Dr. Rashid Abu Al-Rub is currently the Acting Chair of Aerospace Engineering Department, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Khalifa University of Science and Technology. He was the Associate Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Khalifa University, and Department Head of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. He has been a Professor at Texas A&M University with joint appointments with the Mechanical Engineering Department, the Materials Science and Engineering Department, the Civil Engineering Department, and the Texas Transportation Institute. 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, Dayton, Ohio, USA. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University, and his M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology. Before joining Texas A&M University, he was a Professor at Louisiana State University and at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC, USA.
Dr. Abu Al-Rub's 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 particularly active in employing digital design, additive manufacturing, and 3D printing for creating multifunctional architected materials and composites for various engineering applications and industries (e.g., Aerospace, Defense, Automotive). 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 for various engineering applications. Professor Abu Al-Rub has published one book and over 250 publications in archival journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings. He has published a book on Non-Local Damage and Plasticity. He has served as the principle/co-principal investigator of more than 30 projects sponsored by various state, federal, and international agencies; he is responsible for more than $25 million. In 2007, he has been selected among nine leading scientists in the US by the 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.”
Dr. Abu Al-Rub is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Society of Engineering Science (SES), US 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 received ADNOC Oil & Gas Year’s 2016 Partnership of The Year Award. He has been recognized several times for his work on multi-scale computational mechanics. Dr. Abu Al-Rub has been selected among the Scholar Google 100 Most Cited Authors in Engineering. He is on the editorial board of several journals in the area of multi-scale computational mechanics.