• Associate Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • Affiliated Faculty, Materials Science & Engineering
Alaa Elwany

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Industrial & Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology - 2009
  • M.Sc., Production Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt - 2004
  • B.Sc., Production Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt - 2002

Research Interests

  • Dr. Elwany's broad research interests are in the modeling, analysis, and control of advanced manufacturing processes and systems, with particular emphasis on metal additive manufacturing, uncertainty quantification (UQ), reliability engineering, and maintenance management and prognostics. His research has been supported by leading organizations including NASA, Airforce Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Netherlands Institute for Scientific Research (NWO), and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). 


    • Research scientist at the Manufacturing Systems Research laboratory (General Motors R&D)
    • Faculty member in Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands

    Intellectual Property

    US Patent 13/44000: Elwany, A., Arinez, J, Baird, R., Biller, S., and D’Arcy, J., “Method and Apparatus for Managing Heat Energy in a Metal Casting Plant” – March 20106.

Awards & Honors

  • Texas A&M Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award, Jan. 2017
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer, Oct. 2016
  • Finalist, QSR Best Paper Competition, INFORMS Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN, Nov. 2016
  • IIE Annual Conference Best Track Paper Award (Engineering Management), May 2015
  • Faculty Appreciation Award – Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) – Texas A&M Student Chapter, Apr. 2015
  • Professor of the Year Award – Texas A&M IIE Student Chapter, May 2014
  • VENI Laureate – Dec. 2010, Individual Grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research – Corresponds to the USA NSF CAREER Award
  • General Motors (GM) Manufacturing Scholarship, Aug. 2008 – Aug. 2009
  • Finalist, QSR Best Student Paper Competition, INFORMS Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, Nov. 2007

Selected Publications

  • J. Ma, B. Franco, G. Tapia, K. Karayagiz, L. Johnson, J. Liu, R. Arroyave, I. Karaman, and Alaa Elwany, “Spatial control of functional response in 4D-printed active metallic structures,” Nature Scientific Reports, IN PRESS 2017.
  • Gustavo Tapia, Luke Johnson, Brian Franco, Kubra Karayagiz, Ji Ma, Raymundo Arroyave, Ibrahim Karaman, and Alaa Elwany, “Bayesian Calibration and Uncertainty Quantification for a Physics-based Precipitation Model of Nickel-Titanium Shape-Memory Alloys,” ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Vol. 139, No. 7, 2017.
  • Amir Aboutaleb, Linkan Bian, Alaa Elwany, Nima Shamsaei, Scott Thompson, and Gustavo Tapia, “Knowledge-Guided Process Optimization for Laser-Based Additive Manufacturing,” IIE Transactions, Vol. 49, No. 1, 31-44, 2017.
  • Tapia, G. and Elwany, A., “A Review on Process Monitoring and Control in Metal-Based Additive Manufacturing,” ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Vol. 136, No. 6, 2014.
  • Elwany, A., Gebraeel, N.Z., and Maillart, L., “Structured Replacement Policies for Components with Complex Degradation Processes and Dedicated Sensors”, Operations Research, Operations Research, Vol. 59, No. 3, pp. 684- 695, 2011.