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Dr. Mostafa Mobasher

Assistant Professor
Civil and Urban Engineering
New York University Abu Dhabi

About the PI: Research


Mostafa Mobasher is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering at NYUAD. Mostafa is also affiliated with the Civil and Urban Engineering and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering departments at New York University, Tandon School of Engineering.  Prior to joining NYUAD, Dr. Mobasher was an Associate at the Applied Science Practice of the multidisciplinary consultancy firm Thornton Tomasetti. Dr. Mobasher was also one of the developers of VistaMat, a software package that aides high fidelity failure modeling of materials.

Dr. Mobasher leads the Computational Solid Mechanics (CSM) research lab at NYUAD. His research focuses on modeling multi-physical response of materials across spatial and temporal scales. Dr. Mobasher has been involved in the development of computational methods for the analysis of various kinds of extreme loading on materials, including hydraulic fracturing of porous geo-materials, marine glacial fracturing, impact response of ductile (e.g. metals) and brittle (e.g. concrete) materials, high-strain rate response of ice and hail. Dr. Mobasher has developed specific interests in constitutive material modeling, numerical methods and solution algorithms, optimization and inverse problems, and parallel computing.


  • PhD, Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, 2017

  • MPhil, Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, 2017

  • MSc, Structural Engineering, Cairo University, 2013

  • BSc, Civil Engineering, Loughborough University & The British University in Egypt, 2011

Prior Experience:

  • Associate, Applied Science, Thornton Tomasetti, 2017-2020

  • Research & Teaching Assistant, Columbia University, 2014-2017

  • Teaching Assistant, The British University in Egypt, 2011-2013

  • Developer & Technical Support,, 2011-2013


  • Thornton Tomasetti Ingenuity Award, 2021

  • Thornton Tomasetti Ingenuity Award, 2020

  • NSF (National Science Foundation) Travel Award, 2015

  • Best Student Award (Highest GPA in the cohort), British University in Egypt, 2011

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