Rabi H. Mohtar

Professor Rabi H. Mohtar (Google Scholar) (Research Gate)

Rabi H. Mohtar is a professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Texas A&M University. Mohtar’s research focuses on global resource challenges and the development of a Water-Energy-Food Nexus framework for linking science and policy; on characterizing the soil-water medium using thermodynamic modeling and the efficacy of non-traditional water, and on applications for sustainable integrated water management such as implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mohtar serves as a Governor of the World Water Council and as Vice President of the governance committee of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA). He is a Distinguished Alumnus of AUB, Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, and a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. Mohtar founded the Texas A&M Water-Energy-Food Nexus Initiative (2015) and served as dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (2018-2021) at the American University of Beirut, where he also established the Water-Energy-Food-Health Nexus Renewable Resources Initiative (WEFRAH). While at Purdue University (1996-2014), Mohtar was the inaugural director of Purdue’s Global Engineering Programs (2008) and a founding member of Purdue’s Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering (2006). In 2011, he founded the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute. Throughout his career, Mohtar has received several awards, among them the 2022 Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for International Impact (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University), the ADS/Hancor Soil & Water Engineering Award (ASABE, 2022), and the PRIMA WEFE Nexus award (2021). He was honored at the American Chemical Society Division of Environmental Chemistry Symposium (2021) and is an ASABE Fellow (2018). He was the Ven Te Chow Memorial Lecturer of 2015. Mohtar served World Economic Forum Global Agenda Councils on Water Security and on Climate Change (2009-2014). He is a member of the Board of Governors of World Water Council (since 2012).

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