Dr. Ahmed Al-Ostaz is the Brevard Family Endowed Chair and Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Mississippi. He is also the Director of the Nano Infrastructure Laboratory.
During the last 5 years, Dr. Al-Ostaz focused his research activities on advanced materials by design. He is a founding member of the Nano Engineering Research Group (NIRG) which was formed to stimulate and conduct organized research in the area of advanced materials. During the last five years, NIRG successfully secured more than $9M of research funds and made notable contributions in the field. This helped bring into focus the nano engineering and related research at the University of Mississippi and in the State of Mississippi. During this time, Al-Ostaz published more than fifty journal papers, supervised five post doctoral students, and more than 15 graduate students (mainly Ph.D.'s who secured faculty positions in leading universities in the United States and abroad). He has been actively involved in steering committees for the Department of Homeland Security and has been invited to many national meetings.
Dr. Al-Ostaz was selected by faculty, students and the engineering alumni of the School of Engineering as the Outstanding Engineering Faculty Member of the Year during the 2005-2006 and 2012-2013 academic years.