Dr. Ali Mostashari, PhD
Program Director, Sociotechnical Systems, and Associate Professor *
Appointments Thesis Supervisor
- 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
- 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
Dr. Mostashari is the director of the newly created Center for Complex Adaptive Sociotechnological Systems (COMPASS). The center brings together researchers from across disciplines – from systems engineering, complex systems analysis, infrastructure systems and mathematics – to design infrastructure that is resilient, sustainable and adaptive, in sectors such as transportation, energy, telecommunications, health care and enterprise systems.
His research includes analysis and design of complex sociotechnological systems such as the cognitive/smart power grid, transportation and energy infrastructure systems and social/organizational systems. He 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).
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.
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 Stakeholder-Assisted Modeling of Complex Sociotechnical Systems, Science of Sociotechnical Networks and Critical Infrastructure Resilience. He has contributed multiple book chapters on various aspects of complex systems, sustainable development, energy and environment.
- 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.
Research Projects Interests
- 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
2007- 2008 Senior Organizational Strategy Consultant to the Assistant Secretary General for Africa at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Awards and Honors
- 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)
Professional Organizations and Societies
- 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
- Member, Undergraduate Promotions committee
- Member Graduate Curriculum Committee
- Member, Committee on Committees