Carnegie Mellon Engineering

About the Dean, James H. Garrett Jr.

Dean James H. GarrettJames H. Garrett Jr. became Dean of the College of Engineering in January 2013. He is the Thomas Lord Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and served as head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 2006 – 2012.

Prior to becoming department head, Dean Garrett served as Associate Dean for Academic and Graduate Affairs from 2000 – 2006 and as a faculty co-director of the Smarter Infrastructure Incubator (SII), a research center aimed at creating and evaluating sensing, data analytics, and intelligent decision support for improving the construction, management, and operation of infrastructure systems. 

Dean Garrett joined Carnegie Mellon at the rank of Assistant Professor in 1990, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1993, and promoted to the rank of Full Professor with tenure in 1996. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, he served at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1987 – 1990. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1982, his M.S. in Civil Engineering in 1983, and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 1986, all from the Department of Civil Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He worked for Schlumberger Well Services in the Houston Downhole Sensors Division from 1986 – 1987. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas. 

Dean Garrett's research and teaching interests are oriented toward applications of sensors and sensor systems to civil infrastructure condition assessment; application of data mining and machine learning techniques for infrastructure management problems in civil and environmental engineering; mobile hardware/software systems for field applications; representations and processing strategies to support the usage of engineering codes, standards, and specifications; and knowledge-based decision support systems. Garrett has published his research in over 60 refereed journal articles, over 80 refereed conference papers, over 90 other conference papers and 10 sections or chapters in books or monographs. He also currently serves as the co-Chief Editor of the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. 

Dean Garrett was awarded the 2007 Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research at Carnegie Mellon, the 2006 ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering Award, and the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering Best Paper Award in 2001 for the paper he co-authored with Han Kiliccote, entitled "Standards Usage Language (SUL): An Abstraction Boundary between Design Systems and Standards Processors." He is a co-recipient of the 1993 ASCE Wellington Prize for his paper entitled "Knowledge-Based Design of Signalized Intersections," which he co-authored with Rahim Benekohal and Jeffrey Linkenheld. He is also a co-recipient of the 1990 ASCE Moisseiff Award for his paper entitled "Knowledge-Based Standard-Independent Member Design," which he co-authored with Steven J. Fenves. In 1994, he was also a Humboldt Stipendiat and spent six months at the University of Karlsruhe and the Technical University Munich.