Dr. Miroslaw J. Skibniewski is the A. James Clark Endowed Chair Professor of Construction Engineering and Project Management in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park. Prior to his current appointment he served for 20 years as a faculty member at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he held a position of Professor of Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering and Management. He received his M.Eng. degree from Warsaw University of Technology, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University. Prof. Skibniewski is also a graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Management Development Program. Prior to his academic career, he worked in the industry as an engineer with the Pittsburgh Testing Laboratory, a nationwide construction engineering consulting firm in Pennsylvania subsequently renamed to Professional Service Industries, Inc. - where he was in engaged in design quality reviews, construction related claims, value engineering, forensic engineering and industrial safety investigations.
As a researcher and educator, Professor Skibniewski currently specializes in e-commerce technology applications to engineering project management for construction and in construction automation. He developed one of the first construction automation programs in the United States and collaborated with major industrial and government organizations both in the United States and overseas. Dr. Skibniewski served as a Visiting Senior Research Scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Melbourne, Australia, as Visiting Research Professor with the Institute for Mechanized Construction and Rock Mining in Warsaw, Poland, as Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Honorary Visiting Professor at Loughborough University in England. He served as Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grantee at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, as Taiwan Science & Engineering Foundation Visiting Professor at Chung-Hua University and at National Taiwan University, and as Fulbright Senior Specialist at the Instituto de Altos Estudios Empresariales in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Dr. Skibniewski served on the National Academy of Engineering USA-Germany and USA-Japan Frontiers in Engineering committees, American Society of Civil Engineers' Robotics and Field Sensing Committee, Information Technology Committee, and Intelligent Computing Committee, various technical committees of the Construction Industry Institute based at the University of Texas at Austin, and on the National Academy of Sciences Assessment Panel for construction automation and computer integrated construction programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors and is Past President of the International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction currently based in Munich, Germany. Dr. Skibniewski is also Editor-in-Chief (Construction Technologies & Engineering) of Automation in Construction, an ISI-indexed international research journal published by Elsevier, as well as a member of editorial boards of ten other scientific journals.
Among Prof. Skibniewski's past honors are the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award from President Ronald Reagan (1986), American Society for Engineering Education Best Paper Award (1991), American Society of Civil Engineers' Walter L. Huber Research Prize (1998), Civil Engineering Faculty Medal from the Slovak University of Technology (2004), Honorary Professorship from Warsaw University of Technology (2005) and Moscow State Industrial University (2006), and many grants and awards from government and industry for support of his research. In 2006 Dr. Skibniewski was elected as a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Engineering. He is listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who: American Men and Women in Science, Who's Who in Engineering, Who's Who Online, and in other national and international biographical references. Prof. Skibniewski is an author or co-author of over 150 technical publications and of more than 100 invited research presentations worldwide.
As Assistant Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Provost of Purdue University between 1997 and 2004, Dr. Skibniewski served as a member of the group of the University's chief academic officers. His work in this capacity included chairing and coordination of the University's Academic Reinvestment Program and the Faculty Program of Study in a Second Discipline. As Interim Dean of International Programs and Director of International Research between 2002 and 2004, he served as Purdue University's chief international officer responsible for foreign relations, global cooperation in research and external engagement, study abroad programs, and international students and scholars. In this capacity he represented the University on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities (MUCIA) and served as the institutional representative to the association of senior international officers of the Committee for Institutional Cooperation (CIC) - an administrative and academic organization of the senior officers of the "Big Ten" universities.