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Islam H. El-adaway

Islam H. El-adaway

Associate Professor and Construction Program Coordinator


Islam H. El-adaway came to UT from Mississippi State University where he was an Associate Professor and the Richard A. Rula Endowed Professor of Construction Engineering and Management in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Bagley College of Engineering. El-adaway’s educational interests examine how active teaching pedagogies including problem-based-learning (PBL) and learning-through-service (LTS) can be used to promote teaching effectiveness and efficiency. He also studies engineering ethics mainly in the area of mentor-supervised and multi-authored publications.

El-adaway’s research and educational activities have been supported by various regional, national, and international agencies, and resulted to-date in 55 peer-reviewed papers (27 journal papers and 28 conference papers), all of which were respectively published and/or presented in the most highly regarded journals and highly-attended conference in the construction engineering and management specialty area. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Wyoming.


El-adaway’s research interests investigate how an integrated approach, which is based on broad system interdependencies of the built environment, can mitigate the management challenges associated with the sustainability of infrastructure systems. To this end, he is the Director of the Civil Infrastructure System-of-Systems Interdependency Laboratory (CI2SI-L). Accordingly, the main research themes that have been investigated within CI2SI-L include sustainable infrastructure systems, risk and financial engineering, holistic management for natural and man-made hazards, contractual and legal affairs in construction, agent based simulation and system dynamics modeling, and social network analysis. Over the past few years, the activities of CI2SI-L have supported several Doctoral and Master graduate students. In addition, CI2SI-L has provided mentorship opportunities for many undergraduate students in the area of construction engineering and management.

Construction engineering and management

Sustainable infrastructure systems

Risk and financial engineering

Contractual and legal affairs in construction

Holistic management for natural and man-made hazards

Modeling and simulation (multi agent systems, system dynamics, and social network analysis)

Multi criteria decision making

Engineering education

Engineering ethics


El-adaway earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University and both his M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Construction Engineering from the American University in Cairo. During his academic experiences, and in addition to his preparation in civil and construction engineering, he undertook interdisciplinary coursework in finance and insurance, financial engineering, modeling and simulation, micro and macro economics, public policies, and institutional controls. In addition, he has extensive background in the area of contractual and legal affairs in construction where he has successfully managed major multimillion dollar claims during project proceedings and afterwards in arbitrations.

Ph.D., Iowa State University, Civil Engineering, Ames, Iowa, 2008.

M.Sc, The American University in Cairo, Construction Engineering, Cairo, Egypt, 2006.

B.Sc., The American University in Cairo, Construction Engineering, Cairo, Egypt, 2003.

Professional Service

El-adaway serves on National Science Foundation (NSF) review panels, and is an editorial board member for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Management in Engineering. Also, he is member of the scientific and organizing committees for the multiple ASCE conferences including the Construction Research Congress. In addition, he is an active reviewer for multiple peer-reviewed journals in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. Further, he is member of ASCE and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

Awards and Recognitions

The efforts of El-adaway resulted in multiple awards and recognitions. Nationally, he was selected as an Outstanding Reviewer by ASCE and was invited by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to attend its Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium as being one of the most innovative engineering educators. Regionally, he is a recipient of a Young Faculty Research Award by ASEE. Earlier at MSU, he was selected to receive an Academy of Distinguished Teachers Award, Undergraduate Publication Award, The Richard A. Rula Endowed Professorship, the David Carlisle Hull Faculty Leadership Award and Program, a Young Faculty Research Award, and the Chip Crane State Pride Award.

Islam H. El-adaway

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