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Message from Dean Samer Madanat

Samer Madanat, Dean of Engineering, NYUAD; Global Network Professor of Engineering, NYU

The 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 impacts, and humanitarian goals. In the face of dwindling natural resources, climate change, and the complexity of societal needs, the leaders of technological enterprises will be those who can innovate, and understand how technology is integrated within society.

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.

A distinguished and diverse faculty engages in research in emerging technology breakthroughs in robotics, cyber-security, smart cities, bioengineering, energy and environmental sustainability; and in design and innovation. We produce high quality research that responds in powerful and multidisciplinary ways to vital global and local challenges.

Engineering programs at NYU Abu Dhabi draw upon courses across an array of disciplines as well as from a fusion of technologies. Students gain a firm grounding across various science and engineering fields that underscore the technical component of an engineering education, but they also draw upon courses across the liberal arts curriculum to develop an understanding of cultural, political, economic, ethical, and public safety considerations that are integral to engineering solutions.

The Global PhD program in Engineering at NYUAD allows students to pursue doctoral degrees in Engineering. Together with NYU New York and NYU Shanghai, NYU Abu Dhabi forms the backbone of the global network university, creating a unique and unprecedented capacity for faculty and students to access all the resources of a research university system across the three campuses.