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Rabi Mohtar

Mohtar, Rabi
Rabi Mohtar
TEES Research Professor
306B Scoates Hall
(979) 458-9886
Undergraduate Education
B.S., American University of Beirut, Agricultural Engineering, 1983
Graduate Education
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, 1994
2015 International Water Resources Association Ven Te Chow Memorial Award | April 2015

Research Interests

Dr. Rabi Mohtar is a TEES Research 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.

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Recent Publications

  1. Darwish, M. R.H. Mohtar, and A. Hassan. 2013.  Toward Implementing HH the Amir Declaration of 2% Electricity Generation by Solar Energy in 2020.  Journal Energy and Power Engineering(EPE). Accepted.
  2. Darwish, M., R.H. Mohtar. 2012. Prime Energy Challenges for operating Power plants in the GCC. Energy and Power Engineering journal. Accepted.
  3. Darwish, M.A., S.S. Mohammed, R.H. Mohtar. 2012. Solar Cogeneration Power-Desalting Plant with Assisted Fuel, Paper submitted to the Journal of Desalination and Water treatment. Accepted.
  4. Darwish, M.A, R.H. Mohtar, M. Chmeissani and Y. El-gendy.2012. Desalting seawater in Qatar by renewable energy, Desalination and Water Treatment. 47: 279-294.http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19443994.2012.696409.
  5. Darwish, M. A. and R.H. Mohtar. Qatar Water Challenge. Desalination and Water treatment. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19443994.2012.693582.
  6. Abou Najm, M.; Jesiek, J., R.H. Mohtar, Lura, P.; Sant, G. 2012. Assessing the Role of the Pore Solution Concentration on Horizontal Deformations in an Unsaturated Soil Specimen during Drying. Geoderma, doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2012.04.009
  7. Sanders, E. C., M. R. Abou Najm, R. H. Mohtar, E. Kladivko, and D. Schulze. 2012. Field method for separating the contribution of surface-connected preferential flow pathways from flow through the soil matrix, Water Resour. Res., 48, W0454, doi: 10.1029/2011WR011103.
  8. Salahat, M., R.H. Mohtar, Braudeau, E., Schulze, D.G., Assi, A. 2012. Toward Delineating Hydro-functional Soil Mapping Units using the Pedostructure Concept: A Case Study. Comput. Electron. Agric.http://dx.doi.org/10.10161/j.compag.2012.04.011.
  9. Singh, J, R.H. Mohtar, Braudeau, E., Heathmen, G., Jesiek, J., Singh, D. 2012. Field evaluation of the pedostructure-based model (Kamel). Comput. Electron. Agric.,http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compag.2012.03.001.
  10. Dare, A.E. and R.H. Mohtar, 2011. Global Design Team: A Global Service-Learning Experience. International Journal of Engineering Education. Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 1-14.