Professor El Asmar is a faculty member at Arizona State University (ASU)’s School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, and a Senior Global Futures Scientist with the Global Institute of Sustainability. His nontraditional background in civil and environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, construction and project management, economics, and business, provides him with an understanding of a variety of facets imperative to advancing today’s engineering industry.
His research and development activities have focused on improving the performance of the built environment and empowering the stakeholders delivering it. He uses mathematical and statistical modeling of project performance, augmented with government and private industry decision-making data, to advance integrated project management and innovative collaborative delivery of projects. He led several teams developing a number of decision-support systems for governments and private industry. Recent examples of his team’s work include developing federal guidebooks on collaborative project delivery of infrastructure, including training DOTs of 38 States on using more than 36 new tools documented in the guidebooks; and co-developing the IP2M METRR framework for the U.S. DOE to help gauge the maturity and environment of earned value management systems (EVMS) that control and manage some of the nation’s most critical energy projects today.
Dr. El Asmar has developed and taught various courses both at the university level and to professionals. He also is an ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Fellow and the Co-Director of Sustainable Construction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Center of Excellence on SMART Innovations.
Dr. El Asmar was invited to discuss his research at more than 100 national & international venues. He has published more than 150 technical articles, including more than 60 in peer-reviewed journals, and his work has received numerous recognitions such as the Best Paper Award of the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, the Construction Industry Institute’s (CII) Distinguished Professor Award, ASCE’s prestigious Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize, and the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Distinguished Leadership Award.
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 Global Futures 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