Associate Professor, Del E. Webb School of Construction, School of Sustainable Engineering & the Built Environment
Co-Director, U.S. EPA National Center of Excellence on SMART Innovations
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
Honors Faculty, Barrett Honors College
Fulton Exemplar Faculty, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Construction Engineering and Management (PhD Minor in Business Operations and Technology Management), University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.E., Mechanical Engineering (Minor in Economics), American University of Beirut
Use-inspired research focused on improving the performance of the built environment and empowering the stakeholders delivering it. This is accomplished through mathematical and statistical modeling of project performance data and industry decision-making data. Specific research thrusts are:
(1) Innovative Project Delivery Systems; e.g., integrated project delivery (IPD), design-build (DB), construction management at risk (CMAR), public-private partnerships (PPP); and
(2) Supporting Decision-Making in Infrastructure Engineering and Construction; e.g., market entry, cost estimating, sustainable building performance, solar energy infrastructure, water infrastructure, and so on.
On May 8-9, 2019, a kick-off meeting was held to begin our new research project: “Improving the Reliability of Earned Value Management System (EVMS) Compliance Reviews and EVMS Maturity Level Assessments: Development of an EVMS Maturity Level Rating Index.” Over the course of the next three years, the government and industry research team that includes the US Department of Energy (DOE), US Department of Defense (DOD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and many other outstanding organizations will work with our Arizona State University team to develop a new EVMS Maturity Level Rating Index. The ASU team is led by Dr. G. Edward Gibson and Dr. Mounir El Asmar and supported by Ph.D. students Namho Cho and Vartenie Aramali.
An EVMS is an organization’s project/program management system that integrates a defined set of work scopes, schedules and budgets for effective planning, performance, and management control. A mature and accurate EVMS can provide a clear work scope, budget allocation plan, reliable project schedule, and management strategy. EVMS maturity is the degree of completeness of the system, associated processes, and deliverables that serve as the basis for a successful project or program. In addition, EVMS accuracy is the degree of confidence in the measured level of maturity of the system. This research project will examine the processes and practices that a number of key government agencies and contractors utilize to manage their EVMS, and develop a comprehensive tool that advances the current state of practice. The work will serve a large body of policy makers, project managers, practitioners, and other government and industry stakeholders.
Dr. Mounir El Asmar received the Design-Build Institute of America 2017 Distinguished Leadership Award for his demonstrated leadership in advancing design-build project delivery. Ms. Lisa Washington, executive director and CEO of the Design-Build Institute of America, and DBIA chairman Mr. Praful Kulkarni, presented the award at DBIA’s annual conference in Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. El Asmar also received the Community Service Award at the 2017 annual Arizona Pavements/Materials Conference for his significant contributions to transportation project delivery and achievement in bridging the gap between research and practice. At this same conference, his Ph.D. student Mr. Namho Cho received the 2nd place Best Poster Award for his excellent work on quantifying the long-term benefits of innovative project delivery methods.
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Dr. Mounir El Asmar received the SSEBE Outstanding Service Award for 2016. The nominator wrote, “Dr. El Asmar has demonstrated excellence and innovation in service to SSEBE. His diverse accomplishments are in line with ASU’s New American University design aspirations. He has served his profession, engaged in student recruitment and retention, assumed committee leadership, and contributed to the School’s national and international visibility.”
Dr. G. Edward Gibson, Jr., Director of ASU’s School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, presented the award on behalf of the SSEBE Awards Committee on August 12, 2016, in Tempe, AZ.
Dr. Mounir El Asmar received the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)’s prestigious Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize for his work on quantifying the performance of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).
Dr. Jesus M. de la Garza, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, presented the award on behalf of ASCE’s Construction Institute (CI) at the International Construction Specialty Conference in Vancouver, BC.
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