M. Ashraf Imam

M. Ashraf Imam

Research Professor
TOM 105B | Office Hours: By appointment
Phone: 202-994-0986
[email protected]

Dr. M. Ashraf Imam is a Research Professor since August 2014 in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering of George Washington University. Prior to joining the George Washington University, he was a member of the senior research staff in the Materials Science and Technology Division at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington, DC. He served as a team leader in pursuing basic research on material structure-property relationship with emphasis on titanium alloy development and kinetics of transformation in solid phase. During his tenure at NRL, he also held the position of adjunct professor at The George Washington University since late 80' where he taught materials related subjects in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Dr. Imam received his bachelor of engineering degree in Metallurgy from the Regional Institute of Technology, India; his master of science in the field of Metallurgy and Materials Science from Carnegie-Mellon University; and his doctor of science in Materials Science from The George Washington University. Dr. Imam has demonstrated a unique ability to analyze the technical problems, and designing various experimental and theoretical techniques to arrive at optimum solutions. Often these investigations have resulted in technological breakthroughs leading to useful and unique applications.

His publications (over 230) in a variety of refereed journals ranging from Acta Metallurgica to Philosophical Magazine letters are a clear testimony of Dr. Imam as a researcher and teacher with outstanding creativity and resourcefulness in the area of Materials Science and Engineering. His expertise on titanium resulted in editing four books on titanium including a large chapter on titanium in Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. These contributions to the literature have been widely acclaimed and recognized.

Dr. Imam is a Fellow of the American Society for Metals, International (ASM). He holds membership in the American Society for Metals; and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). Dr. Imam is also a recipient of George Kimbell Burgess Award. George Kimbell Burgess Award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in research or administration to a member of the ASM Washington, DC chapter who has made original contributions in the field of metallurgy, materials, or mechanics or who demonstrates outstanding leadership in those fields. He has published over 230 papers, has edited more than 10 books and holds several (over 10) patents.           

Current Research

Structure-Property Relationship of Materials with Emphasis on Light Metals such as Ti, Al, Mg


  • D.Sc., The George Washington University, 1978