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Guy Boston
Guy is responsible for the development and delivery of the City’s LRT expansion program, including knowledge on Public-Private-Partnership (P3) and the delivery of one of the largest capital programs in Canada and the largest in the City’s history. He brings a wide breadth of senior management experience in both the public and private sectors to this role as well as a deep appreciation and understanding of the critical business success factors required for City-building that are essential for maximizing the expected outcomes of Edmonton’s LRT network.
Simaan AbouRizk
Simaan M. AbouRizk is a Distinguished University Professor and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Operations Simulation in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. Simaan is considered an expert in the development and application of computer simulation for construction planning, productivity improvement, constructability review, and risk analysis. He is a co-author of 3 textbooks and over 300 academic publications and has led the development and expansion of the University of Alberta’s Hole School of Construction Engineering into one of the most well-respected Construction Engineering and Management programs in North America. In recognition of his contributions to the construction research community, Simaan was awarded the 2008 Peurifoy Construction Research Award, an E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship (2001), and the 2001 Walter Shanly Award. He has also been elected as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers and of the Royal Society of Canada.
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Farook Hamzeh

Dr. Farook Hamzeh is an Associate Professor of Construction Engineering and Management at the American University of Beirut. He earned his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Engineering Project Management emphasis) from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2009. He received a Bachelor in Civil Engineering from the American University of Beirut in 1997 and a Masters in Engineering Management in 2000. He has taught at Colorado State University and the American University of Beirut. Dr. Hamzeh has worked for more than seven years in the construction industry in Lebanon, Qatar, Dubai, and the United States on several mega projects. These include the $1.7 Billion Cathedral Hill Hospital in San Francisco, the 333 m high Rose Rotana Hotel in Dubai, the Losail motor-bike racetrack in Qatar, the Olympic Tower in Qatar, the Al-Amal Oncology Hospital in Qatar, the Serail 1374 Building in downtown Beirut, and the Sibline Cement factory 2nd production line in Lebanon. Throughout his career, Dr. Hamzeh has developed a passion for improving construction processes to increase productivity, raise customer value, and reduce process waste. This passion has fueled his research in the areas of lean construction, process improvement, production planning/control, BIM, simulation, and supply chain management.

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Jessy Kang

Prof. Shih-Chung Jessy Kang obtained his PhD from Stanford University in 2005. A former professor at the National Taiwan University, Dr. Kang has recently joined the University of Alberta as a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research focuses on advanced visual and robotics tools for engineering purposes and is an expert in the automation and simulation of crane operations. As the editor-in-chief of Visualization in Engineering, he has edited multiple special issues on topics related to the visualization and robotics applications. Prof. Kang is also a proponent of innovative engineering education. He offers courses on engineering graphics, game development, data visualization, and robotics and was the recipient of an NTU "Excellent Teacher Award," with his engineering graphics course ranked top in the top 2% of massive open online courses among Chinese learners. 

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Ahmed Hammad
Dr. Ahmed Hammad recently left the University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE), to join the University of Alberta, where he is currently an Associate Professor in Construction Engineering and Management. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Ahmed spent 25 years in industry managing several, mega-, multi-billion dollar Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) projects. He has experience working on a variety of infrastructure, commercial, and industrial construction projects in Canada, USA, South Korea, UAE, Australia and Egypt.

Dr. Ahmed has published several journal and conference papers, provided training in project management, and has developed project planning and control systems for global EPC firms. He is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) and Project Management Professional (PMP) who is interested in the application of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques, such as data warehousing, data mining, and knowledge-based decision support systems (KB-DSS), to achieve sustainability in construction project management.
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Ming Lu
Ming Lu, PhD, PEng, is a Professor of Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Alberta. As author/coauthor of over 75 papers in CEM-related top journals and over 130 papers in peer-reviewed conference proceedings, Dr. Lu is widely known in the academic community of construction for contributions in (1) quantitative methods for construction engineering and management (2) computing in civil engineering, (3) automation in construction, and (4) education in construction.

Since September 2010, Dr. Lu has led the continuous growth of the Construction Automation Lab (AutoLab) at the University of Alberta, turning it into a unique academia-industry collaborative environment for conducting applied research for integration, automation, and optimization in construction engineering and project management. He is also an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Construction Institute (ASCE/CI); Association for Advancement in Cost Engineering International (AACEi); and Alberta Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Association (APEGA).
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Yasser Mohamed

Dr Mohamed is a Professor and member of the Hole School of Construction Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. His research is in the general area of modeling and automation of construction operations using simulation and data mining tools. His latest research focus is on the application of data science and machine learning techniques in fabrication shops, infrastructures, equipment, and document management. Dr. Mohamed has supervised over 35 master and doctoral students and has over 90 conference and journal publications

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Mohamed Al-Hussein

Dr. Mohamed Al-Hussein is a professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering in the Hole School of Construction Engineering at the University of Alberta. He is also an NSERC Industrial Research Chair in the Industrialization of Building Construction and the Director of the Nasseri School of Building Science and Engineering. He is a highly sought researcher and consultant in the areas of Modular and offsite construction, Lean Manufacturing, construction process optimization, and Building Information Modeling (BIM). Dr. Al-Hussein's research has been published in over 200 scientific journal articles and conference proceedings.