Welcome to my website!


My name is Osama Alsalous, you can also call me Sam. I am a PhD student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Virginia Tech. I am in the Transportation Infrastructure and Systems Engineering program with a focus in Air Transportation. My research interests include Air Traffic Management, Airport Capacity and Demand, Data Analytics, and Aviation Performance Metrics.

I was born and raised in Amman, Jordan. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from The University of Jordan. I graduated with a Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2016 (Transportation Infrastructure and Systems Engineering program). I worked as a data analyst supporting the Office of Performance Analysis at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before returning to graduate school to pursue PhD in January 2019. After finishing my PhD, I would like to return to industry and eventually become a professor. I would like to bring my professional experience to the classroom as a teaching tool to create a practical learning environment where applicable.

Other Interests 

Music is my passion. I spend some of my free time writing my own compositions,  playing piano, and working on audio engineering projects. Additionally, I am a member of Itraab: The Arabic Music Ensemble at Virginia Tech. I also enjoy other activities such as hiking, kayaking, and dancing.