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Rojas Leads the Durham School

RojasEddy M. Rojas, former professor of construction management and director of the Pacific Northwest Center for Construction Research and Education at the University of Washington in Seattle, is the new director of The Durham School.

Rojas, who succeeds Interim Director James O’Hanlon, began work March 10. He earned both his Ph.D. and M.S. in civil engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he also gained an M.A. in economics. He completed undergraduate studies in civil engineering at the University of Costa Rica in San José.

"Dr. Rojas is an energetic and experienced leader with a strong background in building information technology," COE Dean David Allen said. "His expertise will help position The Durham School to gain an even stronger reputation nationally and internationally."

"I am excited to be at Nebraska," Rojas said. "I see a great opportunity with The Durham School for collaboration and for furthering industry initiatives with a profound impact on the construction and architectural engineering communities."

Rojas’ most recent role, as director of UW’s Pacific Northwest Center for Construction Research and Education, focused on virtual construction (modeling, simulation and visualization), methods and materials, and construction education with the establishment of an industry-integrated research and education facility. He was an associate professor of construction management at UW from 2004 to 2009, and was assistant professor with UW’s Department of Construction Management from 2001 to 2004.

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