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Emad Elwakil

Emad Elwakil
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Dr. Elwakil has made numerous contributions in discovery, student learning, leadership development, and industry engagement. Dr. Elwakil is certified Professional Engineer (PE), Certified Cost Professional (CCP), and certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Dr. Elwakil has exhibited scholarship through a consistent commitment to Construction Management (CM) research and education employing a systematic program of inquiry and compilation of a body of knowledge concerning modeling and simulation of construction organizations and infrastructure. Specifically, his work deals with modeling and simulation of organization performance and infrastructure management. These topic areas are increasingly important to the construction industry both domestically and internationally.

Since coming to Purdue University Dr. Elwakil has been awarded “Purdue Polytechnic Institute Exceptional Early Career Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching “and “The School of Construction Management Exceptional Early Career Teaching Award” by students’ vote. Dr. Elwakil has been awarded “The School of Construction Management Outstanding Faculty in Discovery Award” and “The School of Construction Management Outstanding Faculty in Learning” by faculty’s vote.

The results of Dr. Elwakil research have been documented in 25 journal articles, one book, 25 conference papers, three posters, and 23 technical reports from funded projects. He has chaired many Ph.D.’s and MS students and has served as a committee member for 17 graduate students.

Dr. Elwakil has been awarded more than currently $450 K in external grants. He has been awarded $7000 from Purdue University internal grants. Dr. Elwakil is one of the nine Principal Investigators in the $13.5 million UNSA ”Universidad Nacional de San Agustin” & Purdue University Partnership (NEXUS) which is global initiatives in discovery and Purdue’s growing international impact to make UNSA the premier location in Latin America for cutting-edge environmental sustainability research and innovation, and technology transfer.

Since coming to Purdue University, Dr. Elwakil has submitted more than $10 M research proposals for NSF, DOT, USAID, UKAID, Qatar National Foundation, and Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences to support his research in the area of Infrastructure Management. Dr. Elwakil has collaborated with Discovery Park and submitted more than $600 K research proposals for UNSA, Peru grants.

A notable component of Dr. Elwakil’s teaching and learning activities has been in the development of the Modeling and Simulation area of specialization for the graduate program through developing a graduate simulation and modelling construction processes course. This area of specialization is the first of its kind in the Construction Management Program. The teaching materials and course concepts were developed through Dr. Elwakil’s scholarly discovery and engagement activities. Dr. Elwakil redesigned a core course for construction plans and measurement to include the modern construction techniques and added more infrastructure topics to fit the new change of the curriculum and college transformation. Dr. Elwakil modified a core course for cost control to reflect the Polytechnic Institute new project based curriculum.

Dr. Elwakil has a record of service activities at Purdue. These activities have supported the department, college and university as well as serve the construction industry. Dr. Elwakil is a Co-chair of postdoctoral researcher committee and a member of data committee in the NEXUS institute collaboration project, the latest Purdue’s growing international impact. Dr. Elwakil has served the department and university in committees that support educational interests such as curriculum, undergraduate and graduate education, as well as diversity and recruitment.

Dr. Elwakil has a record of global initiatives in discovery. He is hosting a postdoctoral researcher for six months supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to work on infrastructure projects assessment. Dr. Elwakil hosted a graduate PhD student from Dongbei University of Finance and Economics for one year to work on risk management modeling of large scale infrastructure projects supported by the China Scholarship Council.

Dr. Elwakil has a record of contributions to student diversity and inclusiveness. He used to work with undergraduate international students to help them to adapt easily in the Polytechnic Institute and Purdue University community through the college’s faculty-to-student mentorship program.

Prior to coming to Purdue, as an assistant professor at California State University. He was awarded $180 K from Caltrans for improving and strengthening the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) concept.

Dr. Elwakil also worked in USAID projects, Caltrans, and with Infrastructure Canada on large scale construction and infrastructure projects.

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