Dr. Rabi Mohtar is a TEES Endowed Professor at Texas AM University, College Station, Texas. He is the Founding Director of Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute(QEERI) a member of Qatar Foundation, Research and Development and the Founding Director Strategic Projects at Qatar Foundation Research and Development. He was also the inaugural Director of the Global Engineering Programs at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
His primary research priority is the development of a framework to quantify the interlinkages of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus that is constrained by climate change and social, political, and technological pressures. In addition, he aims to continue the discovery and impact in environmental and natural resources conservation engineering, characterization of the soil water medium at the pedon, field, and watershed scales; and design and evaluation of international sustainable water management programs to deal with water scarcity.
He received numerous international research awards and honors including the Kishida International award for contributions to agricultural research. He served on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on water security 2009-11 (vice chair 2011), climate change agenda council 2011-present), board of governors of the World Water Council (2012-present), advisory board of the UNFCC momentum of change initiative (2012-present), advisory board of the President of the University of Alberta Water Initiative (2012-present) among many other global leadership roles. Dr. Mohtar has published over 200 publications including peer-reviewed articles and refereed conference proceedings; and book chapters.
Dr Mohtar has a M.S., American University of Beirut, Irrigation Science, 1983, M.S., Michigan State University, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1992, Ph.D., Michigan State University, Agricultural Technology and Systems Management, 199