Carnegie Mellon University

James H. Garrett Jr.

James H. Garrett Jr.

Dean, College of Engineering
Thomas Lord Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering


James H. Garrett, Jr. was appointed Dean of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 2013. He also holds the Thomas Lord Professorship of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to becoming Dean, Garrett was Head of Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from June 2006 to December 2012. 

He is a founding co-director of the Smart Infrastructure Institute (formerly the Pennsylvania Smarter Infrastructure Incubator), a research center aimed at creating and evaluating sensing, data analytics and intelligent decision support for improving the construction, management and operation of infrastructure systems. 

Garrett served as Co-Chief Editor of the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering from 2008-2013. Garrett’s research and teaching interests are oriented toward applications of sensors and sensor systems to civil infrastructure condition assessment; application of data mining and machine learning techniques for infrastructure management problems in civil and environmental engineering; mobile hardware/software systems for field applications; representations and processing strategies to support the usage of engineering codes, standards, and specifications; knowledge-based decision support systems.  Garrett has published over 250 journal articles, conference papers, and monograph/book chapters related to his research.


Ph.D. 1986, Carnegie Mellon University


E. B. Anil, B. Akinci, J. H. Garrett, O. Kurc.  2016  “Information Requirements for Earthquake Damage Assessment of Structural Walls”, Adv. Eng. Inform., Vol 30, pp. 54-64.

E. B. Anil, B. Akinci, O. Kurc, J. H. Garrett, Jr.  2015.  “Building-Information-Modeling-Based Earthquake Damage Assessment for Reinforced Concrete Walls”, J. Comput. Civ. Eng.

S. Taneja, B. Akinci, J. H,. Garrett, Jr., L. Soibelman.  2016.  “Algorithms for Automated Generation of Navigation Models from Building Information Models to Support Indoor Map-Matching”, Autom. Constr., Vol. 61, pp. 24-41.

S. Chen, F. Cerda, P. Rizzo, J. Bielak, J. H. Garrett, Jr. and J. Kovačević.  2014.  “Semi-Supervised Multiresolution Classification Using Adaptive Graph Filtering with Application to Indirect Bridge Structural Health Monitoring”, IEEE Trans. Signal Process., 62(11), pp. 2879-2893.

Taneja, S., Akinci, B., Garrett, J., Soibelman, L., Jr., and Karimi, H.  2014.  "Effects of Positioning Data Quality and Navigation Models on Map-Matching of Indoor Positioning Data.J. Comput. Civ. Eng., 04014113.

Liu, X., Akinci, B., Bergés, M., and Garrett, J., Jr.  2014.  “Domain-Specific Querying Formalisms for Retrieving Information about HVAC Systems.”  J. Comput. Civ. Eng., 28(1), pp. 40–49.

Gao, T., Ergan, S., Akinci, B., and Garrett, J.  2014.  "Evaluation of Different Features for Matching Point Clouds to Building Information Models."  J. Comput. Civ. Eng., 04014107. 

Ying, Y., Garrett Jr., J. H., Oppenheim, I. J., Soibelman, L., Harley, J., Shi, J., and Jin, Y. “Towards Data-Driven Structural Health Monitoring: Application of Machine Learning and Signal Processing to Damage Detection,” Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, Special Issue. (Invited)

Ying, Y., J. H. Garrett Jr., J. Harley, I. J. Oppenheim, J. Shi, and L. Soibelman (2012) "Damage Detection in Pipes under Changing Environmental Conditions using Embedded Piezoelectric Transducers and Pattern Recognition Techniques," Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice, Special Issue for International Conference on Pipelines and Trenchless Technology, doi:10.1061(ASCE)PS.1949-1204.0000106.

Taneja, S., Akcamete, A., Akinci, B., Garrett Jr., J.H., Soibelman, L., East, E.W., “Analysis of three indoor localization technologies for supporting operations and maintenance field tasks”, ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering.

Shahandashti, M.S., Razavi, S.N., Soibelman, L., Berges, M., Caldas, C.H., Brilakis, I., Teizer, J., Haas, C., Garrett Jr., J.H., Akinci, B., Zhu, Z. (2011) “Data Fusion Approaches and Applications for Construction Engineering,” ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 137(10): 863-869.

Taneja, S., Akinci, B., Garrett, J.H., Soibelman, L., Berges, M., Atasoy, G., Liu, X., Shahandashti, S.M., Anil, E.B., Ergen, E., Pradhan, A., Tang, P. (2011) “Sensing and field data capture for construction and facility operations,” ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 137(10): 870-881.