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Dean's Bio

Dr. Z. TorbicaZeljko "Z" Torbica, Ph.D.

Dean & Professor 
Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering & Sciences 

Dr. Torbica’s international experience of over 25 years includes both academic positions at several leading U.S. universities and an extensive and industry-recognized background in real estate development, leadership, strategic planning and construction operations.

While at Drexel University, Dr. Torbica facilitated the launch of a fully-online MSc degree in construction management, which has become one of the fastest growing construction management graduate programs in the country, and led the effort that earned Drexel’s Construction Management program its initial ACCE accreditation.

During the course of his career, Dr. Torbica has been recognized with a number of distinguished awards, including the CMAC Outstanding Service Award and Faculty Service and Leadership Award, both from Drexel University.

In addition to completing internationally acclaimed executive programs at Columbia and Harvard universities, Dr. Torbica has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in selective professional journals, such as the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. He has also served as a keynote speaker at the premier international construction conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and as a board member of the prestigious Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners.

Dr. Torbica has directed real estate development operations with projects ranging from $50 million to $550 million, is a certified general contractor in the state of Florida and holds Project Management Professional (PMP) and Quality Engineer (QE) certifications.