Tarek Hegazi is a Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at the University of Waterloo.
He currently specializes in Computational Tools for Asset & Project Management. Professor Hegazi is looking to utilize recent advances in computational tools that are able to optimize construction operations, improve work productivity, and solve complex problems. Along with this focus is the simplification of the underlying advanced concepts through the use of customary computer platforms, such as spreadsheets, to broaden the applicability of such concepts in the industry.
The main directions are: Intelligent decision support systems for applications characterized by high uncertainty and risk; Integration and optimization of techniques for time, cost, and quality control; Developing computerized models such as asset management systems, discrete-event simulation, design, construction, coordination, estimating, bidding, corrective actions, project control, forecasting, and productivity enhancement.
As a result of his work, Professor Hegazi has received numerous research excellence honours and awards. In 2004, he was acknowledged as one of the world’s top 5 contributing authors to ASCE construction research, as reported in the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management article, Vol. 130, No. 3. Professor Hegazi holds 2 patents, a 2011 Best Paper award from the Journal of Management in Engineering-ASCE, and Top Cited Paper award from the Advanced Engineering Informatics Journal. He has consulted and advised a number of contractors and government organizations in Canada and is also the founder of OPTEAM Project Management Consultants Inc. In addition, Professor Hegazi is the author of the textbook "Computer-Based Construction Project Management" published by Prentice Hall.