STEM Professional of the week

Lucio Soibelman, Ph.D.      
University of Southern California

Brazilian-born, Dr. Lucio Soibelman began his academic career began in 1998 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he became an associate professor. In 2004, he moved on to Carnegon Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he spent more than seven years as a professor of civil and environment engineering.
Dr. Soibelman joined the University of California (USC), one of the world’s leading private research universities, in 2012 as a professor and chair of the School’s Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. As a professor, he is responsible for teaching and managing a research team advising Ph.D. students. As a Department Chair, he is responsible for managing the department of 25 tenure track faculty, 20 part time lecturers, 10 staff, and 600 graduate and undergraduate students.

Dr. Soibelman is very well respected in the field of construction/infrastructure management data and has received numerous distinctions for his research contributions. He has been award the FIATECH CETI (Celebration of Engineering & Technology Innovation) Outstanding Researcher Award in 2011, the American Society of Civil Engineers Computing in Civil Engineering Award in 2010, and the American Council on Education Award to recognize innovative use of information technology to promote internationalism in 2010. He has published over 100 books, book chapters, journal papers, conference articles, and reports and performed research with funding from National Science Foundation, NASA and others. 

Dr. Soibelman is not just a leader for the civil engineering community. He is a leader for the Latino engineering community, too. He has advised two Ph.D. students from Latin America. Both are today professors at top 10 engineering programs in the U.S. He made, during the last fifteen years, 22 trips to Latin America to give talks about civil engineering research developments in the U.S. introducing Latin American civil engineers to research opportunities in the U.S. and to foster collaboration among Latino engineers in the U.S. and Latin America. Since moving to California, Dr. Soibelman has had the opportunity the interact with a larger Latino community and has been working with existing USC outreach efforts volunteering himself to visit local underprivileged minority high schools to give talks explaining what civil engineering is describing the opportunities in the field. 

Dr. Soibelman earned his bachelor and masters degree in civil engineering from the Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He obtained his Ph.D. in the same discipline from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) . 

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