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"
In June, Dr. Ben-Mansour (KFUPM) was interviewed
by Water Online regarding the Center's leak detection project of which he is co-PI with Kamal Youcef-Toumi (MIT). The interview was a follow up to an earlier article
about the project; also on Water Online. They also have a video
that shows their detection robot in action.