Contact Information

Dr. M.G. (MATT) SYAL
Construction Management Program
School of Planning, Design and Construction
213 Human Ecology Bldg.
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824
(517) 432-2951; FAX: (517) 355-7711
Email: syalm@msu.edu
URL: www.msu.edu/~syalm


EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. (May 1992) - Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Management), Pennsylvania State University ,University Park PA
  • M.S. (1986) - Architectural Engineering (Construction Engineering and Management) University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • M.S. (1982) - Building Engineering and Management School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India
  • B.S. (1979) - Civil Engineering, University of Delhi, India

    RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTEREST AREAS

    • Construction Project Management
    • Sustainable/Green Construction
    • Housing
    • International aspects related to above areas

    ACADEMIC POSITIONS

    • Michigan State University (1994-present)
    • Professor (2001-present)
      Professor & Graduate Program Director (2001-08), Assoc. Prof. (1994-2001) Construction Management, School of Planning, Design and Construction
      Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
      Director (1995-98), Research Director (1998-present) Housing Education and Research Center
      Member of the Dean's Group and Director, Housing and Infrastructure Initiative (2001-03) Urban Affairs Programs
    • Visiting Scholar - Sabbatical in Residence (Aug. - Dec. 2010)
    • U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Washington DC and MI
    • Fulbright Scholars Program, India and Nepal (2000-01), India (2011)
      Senior Research Scholar, New Delhi, India and Kathmandu, Nepal
      Senior Research Specialist, New Delhi, India
    • Colorado State University (1992-95)
    • Assistant Professor Departments of Industrial Sciences and Civil Engineering Director, Housing Research Center
    • The Pennsylvania State University (1988-1992)
    • Assistant Director, Housing Research Center, Civil Engineering and Architectural Engineering

    INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

    • Eastern Contractors, Inc., Framingham, Massachusetts (1986 - 1988)
    • Project Manager and Senior Estimator
    • International construction companies in India, Middle East, and Northern Africa (1979 - 1984)
    • Project Planning Engineer
    • Several industry consulting and advisory assignments. Major examples include:
      • Contractors, Construction Management Firms and Developers in MI, MA and CO. (joint venture, bidding, CM services, computer-integrated CM, growth management, quality management, and productivity)
      • Two Wall Street financial investment firms (investment decisions in construction-related firms)
      • Industry and Government Organizations in India, Korea, Hong Kong, Qatar, Malaysia, Cypress, and Canada