Miroslaw Jan Skibniewski

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Miroslaw Jan Skibniewski

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Dr. Mirosław J. Skibniewski is a Professor of Construction Engineering and Project Management in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Prior to his current appointment he served for 20 years as a faculty member and administrator at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  He received his M.Eng. degree from Warsaw University of Technology, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University.   Prof. Skibniewski is also an alum of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Management Development Program.  Prior to his academic career he worked as an engineering professional with the 135 years-old Pittsburgh Testing Laboratory, a nationwide construction engineering consulting firm in Pennsylvania (later renamed to Professional Service Industries, Inc. www.psiusa.com) where he led structural and construction safety investigations, design quality reviews, structural testing, construction claims reviews, value engineering, and forensic engineering projects.

As a researcher and educator, Professor Skibniewski currently focuses on planning, design and construction aspects of resilient infrastructure, construction automation and robotics, and on information technology applications in engineering project management.  Initially, while at Purdue University, he developed one of the first construction automation programs in the United States and collaborated with major industrial and government organizations, both nationally and worldwide.  His past short-term appointments include service as Visiting Eminent Scholar in the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Technology Sydney (Australia), Visiting Senior Research Scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) Division of Building, Construction and Engineering in Melbourne, Australia, as Research Professor at the Institute for Mechanized Construction and Rock Mining in Warsaw, Poland, as Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Loughborough University (UK), Slovak Technical University, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), National University of Singapore, National Taiwan University of Science & Technology - Taiwan Tech, National Taiwan University, Technical University of Munich, IAE (Argentina), Pontifical Catholic University (Santiago, Chile), and others.  He has also served as a grantee of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Taiwan Science & Engineering Foundation, and Fulbright Foundation

Dr. Skibniewski served on the National Academy of Engineering USA-Germany and USA-Japan Frontiers in Engineering committees, American Society of Civil Engineers' Robotics and Field Sensing Committee, Information Technology Committee, Intelligent Computing Committee, Modularization Committee of the Construction Industry Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, and on the National Academy of Sciences  Assessment Panel for construction automation and computer integrated construction programs at the  National Institute of Standards and Technology.  He was a founding member of the Board of Directors and is Past President of the International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction.  Since 1994 Dr. Skibniewski has been Editor-in-Chief of Automation in Construction, an ISI-indexed international research journal published by Elsevier, North American Editor of the Journal of Civil Engineering and Management published by Taylor & Francis, as well as a member of editorial boards of over twenty peer-reviewed scholarly journals.

Among Prof. Skibniewski’s past honors are the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award (1986), American Society of Civil Engineers' Walter L. Huber Research Prize (1998), Civil Engineering Faculty Medal from Slovak University of Technology (2004), International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction Tucker-Hasegawa Research Award (2007), honorary/distinguishedprofessorships from Warsaw University of Technology (2004), Taiwan Tech - National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (2005), and Moscow State Industrial University (2007), University of Technology Sydney (2013), the Titular Professor designation from the President of Poland (2006), the inaugural Tan Swan Beng Visiting Endowed Chair Professorship from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2007-2008), Visiting Distinguished Specialist at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China (2014), Distinguished Visiting Fellow designation by the UK Royal Academy of Engineering (2016), and the A. James Clark Endowed Chair Professorship at the University of Maryland (2006-2010).  An elected Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Engineering (2006) and the Academy of Engineering in Poland (2013), Prof. Skibniewski is also a recipient of an honorary doctorate from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania (2009).  Dr. Skibniewski is listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who: American Men and Women in Science, Who’s Who in Engineering, Who’s Who in America, Who's Who Online, and in other national and international biographical references.  He is an author or co-author of over 400 technical publications and has made more than 140 invited research presentations worldwide.   

As the Founding Dean of the College of Engineering at Khalifa University with campuses in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, UAE, from 2010 to 2011, Dr. Skibniewski oversaw the creation of a government-endowed research- intense academic institution consisting of eight engineering departments, as well as the recruitment of engineering department heads and faculty members.  As Assistant Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Provost of Purdue University from 1997 to 2004, he served as a member of the group of the University’s senior academic officers.  His work in this capacity included chairing and coordination of the University’s Academic Reinvestment Program and the Faculty Program of Study in a Second Discipline.  As Interim Dean of International Programs and Director of International Research between 2002 and 2004, he served as Purdue University’s chief international officer responsible for foreign relations, global cooperation in research and external engagement, study abroad programs, and international students and scholars.  In this capacity he represented the University on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities (MUCIA) and served as the institutional representative to the association of senior international officers of the Committee for Institutional Cooperation (CIC) - an administrative and academic organization of the senior officers of the ‘Big Ten +’ universities in the United States. 

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