Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning, Dean of Continuing Studies, and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jeffrey S. Russell, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, NAC, F.NSPE, is Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning, Dean of Continuing Studies, and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison). In his role as Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning, Dr. Russell is responsible for leading the university’s programs and services for lifelong learners and nontraditional students. Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Russell served as Chair in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at UW-Madison and was the co-founder of the Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) program.
Throughout his career, Dr. Russell has focused on construction management, innovative project delivery systems, and construction automation and robotics. He has earned a reputation as a leader in education, research, and service to the civil engineering profession through championing diversity, leadership, innovation, and enhanced education for future civil engineers. He is a respected researcher, author, and editor. He has published more than 200 technical papers in the areas of contractor failure, prequalification, surety bonds, constructability, automation, maintainability, warranties, and quality control/quality assurance. In addition, he has authored or edited four books—Constructor Prequalification (1996), Surety Bonds for Construction Contracts (2000), Perspectives in Civil Engineering, Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the American Society of Civil Engineers (2003), and Raise the Bar: Strengthening the Civil Engineering Profession (2013).
He has been honored with over 20 national and regional awards and nine best paper awards. Some of Dr. Russell’s recent awards include: Distinguished Membership of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2009, being elected to the National Academy of Construction (NAC) in 2011, being elected as Fellow of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in 2011, and the Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement Award in Education by the ASCE.
Dr. Russell received a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and MS and PhD degrees from Purdue University, and is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin.