Sam Salem, PhD


Dr. Sam Salem is the Chair of Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University. Dr. Salem has more than thirty years of professional and academic experience in civil and environmental engineering, sustainable development, Infrastructure sustainability and resilience, green buildings, construction project management and infrastructure asset management and. He has received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Alexandria University (1988); Master’s degree in Construction Management from Clemson University (1992); and Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Alberta (1998). He is a registered Professional Engineer, Certified Professional Constructor, and LEED Accredited Professional. His professional and academic experience includes working at Syracuse University, University of Cincinnati, North Dakota State University, Golder Associates, and Alberta Ministry of Infrastructure.

Dr. Salem has authored and co-authored more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and technical reports; mentored and advised more than 70 graduate students; and generated research funding that exceeded 10 million dollars. He received several research and teaching awards from organizations and institutions here in the US and abroad. He conducted research and consulting work for many national and international, public and private organizations, including several US and Canadian public agencies, the Construction Industry Institute, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, City of Cincinnati, Syracuse Metropolitan Water Board, City of Riyadh, Greater Cairo water and Wastewater District, and Alberta Ministry of Infrastructure.

Dr. Salem’s research interests include, infrastructure sustainability and resilience, sustainable development, accelerated construction of infrastructure, lean and green construction, project management, Public-Private Partnerships (P3), smart infrastructure, life cycle analysis, and infrastructure asset management. He served on several boards and committees of many national and international organizations, including the US Green Building Council, Transportation Research Board, American Society of Civil Engineers, Construction Research Council, Construction Industry Institute, Syracuse Metropolitan Water Board and International Society for Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Transport Infrastructures (iSMARTi).