Ali has a background in statistical and physical-based hydrologic modeling of pluvial and fluvial flooding. Prior to joining Rhodium, Ali was a postdoctoral researcher in Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. His main responsibility at Scripps was to improve hydrological model performance associated with extreme rainfall events and evaluate the hydrological implications of climate models for use in Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations. Ali earned his Ph.D. from the City College of New York in Civil Engineering with the major of Water Resources. His Ph.D. research focused on the spatial-temporal variation of extreme rainfall and its effects on urban infrastructure systems.