The Petroleum Institute University and Research Center (PI), as it was initially known, was established in 2001 to support the oil and gas industry of Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE. To achieve that goal it developed and offered undergraduate and graduate engineering and research programs in areas of significance to the oil, gas and broader energy industries. PI continues to play a critical role in the research structure and culture of the university, serving as an interdisciplinary research unit focused on long-term strategic priorities, which engages a critical mass of faculty.
This photo was taken in Dec 2014, sort of a warm up event prior to the first Solar Car Challenge in the UAE which was held alongside Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in 2015. The race itself started at Yas Marina Circuit and moved on to the Corniche, Al Ain and ended at Masdar City. I observed great spirit of the participating teams and some will be surprised how damn fast these cars are already only powered by the sun!
Petroleum Institute Campus – to develop critical thinkers in applied science and engineering
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE