Aleksandra Graff, assistant professor of practice in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech, has been named Pulte Homes Professor of Practice by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Pulte Homes Professorship was established in 2003 by a gift from Pulte Homes to help with the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty members. Graff will hold the professorship for two years.

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2017, Graff came to the university with five years of experience in the construction industry working as a staff engineer and project manager at Intertek-PSI, a top-20 ranked engineering firm. At Intertek-PSI, she oversaw the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials accredited laboratory, and managed construction inspection and materials testing for large-scale projects in central Ohio.

Her areas of expertise include building construction, geotechnical and materials engineering, and project management.

The Myers-Lawson School of Construction is housed jointly in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the College of Engineering. The building construction program prepares students to critically address the present and evolving needs of the construction industry and focuses on the understanding of construction technology, construction management and production management processes. Students develop an understanding of the technical aspects of construction while applying useful construction management practices and tools to maintain control and provide informed, optimal decisions.

Graff received her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Ohio University. She is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Ohio.