Tester received prestigious Khalifa International Award for "Distinguished Innovative Studies and Modern Technology". KIADPAI was founded by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates. The annual awards were established as an appreciation to the innovators and workers in the agricultural and date palm sector—both in the UAE and in other countries of the world—to recognize outstanding innovations and efforts targeting sustainable development of the sector for present and future generations. Awarded while at KAUST.