Awad Hanna

Boldt Company Professor in Construction and Engineering Management


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Room: 2320
Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1691

Ph: (608) 263-8903
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Dr. Awad Hanna is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chair of the Construction Engineering and Management Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses primarily on improving construction processes at the labor level, project level, and organization level. At the labor level, his research focuses on improving labor efficiency through utilizing the concept of TIME© (Tools, Information, Materials, and Environment). At the project level, his research activities focus on preconstruction planning and project tracking using Earned Value Analysis. At the organization level, he is particularly interested in Integrated Project Delivery and Lean Construction. His other research activities also include the cumulative impact of change orders, construction productivity methods improvement, and construction delay analysis.

Dr. Hanna received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Penn State University, and he is also a registered professional engineer in the U.S. and Canada.  He has been an active construction practitioner, educator, and researcher for over 30 years. He has authored more than 100 refereed journal articles on construction-related topics, with special emphasis on labor productivity, construction methods, cumulative impact of change orders, and construction risk management. He is also the author of 15 major productivity-related books for the Construction Industry Institute (CII), ELECTRI International, the National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA), Mechanical Contracting Foundation (MCF), and the New Horizon Foundation. These books have addressed topics such as risk allocation and misallocation, cumulative impact of change orders, innovative crew scheduling, preconstruction planning, Earned Value Analysis, measurement of project managers’ competencies, and factors effecting labor productivity such as overtime, overmanning, shift work, and trade stacking. Among his major publications are two books on productivity improvement and change orders, respectively: Construction Labor Productivity Management and Methods Improvement and Pricing Principles and Best Management Practices.

In 2015, Dr. Hanna received the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize for his paper titled, “Quantifying Performance for the Integrated Project Delivery System as Compared to Established Delivery Systems.” He was selected by the ASCE Board of Directors to receive its 2010 Construction Management Award for his significant contributions as an educator and researcher in quantifying the effects of construction contract change orders and addressing major construction productivity issues. In 2009, he was elected as a Fellow for the ASCE, an honor given to only two percent of ASCE members, and in 2006, the Construction Industry Institute (CII) awarded him their Outstanding Researcher Award. In 1990, he received first place in an international competition sponsored by the Canadian Construction Research Board for the “Best Innovative Ideas in Construction.”

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