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CCEE Department Honors Back as Professor of the Year

Tuscaloosa, Ala. – The University of Alabama Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering recently honored the department’s professor of the year award at a banquet held at the Bryant Conference Center.

Dr. Edward Back was awarded the Donald H. McLean Civil Engineering Professor of the Year Award. Back, professor and director of the construction engineering and management program, joined UA in 2008.

He has extensive research experience in the field of construction engineering with particular emphasis in the areas of project execution planning, construction methods, cost and schedule control, and materials management. Back has conducted research for a wide variety of private sector clients, including some of the nation’s largest engineering construction companies as well as other organizations representing a wide variety of industries, including power generation, light and heavy manufacturing, and pharmaceutical/chemical.

He has also completed research projects for state and federal government agencies, including Departments of Transportation, General Services Administration, Energy, and the Army Corps of Engineers. His research has generated recommendations for improving the project planning and execution process for large, multi-organizational projects classified as industrial, commercial, infrastructure or institutional.

In addition to his teaching and research endeavors, Back serves as the faculty adviser to UA’s student chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors and the Department of Civil Engineering Honor Society.

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 130 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.