Patrick Suermann

Interim Dean, Associate Professor
Curriculum Vitae

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  • Department of Construction Science

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Patrick C. Suermann is the interim dean of the Texas A&M College of Architecture, the largest college 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 years as head of the Texas A&M Department of Construction Science. Suermann, who also holds an appointment as an departmental associate professor, was instrumental in establishing the department as one of the largest and best programs in the nation, leading it to a significantly 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 oversaw 17 military and civilian contractors on a $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 earned numerous recognitions and awards, including a 2016 Region VI Award from the Associated Schools of Construction, a 2006 Outstanding Educator Award from the Air Force Academy, 1999 Junior Company Grade Officer of the Year, 2009 National Society of Professional Engineers, AF Federal Engineer 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
Construction Science


U.S. Air Force Academy
Civil Engineering

Scholarly Interests

Virtual Design and Construction
Military Construction
Reality Capture
Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Austere Construction
Nation Building