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Dr. Jesus M. de la Garza

Professor and Chair of Civil Engineering

Education:
Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, 1988
M.Sc., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, 1984
B.Sc., Civil Engineering, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico, 1978

Areas of Interest:
Construction Engineering and Management, Highway Infrastructure Management, Information Technology in Construction, Design-Construction Integration. My Philosophy towards the A/E/C Industry is:
1) Construction is the last phase of the Design process; 
2) Design is not what is on CAD drawings, rather, Design is what gets built; 
3) Design-Construction integration is fundamental.

Work Experience:

  • Editor-in-Chief for ASCE's Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (2011-present)
  • Member of the National Research Council's Committee on Defense Materials, Manufacturing, and Infrastructure (2010-2016)
  • Member of the National Research Council's Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (2008-2014)
  •  Program Director, National Science Foundation, Civil and Mechanical Systems Division (2004-2006) 
  •  Assistant, Associate, Professor, Vecellio Professor, Virginia Tech, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (1988-2019)
  • Project Engineer with the ICA Group, Mexico City (1978-1982)

Honors and Awards:

  • Distinguished Member of ASCE (2014)
  • Vecellio Endowed Professorship (2003)
  • The Construction Industry Institute's Richard L. Tucker Award for Leadership and Service (2013)
  • John L. Tishman Distinguished Lecture, University of Michigan (2013)
  • Fellow of the Construction Management Association of America (2011)
  • The Construction Industry Institute's Outstanding Instructor Award (2013)
  • The Construction Industry Institute's Distinguished Professor Award (2009)
  • Visiting Eminent Scholar at the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University (6/04 and 4/13)
  • The College of Engineering Dean's Award for Research Excellence (2012)
  • The College of Engineering Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence (2009)
  • The College of Engineering Dean's Award for Service Excellence (2014)
  • ASCE Peurifoy Construction Research Award (2011)
  • Member of the National Academy of Construction (2010)
  • ASCE Faculty of the Year Award,  Student Chapter, Virginia Tech. (1998)
  • ASCE Best Paper Award, Technical Council on Computer Practices, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (1998)
  • ASCE Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize, (1992)
  • ASCE Appreciation Certificate for outstanding service as Faculty Advisor to the Student Chapter, (1990)
  • Who is Who in Computing, (1989)

Selected Research Projects:

  • Flash Tracking for Accelerated Project Delivery (APD), Phase III, VDOT
  • Flash Tracking for Accelerated Project Delivery (APD), GDOT
  • Flash Tracking for Accelerated Project Delivery (APD), Phase I and II, VDOT
  • RBS: Performance-based decision support system for resilient and sustainable multi-hazard building design, National Science Foundation, with Drs. M. Flint, M. Eatherton, G. Olgun, J. Irish, R. Leon, G. Reichard, A. Rodriguez-Marek
  • Successful Delivery of Flash-Track Projects, Construction Industry Institute, with Dr. Pardis Pishdad-Bozorgi at Georgia Tech
  • VDOT/VT Partnership for Highway Maintenance Monitoring and Innovation in Maintenance and Construction Contracting, Virginia Department of Transportation, with Dr. M.C. Vorster @ Virginia Tech
  • Development of a Highway Maintenance Management System, Swedish National Road Administration, with Dr. Hans Bjornsson @ Chalmers University of Technology

 Selected Publications :

  • de la Garza, J.M., and Pishdad-Bozorgi, P., (2018). “A Workflow Process for Flash Track Projects.” ASCE, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001501
  • Shahtaheri, Y., Flint, M.M., de la Garza, J.M., (2018). “Sustainable Infrastructure Multi-Criteria Preference Assessment of Alternatives for Early Design.” Elsevier, Automation in Construction, 96, 16-28, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2018.08.022
  • Franco-Duran, D., and de la Garza, J.M., (2019). “Phantom Float in Commercial Scheduling Software.” Elsevier, Automation in Construction, 103, 291-299, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2019.03.014
  • Shahtaheri, Y., Flint, M.M., de la Garza, J.M., (2019). “A multi-objective reliability-based decision support system for incorporating decision maker utilities in the design of infrastructure.” Elsevier, Advanced Engineering Informatics, 42, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aei.2019.100939
  • Franco-Duran, D., and de la Garza, J.M., (2019). “Review of Resource-Constrained Scheduling Algorithms.” ASCE, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Forthcoming.

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Jesus M. de la Garza

Contact Information:

Office: 121 Lowry Hall
Phone: (864) 656-3001
FAX: (864) 656-2670