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Carol C. Menassa, Ph.D., F.ASCE, a professor and John L. Tishman Faculty Scholar in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan, has been named a fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Menassa directs the Intelligent and Sustainable Civil Infrastructure Systems Laboratory at U-M. Her research focuses on understanding and modeling the interconnections between human experience and the built environment. Her research group designs autonomous systems that support well-being, safety, and productivity of office and construction workers, and provides them opportunities for lifelong learning and upskilling. 

She has more than 150 peer reviewed publications. Menassa previously served as a member of the Board of Governors of the ASCE Construction Institute (ASCE-CI), and as chair for the ASCE Construction Research Congress Executive Committee. She is currently chair of the ASCE-CI Awards Committee and associate editor for the Society’s Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering

Menassa is the recipient of several ASCE awards: the 2023 John O. Bickel Award, the 2022 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, the 2021 Arthur M. Wellington Prize, the 2021 Collingwood Prize, the 2017 Daniel Halpin Award, and the 2017 Alfred Noble Prize. She was also honored as the 2017 Outstanding Early Career Researcher from Fiatech, and received the 2015 CII Distinguished Professor Award and 2014 U.S. National Science Foundation Career Award. She has received several best paper awards as well. 

At University of Michigan, Menassa was faculty advisor for the ASCE Student chapter between 2017 and 2020. Prior to her academic career, she was a structural engineer with Dar Al Handashah (Shair and Partners) in their Beirut, Lebanon, office where she worked on several large-scale projects in the Middle East and North Africa regions.