Ali Maher has been director of the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, since the center’s inception in 1998. Since that time, he has been responsible for building the center into an active and successful transportation infrastructure resource program operating at the national level. Under his leadership, CAIT has grown into a program of excellence for multimodal infrastructure asset management that is engaged in research, education, and technology transfer initiatives. He has also led the center through two successful national competitions in retaining its status as a U.S. Department of Transportation-designated University Transportation Center (UTC).
Ali holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His expertise as an infrastructure, geotechnical, and geo-environmental consultant has been tapped by Parsons Brinckerhoff; Stantec Inc.; DMJM Harris; PPG Corporation; the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; state transportation agencies in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania; and many others. The bulk of research he has conducted personally has been in the areas of ground improvement, soil dynamics, infrastructure management, nondestructive testing, environmental geotechnology, and new technology vehicles.
Ali has been the recipient of many prestigious professional awards including the AASHTO Trailblazer Award, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Educator of the Year Award, and certificates of appreciation from NJDOT for seven consecutive years. He is active in transportation and engineering professional associations such as the Transportation Research Board (TRB), ASCE, ASTM and the U.S. Universities Council on Geotechnical Engineering Research.