Dr. Elias Ali

LECTURER, STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

Biography

Dr. Elias Ali is a Lecturer in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Drexel University in 2020 and 2018. Prior to that, Dr. Ali received his first M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Politecnico di Milano University in 2010, and B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Arbaminch University, Ethiopia, in 2006.

Dr. Ali has more than 4 years of teaching undergraduate and graduate Civil engineering courses and more than 5 years professional experience as a structural engineer in various disciplines.

His research interests include: (1) Experimental and computational investigation on the structural response, stability and design of thin-walled structural systems under extreme loading environment such as blast and fire, (2) Investigates the potential application of novel composite materials as thermal barrier in Cold-Formed Steel (CFS) structural framing through both experimental and numerical methods, (3) Material characterization, modeling and optimization of composite materials for resilient structural systems and infrastructures (gas pipelines), and (4) Application of 3D printing in construction.


Education

  • Ph.D. in Civil/Structural Engineering, Drexel University, 2020
  • M.Sc. in Civil/Structural Engineering, Drexel University, 2018
  • M.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Politecnico Di Milano, 2010
  • B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Arbaminch University, 2006

Classes Taught


Honors and Awards

  • Doctoral Fellowship to pursue PhD at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA. January
  • International students’ merit-based scholarship for graduate study at Polytechnic University of Milan. September 2008 to October 2010
  • European Commission Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for Fire Safety Engineering (2010)
  • Distinction ward: Graduated undergraduate study with distinction and ranked among top 5th in civil engineering department of Arbaminch University (2006)

Recent Publications

  • Ali, E. and Shifferaw, Y. (2019). Analytical and numerical buckling analysis of rectangular functionally-graded-material plates under uniaxial compression load. Proceedings of the Annual Stability Conference, Structural Stability Research Council. St. Louis, Missouri, April 2-5, 2019. Published on AISC
  • Ali, E. and Shifferaw, Y. (2018). Application of the Direct Strength Method to functionally graded material sheathed cold-formed steel beams channel members under non-uniform elevated temperature. Proceedings of the Annual Stability Conference, Structural Stability Research Council. Baltimore, Maryland, April 10-13, 2018. Published on AISC
  • Ali, E. and Shifferaw, Y. (2019). Influence of non-uniform elevated temperature on structural behavior of gypsum-sheathed cold-formed steel beam channel members. Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture. ISSN 1934-7359. Manuscript accepted for publication.
  • Ali, E. (2019). Life cycle assessment of 3D printing houses. Journal of Earth Science and Engineering. Manuscript submitted and under review.