Texas A&M University at Qatar (Tamuq) professor Dr Eyad Masad has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his contributions in the field of infrastructure materials and systems.
Masad is the Zachry Professor in Design and Construction Integration II in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, and professor of mechanical engineering at Tamuq. He also is the executive director of Global Partnerships in the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, an engineering research agency of the state of Texas.
“I am quite pleased to be selected as a fellow of this prestigious organisation,” Masad said. “It is a privilege to be recognised for making scientific contributions that advance science and its applications.”
Masad will be in February recognised during the association’s annual meeting in Seattle, Washington. Formed in 1848, AAAS is the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society, with members in more than 91 nations.
Masad is recognised for his work on the development of innovative methods for characterisation of material microstructure and computational modelling of road performance. This work has improved the design of long-lasting and sustainable road infrastructure, and the results of his research have been adopted and are increasing the longevity and sustainability of roads in Qatar. Masad has been at the forefront of several Tamuq initiatives that are advancing safety and sustainability, and are integral to standards for world-class infrastructure in Qatar. Among these initiatives are a new consortium for asphalt and pavement technologies comprising industry professionals, a progress-building agreement connecting public works and the university, a groundbreaking conference, and new educational opportunities to enhance workforce in Qatar.
He has active research groups and programmes in the US and Qatar, and has published more than 350 technical papers and reports. He is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has served as associate editor of two major engineering journals.