Dr. Mutasem El Fadel is the acting chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Prior to joining Khalifa University, Dr. El-Fadel was a Professor and Chairperson at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He also was a Chair Professor and Head of the Environment Research Division at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. A Civil Engineer by background, Prof. El-Fadel holds an MS in Environmental Engineering, an MS in Water Resources Engineering, and a PhD in Environmental Engineering, all from Stanford University, California.
His research targets the modeling of environmental systems with particular emphasis on waste and water management. Much of his work was funded by international organizations including the United Nations, the US Agency for International Development, the European Commission, the International Development and Research Center of Canada, the Swedish International Development Agency, the German Society for International Cooperation and many others.
With a distinguished record of sustained highly cited interdisciplinary publications in top tier high-impact international outlets, he was awarded the Scientific Research of Excellence by the National Council for Scientific Research and the Dar Al-Handasah (Shair & partners) Endowed Chair in Engineering at AUB. At the professional level, Prof. El-Fadel has been involved extensively as an expert advisor/consultant on various high level projects and programs in the US, Europe, and the Middle East & North Africa (MENA). He served in US Federal Courts to provide expert testimony related to cases in environmental dispute resolution. He equally served for nearly two decades as a senior consultant to the World Bank on environmental safeguards of large-scale infrastructure projects in the MENA region.