Professor honoured

2016-11-23 06:00
Prof. Fidelis Emuze

Prof. Fidelis Emuze

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Associate Prof. Fidelis Emuze of the Central University of Technology (CUT) in the Free State has received another feather in his cap in being appointed as the new coordinator of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction.

He will serve in this position for five years.

The body is an important task-group that focuses on the most valuable resource in construction, which is the people involved in construction.

Emuze is also head of the Department of Built Environment in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at CUT.

He also heads the unit for lean construction and sustainability, which addresses construction research topics regarding lean construction, health and safety (people and well-being issues), supply chain management and sustainability in the construction environment.

The fundamental goal of the task group (TG59) is to improve the lives of the people in the industry and bridge the gaps between employers, government, workers and researchers in both developed and develo-ping countries.

It will also continually foster dialogue and collaboration, create forums and platforms where constructors can actively participate and share ideas, source funding, intensify research and build relations.

Emuze said he plans to continue addressing people’s issues in the construction industry where their actions affect business and project performance.

“As someone involved in the development of developing countries, my view is that as people continue to anchor the completion of projects, stakeholders should see their interests as a priority and value.

“Personally, I have benefited from the TG69 activities around the globe and would continue to do so.

“For CUT, this appointment opens a new frontier for knowledge exchanges that will involve established and early career academics, as well as students keen on interdisciplinary comprehension of ideas,” said Emuze.

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