Jesus M. de la Garza, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, NAC, is honored by ASCE for his contributions and leadership in construction education and research, which have improved infrastructure management and the use of information technology in construction. Vecellio professor of Construction Engineering and Management at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he leads the Center for Highway Asset Management ProgramS (CHAMPS), de la Garza is an internationally acknowledged leader in construction education and research. As a member of the National Research Council’s (NRC) Board of Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, he advises the government on questions of technology, science, and public policy applied to buildings, facilities, and infrastructure systems. As a member of the NRC’s Committee on Defense Materials, Manufacturing, and Infrastructure, he addresses a range of systems-based issues for the Department of Defense. His contributions in his field led to his induction as a member of the National Academy of Construction. In 2004, as director of the National Science Foundation’s Information Technology and Infrastructure Systems Program, de la Garza was responsible for administering leading-edge research in the fields of infrastructure, construction, and transportation. Editor-in-chief of ASCE’s Journal of Construction Engineering, he has received numerous awards, including ASCE’s Peurifoy Construction Research Award in 2011 and Thomas Fitch Rowland Award in 1992. In addition, in 2013 he was conferred the Construction Industry Institute’s Richard L. Tucker Leadership & Service Award.
De la Garza Elected to the Grade of Distinguished Member
April 1, 2014