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This Center is a partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) Mechanical Engineering Departments. Our collaboration focuses on research in desalination, low carbon energy, related areas of design and manufacturing as well as curriculum development in Mechanical Engineering.

"Visiting KFUPM in Dhahran was a great experience. I had never been to the Middle East so I did not know what to expect. However, once I met with the professors and students at KFUPM, it felt almost as if I was back at MIT. Being able to discuss research problems and ideas face to face tremendously helped in moving our project forward. Also, establishing a personal connection with the students really taught me a lot about graduate schools in Saudi Arabia... and how struggling through problem sets and research does not have a language or cultural barrier"

Tom Humplik, MIT PhD Student

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Center's "Engineered Dust" project headed by Profs. Kripa Varanasi and Numan Abu-Dheir featured in MIT News (8/1/2014)

"Researchers at MIT and in Saudi Arabia have developed a new way of making surfaces that can actively control how fluids or particles move across them. The work might enable new kinds of biomedical or microfluidic devices, or solar panels that could automatically clean themselves of dust and grit."

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Winter Workshop at KFUPM (January 6-8, 2015)

MIT faculty and students travel to KFUPM to participate in our Winter Workshop.

Water Leaks Projects