Patrick Suermann, PhD, PE, LEED AP, F. ASCEInterim Dean, Associate Professor
Patrick C. Suermann is the interim dean of the Texas A&M School of Architecture, the largest school of its kind in the United States, with more than 3300 students and ca. 250 faculty and staff.
Before his appointment as interim dean, Suermann served for four and a half years as head of the Texas A&M Department of Construction Science. Suermann, who also holds an appointment as a departmental associate professor, was instrumental in establishing the department as one of the largest and best programs in the nation, leading it to a significant increase in its externally funded research, its industry support, and student success.
An accomplished researcher, Suermann has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and presented at various professional conferences including the ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition the American Society of Civil Engineers Construction Research Congress, and more.
Suermann retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2017 as a lieutenant colonel after a distinguished military career.
During a deployment to Afghanistan, he directly oversaw a staff of 17 military and civilian contractors on $1 billion+ facilities construction program that included building an airfield in a combat zone with the help of almost 1,000 Afghan nationals. He also served for a year at the Air Force’s most remote station, Thule Air Base in Greenland, where he supervised more than 500 military and civilian personnel who provided engineering, medical, communication, logistics and airfield operations.
As an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the U. S. Air Force Academy, Suermann taught building information modeling, computer-aided design, construction processes, project delivery and civil engineering.
He’s earned numerous recognitions and awards, including recognition as the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) National Bliss Medal for STEM student outreach/support winner, a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers, Associated Schools of Construction 2021-22 Region V Outstanding Educator, 2015-2016 Region VI Award from the Associated Schools of Construction for Excellence in Teaching, 2009 National Society of Professional Engineers, AF Federal Engineer of the Year Award, the 2006 Outstanding Academy Educator Award from the Air Force Academy, 1999 Junior Company Grade Officer of the Year, and six Meritorious Service Medals.
Suermann is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Associated Schools of Construction, Society of American Military Engineers and the American Council of Construction Education.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree at the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master of Science in Construction Management degree at Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in design, construction and planning from the University of Florida.
University of Florida
Design, Construction & Planning
Texas A&M University
U.S. Air Force Academy
Virtual Design and Construction
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