Engineering Industry Advisory Council

The Engineering Division at NYU Abu Dhabi continues to develop a unique and innovative engineering curriculum for the 21st century. This is designed to educate leaders who have the talent, experience and dedication to make a significant difference towards the betterment of humankind in a highly technologically advanced and global world.

The Industry Advisory Council will assist in this mission in:

  1. Providing feedback on industry wide education and research activities for our faculty and students.
  2. Assisting in connecting our students with internship, externship, and employment opportunities in collaboration with the NYUAD Career Development Center.
  3. Supporting Engineering through written and verbal communications with the NYUAD Academic Leadership, and with various Accreditation agencies as needed.
  4. Providing industry feedback regarding our research centers, programs and activities.

Council Members

Name Title Affiliation
Mahir Nayfeh (Chair)
Partner McKinsey & Company
Geoff Akiki President Hoya Blanks
Omran Assa Vice President and Business Development Manager for Middle East and North Africa
Bechtel Infrastructure Global Business Unit
Naguib Attia
Vice President, Global University Programs
Mohamed Baka
Chief Executive Office
High Colleges of Technology Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT)
Peter Baumgartner
Senior Strategic Advisor Etihad Aviation Group
Jeffrey Bohn Managing Director Swiss Re Institute
Philip Bourne Regional Director Middle East Amiantit, Bahrain
Charles Camarda Senior Advisor for Innovation, Office of Chief Engineer
Titia De Mes
Technical Lead
Water for Industry Leader
Arvind Goverdhan
Executive Vice President Stanley D. Lindsey and Associates, Ltd.
Rachael McDonnell
Principal Researcher
International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Bob Prieto
Chairman and CEO Strategic Program Management LLC
Melvina Tarazi
Chief Strategy Officer and Vice President, Head of Business Development and Industries SAP
Samer Madanat Dean of Engineering NYU Abu Dhabi
Fatma Abdulla
Senior Vice Provost, Strategy and Planning
NYU Abu Dhabi
Sunil Kumar
Interim Vice Provost of Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs; Global Network Professor of Engineering; Professor of Mechanical Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
NYU New York / NYU Abu Dhabi
Ramesh Jagannathan
Research Professor of Engineering; Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship; Managing Director of startAD NYU Abu Dhabi