation,  v11, n2, pp 136-141, 2011.
  30. Mezher, T, Fath, H., Abbas, Z. and Khaled, A. Techno-economic Assessment and Environmental Impacts of Desalination Technologies, Desalination Journal, v266, n1-3, pp. 263-273, 2011.
  31. Mezher, T., Noamani, D., Abdul-Malak, M.A., and Maddah, B. Analyzing Sustainability Knowledge in the Arab World. Sustainable Development, 19, 402–416, 2011.
  32. Choucri, N., Goldsmith, D., and Mezher, T.  Renewable Energy Policy in an Oil-Exporting Country: The Case of the United Arab Emirates. Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review, v1, n1, pp. 77-86, 2010.
  33. Ajam, M., Alshawi, M., and Mezher, T. Augmented Process Model for e-Tendering: Towards Integrating Object Models with Document Management Systems. Automation in Construction, 19, pp. 762–778, 2010.
  34. Mezher, T., Abdul-Malak, A., Khaled, M. Toward Building A Knowledge Management System in A Design Firm: The Case of XYZ Firm. Journal of Cases on Information Technology (JCIT), v 11, n3, pp. 1-17, 2009.
  35. Mezher, T., Nassrallah, W., Alameddine, A., “Management of Technological Innovation in the Lebanese Industry,” Int. J. Arab Culture, Management and Sustainable Development, v1, n1, pp. 5-22, 2008.
  36. El-Souda, R., Mezher, T., Nassrallah, W., Ajam, M., “Entrepreneurship in Lebanon: A Model for Successes and Failures,” Int. J. Arab Culture, Management and Sustainable Development, v1, n1, pp. 34-52, 2008.
  37. Jamali, D., Mezher, T., and Bitar, H., “Corporate social responsibility and the challenge of triple bottom line integration: insights from the Lebanese context,” International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development (IJESD), v5, n4, pp. 395 – 414, 2006.
  38. Majdalani, Z., Ajam, M., and Mezher, T., “Sustainable Construction in Lebanon,” Construction Innovation, v6, n1, pp. 33-46, 2006.
  39. Mezher, T., Abdul-Malak, M.A., Ghosn, I., and Ajam, M. “Knowledge Management in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Consulting: A Case Study,” Journal of Management in Engineering, ASCE, v21, n3, pp. 138-147, July 2005.
  40. Chaaban, F, Karaki, S., Chedid, R., Mezher, T., Hamzeh, A., Yahya, A., and Harb, A., “Electric Energy Access in Developing Nations: Case Studies from Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria,” World Resources Review, vol.17, No.3, pp: 410-428, 2005.
  41. Mezher, T., Ajam, M., and Shehab, M., “The Historical Impact of ISO 9000 On Lebanese Firms,” Quality Assurance Journal, v11, n1, pp. 25-42, 2004.
  42. Mezher, T. Abdul-Malak, M.A., Arnaout S., Bassil, Z., Public Projects Programming System (3PS): A Decision Support System for Public Sector Investment. Journal of Construction Innovation, v4, n2, pp. 99-111, 2004.
  43. El-Fadel M., Chahine M. Baaj H. and Mezher T. “Assessment of Noise Impacts at Airports.” International Journal of Environmental Studies, v59, n4, 2002, pp. 447- 467.
  44. Mezher, T., Jamali, D.,and Zreik, C., “The Role of Financial Institutions in the Sustainable Development of Lebanon,” Sustainable Development, v10, n2, 2002, pp. 69-78.
  45. El-Fadel M., Zeinati M., Ghaddar N., and Mezher T., “Uncertainty in Estimating and Mitigating Industrial Related GHG Emissions.” Energy Policy, 29, 1031-1043, 2001.
  46. Mezher, T., “The Transformation of Lebanese Firms From ISO 9000 Certified To TQM,” Quality Assurance Journal, v8, n1, 2000, pp.37-56.
  47. Mezher, T. and Zreik, C., “Current Environmental Management Practices in the Lebanese Manufacturing Sector,” Eco-Management and Auditing Journal, v7, n3 September 2000, pp. 131-142.
  48. Mezher, T. “Strategies for Industrial and Technological Development of Middle Eastern Countries.” International Journal of Environmental Studies, v57, n5, 2000, pp. 543 – 562.
  49. Mezher, T., Abdul-Malak, M.A., and Medawar, H., “Applying Total Quality Management Techniques to Improve Software Development.” Quality Assurance Journal, v6, n3, 1999, pp.149-164.
  50. Mezher, T. and Ramadan, H., “The Costs and Benefits of Getting the ISO 9000 Certification in the Manufacturing Sector in Saudi Arabia.” Quality Assurance Journal, v6, n2, 1999, pp. 107-122.
  51. Ghaddar, N, Mezher, T., “Modeling of Current and Future Energy Intensity and Green House Gas Emissions of the Lebanese Industrial Sector: Assessment of Mitigation Options”, Applied Energy Journal, v63, n1, June 1999, pp. 53-74.
  52. Chedid, R., Mezher, T., Jarroush, C., “Energy Resource Allocation Using Fuzzy Linear Programming.” International Journal of Energy Research, v23, n4, 1999, pp. 303-317.
  53. Mezher, T., Abdul-Malak, M.A. and Dayya, M. “Decision Support System for Managing Infrastructure Telecommunication Projects.” Management in Engineering Journal, ASCE, v15, n1, 1999, pp. 74-81.
  54. Mezher, T., Chedid, R., Zahabi, W., “Energy Resource Allocation Using Multiobjective Goal Programming: The Case of Lebanon”, Applied Energy Journal, v61, n4, December 1998, pp. 175-192.
  55. Mezher, T., Abdul-Malak, M.A. and Maarouf, B. “Embedding Critics in Decision Making Environments to Reduce Human Errors.” Knowledge-Based Systems, v11, n3, November1998, pp. 229-237.
  56. Mezher, T., Tawil, W. “Causes of Delays in the Construction Industry.” Engineering Construction and Architecture Management Journal, v5, n3, September 1998, pp. 252-260.
  57. Mezher, T., Abdul-Malak, M.A. and Mokahal, M. “A Heuristic Rule-Based Procedure for Identifying Obstacle to the Diffusion of Construction Technologies.” International Journal of ConstructionInformation Technology, v6, n1, July 1998, pp. 25-46.
  58. Silverman, B.G. and Mezher T. “A Study of Strategies for Computerized Critiquing of Programmers.” Empirical Software Engineering, Kluwer Academic Publishers, v2, n4, 1997, 339-60.
  59. Mezher, T. “Sustainable Development Strategies for Lebanon.” Sustainable Development, John Wiley,v5, n2, 1997, 55-64.
  60. Mezher, T. “Using Expert Critiquing Systems in Engineering Education and Training,” Computers in Education Journal, ASEE, v6, n2, 1996, 43-49.
  61. Abdul-Malak, M.A., Mezher, T. and Murphree, L.E. “Decision Support System Framework for Construction Technology Transfer and Diffusion,” Transportation Research Record 1491, Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC, 1995, 49-61.
  62. Mezher, T. “Energy Expenditure in the Human Body”, Sci-Quest Magazine, v4, n3, August 1994.
  63. Hieb, M., Silverman, B.G. and Mezher T. “Rule Acquisition For Dynamic Engineering Domains”, Heuristics, v5, n3, 1992, 72-82.
  64. Silverman, B.G. and Mezher T. “Expert Critics in Engineering Design: Lessons Learned and Research Needs”, AI Magazine, v13, n1, 1992, 45-62.

Book Chapters:

  1. A. Al Bloushi, A. Giwa, T. Mezher, S.W. Hasan, “Environmental Impact and Techno-Economic Analysis of Hybrid MSF/RO Desalination: The Case Study Al Taweelah A2 Plant,” In Sustainable Desalination Handbook: Process Design and Implementation Strategies, Elsevier, Forthcoming, 2017.
  2. Kaya A., Choucri N., Tsai I., Mezher T. (2017), “Energy consumption and transition dynamics to a sustainable future under a rentier economy The case of the GCC states,” in Sustainability in the Gulf: Challenges and Opportunities, Routledge.
  3. Kiani, A., Mezher, T. Griffiths, S., and El Khatib, S., Potential Impact of Methane Hydrate Development on GCC and NEA Energy Trade, in Energy Relations and Policy Making in Asia, Editor: Lester, L., Springer, 2016, pp. 31-51, DOI 10.1007/978-981-10-1094-1_3.
  4. Mezher, T., Ajam, M., Integrating Quality, Environmental, and Supply Chain Management Systems into the Learning Organization, in Greening the Supply Chain, Editors: J. Sarkis and P. Rao, Springer Publishing, 2006, pp. 67-85.
  5. Mezher, T., Park, J., Meeting the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Challenges in GCC Economies: Masdar Initiative Case Study in The GCC Economies, Part 2,  Springer, pp. 69-84, 2012.
  6. Mezher, T., El Fadel, M., Farkouh, W., “Towards Corporate Social Responsibility: The Pulp and Paper Industry in Lebanon,” in Corporate Social Responsibility: Extended Responsibility of Supply Chains. Reddy, S. Editor, ICFAI Books, pp. 121-160, 2004.
  7. Mezher, T., “Sustainable Manufacturing in Lebanon,” in Greener Manufacturing and Operations: From Design to Delivery and Back, ed. Joe Sarkis, Greenleaf Publishing, December 2001, pp. 121-135 (Invited).
  8. Ghaddar, N, and Mezher, T., “Environmental and Economic Assessment of Mitigation Options for Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Lebanese Industrial Sector,” in Combustion Technologies for a Clean Environment Vol. 5, ed. Scott Samuelsen, Gordon and Breach Publishers, 2001.

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