KU Professor Awarded as ‘Mission Innovation Champion’

Faculty among 19 Honored with ‘Mission Innovation Champions’ Award at Fourth Annual Ministerial Meeting in Canada

Dr. Mohamed El Moursi, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, became one of 19 winners of ‘Mission Innovation Champions’ award at a ceremony held on the sidelines of Mission Innovation’s fourth annual Ministerial meeting in Vancouver, Canada. The Mission Innovation program recognizes the most exceptional researcher and innovator from each participating Mission Innovation member country who is developing novel ways of making energy cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable and using it more efficiently.

Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, said: “International recognitions such as the ‘Mission Innovation Champions’ award strongly reflects our faculty’s research expertise and the ability to attract world class industry collaborations for grants. The scale and extent of the research also illustrate Khalifa University’s consistent contributions to the growth of the clean energy sector in general and the UAE’s smart grid area in particular. Congratulations to Dr. Mohamed El Moursi for this honor and I believe our accomplishments will gather even more momentum across all research areas as we continue to raise our benchmark for excellence in innovation.”

Dr. El Moursi’s research addresses challenges to increasing penetration of solar PV power generation and the resulting uncertainty, the integration of nuclear power generation, and changes in the power system’s stability profile due to interconnections within the GCC countries. He is also the recipient of the Faculty Research Excellence Award 2018 for the College of Engineering at Khalifa University. His research works have been published in top-tier (Q1) journals, and his research outcome have led to US patents.

Dr. El Moursi has also designed and developed several in-house experimental prototypes and tools, which are currently in the implementation phase. For example, Abu Dhabi Transmission & Despatch Company Transco and Manitoba Hydro International (Canada) has financially supported the implementation of the innovative Stability Assessment, Visualization and Enhancement (SAVE Tool) with renewable energy integration. Also, Elia Grid International (Belgium) has financially supported the implementation of the innovative Renewable Energy Management System (REMS Tool). Dr. El Moursi initially developed REMS concept along with his students for dispatching hybrid renewable energy systems with minimum utilization of energy storage systems.

Launched in 2015, Mission Innovation is a global initiative of 23 countries, including the UAE, working to reinvigorate and accelerate global clean energy innovation with the objective to make clean energy widely affordable.

The Mission Innovation Champions Program attracted wide interest from academia, business and research communities across the participating member countries. Following a rigorous competition, including peer-to-peer reviews and evaluations by a diverse panel of experts, the top-scoring candidates from each country were selected to travel to Vancouver to be recognized by their Ministers and the clean energy community as Mission Innovation Champions.

With 16 research centers that drive innovation in the UAE’s strategic sectors including clean energy, Khalifa University remains prominent among the academic institutions that contribute to creating intellectual and human capital driving the country’s knowledge economy transformation. These research centers focus on some of the high-technology areas including clean energy, energy storage, composites and advanced materials, artificial intelligence, robotics, aerospace, nuclear engineering, biomedical engineering, data science, information security, transport and logistics, water and environment, healthcare, civil security, nanotechnology and petroleum exploration technologies.

Clarence Michael
News Writer
12 June 2019