Ali Diabat

Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering

Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi


Ph.D. Purdue University, USA

Dr. Ali Diabat received his B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan in 1999, M.Sc. degree in Operations Research from North Carolina State University, USA in 2003, and his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, USA in 2008. In June 2008, he joined Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi as an Assistant Professor of Engineering Systems and Management, and due to his exceptional performance he was promoted to Associate Professor in January 2012, and to Full Professor in September 2015. Dr. Diabat’s research focuses on different applications of optimization and operations research, in particular, in logistics and supply chain management, healthcare management, and production planning. Since joining Masdar Institute, Dr. Diabat has published over 65 research journal papers and over 25 conference papers in leading journals and international conference proceedings. Many of his publications are co-authored with his own graduate students and in many cases with national and international collaborators. Dr. Diabat has received 4 externally funded grants in the amount of about 3 million dollars from different industries, and more than $500,000 from internal and collaborative proposals funded by Masdar Institute in collaboration with other academic institutions. His industry experience includes working in the transportation industry, as an industrial engineer in Jordan, and as a business analyst in the United States. In addition, he held two positions as an operations research analyst in the banking and beverages industries, both in the United States. Dr. Diabat has received several excellence in teaching awards, including an Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award and an Excellence in Teaching Award from Purdue University, in 2004 and 2006, respectively. Dr. Diabat was the recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award from Masdar Institute, an achievement of special significance as it was the first award of its kind offered at the Institute. In 2014, he also received the Best Faculty Research Award from the Department of Engineering Systems and Management at Masdar Institute. Dr. Diabat currently serves as an Associate Editor of the SME Journal of Manufacturing Systems (JMS), one of the leading journals in field of Industrial Engineering published by Elsevier.