Neeraj Buch Named Chair of CEE Department

July 25, 2012

Neeraj BuchNeeraj Buch was named the new chairperson of MSU's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Buch, who joined MSU in January 1996 after receiving his PhD from Texas A&M University, served as acting chairperson for the department from July 2011 to July 2012, and previously served as director of the college's freshman engineering and residential programs—now known as the CoRe (Cornerstone and Residential) Experience.

He received his master's degree from the University of Michigan in 1988 and his bachelor's degree from Sardar Patel University–India in 1986.

His research interests are design, evaluation, and rehabilitation of concrete pavements. His work includes performance analysis of pavements design using concrete, recyclables, composites, and other materials.

Buch is a fellow of the American Concrete Institute, a member of several professional organizations including the American Society of Engineering Education and the Transportation Research Board, and currently serves as associate editor of the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering. He is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards.

"The department is well positioned to become preeminent in research while maintaining a high-quality undergraduate program, and strong, visible international programs," says Buch. He plans to strengthen the department's research core while developing research in new areas, such as sustainable civil infrastructure systems, water systems, and urban systems.

At the same time, he hopes to strengthen undergraduate and graduate programs and grow the study abroad program in Turkey and possibly other countries. "The study abroad program has the potential to provide life-changing experiences for participating students and give them a competitive edge in the marketplace."

Buch realizes that the department will need ongoing funding to sustain its goals. "My experiences with fundraising and development with the CoRe initiative will be useful in approaching and accomplishing this work."

He is optimistic about the opportunities for the department in the years ahead. "I was energized during my tenure as interim chair and see the possibilities of what can be accomplished by our department."