Speakers

Simaan M. AbouRizk

Professor, University of Alberta, Canada

Dr. Simaan M. AbouRizk is a Distinguished University Professor and Canada Research Chair in Operations Simulation at the University of Alberta. He is an elected fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers, the National Academy of Construction, and the Royal Society of Canada.

A renowned expert in the development and application of computer simulation for construction planning, productivity improvement, constructability review, and risk analysis, Dr. AbouRizk’s research focuses on developing innovative information technologies for modeling, analyzing, and optimizing operations in the construction industry. His contributions to academia and industry have been recognized by numerous organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.

Farook Hamzeh

Associate Professor, University of Alberta

Dr. Hamzeh is a Lean Construction expert. His theoretical and applied research in the US, Canada, and the MENA region aim at improving the design and construction of projects. Working in the construction industry, conducting research on actual design and construction projects, developing models, and establishing new performance metrics all contribute to his mission of making design and construction Lean. Dr. Hamzeh is an active member of Production and Planning control area within the International Group of Lean Construction (IGLC) and has published heavily on Lean Construction and related topics.

Dr. Farook Hamzeh is an Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta since 2019. He was full time faculty at Colorado State University between 2009 and 2011 and at the American University of Beirut between 2011 and 2019.

Dr. Hamzeh has worked for more than seven years in the construction industry in Lebanon, Qatar, Dubai, and the United States on several mega projects. These include the $1.7 billion Cathedral Hill Hospital in San Francisco, the 333 m high Rose Rotana Hotel in Dubai, Losail motor-bike racetrack in Qatar, Olympic Tower in Qatar, Al-Amal Oncology Hospital in Qatar, Serail 1374 Building in downtown Beirut, and Sibline Cement factory 2nd production line in Lebanon. Throughout his career, Dr. Hamzeh has developed a passion for improving construction processes to increase productivity, raise customer value, and reduce process waste. This passion has fueled his research in the areas of lean construction, process improvement, production planning, BIM, Simulation, and supply chain management.

Aminah Robinson Fayek

Professor, University of Alberta, Canada

Dr. Aminah Robinson Fayek is a tenured professor with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta and also holds the prestigious Ledcor Professorship in Construction Engineering. In 2012, Dr. Robinson Fayek became the NSERC Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in Strategic Construction Modeling and Delivery, bringing together construction industry owners, contractors, and labour groups across Canada to develop comprehensive research-based solutions to key industry problems. Dr. Robinson Fayek’s core interests involve combining fuzzy logic with other modeling techniques, such as artificial neural networks, genetic algorithms, and simulation, in order to develop advanced decision-support tools and approaches. Through a number of academic and industry-based collaborations, Dr. Robinson Fayek and her research team are currently investigating areas including construction project productivity, labour motivation, and behaviour; organizational competencies and performance; risk analysis and mitigation; and assessment of the outcomes and impacts of R&D programs.

In July 2019, Dr. Robinson Fayek was appointed Director of the newly established Construction Innovation Centre (CIC) at the University of Alberta. By bringing together more than 30 engineering professors who are supported by more than 50 partners, the CIC will provide a unified construction research platform to deliver innovative solutions and technologies to industry. Through the CIC, the collaborative capabilities of the IRC and the CRC will also be enhanced.