Admir Masic is an Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at MIT. He is also DMSE Faculty Fellow in Archaeological Materials at the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology (CMRAE) and principal investigator at the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub).
The Masic Lab investigates nano-chemo-mechanical and mineralization processes in a wide range of anthropogenic and biological materials. At the core of the lab’s expertise are in situ and operando spectroscopy techniques that permit resolving in time and space out-of-equilibrium processes in heterogeneous materials. With examples spanning from ancient Roman concretes to modern Portland cement, from nacre to kidney stones, and from ancient pigments to the Dead Sea scrolls, the goal of the Masic Lab is to translate the knowledge gained from investigating these complex material systems to solve fundamental engineering challenges related to construction, energy, and the environment.
With a passion for integrating real-world experiences into education, Professor Masic blends demonstrative teaching methods with hands-on projects, exemplified by courses like 1.057 Heritage Science and Technology and 3.094/1.034 Materials in Human Experience at MIT. Recognized with the Maseeh Excellence in Teaching Award in 2019, he also founded the MIT Refugee Action Hub (ReACT) in 2017, pioneering global education programs for displaced populations and underserved communities, fostering over 250 refugee students across diverse regions, and launching the MIT Emerging Talent program under the Jameel World Education Laboratory in 2023.