Dr. Ahmed Al-Ostaz is Professor, Brevard Family Endowed Chair, and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Civil Engineering at University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). He is, also, the Director of the Nano Infrastructure Laboratory at University of Mississippi. Al-Ostaz joined the faculty members at Ole Miss in January, 2002. Before coming to Ole Miss, Dr. Al-Ostaz was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Composite Materials and Structures Center and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Mechanics at Michigan State University.
In his research, Dr. Al-Ostaz is interested in studying the fundamental physical, chemical and mechanical properties that control the damage mechanisms, at multi time and spatial scales. He focuses on bridging the gap between molecular/microscopic, micromechanics, and macroscopic scales of various materials ranging from nano structure to infrastructure using analytical, numerical and experimental approaches. Examples of his research work include: investigating the size effect of shot particles in metal-matrix composites, Analysis of transversely isotropic hyperelastic biphasic cartilage under indentation load; Evaluating the durability of polymeric composite materials for infrastructure applications; identification of interfacial mechanical properties in composites and correlating the analytical results to the experimental ones obtained by the Micro Indentation Test (ITS); studying damage mechanisms in composite materials using numerical, analytical and experimental techniques; using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy as an NDE technique to detect damage in repaired concrete structures with FRP; evaluating electro-mechanical properties of nano-structured materials and their applications; modeling engineering materials from atomic level to macro level and Using nano structured materials for Infrastructure applications.
- Published more than hundred Journal and conference papers. Publications appeared leading journals in the area of composite materials and structures (i.e. Acta Materialia, ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Journal of Solids and Structures, ACI Concrete International, ASTM International, Journal of Materials Science, Composite B, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, and others).
- Secured more than $9 million research funds and led research teams at both Michigan State University and University of Mississippi.
- The PI and CoPI of more than 15 funded research projects funded by: Homeland Security (DHS), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Air Force Lab (AFL), Michigan Department of Transportation, Mississippi Department of Transportation, General Motors Company, Research of Excellence Funds (State of Michigan) and NSF-SBIR program.
- Dr. Al-Ostaz was selected by faculty, students and the engineering alumni of the school of engineering at the University of Mississippi as the Outstanding Engineering Faculty Member of the Year during academic years 2005-2006 and 2012-2013.
- First endowed chair in School of Engineering at University of Mississippi, the Brevard Family Chair in Civil Engineering.