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Arab-American Frontiers Home > 4th Symposium


The fourth Arab-American Frontiers symposium was held in partnership with the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, NYU Abu Dhabi, Khalifa University and Petroleum Institute, and hosted by the Masdar Institute on November 5-7, 2016. The meeting convened U.S. and Arab scientists, engineers and medical professionals to discuss major scientific advances on a wide array of topics relevant to the MENA region and globally.
This program brings together outstanding young scientists, engineers, and medical professionals from the United States and the 22 countries of the Arab League for a series of symposia to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields. The goal of these meetings is to enhance the scientific exchange and dialogue among young researchers in Arab countries and the United States, including the Arab science diaspora, and through this interaction, facilitate research collaboration within and beyond the region. 

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On April 23-24, 2016, the symposium's organizing committee members met at Masdar Institute to discuss the research topics to be presented at the plenary sessions of the upcoming symposium.They were asked to write the outline of their respective sessions, address cutting-edge scientific questions that are relevant to the Arab world as well as to the United States, and identify exciting advances and opportunities for future research and cross-disciplinary collaboration. The session topics to be presented at the upcoming symposium are:

  • Session I: Solar Energy and Water for Sustainable Living
  • Session II: Nanotechnology for Next Generation Electronics and Photonics
  • Session III: Exploring the Brain
  • Session IV: Advances in Petroleum Geosciences, Oil and Gas Exploration
  • Session V: New Spacecraft Technologies for Earth and Space Exploration
One of the main objectives of Frontiers symposia is to foster pluridisciplinary dialogue and collaborations. Therefore, while speakers in each session are selected as experts in the topics above, each general participant also has the opportunity to present his or her research during poster sessions.

The following individuals served as organizing committee members:

Dr. Nader Behdad, University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA
Dr. TieJun Zhang, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, UAE


Dr. Fajhan Al Mutairi, Schlumberger, Kuwait
Dr. Mohammed Amer, King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology, KSA
Dr. Hassan Arafat, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, UAE
Dr. Bethany L. Ehlmann, California Institute of Technology, USA
Dr. Nicholas Xuanlai Fang, Massachusets Institute of Technology, USA
Dr. Mona Jarrahi, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Dr. Masa Prodanovic , University of Texas, USA
Dr. Maoruane Temimi, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, UAE
Dr. Mohammad A. Qasaimeh, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE
Dr. Amina Qutub, Rice University, USA
Please see the biographies of our committee members to learn more about the diverse fields they work in and their contributions in research.

The fourth Arab American Frontiers symposium is made possible by the support of 
the Masdar Institute, Petroleum Institute, Khalifa University, NYUAD, NSF, and NASA.





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