faculty profile

Ali Mostashari, PhD

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR; PROGRAM DIRECTOR, SOCIOTECHNICAL SYSTEMS *
Building: Babbio
Room: 514
Phone: 201-216-8723
Email: amostash@stevens.edu
Website
Education
  • Ph.D. in Engineering Systems/Technology, Management and Policy Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2005
  • Master of Science in Engineering Systems/Technology and Policy Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2003
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering/Transportation Systems Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2003
  • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering/Biotechnology University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2001
  • Graduate Certificate in Advanced Negotiations Harvard University Law School 2006
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering/Process Design Sharif University of Technology 1998
Research

 

  • Cognitive Cities and Intelligent Governance of Urban Systems 
  • Cognitive Enterprise Systems
  • Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning
  • Complex Adaptive Sociotechnical Systems 
  • Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure Systems 

 

General Information

 

 

 

Dr. Ali Mostashari is the Acting Director of the Enterprise Systems and Infrastructure Systems Graduate Programs and the Director of Center for Complex Adaptive Sociotechnological Systems (COMPASS) at Stevens Institute of Technology, where he also serves as an Associate Professor at the School of Systems and Enterprises. 

Dr. Mostashari serves as the Co-Chair of the Global Conference on Systems and Enterprises and is a member of International Council for Systems Engineering (INCOSE), the American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the International Network of Social Network Analysis (INSNA).

He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Systems/Technology, Management and Policy from MIT, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering/Transportation from MIT, a Master of Science in Technology and Policy from MIT, a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering/Biotechnology from the University of Nebraska and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering/Energy Systems from Sharif University of Technology.

Dr. Mostashari's research interests include complex sociotechnological systems such as the cognitive/smart power grid, transportation and energy infrastructure systems and complex social/organizational systems. He teaches courses on Systems Engineering Research Methods, Infrastructure Systems and Dynamic Modeling of Systems and Enterprises. During his tenure at Steven, Dr. Mostashari has served as a Principal and co-Principal investigator on major research grants related to port infrastructure resilience and agile systems engineering concept of operations. He is the author of 25 peer reviewed journal and conference papers and has authored or co-authored published and forthcoming books on Sociotechnical systems, Stakeholder-Assisted Modeling of Complex Sociotechnical Systems, and Critical Infrastructure Resilience. He has contributed multiple book chapters on various aspects of complex systems, sustainable development, energy and environment.

From 2004-2008, Dr. Mostashari served as a strategic advisor to the Assistant Secretary General for Africa at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He lead an oversight and performance management function for over $1.1 billion in annual development project portfolio in Africa and played a key role on various strategic initiatives at UNDP, including the Strategic Plan 2008-2011, the Enterprise Risk Management initiative, the Results-Based Management working group, the Balanced Scorecard working group and many others. From 2004-2006 Ali served as the LEAD Project Manager for the UNDP ARMADA Initiative, that increased development project delivery in the continent from $380 million to over $922 million within two years. In 2007 he was selected as a Asia 21 Young Leader. He has been nominated by the UNDP Assistant Secretary General for Africa for the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders 2008 award. Ali was selected as a top finalist of UNDP's Leadership Development Programme from over 7000 applicants from 78 countries worldwide.

From 2001-2005 Ali served as a doctoral researcher on Sustainable Development, Energy and Transportation at MIT working with Prof. Mario Molina (Nobel laureate in Chemistry 1995), Prof. Joseph Sussman (U.S. National Academy of Engineering) and Prof. Lawrence E. Susskind, where he was awarded the Martin Family Fellowship for Sustainable Development. From 1999-2001 he worked as a research assistant at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Nebraska. He also served as a junior chemical engineer at Sima Chemical Industries from 1998-1999.

Experience
  • 2004-2007 Strategic Advisor and LEAD Project Manager Regional Bureau for Africa, United Nations Development Programme
  • 2001-2005 Doctoral/Post-Doctoral Researcher, Engineering Systems Division, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1999-2001 Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • 1998-1999 Process Engineer, Sima Chemical Industries Co.
Institutional Service
  • Member, Undergraduate Promotions committee
  • Member Graduate Curriculum Committee
  • Member, Committee on Committees
Consulting Service

2007- 2008 Senior Organizational Strategy Consultant to the Assistant Secretary General for Africa at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Honors & Awards
  • Asia 21 Young Leader, Asia Society (2007)
  • Young Global Leader Nominee 2008, World Economic Forum (2007)
  • Top Finalist, Leadership Development Programme (LEAD) , United Nations Development Programme (2004)
  • Who's Who in America
  • IATC Bridges of Hope Award (2005)
  • Fellow, Martin Family Society Fellows for Sustainability (2004)
Appointments
  • Associate Profgessor of Systems Engineering 
  • Director, Center for Complex Adaptive Sociotechnological Systems (COMPASS)
  • Director, Infrastructure Systems Program, School of Systems and Enterprises
  • Co-Chair, Global Conference on Systems and Enterprises
Professional Societies

 

  • INCOSE
  • INSNA
  • AAAI
  • IEEE 

 

Grants, Contracts & Funds

 

  • PI, Governance of Next Generation (Nextgen) Aviation System Implementation Program, Federal Aviation Administration
  • PI, Cognitive Enterprise Initiative, Lockheed Martin Corp. 
  • Co-PI, Resilient Port Infrastructure Systems, DHS
  • Co-PI, Visualizing Agile Conops Development Systems, SERC

 

Selected Publications
Journals
  1. Mansouri, M., Nilchiani R. and Mostashari A.. (Apr 18, 2010). "A policy making framework for resilient port infrastructure systems ", Marine Policy.
  2. Mostashari, A., McComb, S, Kennedy, D., Cloutier, R.. "Developing a Stakeholder-Assisted Agile CONOPS Development Process", Systems Engineering, Journal of INCOSE, (Accepted for Publication, Forthcoming in 2011).
  3. Omer, M., Nilchiani R. and Mostashari A.. (Sep 1, 2009). "Measuring the Resilience of the Global Internet Infrastructure System", IEEE Systems Journal, IEEE.
  4. Mostashari, A. and Sussman J,. (Apr 1, 2009). "A Framework for Analysis, Design and Management of Complex Large-Scale Sociotechnological Systems", International Journal for Decisions Support Systems and Technologies, Special Issue on Systems Modeling Approach. 1 (2).
  5. Sheard S., and Mostashari A.. (Jan 15, 2009). "Principles of Complex Systems for Systems Engineering", Systems Engineering, International Council for Systems Engineering (INCOSE).
Books
  1. Ali Mostashari. (Feb 1, 2011). Collaborative Modeling and Decision-Making for Complex Energy Systems, World Scientific - Imperial College Press.  Purchase  .
  2. Fei, H., Mostashari A., Jiang, L.. (Nov 11, 2009). Sociotechnical Systems: Science and Engineering, Taylor and Francis, CRC Press.  Purchase on Amazon  .
Courses
  • SYS 810 Selected Topics in Systems Engineering
  • ES 690 Introduction to Infrastructure Systems
  • ES 691 Advanced Topics in Infrastructure Systems
  • SYS 710 Research Methodologies