Professor Ron Wakefield


HOS & Deputy PVC International

School /
Work Unit

Property Const & Project Mgt

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 3448


Building: 8
Level: 8
Room: 17

City Campus


Design & Social Context



  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Australia, 1993
  • M.S.E. in Civil Engineering and Operations Research, Princeton University, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1987
  • B.E. (Hon 1) in Civil Engineering, University of New South Wales, 1984

Professional experience

  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Australia
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • University of New South Wales, School of Civil Engineering
    • Department of Engineering Construction and Management
      • Senior Lecturer 1996 - 1998
      • Lecturer, 1989 - 1996
  • City University of Hong Kong, Department of Building and Construction
    • Visiting Fellow, 1995
  • University of New South Wales, School of Civil Engineering
    • Teaching Fellow, 1987 - 1989
  • Princeton University,
    • Graduate Research Asst., 1985 - 1987
  • Electricity Commission of New South Wales,
    • Civil Engineer, 1984 - 1985
    • Cadet Engineer, 1980 - 1983

Key activities

Teaching areas

Quantitative Management, Project Management, Systems Engineering, Engineering Construction, Engineering Management, Construction Simulation and Design, Quality and Quality Systems, Construction Practice

Industry experience

Research interests

  • Modeling of systems
  • Information technology
  • Industrialization of construction
  • Simulation of engineering systems and simulator development
  • Use of operations research techniques
  • Automation
  • Optimization of construction systems
  • Productivity improvement
  • Project management
  • Visualization.

Professional societies

  • Institution of Engineers Australia, Member
  • Chairman, Civil Engineering Panel, Sydney Division, 1997
  • Secretary, Civil Engineering Panel, Sydney Division, 1994, 1996
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, Member

Recent honors and awards

  • Excellence in Scholarship, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, May 2003.
  • Clifton Garvin Fellowship, Recognizing contributions to Virginia Tech’s Top 30 Research University Goal, May 2002.
  • Certificate of Teaching Excellence, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, May 2001.
  • Department of Building Construction, Exemplary Faculty Award, Selected by Building Construction Students, May 2004, 2003, 2000.

Professional interests

  • Member Editorial Board, International Journal of Architectural Engineering and Design Management, James & James (Science Publishers) Ltd, 2003-present
  • Member Scientific Committee, 3rd International Conference on ‘Innovation in Architecture, Engineering And Construction (AEC)’ 15-17 June, 2005 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Member Scientific Committee, 2nd International Conference on ‘Innovation In Architecture, Engineering And Construction (AEC)’ 25-27 June, 2003 Burleigh Court International Conference Centre, Loughborough University, UK
  • Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) Industry Steering Committee, US Dept of Housing and Urban Development, 2003-2004
  • PATH Technology Roadmap: Member of Panels for Information Technology to Accelerate and Streamline Home Building and Advanced Panelized Construction, 2001 - Present
  • Co-editor with D.G. Carmichael, Journal of Project and Construction Management, 1996- 1999.

Industrial consulting

  • Consultant to Federal Airports Corporation, Australia - System for rapid replacement of runway pavements
  • Industrial Consulting for Unisearch Ltd
  • Industrial Consulting for Evans and Peck Ltd - Risk analysis of Wandoo offshore oil platform development
  • Lecturer in Quality Systems for Construction for Royal Australian Air Force
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