Masdar Institute of Science and Technology has announced the launch of a Master’s degree program in Chemical Engineering that will be available to its next intake of students in September 2011. The new program will help establish core capabilities that can support regional and global industries in their efforts to become more efficient and sustainable. It is the eighth Master of Science degree being offered by Masdar Institute — the first graduate-level university in the region that is dedicated to providing real-world solutions to issues of sustainability.
Masdar Institute’s Chemical Engineering Program will provide a supply of local chemical engineers to companies based in Abu Dhabi and abroad, offering expertise in the latest developments in this fundamental discipline. The program is designed to complement the existing Master’s programs and contribute to the development of core capabilities needed for the development of energy and sustainable technologies.
In particular, there will be a focus on building capabilities in carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), which is a means of mitigating the environmental impact of chemical industrial process emissions and fossil fuel combustion. The program is also of relevance to the fields of energy, environment and manufacturing that require expertise in chemical engineering-related fields such as thermal-fluid sciences and chemical processes. Biotechnology is also of importance as engineers will combine biology with engineering tools to develop an understanding of living systems that will create new opportunities in the development of catalysts, polymers and other chemical engineering research areas.
Dr. Marwan Khraisheh, Dean of Engineering at Masdar Institute, said: “The launch of a new Master’s program demonstrates the ambition and continued growth of Masdar Institute. Chemical engineering has an important place in the development of clean technology solutions, and Masdar Institute hopes to supply local, regional and international businesses with a talented pool of chemical engineers that will help them become more efficient and deploy sustainable technologies and practices.
Located in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Masdar Institute aims to support Abu Dhabi’s economic diversification by nurturing highly-skilled human and intellectual capital and partnering with industry leaders that are transforming the economy to one that is knowledge-based and that will enhance Abu Dhabi’s position as a leader in global energy.
Masdar Institute’s degree programs have been developed in cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.