MI alumni are among our greatest achievements, as they carry forward the innovative technological skills and vision for sustainability that are at the core of MI. Here we share some testimonials about the MI experience from some of our growing number of alumni.

Brian Warshay, MSc in Engineering Systems and Management Graduate, Class of 2011: “My life-cycle assessment research and thesis helped me hone my research and technical writing skills. My volunteer work on the Zayed Future Energy Prize judging committee introduced me to some folks at Lux Research, which I eventually cultivated into a job.” 

Karim Mousa, MSc in Engineering Systems and Management Graduate Class of 2011: “The most valuable skill I developed from my time at Masdar Institute was marketing research. This has seriously helped me in my professional work, which requires thorough understanding of our market environment, the technologies that the market can adapt, and the customer's/government's capabilities.”

John Sitler, MSc in Engineering Systems and Management Graduate, Class of 2011: “Masdar Institute provided me with a foundation in clean technology that I was able to successfully combine with my experience in finance to kick-start a career in green investment.”

Hamzah AlZubi, MSc in Computing and Information Science Graduate, Class of 2011: “Masdar Institute provided me with the complex problem-solving skills, analytical thinking abilities, awareness of sustainability, and technical computing skills – particularly in the areas of machine learning and data analytics – that contributed to my doctoral degree achievement.”

Laura Stupin, MSc in Engineering Systems and Management Graduate, Class of 2011: “The Managing Technology and Innovation course at Masdar Institute helped me analyze the effect of new technologies on different markets at different stages of their development. The course also opened my eyes to how the structure of an organization can be crafted to foster creativity and enable flexibility to meet changing market conditions. The lessons learned as part of this course have proved extremely beneficial throughout my professional career.”

Mohammad Mowafaq Qasim, MSc in Electrical Power Engineering Graduate, Class of 2012: “My work and experience at Masdar Institute is a major reason why [I have gone on to study at MIT for my PhD]. I published three journal articles and one conference paper when I was at Masdar Institute.” 

Wan Abdul Matiin, MSc in Water and Environmental Engineering Graduate, Class of 2012: “Being among the second cohort of MI graduates, I am proud to have experienced living and working in a setup that demonstrated dedication and commitment to cutting edge sustainability R&D. While at MI, I always looked forward to the stimulating experience of collaborating with the brilliant and diverse mix of talent at work, besides the raw thrill of living and working in an experimental city set on pushing our creative boundaries.”  

Maitha Al Kaabi, MSc in Water and Environmental Engineering Graduate, Class of 2012: “Masdar Institute provided me with a powerful combination of technical understanding from coursework and research along with knowledge of policy-making from institute activities, such as the student ambassador's program and the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) program.”

Fazil Abdul Rahiman, MSc in Electrical Power Engineering Graduate, Class of 2012: “Masdar Institute instilled in me the ambition, confidence and expertise to engage in finding answers to the globe's pressing issues: climate change and energy efficiency.”

Aravind Muthiah, MSc in Chemical Engineering Graduate, Class of 2013: “The exposure provided at Masdar Institute was the perfect platform to launch my career. I will go as far to say that without Masdar Institute's patronage I would definitely not have as many opportunities as I have had and instead would have found numerous barriers in my way.”

Nada Al Meqbali, MSc in Computing and Information Science Graduate, Class of 2013: “Masdar Institute creates outstanding people.”

Mohamed Al Sharhan, MSc in Engineering Systems and Management Graduate, Class of 2013: “The courses at Masdar Institute helped me develop my analytical and research skills, which help me accurately assess a situation, seek multiple perspectives, gather more information if necessary, and identify key issues that need to be addressed.”

Abdul Fattah Popoola, MSc in Computing and Information Science Graduate, Class of 2013: “Masdar Institute helped me come to appreciate the value of grit, determination and perseverance while working towards a goal. My time at MI taught me not to ever give up, even if all appears to be lost.”

Bahaa Radi, MSc in Microsystems Engineering Graduate, Class of 2014: “Masdar Institute provided me with very useful skills especially in my research field. The training I received was very useful and the supervisors were excellent. I have applied the skills I learned in many situations. Masdar Institute has been a very important stepping stone in becoming the successful researcher I hope I can be someday.”

Reem Ketait, MSc in Engineering Systems and Management Graduate, Class of 2014: “As new joiners, many of us walked around Masdar Institute with a hint of doubt about sustainability. Yet we all emerged as truly converted sustainability-seeking professionals. It was our first sustainable home after all!”