Dr. Robert  Khayat, Chancellor Emeritus, The University of Mississippi

Dr. Robert Khayat, Ole Miss Chancellor Emeritus: Infrastructure improvement cannot be delayed if we are to continue as a vital nation

Dr. Robert Khayat, Chancellor Emeritus of The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss): Infrastructure improvement cannot be delayed if we are to continue as a vital nation….(from Book Foreword).   

Public Infrastructure Asset Management by W. Uddin, W. Ronald Hudson, Ralph Haas. ISBN 0071820116  McGraw-Hill, New York, 2013
Available from Amazon.com, July-August 2013

Book Foreword:

Dr. Robert C. Khayat

Chancellor Emeritus
The University of Mississippi

 

 

Excerpts from Chancellor Khayat’s Foreword:

Public Infrastructure Asset Management (Authors: Uddin, Hudson, Haas) ISBN 0071820116, McGraw-Hill, New York, 2013

“This second edition of Public Infrastructure Asset Management effectively addresses the role and importance of civil infrastructure across the spectrum of quality of life concerns including clean and adequate water supply, energy needs and consumption, and multiple means of transportation. Advocating public attention to this critical subject is increasing in importance globally as our nation addresses significant allocation of resource challenges. Infrastructure improvement cannot be delayed if we are to continue as a vital nation.

Professors Waheed Uddin, Ronald Hudson and Ralph Haas have rendered great service to professional engineers and to our society by producing a well-organized, thoughtful guide for moving forward as we address urgent needs that affect all of us.”

Dr. Khayat served as the 15th Chancellor of The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) from 1995 until his retirement in 2009. Educated at Yale and Ole Miss where he was an Academic All-American football and baseball player, Dr. Khayat received the NFL Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Football Foundation Distinguished American Award. Under his outstanding leadership, the university experienced amazing changes, increased enrolment, campus infrastructure renovation, and addition of new facilities.

Dr. Khayat’s distinguished leadership as the 15th Chancellor brought national focus on the new face of the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford, Mississippi. Ole Miss hosted Obama’s First Presidential Debate in 2008.

Complete Foreword follows.  Dr. Khayat’s Foreword for 2013 Infrastructure Book, 26 Dec 2012

Public Infrastructure Asset Management

The new 2013 book updates the post-1997 technological developments, societal concerns, and impacts of built infrastructure assets on the environment. It provides optimal integration of design, construction, maintenance, rehabilitation, and renovation, for physical infrastructure facilities.

About The Authors 

Waheed Uddin is Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of Center for Advanced Infrastructure Technology (CAIT) at The University of Mississippi. Previously, a pavement expert for the United Nations, Dr. Uddin has contributed to highway and airport infrastructure management projects in the U.S. and many countries abroad. A pioneer in airborne laser mapping and satellite imagery applications in transportation and disaster impact assessment, Dr. Uddin is co-author of Infrastructure Management.

W. Ronald Hudson is the Dewitt C Greer Centennial Professor of Civil Engineering Emeritus at The University of Texas at Austin and Senior Consultant AgileAssets, Inc. A pioneer in developing and applying management systems to pavements, bridges, and other civil infrastructure assets, Dr. Hudson is co-author of Modern Pavement Management and Infrastructure Management.

Ralph Haas is the Norman W. McLeod Engineering Professor and Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He holds country’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Canada and the highest academic honor, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. An innovator in pavement design and civil infrastructure management systems, Dr. Haas is co-author of Modern Pavement Management and Infrastructure Management.

Dr. Uddin’s note: The 2013 edition of our book will be published by McGraw-Hill in July 2013. See my other books.

Recently I met Chancellor Khayat regarding our new book on infrastructure management. Dr. Khayat spoke about Ole Miss and the amazing change that we observe and experience on the campus: grove, students, cultural diversity, and infrastructures. See video of Dr. Khayat’s conversation.

 

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