AE's Anumba elected fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Chimay Anumba, professor and head of architectural engineering, has been elected a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the United Kingdom's National Academy of Engineering.

The honor is one of the highest distinctions accorded to an engineer. The academy recognized Anumba for "developing advanced informatics systems to solve knotty problems in design and construction" and for his "prominent leadership role in transforming industry-based research" in the construction industry.

Anumba's work focuses on the development of innovative and intelligent systems and tools to support concurrent lifecycle design and construction. He has also developed novel methods and applications to facilitate distributed collaborative, context-aware information and services delivery and knowledge management within construction project teams.

Anumba has authored more than 400 scientific publications, including 150 journal papers and 15 books. He has supervised 40 doctoral graduates and mentored more than 20 postdoctoral scholars.

He has worked in industry and academia, including serving as a professor at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom from 1998 to 2007.

Anumba has served as chair of the European Group for Intelligent Computing in Engineering and worked as an adviser and consultant to the British government and private firms. He is editor-in-chief of the 'Buildings' journal, co-editor of the Journal of Information Technology in Construction, specialty editor of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering and sits on the editorial board of several other journals.

His honors and awards include the higher doctorate degree of doctor of science from Loughborough University, an honorary doctorate from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, the Gatsby Innovation Fellowship, the Royal Academy of Engineering's Engineering Foresight Award and its Distinguished Visiting Fellowship. Anumba has held ten visiting professor or scholarly appointments at universities spanning four continents. Anumba is also a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institute of Building and the ASCE.

Anumba received his undergraduate degree from the University of Jos, Nigeria, and his doctorate from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. He joined Penn State in January 2008.

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Last Updated July 31, 2012