Walid Thabet, professor of building construction in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, has been named the William E. Jamerson Professor of Building Construction by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The William E. Jamerson Professor of Building Construction is given to a professor in the Department of Building Construction/Myers-Lawson School of Construction to recognize teaching and research excellence. The professorship is named for William E. Jamerson Sr., Virginia Tech Class of 1957, a graduate of the building construction program within the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Jamerson created the professorship in 1984 in order to attract and retain top faculty for the building construction program.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1987, Thabet has been head of the Department of Building Construction since 2007. He received the department’s exemplary faculty award in 2001, 2002, 2006, and 2007.

An active researcher, Thabet has been the principal or co-principal investigator on grants from various organizations, including the National Institute of Health and Safety, Bentley Systems Inc., the National Science Foundation, Primavera Systems, Associated Builders and Contractors, and the National Electrical Contractors Association. His research has contributed to the advancement of information technology in the construction industry. He has written numerous articles addressing various aspects of information technology and the applications of virtual reality in the construction industry.

Thabet received his bachelor’s degree from Kuwait University, a master’s degree from the University of Waterloo, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.