Dr. Aziz joined Clemson University in 1984 as a member of the faculty immediately after obtaining his Ph.D. in engineering science from the University of Mississippi. He was promoted to full professor in 1995, selected to chair the civil engineering department in 2003, and named associate provost for faculty development in May 2012. Clemson University President James F. Barker appointed Dr. Aziz as interim vice president for academic affairs and provost in May 2013.
During Dr. Aziz’s nine-year tenure as the civil engineering department chair, the department achieved its highest national rankings. U.S.News & World Report ranked the department among the top-20 undergraduate programs and the top 30 graduate programs in civil engineering at national public research universities. The department also grew to become the 10th largest civil engineering program in the country in terms of BSCE degrees awarded. Under his leadership, the department witnessed increased diversity of its faculty and student body and a growth in its research scholarship, research expenditures, Ph.D. productivity, and students and faculty awards and recognitions.
In September 2011, with an endowment from civil engineering alumnus Gerald Glenn and his wife, Candi, the department was re-named the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering. In doing so, the department become one of the few named civil engineering departments in the nation.
When Dr. Aziz became the Associate Provost for Faculty Development, he joined the University leadership team and was instrumental in developing and implementing a market and performance based faculty salary adjustment initiative that brought Clemson University faculty salaries to a nationally competitive level. He was also involved in the tenure, promotion and reappointment review process, a plan to add approximately 100 new faculty positions to accommodate increased enrollments and to strategically support and grow Clemson’s main research focus areas.
Dr. Aziz received his bachelors in civil engineering and his masters and doctorate in engineering science from the University of Mississippi.