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David Kelly

Lecturer III


2144 GG Brown, 2350 Hayward St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


  • Ph.D., Eastern Michigan University
  • M.E.M., Northwestern University
  • B.S.C.E., Lafayette College


I teach courses in the CEE curriculum covering building construction, construction management, cost engineering, engineering economics and finance, and professional issues and design for engineering students.

Licenses and Professional Accreditations

  • Professional Engineer
  • LEED Accredited Professional
  • National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)

Professional Service

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Michigan Section, Southeastern Branch. Served on the board of directors and as branch president.
  • University of Michigan Construction Industry Alliance Program (UMCIAP)
  • University of Michigan Construction Management and Sustainability Fellows


Before coming to the University of Michigan, I worked full-time in the construction industry for over 25 years, serving in a variety of technical, management, and executive positions. My project portfolio includes commercial office (low- and high-rise), data center, education, healthcare, historic renovation, industrial, pharmaceutical, public & assembly, research, and transit buildings. My research interests focus on technology use, organizational structures, and project performance. Other areas of interest include design-assist contracting, healthcare design, historic renovation and adaptive reuse, legal and ethical issues, overdesign and over-specification, and procurement.


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