Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering
Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: MSc, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, North Carolina State University; PhD, Industrial Engineering, Purdue University
Research Areas: optimization and operations, logistics, supply chain management, healthcare management, production planning
Dr. Ali Diabat received his MSc degree in Operations Research from North Carolina State University, USA in 2003, and his PhD 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. After completing nine years at Masdar Insitute, he joined New York University Abu Dhabi as a Global Network Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering.
Dr. Diabat’s research focuses on different applications of optimization and operations research, encompassing applications such as logistics and supply chain management, healthcare management, and production planning.
He has published over 80 research journal papers and over 30 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 several funded grants in the amount of more than $3 million from different industries. 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 beverage 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. He 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, as an Area Editor of the Journal of Computers and Industrial Engineering, and as an Engineering Editor of the Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering.