Texas A&M assistant professor, Ahmed Ali
, was a keynote speaker at the October 16th event hosted by Austin Technology Incubator, "a University of Texas at Austin initiative that helps startup companies successfully compete in capital markets by linking entrepreneurs with investors and public funding sources."
Ali and his students are looking for opportunities to maximize the value of resources in what they call a "circular economy." The student projects reuse "offal" — sheet metal refuse from automotive manufacturing — into a construction material for building exteriors.
Ali is the founder and director of the Resource Based Design Research Lab at the Texas A&M College of Architecture and a faculty fellow with the college’s Center for Health Systems & Design and the Center for Housing & Urban Development. Read more at Arch.TAMU.edu.