Simaan M. AbouRizk, PhD, PEng
NSERC/Alberta Construction Industry Senior Industrial Research Chair in Construction Engineering and Management
Canada Research Chair in Operation Simulation
Distinguished University Professor, Construction Engineering and Management, University of Alberta
Dr. Simaan AbouRizk has significantly advanced the field of construction engineering, particularly construction simulation modeling and analysis. He is internationally acknowledged as a leader in project planning, productivity improvement, constructability, risk analysis and uncertainty modeling. His research represents a critical touchstone in the discipline, and he is a leader in his ability to transfer research and development into construction practice.
Dr. AbouRizk is active in consulting projects and is a registered professional engineer in the province of Alberta and is active in many professional organizations.
He received his PhD in construction engineering and management from Purdue University in 1990, and joined the University of Alberta as an Assistant Professor in November of that year. He was appointed to the Alberta Construction Industry Professorship as a tenured Associate Professor in January 1994 and promoted to a full Professor in July 1996.
Dr. AbouRizk is currently in his 2nd consecutive term as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Operation Simulation at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. Canada Research Chairs are awarded to “experienced researchers whose peers acknowledge them as world leaders in their field.” He is currently in his 4th term as an NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Construction Engineering and Management. NSERC Industrial Research Chairs are awarded to “researchers of international stature who can bring an innovative perspective to the university in carrying out and managing research, and training researchers. They should be recognized experts in their field, and have extensive research experience in universities, industry or government.”
Dr. AbouRizk’s research accomplishments have been recognized through numerous awards including the prestigious Peurifoy Construction Research Award presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers for his “contribution to construction simulation theory and practice”; the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship, awarded “to outstanding scientists and engineers who [...] enjoy a reputation for original research” from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council in recognition of “the quality of his research in the field of civil engineering”; the Killam Annual Professorship “in recognition of outstanding scholarship and significant contributions to the community and the University of Alberta”; the Walter Shanley Award presented by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering for his “outstanding contributions to the field of construction engineering in Canada”; the E. Whitman Wright Award “in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development of computer applications in civil engineering”; and the Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize for “best paper in the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management in 2003.” Dr. AbouRizk was also elected as Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), and inducted into the National Academy of Construction (USA) as the first Canadian member, followed by induction as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He was named a Distinguished University Professor by the University of Alberta in recognition of his outstanding teaching, research, and service contributions to the University.
Dr. AbouRizk has authored over three hundred publications in the area of construction engineering and management, and is also the co-author of two textbooks (Project Management –Techniques in Planning and Control of Construction Projects, and Productivity in Construction), and is currently working on a simulation textbook.
He has supervised thirty-five doctoral students and sixty-six masters students (thesis-based) who currently work in Canada, the USA, and internationally. He was Chair of the Construction Research Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2000, and serves on numerous professional boards. He was the specialty editor for “quantitative methods” for the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management of ASCE and an associate editor (construction) of the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering.