Kamel Hawwash is Professor in the School of Civil Engineering. He is the Senior Tutor and Convenor of the MSc Construction Management Programme. He was Head of the School of Civil Engineering from 2008 to 2011. Between 2009 and 2012 he was the Regional Director for the Midlands and East Anglia for the National HE STEM Programme.
Professor Hawwash is currently the Chair of the Association of Civil Engineering Departments, UK. He was also recently elected Vice President and President Elect of the European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI. He takes over as President for a two-year period in September 2013.
He is a very enthusiastic advocate for engineering education and is involved in a number of projects and initiatives to better understand the needs of industry from engineering graduates and how to ensure that engineering studies remain attractive to young people thinking about careers and those in the workforce that wish to upskill.
Kamel Hawwash graduated from UMIST with a BSc (Hons) degree in Civil Engineering in 1985. He then completed an MSc by research looking at aspects of competitive tendering in 1987. He then joined Nottingham University’s Department of Civil Engineering in 1988 as Temporary Lecturer in Construction Management. He delivered courses to students in all years of the undergraduate programme.
In 1989, Kamel moved to the University of Birmingham’s School of Civil Engineering to take up a post as Lecturer in Project Management. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2004 and had the title of Associate Professor Conferred upon him in 2008.
Kamel was appointed as Acting Head of Civil Engineering and then as Head of the School of Civil Engineering in August 2008. Following the success of the University of Birmingham in securing the HE STEM Programme, he was appointed Regional Director for the Midlands and East Anglia Spoke in 2009. Kamel completed his Head of School appointment in 2011 and his Regional Directorship of the HE STEM Programme in 2012.
Kamel returned to the School of Civil Engineering in 2013 and is currently the Senior Tutor and Convenor of the MSc Construction Management Programme.
Kamel has taught in the area of construction project management to all years of the undergraduate programmes and the MScs in Construction Management, Road Management and Engineering and Water Resources, Technology and Management.
Before focussing on teaching and management activities, Kamel’s research was in the area of construction tendering and strategy and private finance of Infrastructure projects.
More recently he has focussed on issues in engineering education, particularly on a European level. This has included developing the attractiveness theme of two European networks SOCRATES TREE and EUGENE.
Kamel is currently the Chair of the Association of Civil Engineering Departments and was recently elected Vice President and President Elect of the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI). He has also been a member of the Committee of the Engineering Professors’ Council in the UK.