Dr. Khaled Nassar received his B.Sc. and M.S. degrees with honors from Cairo University in 1992 and 1995 respectively, and his PhD from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg Virginia in 2000. Currently, he is an associate professor of construction engineering at the American University in Cairo (AUC) as well as serving as the associate chair of the department. Prior to joining AUC, he was an assistant professor of construction engineering at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, North Dakota State University in Fargo ND, an associate professor at the University Maryland Eastern Shore, USA, as well as serving as the chair of the department of Architectural Engineering at the University of Sharjah, UAE.
Dr. Nassar has taught and conducted research on a number of areas ranging from simulation applications, computing in design and construction, quantitative methods in construction management and technology as well as visualization and daylighting. He has published over 150 refereed journal and conference papers in top journals in the field with several best paper awards and advised many Masters and PhD students on topics ranging from data mining applications, to simulation of onshore wind farm construction. Furthermore, he participated in research grants worth in excess of two million dollars with projects funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Caterpillar Inc, National Science Foundation (NSF), the European Union (EU), Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF), US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as several others. His recent work on redirecting illuminating devices resulted in a US patent and his research has been featured in several media outlets such as Newsweek and Science Daily. Dr. Nassar has received many awards including the Caterpillar fellowship, Hauser Award, as well as a number of best teacher and best paper awards. In addition to the academic work, he has practiced professionally in the US and various countries in the Middle East in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry and consulted on a number of projects around the world including Germany, KSA, Qatar, UAE, Oman and Libya. He also was involved in the design and construction of several projects including schools, data centers, pharmaceutical projects and commercial centers around the world. He has also provided professional training on a number of topics to various design firms including some fortune 500 companies.