Omar Abdelrahman is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Research in his group focuses on the development of catalytic strategies by which to utilize non-traditional carbon resources, upgrading them to commodity chemicals and fuels. This ranges from the development of novel solid base catalysts, to developing tools by which to understand complex catalytic surface phenomena through experimental and theoretical investigations. Dr. Abdelrahman received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University in 2016 working with Prof. Jesse Bond in the area of supported metal catalysis and microkinetic modelling, followed by a post-doc at the University of Minnesota with Profs. Paul Dauenhauer and Michael Tsapatsis, where he has worked on using phosphorous containing zeotype materials for upgrading biomass to polymer precursors.