Jorge A. Vanegas recently joined the College of Architecture
at Texas A&M University as director of the Center for Housing
and Urban Development (CHUD) and professor in the Department
Prior to joining Texas A&M, he held faculty appointments
in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia
Institute of Technology and in the School of Civil Engineering
at Purdue University. He earned a B.S in architecture from Universidad
de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and holds M.S. and Ph.D.
degrees from the Construction Engineering and Management Program
in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford
Though responsible for CHUD’s management, Dr. Vanegas’ primary
charge is achieving the organization’s two-fold mission:
To collect and provide information and knowledge relevant to
the health and education of disadvantaged populations in urban
and semi-urban settings, most notably the Colonias — impoverished
rural communities on the Texas side of the U.S.-Mexico border;
To provide — through research, development, demonstration,
and deployment — expanded opportunities and innovative
solutions to problems and associated specifically with housing
and urban development in Texas, the United States and the world.
To achieve these goals, Vanegas brings together people from
all disciplines to deliver real solutions, to real problems,
of real people within the advanced principles of sustainability,
technology, and lean manufacturing and construction.
To date, Vanegas has had a distinguished academic career. His
research, teaching and service accomplishments have been recognized
with both national and institutional awards. His primary areas
of scholarly activities include: built environment sustainability
and security (facilities and civil infrastructure systems); advanced
strategies, tools, and methods for integrated capital asset delivery
and management; design/construction integration in the development
and rehabilitation of facilities and civil infrastructure systems;
and constructability programs and advanced modularization technologies.