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I am an Assistant Professor of Construction Engineering and Management in the Department of Civil Engineering at Santa Clara University (SCU). My research interests are directed to improve the efficiency of construction operations and sustainable development of our built environment. I am developing new decision making and simulation models to optimize the planning and control of construction production processes, construction logistics, green building projects, and sustainable infrastructure development and management.
Before joining SCU, I worked as a Post-Doctorate Research Associate in Dr. Amr Kandil's group in the Division of Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) at Purdue University. I began my Post-Doc in Purdue after finishing my PhD in August 2010 from the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at University of Illinosi at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), under the supervision of Associate Prof. Khaled El-Rayes. I started my academic career in the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University in Egypt where I finished my B.Sc. of structural engineering in 2003 and my M.Sc. of structural engineering in 2006, with focus on construction management.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL, USA
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering - Construction Management (August 2010). Thesis Title: Optimizing Site Layout and Material Logistics Planning in Critical Infrastructure Projects. GPA = 4.00/4.00
Cairo University Cairo, Egypt
M.Sc. in Structural Engineering - Construction Management (May 2006). Thesis Title: "A Framework for Planning and Optimizing Bridge Deck Construction Using Computer Simulation" GPA = 3.85/4.00
Cairo University Cairo, Egypt
B.Sc. in Structural Engineering (May 2006). GPA = 3.80/4.00 with Distinction and ranked 1st among 50 students. Graduation Project: Multi-Story Steel Building Design
10-02-2015: Prof. Said was selected by the Construction Industry Institute (CII) to join its Breakthrough Strategy Group (BTSG) after accepting his breakthrough topic proposal on 3D Printing for Facilities Construction. BTSG is a subcommittee of the CII Academic Committee that is responsible for identifying breakthrough ideas that have the potential to create long-term research initiatives for the construction industry.
3-30-2014: Prof. Said Attended as a volunteer and participant in the NSF-funded workshop to identify future NSF research agenda of construction engineering. The workshop was part of a NSF grant received by Dr. Gunnar Lucko.
07-20-2013: Prof. Said recieved the Early Career Award from ELECTRI International on his proposed research project: Industrialization of Electrical Contracting: Supply Chain and Logistics Management for the period 09/2013 - 07/2014.
06-01-2013: Prof. Said recieved the Faculty Internship Award of the Associate General Contractors (AGC) of North America. During this internship, Prof. Said will work on the site and in the main office of Blach Construction Co. (BCC) to acquire and apply additional professional experience that will help in improving his teaching curriculum and scholarly work. The internship is financially supported in equal parts by AGC, BCC, and SCU School of Engineering.
05-20-2013: CP2O lab recieved a seed research fund of $19,000 from SCU School of Engineering to initiate the an intial study on the use of telematic data to analysis and make informative decision of construction heavy equipment utilization. The fund will support 2 undergraduate students for the 2013 summer months and help in purchasing additional needed equipment. 03-29-2013: The Construction Processes and Operations Optimization (CP2O) lab welcomes Ayman Rasekh Ali as a graduate student assistant. Ayman will start his Master's degree the Spring quarter of 2013 and is expected to finish by the end of 2014. Ayman's research and thesis focus will be modeling and analysis of modular construction industry.
12-20-2012: Prof. Said recieved the Best Paper Award from the ASCE Construction Research Council (CRC) on his paper “Optimal Material Logistics Planning in Congested Construction Sites,” which was published and presented in the Construction Research Congress last May in West Lafayette, Purdue. The paper was co-authored by Khaled El-Rayes from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Hisham will receive the award in the coming CRC meeting during the CSCE Civil Engineering Conference in Montreal, Canada June 2013.
10-20-2012: Prof. Said attended the ASEE NETI-2 Workshop in Seattle, WA from 6 - 7 October 2012. Prof. Said was nominated SCU School of Engineering to attend this training workshop to learn new techniques of collaborative learning and project-based learning.
07-01-2012: Prof. Said attended the ASCE Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) in Fort Meyers, FL from 25 - 30 June 2012. Attending ExCEEd workshop is supported by a merit-based fellowship offered by ASCE to CE professors of outstanding teaching record and desire for further development. Prof. Said is now an ASCE ExCEEd Fellow!