Friday, February 23, 2018
Masdar Institute Professor wins Khalifa Award for Education 2017

H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Chairman of the Council of Trustees of the Khalifa Award for Education, has presented the prestigious award to Dr. Hassan Arafat, Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.

Dr. Arafat won the ‘Distinguished University Professor in the Field of Scientific Research’ award in the ‘Higher Education within the UAE and the Arab World’ category. Dedicated to university professors who teach academic courses, the award committee selects winners on criteria such as teaching, scientific research and serving the university and the community.

The Khalifa Award for Education Award aims to promote education in the UAE and the Arab world by encouraging and motivating creative and outstanding individuals. It aims to usher in a new dynamism in the educational process, in tune with contemporary advancements in scientific knowledge and information technology.

Dr. Arafat said, "This award would not have been possible without the continuous support from Masdar Institute. The research culture, the talented students, the excellent lab facilities and equipment, and the academic freedom to pursue frontline research, were all instrumental in transforming me into the researcher I am today, with achievements worthy of such high recognition. I express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to everyone at Masdar Institute for all the support."

Dr. Hassan Arafat leads the Membrane and Sustainable Desalination Research Group, MSDR, at Masdar Institute, where he focuses on developing sustainable desalination processes through innovative membrane technologies. This includes synthesis, characterisation, and process testing of novel, high-flux and fouling-resistant membranes for desalination applications, especially in membrane distillation, MD, and reverse osmosis, RO. In addition, he has projects on system, economic and thermodynamic modelling of desalination processes. He also has research interests in water and food security.

Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, Interim Provost at Masdar Institute, said, "We congratulate Dr. Arafat for winning this prestigious award that recognises his commitment to excellence in research. He has contributed to advancing science in key areas, like desalination, water treatment, and waste management, which is helping to meet the UAE’s goal of improved water security. Dr. Arafat is a credit to the Institute and his award, during Masdar Institute’s ten year anniversary celebrations, could not have come at a better time."

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