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Abu Dhabi: Three faculty members at the New York University Abu Dhabi have been granted the UAE’s 10-year golden residency visa in recognition of their outstanding research contributions to the UAE and the region.

They include Dr Ali Diabat, professor of civil and urban engineering, Dr Nidal Hilal, professor of engineering and director of the NUUAD’s Water Research Centre, and Dr Pance Naumov, professor of Chemistry.

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Research focus

Dr Ali Diabat

Dr Diabat has been a UAE resident for more than 12 years, and with NYU Abu Dhabi for three years. His research focuses on different applications of optimisation and operations research: in particular, logistics and supply chain management, health care management, and production planning. He has published over 150 research journal papers in leading journals and international conference proceedings, and his research has received about $5 million (Dh1.83 million) of grant funding from different industries and collaborative proposals with academic institutions.

Chartered engineer

Dr Nidal Hilal

Dr Hilal has been a UAE resident for seven years and with NYU Abu Dhabi for two years. He is a chartered engineer in the UK, a registered European Engineer, and an elected fellow of both the Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE) and the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW). His research interests lie broadly in the identification of innovative and cost-effective solutions within the fields of nano-water, membrane technology, and water treatment. He has published nine handbooks, 86 invited book chapters, and nearly 500 articles in the refereed scientific literature and have been cited more than 20,000 times. He is internationally recognised, as indicated by Google Scholar, as one of the world leaders in desalination.

Material science

Dr Pance Naumov

Dr Naumov has been a UAE resident, and with NYU Abu Dhabi, for eight years. His research is in the field of materials science, focusing on design and implementation of smart materials for energy, water, and robotics applications. His portfolio includes over 230 publications that have been cited more than 4,500 times. At research conferences, he has presented over 330 times. He has also delivered over 50 invited talks and more than 80 invited seminars at various academic institutions.