TTU Whitacre College of Engineering – Ali Nejat

TTU Whitacre College of Engineering – Ali Nejat

November 28, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


My main research is on modeling the
dynamics of post disaster recovery. So we look at how household they make recovery
decision and eventually how these decision propagate in order to
eventually affect the overall recovery of the community. We are focus on social
media and Twitter data and what we are trying to do is data mining and machine
learning in order to find out the exact needs of like different communities and
try to customize their needs based on their exact location so that from a
policyholder view they can just look at those based on the way that they have
tweeted their needs and look at those and address those needs accordingly. We are
now standing at the forefront of performing transformative research and
focusing on tackling the problems of global importance, and therefore I really
think that investing in such an elite institution, will not only help shaping
the future of our engineering but also help us train high quality students to
become the leaders of Industry and our economy. The uniqueness of the research
that we do in our program, which is to bridge the gap between engineering and
infrastructure management and social science, is a unique learning experience
for any engineering students who eventually I want to become a problem
solver and then be a person who wanted to tackle multidisciplinary
problem. My main effort here is to train my students to be critical thinkers and
also to look at the engineering problems through the eyes of a global citizen. I
believe that the global aspect of the research and its extendibility to
disasters of different scales and different types, aligns well with the
aspiration of the College of Engineering. Since my tenure at Texas Tech University, I
was very impressed by the direction that the college was headed and still is
heading and all the recognition that it was able
to receive. My research was supported by National Science Foundation career
program. In fact in 2015 our research was one of the 11 proposals that was able to
get this award nationwide in the category of infrastructure, which shows
the competitiveness of the work that we do here in the College of Engineering.
And based on the vision of the college I do believe and I can easily
see the College of Engineering soon becoming a leader in the engineering
domain and then also shaping the future of our engineering society to become a
globally elite institution.