Dr. Chimay Anumba graduated at 18 with a First Class Honours degree in Building and worked as a Project Engineer and Design Engineer before studying for his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (specializing in Computer-Aided Design) at the University of Leeds, UK. On completion of his Ph.D. in 1989, he worked in industry on a wide range of building and civil infrastructure projects, becoming a Chartered/Professional Engineer in 1993. This was followed by academic appointments at a number of UK academic institutions. More recently, he was Professor and Head of the Department of Architectural Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University from 2008 to July 2016.
Dr. Anumba’s research interests are in the fields of collaborative design, construction engineering and informatics, intelligent systems, knowledge management, cyber-physical systems, and project management. He has over 450 publications in these fields. Dr. Anumba’s research has received support worth over $150 million from industry, The National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Institutes for Health (NIH), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, UK), and a variety of national and international agencies. In addition, he has supervised 47 doctoral graduates, advised numerous master’s students, and mentored over 23 postdoctoral scholars. Dr. Anumba is Editor-in-Chief of the Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management journal, Co-Editor of the Journal of Information Technology in Construction, and Specialty Editor of the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering.
He has won several awards for his work and has held Visiting Professor/Scholar appointments at more than 10 universities in N. America, Europe, Asia and Africa – including MIT, Stanford and Tsinghua. In recognition of his substantial and sustained original contributions to the field of Construction Engineering and Informatics, Dr. Anumba was awarded the higher doctorate degree of Doctor of Science, D.Sc., by Loughborough University in July 2006. In January 2007, he was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Dr.h.c.) by Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands for outstanding scientific contributions to Building and Construction Engineering. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in July 2012. He also holds Fellowships of the following professional institutions: The Institution of Civil Engineers, The Institution of Structural Engineers, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Dr. Anumba joined the University of Florida on August 1, 2016 as a full Professor and Dean of the College of Design, Construction and Planning.