Ali completed his MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering. His MSc thesis was on the residual stress and thermal fatigue analyses of glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) composites which was awarded as the Best MSc Thesis of the Year in a nationwide competition in 2019. Ali was working as a research assistant between 2019 to 2021 and was also awarded as the Distinguished Researcher of the Year in a university-wide competition in 2019. He started his PhD by joining the Materials & Manufacturing Research Group at the University of Glasgow in February 2021. His PhD project focuses on development of light-weight bio-inspired composites for structural health monitoring (SHM) applications.