Ali graduated from National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents with diploma in Mathematics and Physics. He has received his B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, and his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, from University of Waterloo, all with focus on Communication Systems. Ali joined the University of Maine in 2005, where he is currently a tenured Full Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Cooperating Professor of Computing and Information Sciences. He is also serving as Assistant Vice President for Research and Director of Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) at the University of Maine.
Ali is founding Director of WiSe-Net Lab where he directs research programs including analytical performance evaluation of block codes, new methods for performance and convergence analysis of Turbo-codes, and applications of error correction codes in wireless sensor networks for structural monitoring, space explorations and bio-medical applications. His research on wireless sensing of lunar habitats was featured on the NSF Science360 web site in 2012. Ali is a co-Founder of two startup companies (Activas-Diagnostics and Nawindor).
Ali has received a number of awards from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Canadian Space Agency (CSA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is a senior member of IEEE and has served on several IEEE Committees at local, regional, national, and international levels.
Ali is a Co-founder of IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments (WiSEE) and currently serves as Associate Editor for IEEE Journal of RFID, IEEE/KICS Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN), and IET Wireless Sensor Systems (WSS) Journal. He serves as program evaluator (PEV) for ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology) since 2016 and as Extra class accredited Volunteer Examiner (VE) for ARRL since 2012.