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
Peter Baumgartner
Chairman Bluearbre Ltd.
Jeffrey Bohn Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) One Concern
Titia De Mes
Sustainability Manager Abu Dhabi Seweage Services Company (ADSSC)
Arvind Goverdhan
Executive Vice President Stanley D. Lindsey and Associates, Ltd.
Rachael McDonnell
Deputy Director General International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Bob Prieto
Chairman and CEO Strategic Program Management LLC
Melvina Tarazi
Partner at McKinsey & Company, McKinsey Digital McKinsey & Company
Ibrahim Abe Saad Board Member Dar Group
Samer Madanat Dean of Engineering NYU Abu Dhabi
Fatma Abdulla
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategy and Planning NYU Abu Dhabi
Sunil Kumar
Program Head of Mechanical Engineering; Professor of Mechanical Engineering NYU New York / NYU Abu Dhabi
Ramesh Jagannathan
Research Professor of Engineering; Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship; Managing Director of startAD NYU Abu Dhabi

Academic Announcements

We are pleased to share the following Announcements on COVID-19 from our members:

The Epic Education Foundation is getting ready to launch an open online 8-week program of study in the ICED methodology around a new Epic Challenge entitled:  “Pandemic Proof World”. Finalists in each design solution category will be selected to present to a global audience of industry leads, faculty, and subject-matter-experts.
Contributed by: Charles Camarda

In response to COVID-19, IBM is offering tools and technology to all faculty and students globally. For more details, please visit their website:
Contributed by: Naguib Attia


Media Releases

Charles Camarda, The EPIC Education Foundation
Dr. Charles Camarda on learning to fail
The Connected Leadership Podcast | October 12, 2020

Jeffrey Bohn, SwissRE Institute
Fifth of countries at risk of ecosystem collapse, analysis finds
The Guardian | October 12, 2020

Mahir Nayfeh, McKinsey & Company
Follow the leaders: How governments can combat intensifying cybersecurity risks
McKinsey & Company | September 16, 2020

Jeffrey Bohn, SwissRE Institute
How Local modelling can build resilience in the post-COVID era
Economic Forum | September 2, 2020

Rachael McDonnell, International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Rachael McDonnell: Practical tools for water security
K4D Knowledge, evidence and learning for Development | August 10, 2020

Melvina Tarazi, McKinsey & Company
McKinsey supports UAE’s ‘10 million meals’ humanitarian campaign
McKinsey & Company | May 21, 2020

Titia des Mes, Stantec
A day in the life of Titia
Stantec | January 28, 2020

Jeffrey Bohn, SwissRE Institute
Jeffrey Bohn, our Chief Research & Innovation Officer lays the ground for in-depth discussions at #AMLD2020 about how the insurance industry can make the world more resilient through a more successful use of Machine Intelligence
Enterprise Machine Intelligence & Resilience | January, 2020

Mohamed Baka, Higher Colleges of Technology Center of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT)
As the UAE embraces the fourth industrial revolution, CERT is committed to delivering the highest standard of excellence.
The Business Year | 2020

Jeffrey Bohn, SwissRE Institute
Emerging technologies hold the key to sustainable Quantum Cities™
Swiss Re Institute | December 12, 2019