Soliman Abu-Samra is a motivated civil engineer with blended professional and academic experience in construction and infrastructure asset management. He has pursued his bachelor and master degrees in Construction Management and is currently working towards his doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Civil Engineering at Concordia University. Throughout his academic career, he has published numerous books, journal papers, conference articles as well as a TED talk about establishing proper management systems for diverse infrastructure assets and construction operations. Furthermore, his experience in worldwide mega-scale projects has framed his understanding of the challenges faced by municipalities/contractors while managing their projects/assets.
Meanwhile, Soliman is serving as the President of the “Graduate Student Association (GSA)” at Concordia University in 2016/2017. He is privileged to lead such a motivated and committed team of executives, directors and staff members. His vision of the future lies on six pillars: 1) Align the GSA action plan with the nine university strategic directions, 2) Encourage the graduate students to get involved in GSA activities, 3) Forge alliances with on-campus and off-campus organizations and NGOs for the improvement and facilitation of the graduate life at Concordia, 4) Refresh the image of the GSA in the eyes of graduate students, 5) Restructure the association’s by-law, collective agreement and policies to fit the association’s needs, and 6) Ensure proper budget allocation to expand the GSA services to its’ members at every perspective.
Towards the end, Soliman is wishing you all the best of luck throughout your studies. He is looking forward to cooperatively experiencing a successful academic year full of achievements. If you have any issues/concerns, please feel free to stop by the GSA house or directly contact him through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” –Henry Ford