Ali Beheshti is currently an assistant professor and director of Tribology and Surface Mechanics Lab. His research interests are inspired by the impending need for sustainable design and operation as well as prolonging the lifecycle of advanced components especially focusing on surface mechanics. The current objective and focus of his lab is on tribology (science of lubrication, wear and friction), and contact and interfacial mechanics at different scales. The pivot of his research is centered around performance of advanced materials and components such as super alloys as well as additively manufactured parts under extreme environments.
Prior to joining Mason, he was an assistant professor at Texas State University-Lamar for two-and-a-half years and a visiting assistant professor at Texas A&M University. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering with a minor in civil and environmental engineering from Louisiana State University. At George Mason and Lamar Universities he has secured near $600K in research funding from federal and state agencies (Department of Energy, National Science Foundation(NSF), and Port of Beaumont). He is the recipient of Texas State University Junior Faculty Merit Award in 2017. He has authored and coauthored near 35 peer-reviewed journal papers in highly reputable journals such as Mechanics of Materials, Materials and Design, Applied Mechanics-ASME, Tribology International and Solar Energy. He is also serving as a reviewer for several journals and served as NSF panelist, chair and co-chair for several conferences sessions such as ASME, Tribology Frontiers, and STLE as well as severed as a session organizer for K-12 STEM activities.