Mustapha Beydoun, PhD

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

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, including its LEED Platinum Zero Energy HQ building, in support of the organization’s strategic and administrative goals.  His research interests are in the areas of air quality, vehicle emissions and electrification, industrial development, urban planning and growth management, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.  Dr. Beydoun has led multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional teams addressing complex sustainability, environmental, climate, energy, waste management, technology, manufacturing, regulatory, and security issues both in the U.S. and internationally.

He currently leads HARC’s air quality research program which focuses on air quality monitoring and modeling, emissions inventories, health impact assessments, and research management.  Current projects include broad air quality data analysis, modeling, and stakeholder engagement efforts in Harris County, Texas along with a multidisciplinary regional emergency management planning effort focused on industrial accidents, significant emissions events, and chemical releases in the Houston Ship Channel.

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 an integrated mega-scale industrial development with large chemicals, metals, paper & packaging, fabrication, and food manufacturing clusters, along with warehousing and logistics facilities.  It covers an area of over 160 square miles 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, he 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 Doctorate in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University with specializations in environmental and energy planning.   Prior degrees include a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.  He serves on the Sustainability Committee of the Greater Houston Partnership and the Regional Air Quality Planning Advisory Committee (RAQPAC) of the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC).  Dr. Beydoun is a member of the Board of Directors of Air Alliance Houston and Texas Innovates.

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