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Fred Moavenzadeh

James Mason Crafts Professor
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Systems
Director, Technology and Development Program

(on leave)

Fred Moavenzadeh's current interests include technology and development with special focus on formulation of technological policies for socio-economic development. He is particularly interested in institutional structures required to develop a viable science and technology infrastructure that could serve the human resource development strategy of newly industrialized nations.

As the director of the Center for Technology, Policy, and Industrial Development from October 1998 to June 2006, he focused on developing an institutional environment at MIT that fostered interdisciplinary research and collaborative efforts between academia, government, and industry.

As director of the Technology and Development Program, he has led numerous collaborative programs in science, technology, and development and is currently assisting with the development of the Masdar Institute, a post-graduate, educational and research institute in Abu Dhabi. In addition, he continues to direct two collaborative programs in Thailand: King Mongkut University of Technology and the National Science Technology Development Agency.

Books Published:

Books Published by Fred Moavenzadeh

Related News:

Fred Moavenzadeh (President, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology) named Education CEO of the Year by the Gulf Business Industry Awards “Masdar Institute President Named Education CEO of the Year” September 24, 2013 – Masdar Institute website

Fred Moavenzadeh quoted in coverage on Masdar Institute collaboration for water quality “New water quality tools boon for desal plants” Arab News – August 11, 2013

Fred Moavenzadeh (president of the Masdar Institute) interviewed: “Masdar leader listens to students” The National – August 21, 2011

Prof. Fred Moavenzadeh and the Masdar Institute “Masdar Institute ‘is key to knowledge-based economy" Gulf News, UAE – November 1, 2008

Prof. Moavenzadeh and Khaled Awad interviewed by CNN on Masdar Initiative in Abu Dhabi (click on "Greening the Desert" to view story) – July 14, 2008

Prof. Fred Moavenzadeh and the Masdar Institute in Xconomy – MIT-Supported Energy Institute at Center of Abu Dhabi's Dream City – July 11, 2008

Prof. Moavenzadeh in Tech Talk – A Blueprint for No Carbon Footprint – May 5, 2008

Honors and Awards:

2001 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' deFleury Medal for Mentoring and Advancing Engineering Education
1989 International Association for Housing Science Citation in Recognition of Valuable Contribution to Construction Research and Education
1987 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, Purdue University
1986 Materials National Society of Professional Engineers 20th Annual Journalism Award for a paper entitled: "Construction's High-Technology Revolution," 1986.
  Sanford E. Thompson Award for a Paper of Outstanding Merit by the American Society for Testing and Materials

Fred Moavenzadeh

Contact info:

Fred Moavenzadeh
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Building 1-175
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

Phone: 617.253.7178
fax 617.258.8168
Email to: moaven "at"

Support Staff:

Name: Danielle Atwell
Phone: 617-253-9725
Email: severino@MIT.EDU


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