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CCNY engineer Ahmed Mohamed tackles FWE nexus challenge

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Ahmed Mohamed, CCNY electrical engineering professor and NSF grant recipient.

Research is underway in several countries to find innovative solutions to the global food, water and energy (FWE) security nexus that inextricably links all three areas. At The City College of New York, Ahmed Mohamed, assistant professor in the Grove School of Engineering is joining the interdisciplinary project, to avert potentially serious consequences on a global population approaching eight billion, thanks to a National Science Foundation grant. 

The $374,701 NSF award supports U.S. researchers participating in the   project competitively selected by a 29-country initiative through the joint Belmont Forum-Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe.

This joint initiative has, in turn, established the Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI)/Food-Water-Energy Nexus to bring together the fragmented research and expertise across the globe on finding innovative   solutions to the FWE nexus challenge.

SUGI seeks to develop more resilient, applied urban solutions to benefit a much wider range of stakeholders. The rapid urbanization of the world's population underscores the importance of this focus.

The FWE nexus’ interconnectivity means that actions in any one area – food, water or energy -- usually impacts one or both of the other two. International partners, such as Mohamed, an electrical engineer, have therefore been invited to develop solutions for this challenge.

“This project seeks to develop a shared urban data and modeling framework to help cities analyze and characterize FWE systems and nexus interrelationships,” said Mohamed. “The framework will utilize a common urban 3D data model that will be shaped by urban stakeholder requirements and be applicable to regions and cities in Europe and the United States.”

Mohamed will collaborate with Michael Bobker, director of the CUNY building performance laboratory.  

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