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Jeffrey S. Russell, Ph.D., P.E., is Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning and Dean of Continuing Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW). In this role, Russell is responsible for leading the university’s programs and services for lifelong learners and nontraditional students. Prior to assuming his current position, Russell served as professor and Chair in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the UW. In addition to his position as Vice Provost, Russell serves as a professor in the CEE Department, focusing on construction management, innovative project delivery systems, and construction automation and robotics. He received a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin. Russell began his academic career in 1989 as an Assistant Professor in the CEE Department. Over the past 22 years, he has earned a reputation as a leader in education, research, and service to the civil engineering profession through championing diversity, leadership, innovation, and enhanced education for future civil engineers.He is Co-founder of the Construction Engineering and Management program at UW, Madison, one of only seven programs accredited by ABET, Inc. He has advised more than 100 graduate students, including 26 Ph.D. students, and served as Principal or Co-principal investigator for more than $14 million of publicly and privately funded research. Russell is a respected researcher, author, and editor. He has published more than 200 technical papers in the areas of contractor failure, prequalification, surety bonds, constructability, automation, maintainability, warranties, and quality control/quality assurance. In addition, he has authored and published two books: Constructor Prequalification (1996) and Surety Bonds for Construction Contracts (2000). Russell served as Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering (1995-2000) and as founding Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE publication Leadership and Management in Engineering (2000-2003), during which time he organized special issues on diversity, public policy, career management, globalization, and information technology. He has been honored with a number of national and regional awards and nine best paper awards. Russell’s awards include the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator (1990), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Collingwood Prize (1991), ASCE Edmund Friedman Young Engineering Award (1993), ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize (1996), ASCE Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize (1996), Outstanding Researcher of the Construction Industry Institute (2000), ASCE President’s Medal (2003), NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (2004), Engineering News Record Newsmaker (1996 and 2005), ASCE William H. Wisely Civil Engineer Award (2005), National Society of Professional Engineers Engineering Education Excellence Award (2005), Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers Engineering Educator Award (2007), ASCE Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEED) Leadership Award in Education (2007), Distinguished Membership of ASCE (2009), Wisconsin Distinguished Service Award ASCE WI section (2009), ASEE George Wadlin Service Award (2010), the Peurifoy Research Award (2010), and the Mentor of the Year Award from the National Society of Professional Engineers. He served on the ASCE Board of Direction (1997-2000) and was recently elected to the National Academy of Construction. Russell is presently Chair of the ASCE Committee on Academic Prerequisites for Professional Practice. The committee is charged with defining the future education requirements necessary to practice civil engineering at the professional level. Throughout his career, Russell has dedicated his efforts to make engineering education more meaningful and more relevant. He has been a consistent advocate for elevating engineering education expectations for tomorrow’s graduates, necessary to better prepare them for the challenges of a complex, interconnected world, and to compete more effectively in the global economy.
Tom Lenox has more than 41 years of experience as a leader, team builder, and manager in diverse professional and academic environments. During his 28-year military career, he spent 15 years on the engineering faculty of the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, including five years as the Director of the Civil Engineering Division. As Director of the Civil Engineering Division at USMA, Lenox supervised 19 faculty in the ABET-accredited Civil Engineering program. He was the USMA nominee for the 1997 Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year Award. He served as Chair of both the Civil Engineering Division and the Middle-Atlantic Section of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and as a member of ASCE’s Educational Activities Committee. Lenox also served as Co-principal Instructor of the NSF-supported Teaching Teachers to Teach Engineering (T4E) workshops at West Point in 1996, 1997, and 1998. Upon his retirement from the U.S. Army on Oct. 1, 1998, Lenox joined the staff of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). In his position as Educational Staff Leader of ASCE, Lenox led several new educational initiatives, collectively labeled as Project ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education). A notable example is the ExCEEd Teaching Workshop, a nationally recognized workshop that develops inexperienced faculty into effective teachers and role models for the civil engineering profession. He continues to be very active in ASEE and other associations that foster teaching excellence and has written numerous papers, made presentations, and run workshops dedicated to engineering educational reform. Currently, as ASCE’s Executive Vice President (Professional and Educational Strategic Initiatives), Lenox is leading several educational and professional career-development projects for the civil engineering profession, with the overall objective of properly preparing individuals for their futures as civil engineers. A prime example is Lenox’s staff leadership of ASCE’s initiative to “Raise the Bar” for entry into professional practice. Lenox received a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, master's of science degree from Cornell University, master's of business administration degree from Long Island University, and a Ph.D. degree from Lehigh University. He is also a graduate of a number of Army service and specialty schools to include Airborne, Ranger, Jumpmaster, Field Artillery Officer Advanced, Command and General Staff, and the Army War College. Recent awards include the ASCE’s ExCEEd Leadership Award, ASEE’s George K. Wadlin Award, ASCE’s William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award, and the CE News’ “2010 Power List – 15 People Advancing the Civil Engineering Profession.” Tom is married to Jane O’Connor Lenox. They have three adult children, two grandchildren, and one grandpuppy. Contact Information:
Thomas A. Lenox, Ph.D., M.ASCE, Executive Vice President, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA 20194. Email: email@example.com; Phone: 703-295-6191.
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