Industry support new Construction Management Chair
The appointment of a new professor is set to further enhance the established record of the University's Construction Management program as well as helping to build Australia's construction industry, thanks to the support of industry partners.
Professor Peter Davis, a respected academic and industry professional with more than 30 years' experience, has been appointed the newly established Chair of Construction Management.
Jointly funded by two of Australia's leading construction companies - Lend Lease and John Holland – together with the University, the Chair will drive construction research and the teaching of more than 1,000 students.
"We look forward to seeing Professor Davis work on increasing the growing bank of national and international knowledge about construction management," said Professor Brett Ninness, Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment.
"We gratefully acknowledge the generous contribution by Lend Lease and John Holland through the University of Newcastle Foundation to fund this Chair," Professor Ninness said.
Lend Lease's CEO, Construction and Infrastructure, David Saxelby, said Lend Lease was pleased to support Professor Davis as he helps develop and inspire the construction leaders of tomorrow.
John Holland's Executive GM for Infrastructure, Chris Evans, said the appointment will help to ensure the improvement of construction management standards in Australia, to ensure the industry goes from strength to strength.
Professor Davis commenced teaching and research at Curtin University in 1994, prior to this working almost two decades in the private construction sector. He was most recently Professor and Head of the School of Built Environment at Curtin University.