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Keynote Speakers
Prof. Ossama Salem- Keynote Speakers
Department Chair
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
A. Yabroudi Endowed Chair Professor of Sustainable Civil Infrastructures
Syracuse University College of Engineering and Computer Science

Dr. Ossama Salem is the Chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Syracuse
University. He is also the A. Yabroudi Endowed Chair Professor of Sustainable Civil Infrastructures and
Director of Syracuse University Center of Transportation Livability: TranLIVE. Dr. Salem has more than
twenty (27) years of professional and academic experience in design and construction of infrastructure,
infrastructure asset management, construction engineering, project management, sustainable development
and lean construction. He has received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Alexandria
University; Master’s Degree in Construction Management from Clemson University; and Ph.D. in Civil and
Environmental Engineering from the University of Alberta. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, Certified
Professional Construction Manager and Accredited LEED Professional. He’s work experience includes,
North Dakota State University, University of Cincinnati, Golder Associates and Alberta Ministry of

Dr. Salem has authored and co-authored more than 110 peer-reviewed articles and reports, mentored and
advised more than 60 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
entities including many US and Canadian public agencies, the Construction Industry Institute, the National
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, National Science Foundation, City of Cincinnati Municipality,
Syracuse Metropolitan Water Board, City of Riyadh, greater Cairo water and wastewater District, and
Alberta Ministry of Infrastructure. 

Dr. Salem’s research work mostly focuses on developing modeling tools for risk management, life-cycle
assessment, deterioration prediction and life-cycle cost analysis from a triple-bottom-line perspective, as
well as developing decision support systems and performance measurement tools for evaluating alternative
technologies, strategies, and modeling techniques for civil infrastructures. He serves on many national and
international boards and committees with the US Green Building Council, Transportation Research Board,
American Society of Civil Engineers, US University Transportation Centers, Construction Research Council,
Construction Industry Institute, Syracuse Metropolitan Water Board and International Society for
Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Transport Infrastructures (iSMARTi). He also serves on the editorial
boards of ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems, ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering, and the Lean
Construction Journal.
Sustainable Development and
Infrastructure Asset Management