Isam a. Kaysi

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

American University of Beirut - Beirut, Lebanon

Tel: +961-3-888199 Fax: +961-1-744462

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Department of Civil Engineering

University of Toronto – Toronto, Canada

Tel: (416) 527-2451 Fax: (416) 978-5054

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2002 - present Professor, American University of Beirut (on leave 2002-2004; 2008-2010)

2006 – 2008 Chairman, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, AUB

2004 – present Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto

2002 – 2004 Associate Professor, University of Toronto

1996 - 2002 Associate Professor, American University of Beirut

1991 - 1996 Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut
1997, 1999, 2000 (summer) Visiting Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

1995 (summer) Visiting Senior Research Fellow, University of Texas at Austin, USA

1993 (summer) Visiting Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

1992 Ph.D. in Transportation Systems, GPA 5.0/5.0

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

Transportation Systems Division

Minor in Management Information Technology
1988 M.S. in Civil Engineering, GPA 5.0/5.0

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

Transportation Systems Division
1985 - 1986 Studies towards M.S. degree in Civil Engineering at University of Toronto, Canada
1985 B.E. in Civil Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada,

With Great Distinction

1980 - 1983 Studies towards B.E. degree in Civil Engineering at American University of Beirut

Ranked first on Dean’s Honor List, 1980-83

Professional Recognition
Editor, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems (2003-2010)

Member of Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) - Jeddah Storm Water Drainage Program - Jeddah Middle Ring Road (multi-billion dollar initiative managed by Saudi Aramco) (since 2012)

Member of Board of Directors, Center of Research Excellence in Hajj and Umrah at Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia

( ) (since 2010)

Editorial Board Member, Transportation Research – Part C: Emerging Technologies (2006-2015)

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems (since 2003)

Editorial Board Member, Transportation Letters (since 2008)

Member of Scientific Committee, World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS) (2002-2007)

1990 - 1991 Center for Transportation Studies Fellowship, MIT

1985 - 1986 NSERC Graduate Fellowship, Government of Canada

1985 The Civil Engineering Medal, Concordia University - Awarded to the

Most Outstanding Graduating Student in Civil Engineering

1985 The Chait Medal, Concordia University - Awarded to the Highest

Ranking Student Graduating with the Bachelor of Engineering Degree

1984 NSERC Summer Undergraduate Fellowship, Government of Canada

1980 - 1983 Ranked First on Dean’s Honor List; FEA - American University of Beirut

1980 - 1981 Suliman S. Olayan Scholarship

1980 Scholar Award, International College (I.C.) - Awarded to the Highest

Ranking Student Graduating from the College

1980 Ranked First in Lebanon in the Official Lebanese Baccalaureate II

Exams, Mathematics Section


Infrastructure feasibility assessment and project delivery.

Transport planning & public transport systems; Mass transit planning & market arrangements - Role of private sector in mass transit

Maritime transport & port operations; Goods movement modeling.

Advanced traveler information systems (ATIS) - ATIS behavioral response, modeling, and evaluation.

Advanced technology applications in transport; Intelligent transport systems (ITS) - Emissions modeling & environmental impacts

1991 - Present AUB, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (on leave 2002-04; 2008-09)

2002 - 2004 University of Toronto, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering

1989 - 1991 MIT, Research and Teaching Assistant

1988 - 1989 AUB, Instructor, Department of Civil Engineering

1986 - 1988 MIT, Research Assistant
Chairman of The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) 2006-2008

  • Led the development and secured the institutional approval of the B.S. program in Construction Engineering, the Department’s first new undergraduate program since its inception

  • Led the launching of two new PhD programs in the Department (Civil Engineering & Environmental Engineering)

  • Recruited 4 new faculty members to the CEE Department (one did not eventually join), raising the number of full-time faculty members from 10 to 13

  • Managed Department resources to address a close to 60% growth in undergraduate enrollment from 240 in 2006 to 375 in 2008; this growth was coupled with a significant increase in the admission cut-off score

  • Led the establishment of a new driving simulation lab in the Department, funded by a $150,000 ASHA grant

  • Facilitated the work of the Civil Engineering (student) Society, including the launching of the Departmental newsletter

  • Expanded the CEE Department External Advisory Board by adding 5 new distinguished members

Special Advisor to the Rector of Umm Al-Qura University (UQU) – Makkah, Saudi Arabia 2009 - 2010
Established in 1949 and located in the Holy City of Makkah, UQU now offers Bachelor’s degrees in Applied Sciences, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Engineering & Islamic Architecture, Islamic Studies, Arabic Language, Education, and Social Sciences, as well as Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in specific fields. There are more than 30,000 students in the campuses of Makkah, including the new Al-'Abdiyah campus. Undertook the following tasks as a Special Advisor to the Rector of UQU:

  • Led the first effort to revamp and restructure the prominent Hajj Research Institute (HRI) at UQU for the first time since its establishment some 40 years ago. Held and led a workshop aimed at formulating a framework to guide the development of a new vision, unifying research themes, and corresponding organizational setup for the HRI. The closed workshop brought together the Mayor of Makkah, the HRI leadership, and international experts from prominent western & regional universities.

  • Initiated contact with and welcomed several distinguished scholars (including Highly Cited researchers) to UQU, and facilitated the establishment of research collaboration activities between UQU faculty members and these scholars; the planned collaboration includes research projects as well as the establishment of research centers in engineering, sciences, and medicine.

  • Revamped the existing faculty recruitment process and instituted a structured, systematic, and transparent approach in six colleges having more than 30 departments. Assembled a team of experienced faculty members from the region to review the applications received for close to 80 faculty positions, and recommend a short list of applicants for each position.

  • Coordinated several efforts that led to the improvement of UQU’s world university ranking (Webometrics) from 1,968 in July 2009 to 1,050 in February 2010. UQU now ranks fifth in the Arab world.

  • Led the submission of a major proposal for 50M SAR to KACST for the establishment of a Technology Innovation Center in Advanced Bulk Construction Materials at UQU, in collaboration with several researchers and centers form the US, Canada, and Europe.

  • Facilitated efforts to upgrade the Library services at UQU, including upgrade of the library website and training of staff.


Ph.D. Dissertation "Framework and Models for the Provision of Real-Time Driver Information",

November 1991. Advisor: Professor Moshe Ben-Akiva.

Masters Thesis "Extraboard Personnel Scheduling in the Transit Industry",

January 1988. Advisor: Professor Nigel Wilson.

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