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Makarand Hastak

Dernlan Family Head of Construction Engineering and Management and Professor

Professor of Civil Engineering

West Lafayette
Office:  HAMP 1223
Phone:  (765) 494-0641
Dr. Hastak is the Professor and Head of the Division of Construction Engineering and Management (2007 – Present) as well as Professor of Civil Engineering at Purdue University. He has been involved with the construction industry for the past 30 years where he has conducted research, taught, and assisted industry in the area of construction engineering and management including disaster risk reduction, infrastructure management, cost control, project management decision-making, risk management, and strategic planning. Dr. Hastak is a Professional Engineer (PE) and a Certified Cost Professional (CCP). He has authored and co-authored over 200 publications including journal papers, peer-reviewed conference papers, book chapters, and several other publications. Dr. Hastak has co-authored a widely used book on Infrastructure Planning, Engineering, and Economics through McGraw-Hill (2015, Second Edition). He has served on the Education Board of the Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) for over twelve years (2004-2016). He edited two books for AACE, the 6th edition of the Skills and Knowledge of Cost Engineering (2015) and the 2nd Edition of the CCP Certification Study Guide published in spring 2016.

Prof. Hastak has developed and manages several web portals as a public service to the construction industry including:

1. The Emerging Construction Technologies
2. The Academic Breakthroughs in Construction Engineering & Management , and
3. Purdue Index for Construction (Pi-C)

He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering (2009-2015) and the Chair of the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers (NCHRC) (2008-2010). Dr. Hastak is one of the founders and the past chair of the Global Leadership Forum for Construction Engineering and Management programs (GLF-CEM). He is a Fellow of the American Council on Education (cohort of 2013-14) as a recognition of his leadership capabilities.

Dr. Hastak received his undergraduate education in India, MSCE degree from the University of Cincinnati, and PhD in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. In addition, he has achieved three certificates from Cornell University in Executive Leadership, Financial Management, and Advanced Strategic Human Resource Management. He worked as a Postdoc at Georgia Tech and as a faculty at NYU-Tandon School of Engineering, University of Cincinnati, and currently at Purdue University.

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