Zeljko "Z" Torbica

Zeljko "Z" Torbica
West Virginia University Institute of Technology, United States
Dean, Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering & Sciences

Current Position:
Dean and Professor of Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences; West Virginia University Institute of Technology

Current International Activities:
GEDC Regular Member;
Project Management Journal, Member of the Editorial Board

Academic Leadership Experience:
Dean, Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences, WVA University Institute of Technology, August, 2012 - Present
Program Director and Associate Clinical Professor, Construction Management Program,
Goodwin College of Professional Studies, Drexel University, January, 2009 - August, 2012
Director of Development, Senior Project Manager
CABI Developers, Aventura, Florida, January, 2006 - November, 2008

Areas of Research:
Construction Engineering and Management

Selected Published Articles and Works:
- Torbica, Z. M. (2011) Conference Keynote Speech: "Construction Industry: In Need of Radical Transformation?" Sixth International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-VI, "Construction Challenges in the New Decade," July 5-7, 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

- Torbica, Z. M. and Rivera, J. M. (2005) "A Survey on Employee Satisfaction and Productivity in the A/E/C Industries." Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC III), Athens, Greece, September 15-17, 362-367.

- Ahmed, S. M. Sang, L. P. and Torbica, Z. M. (2003) "Use of Quality Function Deployment in Civil Engineering Capital Project Planning." Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Vol. 129, No. 4, July/August, 358-368

- Rigsby, L.D. and Torbica, Z. M. (2003) "Construction Foremen and Their Effect on Productivity Improvement." Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC2003), Hong Kong, December 12-14, 182-188

- Torbica, Z. M., and Stroh, R. C. (2002) Closure to "Customer Satisfaction in Home Building." Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Vol. 128, No. 4, July/August, 358-368.

- Torbica, Z. M., and Stroh, R. C. (2001) "Customer Satisfaction in Home Building." Journal of Counstruction Engineering and Management, Vol. 127, No. 1, January/ February, 82-86.

- Torbica, Z. M., and Stroh, R.C. (2000) "HOMBSAT  - An Instrument for Measuring Home - Buyer Satisfaction."  Quality Management Journal, Volume 7th, Issue 4.

- Torbica, Z. M., and Stroh, R. C. (2000). "An Assessment Model for Quality Performance Control in Residential Construction."  The American Professional Constructor, Vol. 24, No. 1, 37-41.

Awards and Accomplishments:
Faculty Service and Leadership Award, Drexel University (2011)
Senator, Faculty Senate, Drexel University (2011-2014)
CABI Recognition Award (2008)
Board of Examiners, Malkolm Baldridge National Quality Award, NIST (2005)
President, Montenegrin Cultural Society (2002-2004)
President's Recognition Award, University of Florida (1996)
The Honor Society of PHI KAPPA PHI
Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Excellence, University of Florida (1995)


Education:
Diploma Ing., University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1981-1986
Major: Structural Engineering
Graduate Studies in Construction Management, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1986-1988
Postgraduate study in Quality Surveying and Project Management,
Diploma, B Jupp & Partners, London, England, 1989
Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1992-1997
M. E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction (Cumulative GPA=4.0)


Certifications and Training:
Executive Program "High Impact Leadership," Colombia University, 2008
Executive Real Estate Management Program "Developing Future Leaders," Harvard University, 2007
Certified General Contractor (License #: CGC1508885), State of Florida
Certified Quality Engineer (CGE#35292)
Project Management Professional (PMP#53941)