Ali did his doctorate in civil engineering at the Technische Universität München (TUM) of Germany. Additionally, he is doing a joint Doctoral Program at TUM and Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. He also holds M.Sc. in Transportation System – Civil Engineering program from TUM and a bachelor degree (B.Sc) in Civil Engineering from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Indonesia.
Apart from TUMCREATE, Ali has various experiences in different roles in civil engineering. He has the experience of an engineer assistant in a consultancy firm and had joined one of the biggest construction companies in Indonesia, PT. Jaya Konstruksi Tbk, as a Chief Engineer for a Toll Highway project. Afterwards, he moved to the Directorate General of Highways under the Ministry of Public Works of Indonesia, dealing with policies and design standards for the highway in Indonesia.
His dissertation topic is the Functional Performance of Engineered Cementitious Composites Material for Electrified Roadway Application in Singapore. His research interest includes conventional and electrified roadway, structural and functional performance, cementitious material (Strain-Hardening Cementitious Composites), self-cleaning (photocatalysis activity), energy-harvesting infrastructure, Building Information Modeling, Multi-Criteria Analysis and Deep Learning Method.