Hazar Dib received his BSc and MSc in Civil Engineering in 2002 from the University of Balamand (Lebanon) and his PhD in Building Construction Management from the University of Florida (USA) in 2007. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Building Information Management in the college of Technology at Purdue University in Indiana USA. He believes that computing and technology are fundamental to the advancement of globalization of science and engineering and he works toward this goal.
At Purdue University, Hazar Dib’s courses focus on Building Information Management, a lifecycle approach to managing construction activities and sharing of Information using effective technologies. His research areas include the integration of 3D technologies in information modeling techniques, development of knowledge acquisition methods and strategies for examining and capturing expert design knowledge, sharing lessons learned and historical data to improve design, increase efficiency in the construction processes, and improve the classroom experience of teaching construction management. Prior to joining the faculty at Purdue University, Dr. Dib worked on management of commercial construction for major construction management companies.
Areas of Specialization
Building Information Management, Information Management, Information Sciences, Construction Management Education
For the past two years, Dr. Dib has been hosting undergraduate students from Lebanon, in particular from the American University of Beirut (AUB). Over 10 weeks summer internships, three undergraduate students have already benefitted from these opportunities. The students came from the Civil Engineering and the Electrical and Communication Engineering programs at the AUB. As a result of the internship experience, two of the undergraduate students already plan to return to Purdue University to pursue a graduate degree. The students have expressed great appreciation for the opportunity and that they have benefited from the exposure to computing in the discipline - an aspect that they have not been exposed to before the internship. More importantly, the students now back in Lebanon, still are continuing to work on the project they have started over the summer. Dr. Dib is now serving as an external committee member on what will become their thesis or final project required for the completion of their engineering degree. The internship experience has proven to have a tremendous impact on the students’ approach to computing in their respective discipline. The international exposure has proven to enhance the students’ English language proficiency and serve as a valuable cultural experience.