As an educator, Dr. Robinson Fayek recognizes the importance of advancing her own knowledge and practices by engaging with a broad range of academic, professional, and government-based groups. She has taken an active leadership role in the construction engineering community by serving on a host of industry committees and by acting as a key member of several professional organizations.
Dr. Robinson Fayek is an active member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). She is serving as the inaugural representative for civil and environmental engineering on the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science (NCDEAS) and NSERC—Engineering & Applied Science Liaison Committee, and Partnership Subcommittee.
She has also been an organizer and member of the scientific committees for a number of major international conferences, including serving as the Co-chair of the ASCE Construction Research Congress, as well as the Industrial Liaison Chair for the IFSA (International Fuzzy Systems Association) World Congress and NAFIPS (North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society) Annual Conference. Dr. Robinson Fayek has also served as Chair of the Technical Session Sub-committee of the Construction Industry Institute’s Academic Committee. She was a member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Advisory Committee on University-Industry Grants (ACUIG). At the University of Alberta, she has served on the General Appeals Committee, the President’s Review Committee, and the President’s Advisory Committee on Senior Academic Appointments. She has also previously acted as a Joint Coordinator of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) Task Group 58 on Clients and Construction Innovation, as well as Task Group 85 on R&D Investment and Impact, the latter of which won the CIB Program Committee Commendation Award for most remarkable contributions to the CIB by a Task Group or Commission.
In addition, Dr. Robinson Fayek attends numerous industry conferences and serves on a number of advisory committees and panels in order to stay informed on the most topical issues affecting the Albertan and Canadian construction industries. For example, Dr. Robinson Fayek actively serves on several best practices committees for the Construction Owner’s Association of Alberta (COAA) and is a regular presenter at their annual Construction Best Practices Conference. Through providing leadership and support on a diverse range of committees and groups, attending events, and building strong relationships with various public and private organizations, Dr. Robinson Fayek is able to gain direct exposure to new developments in crucial areas such as theoretical and applied academic research, the local and global construction industry, and government support for research and development programs. These activities help to add a new dimension of insight into the direction of Dr. Robinson Fayek’s research and her approach to student education and mentorship.