Texas Tech University

NWI Faculty Affiliate Ali Nejat Receives NSF CAREER Award


TTU assistant professor and NWI faculty affiliate Dr. Ali Nejat was recently recognized with a prestigious academic CAREER Award given by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Dr. Nejat is housed in the Department of Construction Engineering and Engineering Technology at TTU.

Titled "RecovUS – An Agent-Based Model of Collective Post-Disaster Housing Recovery," the award is a five-year $500,000 grant to allow further study of post-disaster housing recovery using the micro-level of households' reconstruction decisions.

Dr. Ali Nejat, recipient of a 2015 NSF CAREER Award

The CAREER program from the National Science Foundation (NSF) offers the NSF's most esteemed award in support of junior faculty who, according to the website, "exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of the organization... [and who] build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership."

Dr. Nejat's name is now added to a growing list of NWI faculty affiliates who have been conferred this esteemed award including Drs. Brian Ancell, Eric Bruning, Changzhi Li, and John Schroeder.

According to their website, the NSF was created by Congress in 1950, has an annual budget (FY2014) of $7.2 billion, and is the funding source for approximately 24% of basic research conducted by America's universities and colleges and plays a vital role in scientific research today.