Dr. David B. Ashley
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dr. David B. Ashley is a professor of engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he most recently served as the eighth president for the period July 2006 to July 2009. This emerging research university, located in one of the nation’s fastest growing urban areas, currently enrolls more than 28,000 students with a projected enrollment of 32,000 by 2012 and employs more than 3,000 faculty and staff.
Prior to coming to UNLV, Dr. Ashley served as the founding Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of California, Merced, and held the Shaffer-George Chair in Engineering. He has also served as Dean of Engineering at The Ohio State University and has held Civil Engineering faculty positions at the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Ashley’s principal research and teaching activities are in the area of construction project planning, focusing primarily on risk analysis and management of large-scale, complex projects. His recent studies have addressed innovative project financing and new project procurement approaches. His work with this field has brought him recognition as a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator and from the American Society of Civil Engineers the 2004 Peurifoy Construction Research Award; the 1992 Construction Management Award; and, in 2007, he was elected to Distinguished Member status. Dr. Ashley was inducted as a member of the National Academy of Construction in October of 2008. For his academic contributions, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Chalmers University in Sweden in May of 2000.
Dr. Ashley holds B.S. and M.Sc. degrees in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.Sc. (Engineering-Economic Systems) and Ph.D. (Construction Management) degrees from Stanford University.