Biography

Subhan Ali is a graduate student pursuing his doctorate degree in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. His research interests focus primarily on the sustainable built environment and life cycle analysis. Subhan analyzes and designs new building materials that reduce human health impacts and minimize environmental degradation with applications in developing countries. Specifically, he works on finding novel ways to use polypropylene fibers as a reinforcement material in concrete. These solutions will be capable of reducing usage of asbestos reinforced materials in Brazil, India and China. 

At Stanford, Subhan serves or has been engaged in a diversity of leadership roles with peers, alumni, and Stanford partners. These include: Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Trustees Committee on Development, the Board of Directors of the Stanford Alumni Association, the Career Development Center, the Committee on Graduate Studies, the Committee on Research, the Graduate Housing Advisory Council, the Vice-Provost for Student Affairs and the Vice-Provost for Graduate Education. He is also active as the Professional Education Chair of the Stanford American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter as well as being involved in a variety of ways in the Stanford Muslim community. Additionally, Subhan participated in the Ignite program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) where he led an interdisciplinary team of graduate students in developing the business plan of an energy efficiency tool for consumers. He was also selected for the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment's Rising Environmental Leaders Program.

Subhan graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2007, and earned his M.S. with an emphasis in Sustainable Design and Construction from Stanford University in 2009. Subhan has professional experience in Project Management and Structural Engineering. He is a licensed professional civil engineer in the State of California (PE) and a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP).