Engineering challenges of the 21st century are varied, complex, and cross-disciplinary. Ranging from the nano-scale to mega-projects, they are characterized by sustainability concerns, environmental and energy constraints, global sourcing, and humanitarian goals. In the face of global competition, dwindling natural resources, and the complexity of societal needs, the leaders of technological enterprises will be those who can innovate, are inventive and entrepreneurial, and understand how technology is integrated within society.

A distinguished and diverse faculty at NYU Abu Dhabi engages in state-of-the-art research, innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship. Their research is concentrated in five thematic areas:

  • Cyber Security
  • Robotics
  • Urban Systems
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Biomedical and Health Systems

Research Highlights

First Female Emirati Director appointed to NYU Abu Dhabi Center for Cyber Security

Center for Cyber Security

The Center is led by cryptology expert and UAE National Hoda Al Khzaimi. Our research areas span system and network security, digital forensics, trusted hardware design, and cyber-infrastructure connections.

NYU Abu Dhabi Institute to develop trustworthy and secure microprocessor chip

Design for Excellence Lab

Electronic chips manufactured today are more prone to security threats and defects. Our research goal is to design electronic chips that more secure and reliable.

Academic Programs

Engineering at NYUAD is designed to create technological leaders with a global perspective, a broad education, and the capacity to think creatively. A distinctive element of our undergraduate programs lie in the integration of design and innovation in every year of the curriculum: students enjoy a learning environment conducive to creativity, which is at the heart of tomorrow’s technological innovations and enterprises.

Undergraduate Programs Degree Major / minor
Civil Engineering BS Major
Computer Engineering BS Major
Electrical Engineering BS Major
Engineering   Minor
General Engineering BS Major
Mechanical Engineering BS Major

Undergraduate Multidisciplinary Programs Major / minor
Design Minor
The Environment Minor
Interactive Media Minor
Sound and Music Computing Minor
Urbanization Minor

Graduate Programs Degree
Global PhD Student Fellowship in Engineering PhD

News Highlights

Ramesh Jagannathan, Nano and Biomaterials Research Lab

Rhodes Trust Award

NYU Abu Dhabi Engineering faculty and startAD Managing Director Ramesh Jagannathan has been named a Rhodes Trust Inspirational Educator.

Designing Electronic Chips for Excellence

Unhackable Chip

NYUAD researchers have developed breakthrough computer chip technology.

LED Touch Art to Vitalize Abu Dhabi Walkways

LED Touch Art

NYU Abu Dhabi students have developed an electronic touchscreen system to transform ordinary underpasses along the Corniche waterfront into bright canvases of LED public art. 

Resident Expert: What Drives National Identity?

Smart Transportation

NYU Abu Dhabi engineers are working with Abu Dhabi Police on new ways to ease traffic congestion.

Engineering to Protect Coastal Cities

Preparing for Floods

Sea levels are rising, threatening coastal cities worldwide. Simulation tracking of commuter movements using cell phone location data can help engineers predict how drivers will react if roads are flooded.

 NYUAD Team Wins Drones for Good Competition

Drones for Good

A drone built by NYUAD students to help park rangers in the desert won first place in the UAE Drones for Good competition.