Dr. Mustapha Beydoun is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC). He is responsible for directing, administering, and coordinating the operations of HARC in support of the organization’s strategic and administrative goals. His research interests are in the areas of air quality, vehicle emissions, urban planning and growth management, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.
Prior to joining HARC, Dr. Beydoun worked for Abu Dhabi Ports (in the UAE) from 2008 to 2016 on the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) development. Kizad is a mega-scale industrial development that covers an area of over 160 sq mi and serves as a critical component of Abu Dhabi’s economic diversification strategy. He led Kizad’s environmental, health and safety, security, and regulations and compliance initiatives.
Dr. Beydoun previously worked at HARC from 2006 to 2008. During that initial tenure, he managed air quality, transportation, hybrid truck technology, alternative fuel, solar, and energy efficiency projects. Before joining HARC, Dr. Beydoun served as a faculty member of the Urban Planning & Environmental Policy Program at Texas Southern University and the Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa.
Dr. Beydoun holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University. Prior degrees include a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. from the University of Florida.