Monday 30, May 2016

Ras Al Khaimah – MENA Herald: Ras Al Khaimah Research and Innovation Center (RAKRIC), a research center under the umbrella of the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK), has won the 2016 Emirates Green Building Council’s prestigious ‘Green Building Research Award’.
RAKRIC, located in Jazeera Al Hamra, Ras Al Khaimah, is a state of the art research and development center specializing in sustainable system solution development related to solar technologies. The center acts as a bridge between academics and new product development within the engineering industry.
The annual awards ceremony, this year hosted at the Al Murooj Rotana Hotel in Dubai, recognizes companies across the MENA region which have demonstrated a clear implementation of sustainable design, construction and operation in terms of their buildings and facilities.
The selection committee were unanimous in choosing RAKRIC’s Solar Calorimeter Test Facility as an outstanding example of world-class sustainability; a model which other companies in the region should aim to emulate. The committee also commended the center’s extraordinary research work in the field of renewable energy.
Professor Mousa Mohsen, Director of RAKRIC and Dean of the School of Engineering at AURAK, upon receiving the award, stated that the award “reflects AURAK’s efforts and commitment to first rate research and development activities. This award clearly demonstrates that the work being carried out here is important and is recognized as such by academics at the cutting edge of green technology.” Prof. Mousa also thanked the RAKRIC team for their work in running the center.
President of AURAK, Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, expressed his pride upon seeing the University recognized in this manner, emphasizing on the strong competition faced from entities from all over the MENA region. “I am delighted to see that our hard work is being recognized on this scale. Sustainability and the development of renewal energy is of vital importance to the region, and, as a university that is committed to its research programs, AURAK will continue to encourage this work.”
The American University of Ras Al Khaimah, a government-owned institution of higher education which delivers an integrated American-style education, now offers a total of 22 undergraduate and graduate programs. Within the University’s School of Engineering several of these programs complement the work carried out at RAKRIC.