Salford prof to become building president

INNOVATOR: Prof Aouad will become president of the CIOB in 2013

A GREATER Manchester professor is set to become president of the Chartered Institute of Building.

Prof Ghassan Aouad, who is pro-vice-chancellor for Research and Innovation at University of Salford has just been appointed as vice president of the institute (CIOB).

He will become president in June 2013 following Alan Crane (2012), Peter Jacobs (2011) and James Wates (2010).

Speaking about his appointment Prof Aouad said: “During my time leading research at the University of Salford I have travelled the world and I am fully aware of the international reputation of the CIOB, so I hope my appointment will make it even stronger globally. I am very optimistic about the future and I have every confidence that CIOB will go from strength to strength both with its core UK membership and around the world.

“I’m honoured to be appointed to the presidency and I’m looking forward to working with the chief exec, Board of Trustees and the entire membership in order to take CIOB to new grounds which will result in benefits to our industry, academic communities and society at large.”

Prof Aouad has spent the last 20 years teaching and researching subjects related to the areas of information modelling and visualisation, nd simulation and process mapping within construction.

As a principal investigator, he has generated over £10million to support research related to built and human environment processes and products, collaborating widely with many UK and international institutions, he has presented his work in more than 35 countries.

Chris Blythe, CIOB chief executive, said, “Innovation and research in the construction industry has never been so important. Especially, when the demands of economy and climate change are stimulating the industry to adapt and create even greater efficiencies.

“The CIOB provides a bridge between academia and industry. Many of the industry’s leading thinkers have held the office of president, and Ghassan continues the tradition. We look forward to him becoming our President in 2013 for what will no doubt be an exciting and challenging year.”

Prof Martin Hall, University of Salford vice-chancellor, added: “Ghassan will be an invaluable addition to the CIOB – under his leadership the University of Salford’s strength in research is moving ahead rapidly, and he’ll be able to contribute his expertise and experience to built environment research internationally.”

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