Author Archives: Mounir El Asmar

Kicking-off New DOE-funded Research Project

IMG_1423On 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. El Asmar named Fulton Exemplar Faculty and his team receives the 2018 American Society of Civil Engineers CRC Best Paper Award!

Dr. Mounir El Asmar received the Fulton Exemplar Faculty distinction. This distinction recognizes outstanding associate or full professors who have a strong combination of exemplary research outcomes, excellent teaching, student mentorship and service contributions. Fulton Exemplar Faculty are distinguished by having high research productivity as well as educational effectiveness.

DSC_2018Moreover, Dr. El Asmar and Dr. G. Edward Gibson, Jr. were joined by former Ph.D. student David Ramsey and current Ph.D. student Abdulrahman Yussef to receive the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Construction Research Congress 2018 Best Paper Award. Dr. El Asmar accepted the award from Dr. Charles Berryman, department chair at Louisiana State University, at the Congress in New Orleans, LA.

The paper is entitled “Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for Large Industrial Projects: FEED Maturity and Its Impact on Project Cost and Schedule Performance.” The authors’ new method has shown a 24 percent difference in cost performance for projects with mature and accurate  FEED. The paper was named Best Paper out of 374 accepted articles.

The full story can be found here.



Dr. El Asmar receives the 2017 Distinguished Leadership Award and the 2017 Community Service Award!

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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.

The full story can be found here.DBIA

Dr. El Asmar receives the 2016 Outstanding Service Award!

ASU Service Award 2016Dr. 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. El Asmar receives ASCE’s Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize!


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.

The full story can be found here.