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Dean's Bio

Dr. Z. Torbica
Željko “Z” Torbica, Ph.D.

Dean and Professor

Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences

Dr. Torbica’s international experience of over 30 years includes both academic positions at several leading U.S. universities and an extensive and industry-recognized background in engineering, construction, real estate development, leadership and strategic planning.

During the course of his career, Dr. Torbica has received a number of distinguished awards; served as the conference keynote speaker at international conferences; published articles in the most selective professional journals; directed real estate development operations, with projects ranging from $50 million to $550 million; served on prestigious Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners; and completed leadership programs at Columbia University and Harvard University. 

Dr. Torbica received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Florida. Dr. Torbica is a Fellow of American Society for Quality, Certified General Contractor in the state of Florida, and holds Project Management Professional (PMP) and Quality Engineer (QE) certifications.