Alejandro Ríos is the Director of the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) at Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KU). The SBRC was established in 2011 and has as its founding members The Boeing Company, Etihad Airways and UOP-Honeywell, that together with Safran, GE, ADNOC Refining and Bauer Resources GmbH, are spearheading research in the use of salt water and halophytes for the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). He is also working to establish the SAF industry in the UAE by supporting research and development on the locally viable pathways, including Power-to-Liquids and synthetic fuels.
Dr. Rios was Director of ASA Fuel Services for 11 years, where he oversaw the operation and management of a network of 60 fuel farms and their 2,000+ into plane operations.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and Masters and Ph. D. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering, from Cornell University, USA.