Michael J. Garvin is an associate professor in the Via Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and a principal faculty member in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech. He served as the associate director of the Myers-Lawson School from 2009-2012. His research and teaching focus on infrastructure development emphasizing policy and planning, investments and financing, and asset delivery and service.
He has a particular interest in the structure and effectiveness of project delivery systems and public-private partnerships. Garvin is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. Garvin has served as principal investigator for over $1 million of research funded by the National Science Foundation, the Transportation Research Board, and the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Research on alternative project delivery and public-private partnerships. He has spoken about public-private partnerships in many venues including the American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s Annual P3s in Transportation Conference, the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, and the Annual Meeting of AASHTO’s Sub-Committee on Construction.
Garvin serves on the editorial boards for the Engineering Project Organizations Journal, Journal of Infrastructure Systems and Public Works Management & Policy and is a specialty editor for the Journal of Construction Engineering & Management. He has authored or co-authored over 60 journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, white papers and reports. Garvin also has over 8 years of experience as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers and an engineering consultant. He received a BS in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy, and MS and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.