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.
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Two of the new NYUAD Research Centers established this summer involves the work of Engineering Co-PIs. This brings the total number of Research Institute Centers with Engineering faculty to three, the third being the Center for Cyber Security. Please see below for more details on their inter- and multi-disciplinary research:
The United Nations estimates over 60 percent of the population will live in urban areas by 2030. This rapid rate of urbanization is putting a strain on urban systems and posing new challenges across a multitude of sectors. The Center for Interacting Urban Networks has been established at NYUAD to develop fundamental research that can be translated into pragmatic ideas for increasing the livability of our cities.
The mathematical description of the instability of flowing water is one example of a "dynamical system" in Mathematics. This center will design and study dynamical systems, with a focus on hydrodynamics, and leverage the theoretical developments to advance applied research on a range of areas, from the impact of ocean flows on marine ecosystems to the behavior of crowds. The Center for Stability, Instability, and Turbulence will develop novel enabling technology to deal with these phenomena.
A distinguished and diverse engineering faculty at NYU Abu Dhabi engages in state-of-the-art research, innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship spanning five central themes:
"I was getting a job offer with a major developer in Dubai but I decided to return to Nepal and give back to my community. For the last two years, I have also been involved with planning the academics for Bloom Nepal School set up by one of my seniors who dared to leave a lucrative job at the World Bank and return home. I started as the Executive Director of BNS. Ours is a residential school and currently, we have 650 students based at two campuses across two cities in Nepal. Around 50% of our kids hail from a very underprivileged background and are on scholarship. We are aiming to establish one residential school in each of the newly formed seven provinces in Nepal. As the Executive Director and a Civil Engineer, I will also be overseeing the design and construction of our new schools alongside engineers from our network." - Chandan Mishra, Civil Engineering Major, NYUAD Class of 2019