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Nedal T Nassar

Chief, Materials Flow Analysis Section

My research team and I quantify the global stocks and flows of nonfuel mineral commodities at each stage of their life cycle, analyze trends and examine concerns regarding foreign mineral dependencies, develop supply and demand scenarios, and assess the mineral commodity supply risk to the U.S. economy and national security.

I received my Ph.D. from Yale University where I worked on the development and application of a methodology for assessing critical minerals. I have continued that work as a leading member of the U.S. National Science and Technology Council (Executive Office of the President of the United States) Critical Minerals Subcommittee. I also serve as the Chair of the Project Steering Committee for National Minerals Information Center, a member of the Executive Committee for the Council of Senior Science Advisors at U.S. Geological Survey (PECASE member), and on the advisory board of various international research projects.

In 2019, I was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers. My research has been published in several high-profile journals and highlighted in major media outlets. I have also been called upon to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, brief senior U.S. government officials, and invited to give keynote addresses and present my research at significant venues including The National Academies, the European Commission, and the World Bank.

Previously, I worked as a consultant and as a process development engineer in the semiconductors and data storage industries where I was the recipient of three trade secrets. I also hold a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota, an MBA in sustainable global enterprise from Cornell University, as well as two master’s degrees from Yale University.


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