Graham Sustainability Institute

Carol Menassa

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Assistant Professor
  • Engineering
    • Civil & Environmental Eng.

Carol C. Menassa is an Assistant Professor and John L. Tishman Faculty Scholar in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan (UM). Prior to joining the faculty at UM, she was the M.A. Mortenson Company Assistant Professor of Construction Engineering and Management at the University of Wisconsin – Madison for four years. She received her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering and MS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and her MS and BE in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the American University of Beirut.

Carol directs the Intelligent and Sustainable Civil Infrastructure Systems Laboratory at UM. Her current research focuses on sustainability of buildings and infrastructure systems. She is using building automation system and other sensor devices to understand and model the impact of occupant energy use characteristics on energy consumption in buildings, and develop cost effective solutions to achieve energy efficiency and conservation by engaging the occupants and other building stakeholders in the decision making process. She is also involved in several research projects focused on international construction, integrated project delivery and quantitative assessment of project manager competencies. Her research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Construction Industry Institute, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and the Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium.

Carol has authored multiple publications in structural design, financial engineering, simulation and modeling for the construction industry. Most recently, Carol’s publications are focused on sustainability in buildings with several journal papers in highly ranked publications like Energy and Building, Automation in Construction and Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. She is active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Construction Industry Institute, and the Construction Research Congress.

Carol is the recipient of the 2014 NSF Career award. She also received the 2013 best paper award from the International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineer, and the distinguished young alumni award from the American University of Beirut.

Carol has more than 8 years industry experience as a Project Engineer with Dar Al Handasah - Shair and Partners, a leading consulting firm, working on large-scale projects across the Middle East, Africa and Europe. She also was a Summer Associate with CRA International in their Boston – MA office for three years where she worked with their Capital Projects group.

Carol is also an Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering and Assistant Specialty Editor for the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. She is an active member of the Construction Research Congress (CRC), Academic Committee of the Construction Industry Institute (CII), and a of member ASCE - Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology (TCCIT) Visualization, Information Modeling, and Simulation (VIMS) Committee, Data Sensing and Analysis Committee and Education Committee.

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

My work contributes directly toward solving the United Nations SDGs listed below. Learn more.

Good Health and Well-BeingIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureResponsible Consumption and Production


The affiliations listed below show engagement with the Graham Sustainability Institute.

  • Planet Blue
    • Sustainability Cultural Indicators