Centrale Lille, Cité Scientifique, CS 20048, Villeneuve d'Ascq, Lille, France

Chairman

Founder of the Annual Civil Engineering Workshop (ACE Workshop)

Zoubeir LAFHAJ, PhD in civil engineering, is full professor at the Graduate School of Engineering Ecole Centrale de Lille, – French Grande Ecole, and former Dean of International affairs, and member of the Executive Committee of the School (2008 -2015), responsible for the track (Planning, Construction and Environment).

Prof. Zoubeir LAFHAJ also develops a strong network of technology and knowledge transfer in national and international companies. He was elected as a member of the Board of Directors in the Competitiveness Cluster Team² (environmental technologies applied to materials and materials). He launched collaborative contracts and multiple partnerships with international and regional companies to participate in their development R & D and industrial leadership.

Prof. Zoubeir LAFHAJ  leads a team of Researchers with industrial partners on 5 strategic Research thematics:

  1. Industry 4.0 in Construction
  2. 3D printing in the construction sector, notably the one with BOUYGUES: Project “Prototype 3D printing for construction”. This project is a pioneer in France.
  3. Energy Efficiency of buildings: thermal performance, software development.
  4. Lean Construction: the first PhD on Lean Construction in France (the French Context). Visualization, Last Planner, Lean methods application in the Construction value Chain.
  5. Prospection of innovative materials, characterization and valorization in civil engineering: examples are: self-healing materials, geo-polymer-based materials, intelligent materials etc.

Read more about his scientific publications: zoubeir.lafhaj.ec-lillle.fr

Key words: engineering, environment, materials, sustainable development, industry linkage, industry 4.0, research, project management, international, leadership, and governance.