Patrick Suermann, PhD, PE, LEED AP, F. ASCE, F. SAME

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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 3000 students and 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 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 1,000 Afghan nationals and a staff of 17 military and civilian contractors on $1 billion+ facilities construction program that included building an airfield in a combat zone. 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 a previous 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 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 and SAME, 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
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