Nora El-Gohary


Associate Professor Nora El-Gohary earned her B.Sc. (1999) and M.Sc. (2002) degrees from the American University in Cairo, both in Construction Engineering.  She earned her Ph.D. (2008) from the University of Toronto in Civil Engineering.  She joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December 2009. Prior to joining the University of Illinois, she served on the faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba as an Assistant Professor of Construction Engineering and Management. Her professional experience includes working for Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd, one of the largest construction and civil engineering companies.

Dr. El-Gohary has received several research awards including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Discovery Grant in 2009, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2013, the Center of Advanced Study Fellow in 2015, the Excellence Faculty Fellow in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2016, the Campus Distinguished Promotion Award in 2017, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Faculty Fellow in 2018. Her research has been sponsored by a number of agencies including the National Science Foundation, Illinois Center for Transportation, Illinois Department of Transportation, Qatar Foundation, and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

A member of CEE’s Construction Engineering and Management faculty, Dr. El-Gohary teaches two courses in Construction Engineering and Management: CEE 422 Construction Cost Analysis and CEE 528 Construction Data Modeling.

Dr. El-Gohary currently serves as the Chair of the ASCE’s Data Sensing and Analysis Committee and the Co-Chair of the TRB’s Information Systems in Construction Management Subcommittee. She is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. Dr. El-Gohary is a member of the TRB's Data and Information Systems Committee, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE).