Hisham Said


Room 221, Bannan Engineering Building, Santa Clara University,                 500 El Camino Real,         Santa Clara, CA, 95050.                                 Phone: 408-551-7156    Email:  hsaid@scu.edu

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I am an Associate Professor of Construction Engineering and Management in the Department of Civil Engineering at Santa Clara University (SCU). My research interests are directed to advance the scholarly and applied knowledge of iindustrialized construction, Generative Design, Spatial scheduling, Construction labor relations. .  

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.  


Educational Background

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 



News Archive

05-08-2022: Prof. Said organized and moderated a symposium "Industrialized Homebuilding: How to Sustain the Revolution" at the Collegium Helveticum of ETH Zurich University. The goal of the symposium was to discuss business viability strategies of industrialized homebuilders that would consider their economical, environmental, and social sustainability. The event included talks by three guest speakers followed by a panel Q&A discussion. 

03-14-2022: Prof. Said was invited by the Chair of Innovative and Industrial Construction (Prof. Daniel Hall) at ETH Zurich to present a guest talk titled "Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) Construction: Longitudinal Analysis of Project Collaboration Networks and Building Innovation".

01-15-2022: Prof. Said was invited by the ETH Collegium Helveticum to join as a senior fellow for five months. The Collegium is the joint Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) of the ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich, and the Zurich University of the Arts. The Collegium aims to provide a meeting place and forum for dialogue between the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, engineering, medical science, and the arts. As a senior fellow, Hisham will explore the social, environmental, and economic sustainability of industrialized construction organizations.

01-01-2022: Prof. Said will be a visiting scholar for five months with the Chair of Innovative and Industrial Construction (Prof. Daniel Hall) at ETH Zurich.  

05-15-2019: Prof. Said received the 2019  Teacher of the Year award from the SCU School of Engineering.

3-15-2019: Prof. Said received a $41,255 contract from ELECTRI International to support his project, "Data-Driven Strategies to Increase Market Share of Union Electrical Contractors." The project will involve indentifying the determinantes of the market share of union electrical contractors, and propose market share growth strategies that would be account for the different social, economic, and political conditions of each local electrical union jurisdiction.

7-15-2018: Prof. Said received tenure promotion to associate professor in the department of Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering.

3-15-2018: Prof. Said received a $35,741 contract from ELECTRI International to support his project, "Smart Building and IoT Impact on Electrical Contracting." The contract will involve studying taxonomy of taxonomy of smart building functionalities, technologies, and their interdependencies. Also, the study will explore new business, income generation, and contractual models, and labor development strategies for electrical contractors to take advantage of the growing market of smart facilities.

10-12-2017: Prof. Said was an invited guest speaker at the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) 2017 Convention, where his workshop, "Prefab Shops: Flow before Automation," was attended by more than 75 industry professionals from electrical construction and manufacturing companies.

05-15-2017: Prof. Said received the 2017 Researcher of the Year award from the SCU School of Engineering.

03-17-2017:  Prof. Said received the 2016 Outstanding Reviewer Award from the Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

02-09-2017: Prof. Said was an invited guest speaker in the Multi-Trade Prefabrication Conference in Dallas, where he gave a 2-hour workshop on “Revealing the Very Latest Tools & Innovations for Running a Fabrication Workshop.” The workshop was attended by about 75 professionals from national mechanical, electrical, and general construction firms.

01-26-2017: Prof. Said presented a webinar, “BIM in no-Utopia: How Design Changes Deteriorate BIM Efficiencies, and How to Manage BIM Costs,” to members of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), detailing the results of his research project that was successfully completed under the sponsorship of ELECTRI International Foundation.

04-02-2016: Prof. Said received a $29,880 contract from ELECTRI International to support his project, "Identifying BIM Related Costs Due to Changes." The contract will involve studying the impacts of ill-managed design changes on the cost performance of developing reliable building information models (BIM) of electrical construction, and performing BIM-related tasks of engineering, automated jobsite layout, and prefabrication.

03-10-2016: Prof. Said was featured in the NBC Bay Area Investigative Report on a sewer pipe installation issue in the BART extension project.

02-25-2016: Prof. Said received a research grant ($9,883) from MCA Inc. for a 6-month study to develop new tracking systems and processes for flexible production operations of prefabricated building products and assemblies. MCA Inc. is a research and development company based in Michigan, focused on implementing process and product development, waste reduction and productivity improvement of labor, project management, estimation, accounting and customer care. 

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.

03-30-2014: 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 received 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 received 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 received a seed research fund of $19,000 from SCU School of Engineering to initiate a 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 received 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!