NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Strategic Construction Modeling and Delivery

Grants and Awards

In 2018, as a result of her research into state-of-the-art fuzzy hybrid techniques for construction applications, Dr. Robinson Fayek was awarded the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Fuzzy Hybrid Decision Support Systems for Construction to continue her research into ways to improve the efficiency, performance, and profitability of construction projects. Dr. Robinson Fayek has also held two NSERC Strategic Project grants, one NSERC Collaborative Research Development grant, five NSERC Discovery grants, one SSHRC Standard Research grant, one NSERC Connect grant, and numerous other industrially funded grants. From 2007 to 2011, she held the NSERC Associate Industrial Research Chair in Construction Engineering and Management, which was later renewed as her current Senior Industrial Research Chair in Strategic Construction Modeling and Delivery. In 2017, her tenure as Senior IRC Chair in Strategic Construction Modeling and Delivery was renewed for another term.

Dr. Robinson Fayek has given over 70 invited presentations, published over 80 refereed journal papers, contributed over 10 book chapters, presented over 80 conference papers, and produced hundreds of technical reports and posters. Four of Dr. Robinson Fayek’s scholarly works have received the Stephen G. Revay Award (2014, 2012–2013, 2010–2011, and 2004–2005), which is given for the best paper published in the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering in areas of construction engineering, construction management, or project management.

In addition, Dr. Robinson Fayek is the editor of a groundbreaking textbook, published in October 2018 by Emerald Publishing, called Fuzzy Hybrid Computing in Construction Engineering and Management: Theory and Applications. As editor, Dr. Robinson Fayek brought together chapters from 32 researchers from 11 different countries, covering a wide cross section of the latest theories and uses of fuzzy hybrid techniques in the field of construction engineering and management. This guide for students, researchers, and practitioners discusses basic theory related to fuzzy logic and fuzzy hybrid computing, their application in a range of practical construction problems, and emerging and future research trends.

In 2011, Dr. Robinson Fayek received the Walter Shanly Award, a national award given by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) for outstanding contributions, over a career period exceeding 20 years, to the development and practice of construction engineering in Canada. She was awarded the prestigious Killam Annual Professorship for excellence in research, teaching, publication, graduate student supervision, and service in 2013. Her dedication and exemplary contributions to teaching and learning at the post-secondary level were recognized by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) with the 2016 Excellence in Education Award.

Dr. Robinson Fayek was awarded the 2018 Don Currie Award of Recognition for her longstanding and dedicated service to industry, which has contributed to the success of the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA). Most recently, Dr. Robinson Fayek was presented with the Peurifoy Construction Research Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for her career contributions advancing fuzzy logic in both theory and practice for construction engineering and management. This award is the highest recognition given by the ASCE for construction research.