Rashid K. Abu Al-Rub, Ph.D.

Asscociate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
Building A - Second Floor
P.O. Box 54224
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Phone: 00971-28109162
Fax: 00971-2810-9901
E-mail: rabualrub@masdar.ac.ae
Biography in Brief

Professor Abu Al-Rub is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. He has been an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University with joint appointments with the Civil Engineering Department, the Materials Science and Engineering Department, Mechanical Engineering Department, and the Texas Transportation Institute since 2007. Currently, he is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Air Force Institute of Technology of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, USA. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University in 2004, and his MS in 2001 and BS in 1999 in Civil Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology. Before joining Texas A&M University, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University and an Assistant Professor at Catholic University of America.


Professor Abu Al-Rub primary research field of interest is on the development of macro/micro/nano-mechanics-based constitutive models and computational tools that can be used effectively in guiding the design of advanced materials and structural systems. He is the director of the SMART MASDAR Laboratory (Sustainable Materials for Advanced and Revolutionary Technologies at Masdar). The focus of SMART MASDAR is on the development and deployment of multifunctional and smart materials that will lead to superior and sustainable structural and infrastructural systems, energy conversion-storage-harvesting devices, and water desalination and purification technologies. Professor Abu Al-Rub has published one book and over 200 publications in archival journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings. He has served as the principle/co-principal investigator of more than 20 projects sponsored by various state, federal, and international agencies; he is responsible for more than $8Million. In 2007, he has been selected among nine leading scientists in the US by National Science Foundation and Department of Energy to design new grades of advanced high strength steels for the auto industry. He is one of the members of the US National Science Foundation supported “International Institute for Multifunctional Materials for Energy Conversion.”


Professor Abu Al-Rub is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Society of Engineering Science (SES), the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics, ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute, and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He has twice been recognized by The Texas A&M University System with its Student-Led Teaching Excellence Award, in 2009 and 2011. In 2010 he received the Truman R. Jones Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award and the Tenneco Oil Exploration & Production Award for Meritorious Teaching of Engineering Award from the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. He is also the recipient of the 2005 Achievement Award for the outstanding teaching at Louisiana State University. In 2011, he received the Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. He has been recognized several times for his work on multi-scale computational mechanics. Recently, Professor Abu Al-Rub has been selected among the Scholar Google 100 Most Cited Authors in Civil Engineering. He is on the editorial board of several journals in the area of multi-scale computational mechanics.

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