Vineet Kamat, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and John L. Tishman Family Professor of Construction Management and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, was inducted into the National Academy of Construction (NAC) on October 12, 2023 at a ceremony at The Westin Copley Place in Boston. The NAC honors and recognizes those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the construction industry.
“The recognition of Professor Kamat by the National Academy of Construction is a testament to his substantial contributions and dedication to our industry. He is a critical asset, fostering innovation and growth in our department,” said Yafeng Yin, the Donald Malloure Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Professor Kamat earned a bachelor’s degree from Goa University (India) and holds master’s and PhD degrees from Virginia Tech. He is a pioneer in research on construction automation and robotics. His research has resulted in fundamental contributions in the areas of real-time construction monitoring, context-aware infrastructure visualization, construction visualization in geo-referenced augmented reality, and visual simulation of construction processes. Known as a great motivator to his students, Professor Kamat also has held key leadership roles in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), including chair of the Construction Institute Construction Research Council. He currently is a board member of the International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction. ASCE has awarded him its Wellington Prize, the Walter Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, the Daniel Halpin Award for Scholarship in Construction, and the Peurifoy Construction Research Award. He also has been recognized by the Construction Industry Institute with its Distinguished Professor Award and by Fiatech as Outstanding Researcher.
The NAC inducted Professor Kamat for his distinguished and sustained record of intellectual and professional contributions in Construction Engineering and Management that have had a significant impact on the industry as a whole. His commitment to advancing the construction industry and supporting the activities of students and young professionals has been unwavering. Professor Kamat will leverage the forum and resources afforded by the NAC to productively channel his expertise and experience in advancing the industry. “I am honored to be elected to the National Academy of Construction and I look forward to contributing to its many enriching activities”, Kamat said.