Ken Walsh

Mason executive VP for strategic initiatives Ken Walsh, has gray hair and wears a suit with purple shirt and multi-colored tie
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Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff, Professor

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Building: Merten Hall, Suite 5100
Campus: Fairfax
MSN: 3A1
Phone: 703-993-2271


Ken Walsh is executive vice president for strategic initiatives and a professor in the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University. He holds a BSE, MS, and a PhD in civil engineering from Arizona State University. Prior to coming to Mason, he served as senior assistant dean and chief of staff at the Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. He was also a professor and chair of civil engineering at San Diego State University (SDSU), where he held the AGC-Paul S. Roel Chair in Construction Engineering and Management. While at SDSU, he was the founding dean of San Diego State University-Georgia in Tbilisi. Walsh started his academic career at Arizona State University after a career as a consulting foundation engineer in the Phoenix, Arizona, municipal area.

Walsh has authored over 40 articles in archival journals, book chapters, and dozens of papers at conferences. He has served as scientific chair and conference chair for the International Group for Lean Construction and the Construction Research Congress. Walsh’s research interests include lean construction and construction process improvement, residential construction, and the design-construction interface for geotechnical infrastructure. As PI or co-PI, he has been engaged in over $40M in sponsored activities over his career in academics.

"I'm impressed with the strength and resilience of the Mason community. It has a supremely balanced perspective," says Walsh. "Teaching, learning, and personal growth are all done here more thoughtfully." He sees a level of understanding of the impact of higher education that you don't see everywhere." 


  • BSE, Arizona State University
  • MS, Arizona State University
  • PhD, Arizona State University

Research Interests:

  • Lean Construction
  • Construction Process Improvement
  • Residential Construction
  • Design-construction Interface for Geotechnical Infrastructure


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