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Professor of Engineering, Concordia UniversityDr. Hashem Akbari is a Professor of Engineering at Concordia University. Prior to joining Concordia, he was leader of the Heat Island Group, Senior Scientist, and principal investigator in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He previously led LBNL's efforts to investigate the energy conservation potential and environmental impacts of increased tree planting and modifications of surface albedo. He is also a member of the board of The Global Cool Cities Alliance, an initiative devoted to cultivating partnerships with cities and other stakeholders to pursue cool roofs and pavements programs. Dr. Akbari is the author of more than 200 articles and coauthor of four books.