Masdar Institute appoints first UAE national to faculty

September 21, 2018

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Amal Abdulla Al Ghaferi, the first UAE national to join its group of 22 world-class faculty recruited from leading universities across the world.

She will take up the position of Assistant Professor at Masdar Institute and will teach in her field of Materials Science and Engineering with a research focus on nanotechnology and energy fields.

Masdar Institute is the Middle East’s first graduate-level, research driven institution focused on alternative energy and sustainable technologies. Established with the support and cooperation of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA, Masdar Institute welcomed its first cohort of 88 highly qualified students from around the world in September 2009.

Dr Al Ghaferi, an alumnus of UAE University, where she graduated in Physics with a GPA of 3.98, earned her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, USA. Dr Al Ghaferi has received a number of awards and fellowships. Among them are two Sheikh Rashid Scientific Distinction Awards – one for her PhD degree, and the other for her outstanding GPA for her undergraduate qualification. She received the 2009 Women in Science and Technology Fellowship from the US Department of State at University of Michigan, as well as funding in 2009 from the UK Prime Minister’s Initiative to conduct a study on organic memory devices using carbon nanotubes as charge storage elements.

“I believe that my position at Masdar Institute will open doors to pursuing my research in nanotechnology and energy fields. I am looking forward to this challenging mission and hope to become a role model to all UAE Nationals” Dr Al Ghaferi said.

Dr John Perkins, Provost of Masdar Institute, said. “I am delighted to welcome Dr Al Ghaferi to the Masdar Institute. Dr Al Ghaferi will make a very significant constituent to the Institute’s research and teaching. She is also an excellent role model to young people interested in pursuing a career in science and technology.”