Sam Salem

Sam Salem, professor in Mason's civil engineering, wears a light-blue shirt and black suit for his faculty profile
Titles and Organizations

Professor, Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing

Contact Information

Phone: (703) 993-1687
Campus: Fairfax
Building: Nguyen Engineering Building
Room 1303


Sam Salem has more than twenty (28) years of professional and academic experience in construction engineering, project management, infrastructure asset management, and sustainable development. He is a registered professional engineer, certified professional constructor, and LEED-accredited professional. His professional/academic experience includes working at Syracuse University, University of Cincinnati, North Dakota State University, Golder Associates, and Alberta Ministry of Infrastructure.

Salem has authored and co-authored more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and technical reports, mentored and advised more than 70 graduate students, and generated research funding that exceeded $10 million. He received several research and teaching awards from organizations and institutions here in the US and abroad. He conducted research and consulting work for many national and international, public and private organizations, including several US and Canadian public agencies, the Construction Industry Institute, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the City of Cincinnati, Syracuse Metropolitan Water Board, City of Riyadh, Greater Cairo Water and Wastewater District, and Alberta Ministry of Infrastructure.

Salem’s research interests include accelerated construction of infrastructure, lean and green construction, project management, public-private partnerships, smart infrastructure, sustainable development, life cycle analysis, and infrastructure asset management. He serves on several boards and committees of many national and international organizations, including the US Green Building Council, Transportation Research Board, American Society of Civil Engineers, US University Transportation Centers, Construction Research Council, Construction Industry Institute, Syracuse Metropolitan Water Board, and International Society for Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Transport Infrastructures (iSMARTi). He also serves on the editorial boards of the ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems, the ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering, and the Lean Construction Journal.


  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta
  • MS, Construction Management, Clemson University
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Clemson University