Dr. Edward Back

  • Department Head of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
  • Director of the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Professor
  • Interim Associate Dean for Facilities

Contact Information

  • Office: 3042 H.M. Comer
  • Phone: (205) 348-8422
  • Fax: (205) 348-0783


  • Ph.D., Clemson University


Dr. Ed Back has extensive research experience in the field of construction engineering with particular emphasis in the areas of project execution planning, construction methods, cost and schedule control, and materials management.  Back has conducted research for a wide variety of private sector clients, including some of the nation’s largest engineering construction companies as well as other organizations representing a wide variety of industries, including power generation, light and heavy manufacturing, and pharmaceutical/chemical.  He has also completed research projects for state and federal government agencies, including Departments of Transportation, General Services Administration, Energy, and the Army Corps of Engineers. His research has generated recommendations for improving the project planning and execution process for large, multi-organizational projects classified as industrial, commercial, infrastructure or institutional.