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Michael J. Garvin

Vecellio CEM Program Coordinator, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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750 Drillfield Dr
113C Patton Hall
Blacksburg VA 24061

Role and Background

Dr. Michael J. Garvin is a professor in the Via Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Program Coordinator for the Vecellio Construction Engineering & Management Program, and a principal faculty member in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. He joined Virginia Tech in 2005.

Dr. Garvin’s research and educational pursuits are geared toward fundamentally changing how institutional owners, such as departments of transportation, universities, and federal agencies, make constructed (or real) asset investment and financing decisions. He is developing decision support systems for facility investments and project delivery. Currently, he has a particular interest in policies and practices related to infrastructure public-private partnership arrangements.

His projects have received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Federal Highway Administration and the Virginia Department of Transportation. Dr. Garvin is a 2004 recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists & Engineers (PECASE), which is intended to recognize the finest national scientists and engineers who, while early in their research careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge during the twenty-first century. He has authored or co-authored over fifty journal articles, conference papers, and book chapters. In addition, Dr. Garvin was inducted into the National Academy of Construction in 2021.

Previously, Dr. Garvin served as Assistant Professor for Columbia University before joining Virginia Tech.


Dr. Garvin holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from MIT and a Ph.D in Construction Engineering and Management from MIT.

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