Samer M Madanat is the Dean of Engineering at NYUAD. He is also the Xenel Distinguished Professor of Engineering Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (from 2012 to 2015) at the University of California at Berkeley. From 2005 to 2014, he served as the Director of the UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies. He received a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Jordan in 1986, and a M.S and Ph.D. in Transportation Systems from MIT in 1988 and 1991 respectively.
His research and teaching interests are in the area of Transportation Infrastructure Management, with an emphasis on modeling facility performance and the development of optimal management policies under uncertainty. More recently, his research has focused on the field of the environmental sustainability of transportation systems, and on the protection of transportation facilities from the adverse effects of climate change. From 2001 to 2011, he served as the Editorin-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems. He is Editor of the Journal of Transport Policy and the Associate Editor of the European Journal of Transportation and Logistics.
Madanat has served as member or chair of external review committees for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering MIT, the ENAC School of EPFL in Switzerland, the Department of Civil Engineering at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and the School of Transportation Engineering at Tongji University in China. He has served on advisory boards for the National Academy of Engineering, the World Bank, the American University of Beirut, and as proposal review panels for NSF, USDOT, the Swiss NSF and other international foundations. He has delivered several named lectureships including at MIT, Cornell University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Minnesota. He is the recipient of the Science and Technology Award of the University of California, a prize given annually to one professor in the UC System.