Professional Service

University of Wisconsin–Madison Service

  • Review committee for Byron Bird Award for Excellence in a Research Publication
  • Campus Conflict of Interest Committee, 1997–2000
  • Member, Giving from Within Committee, 2007–present Russell, Jeffrey S 49
  • Campus Physical Sciences Tenure Committee, 2008–2010
  • The Higher Learning Commission Reaccreditation Theme “Integrating The Processes of Discovery and Learning” 2008–2009
  • Campus General Education Committee 2008–2011
  • Co-chair, Educational Innovation, 2011 – present
  • Search and Screen Committee: Dean of the School of Business (2011); Dean of the School of Human Ecology (2012); Dean of the Graduate School (2015)
  • Member, Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment Committee, 2012–2015
  • Chair, Summer Term Committee, 2015

College of Engineering (CoE) Service

  • Master of Ceremonies, Engineers Day, October 9, 1998
  • Chair, Industrial Engineering 10-Year Review
  • Engineering Beyond Boundaries Committee, 2004–2011
  • Differential Tuition Committee, 2009–2011
Jeff speaking with an attendee at the Distance Teaching and Learning conference

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Service

Construction Engineering Management (CEM)

  • Construction Engineering and Management Committee: member, 1989–present; co-chair 1990–1994; chair, 1995–present
  • Assisted in development and implementation of Construction Engineering and Management Option within Civil and Environmental Engineering including the development of marketing material (brochure and poster), developing curriculum, establishing summer jobs program, liaison with industry and CEM industry advisory board
  • Construction Engineering and Management Graduate Admissions co-chair, 1989–present
  • Advised Undergraduate Students Construction Engineering and Management Program; 1989–present, approximately 25 students per year


  • Development for CEE Department — formulated plans to raise support for program endowments
  • Assisted in organizing and development related to the Charles G. Salmon, Paul R. Wolf, C.K. Wang, Arthur F. Hawnn, and Peterson-Rader-Hawnn Professorships
  • Assisted in establishing 3 fellowships in Construction Engineering and Management Program (John Rogers, Mortenson, and John Nelson)
  • Assisted in soliciting Roy F. Weston Center gift


  • Facilitated the signing of a Cooperative Research Agreement between UW System, Marquette University, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and Wisconsin Road Builders Association
  • Assisted in creating Wisconsin Highway Research Program (1997–present) and the US DOT Midwest Regional Transportation Center

Constructed Facilities

  • Constructed Facilities Group, chair 1996–1997

Operations Committee

  • Member representing structures, materials, and construction, 1998–2000

Search and Screen Committees

  • Assisted in search and screen committees for eight searches in CEE Department

Student Organizations

  • Co-advised ASCE Student Chapter in organizing 1992 Midwest Steel Contest held in Madison, WI
  • Accompanied ASCE Student Chapter to Regional Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge Contest held in 1993, 1995, 1997, and 1998
  • Faculty Co-Advisor, Hosted National Concrete Canoe Competition, June 12–14, 1996, Madison, WI, included 26 schools from U.S. and over 500 student participants
  • Accompanied ASCE Student Chapter to National Concrete Canoe Races held in Cleveland, OH (1997) and Rapid City, SD (1998)
  • Co-Advisor Chi Epsilon, 1997–present
  • Co-Advisor, Hosting of Chi Epsilon National Conclave, March 2000, Madison, WI
  • Construction Club – assisted students in organizing Club banquet, 1998–2005
  • Faculty Co-Advisor, Hosted ASCE National Student Conference, June 2002, Madison, WI, included over 50 schools from U.S. and over 1,200 participants

Engineering Centers Building

  • Worked with architect/engineers to design educational use of the building as a learning tool (three semester, one-credit course)

Other Professional Service, Extension, or Outreach

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

  • Construction Division-Microcomputers in Construction: secretary, 1989–1992; member of Construction Research Council, 1988–present
  • Engineering Management Division, Engineering Management, Publication Committee: corresponding member (responsible for selection of Outstanding Paper 1990 and 1991); full member, 1991–present (additional responsibilities: ASCE News Correspondent 1991–1993; vice-chairman, May 1992–August 1993; chairman, August 1993–1994, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Management in Engineering 1995–2000)
  • Member of planning committee for ASCE Management Specialty Conference February 25-26, 1993, Denver, CO. Responsible for organizing and coordinating publication of conference proceedings
  • Member, Education Implementation Task Committee, 1996–1998
  • Chairman, Construction Congress V, ASCE, Construction Division, 43 Sessions, 140 papers, 55 co-sponsors, October 5–8, 1997, Minneapolis, MN
  • District 8 Representative, National Board of Direction, 1997–2001
  • Committee on Planning and Implementation, September 1998–1999
  • Committee on Professional Practice, September 1998–1999
  • Committee on National Infrastructure Policy, September 1998–1999
  • TRB Committee on Flexible Pavement Construction and Rehabilitation, Group 2, Section F, A2F02, 1999–2001
  • Publications Committee, member and chair, 2000 and 2001
  • Founding editor-in-chief of new publication, Leadership and Management in Engineering, 2000–2003
  • Committee on Diversity & Women in Civil Engineering 2000–2002
  • State Government Relations Committee, 2000–2002
  • Member, Construction Institute Board, 2000–2002
  • Advisory Council Member on US Infrastructure Report Card, 2000
  • Chair, Task Committee on Academic Prerequisites for Professional Practice, 2001–2003
  • Co-Organized “Mega Projects West Coast” Seminar August 2003, Berkeley CA. Over 200 participants
  • Chair, Committee on Academic Prerequisites for Professional Practice, 2003–2014
  • Peurifoy Research Award Selection Committee, 2009–present
  • Walter Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize Selection Committee, 2010–present
  • Vice Chair, Raise The Bar Committee, 2014–2016
  • Chair, Task Committee on Educational Requirements for Licensure, October 2014–present
  • Reviewer, 2016 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Civil Engineering Division


  • Academic Member, Constructability Implementation Task Force, Construction Industry Institute, Austin, TX, April 1990–December 1992
  • Member, Transportation Research Board Committee on Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, 1990–1998
  • Member, American Road and Transportation Builders Association Education Committee, 1990–2005
  • College for Kids Program. In 1992, gave two-hour lecture to two groups of 20 students on “What is Civil Engineering?” Organized four-day sessions for College for Kids Program, 1996–1998
  • Academic Member, Predictive Tools Task Force, Construction Industry Institute, Austin, TX, May 1993–December 1995
  • Academic Member, Design and Construction for Maintainability Task Force, Construction Industry Institute, Austin, TX, February 1997
  • Academic Member, Predictive Tools Educational Module, Construction Industry Institute, Austin, TX, June 1997–1999
  • Member, Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers, Board of Engineering Professional Responsibility, Fall 1997–2020
  • Member, W065 Organization and Management of Construction Commission, CIB, International Council for Building Research Studies and Documentation, September 1998–2008
  • Member, Transportation Development Association Committee, 2000–2008
  • Member, University of Mount Union, College of Engineering Advisory Board, 2000–present, & chair, 2019–2022
  • Member, Charles Pankow Foundation, 2007–2013
  • Member, Civil Engineering Advisory Board, United States Military Academy at West Point, 2012–2016
  • National Academy of Construction: member, 2011–present; Membership Committee vice-chair, 2019–2020; Construction Executive Committee, 2020–2022
  • Member, UW Credit Union Board of Directors, 2012–present, & Executive Committee vice-chair, 2019–present
  • Review Panelist, National Science Foundation, 2013–present (2x/year)
  • Member, University of Wisconsin Extension Reimagined Committee, 2015
  • Member, Wisconsin Center for Education Products & Services Board of Directors, November 2013–present
  • Survey of current Construction Engineering and Management programs, Global Leadership Forum of Construction Engineering and Management
  • UW–Madison Partners in Giving Combined Campaign co-chair, 2018–present
  • Member, Operation Fresh Start Board of Directors, January 2021–present

Continuing Education

  • Continuing Education, Construction Management Program, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, September and May (May 1989 to 1995). Presentation of six-hour session on Contractor Prequalification. Average rating over 16 categories 4.25/5.0 (5.0 = excellent).
  • Continuing Education, Effective Methods For Improving Construction Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison Professional Development, Madison, WI, May 1991. Presentation of a six-hour session on topics ranging from contractor prequalification, surety bonding, and construction automation and technology. Average rating for categories of content, visuals, delivery, and handouts 4.34/5.0 (5.0 = excellent).
  • Continuing Education, Construction Management Program, University of Texas-Austin, Austin, TX, February 13, 1992. Co-taught eight-hour session on Constructability Analysis. Average rating 3.5/4.0 (4.0 = excellent).
  • Continuing Education, 1st Construction Engineering and Management Conference, December 1, 2, and 3, 1993, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI. Taught two hours related to Contractor Failure and Constructability Analysis. Average rating 3.5/4.0 (4.0 = excellent).
  • Moderator, National Video Conference on “Improving Project Success with ISO 9000,” December 3, 1997, Madison, WI, four hours. Average rating 4.1/5.0 (5.0 = excellent).
  • Continuing Education, Construction Engineering and Management Conference, “New Contracting Practices – Warranties and Performance Related Specifications,” December 8-10, 1997, Madison, WI. (Average ranking 4.3/5.0 (5.0 = excellent).
  • Continuing Education, Construction Engineering and Management Conference, “Contractor Prequalification: A Better Way to Build,” February 25 and 26, 1998, Madison, WI. Taught 12 hours on Contractor Prequalification. Average rating 4.3/5.0.
  • Continuing Education, Contractor/Subcontractor Prequalification, July 16-17, 1998, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Taught 12 hours on Contractor Prequalification. Average rating 3.8/4.0 (4.0 = excellent.)
  • Continuing Education, Pavement Rehabilitation Techniques, November 1997 and 1998, Madison, WI. Taught 1.5 hours on Trends in Contracting Methods.


  • Consulting services provided on research projects in the areas of “Constructability for Transportation Facilities” and “Warranties.” Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
  • Consulting services provided to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Seattle, WA and Anchorage, AK
  • Consulting services to Miller Park Stadium, Milwaukee, WI

Educational Consulting

  • American University of Beirut (Lebanon)
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • King Saud University (Saudi Arabia)
  • Marquette University
  • Sultan Qaboos University (Oman)
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Mount Union
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

Presentations in Construction Profession

  • “Engineering Ethics Training” for Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association, January 2014
  • “Engineering Practice and Ethics” for American Council of Engineering Companies, March 2014
  • “Ethics,” Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin, July 2014
  • “Lifelong Learning at UW–Madison,” at private dinner for UW e-Business Consortium, October 2014
  • “Ethics,” for Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin, November 2014
  • “Ethics,” for the Institute of Transportation Engineers, April 2015
  • “Ethics,” Associated General Contractors of WI, November 2019
  • “Ethics,” Wisconsin Department of Transportation 34th Annual Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Workshop & Secretary’s Golden Shovel Awards, February 2020
  • “Technical Project Management in Living and Geometric Order: A Practical Perspective,” ASCE SW Branch, March 2020
  • “Project Leadership,” ASCE, March 2020
  • “Ethics Part 2,” Wisconsin Department of Transportation 35th Annual DBE Workshop & Secretary’s Golden Shovel Awards, February 2021
  • “Towards Ethical Practice” Wisconsin Department of Transportation 36th Annual DBE Workshop & Networking Summit, March 2022
  • “Critical Resourcing,” Missouri Consortium for Construction Innovation, Missouri S&T, December 2022
  • “Towards Ethical Practice,” Wisconsin Department of Transportation Annual Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Workshop & Secretary’s Golden Shovel Awards, March 2023

Reviewer or Referee – Journals

  • National Science Foundation
  • National Academy of Science (National Cooperative Highway Research Program)
  • ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management
  • ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering
  • ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering
  • ASCE Journal of Computers in Civil Engineering
  • ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities
  • Journal of Construction Management and Economics
  • Construction Business Review Editorial Board

Reviewer — Books

  • John Wiley & Sons
  • ASCE Press
  • CRC Press
  • Prentice Hall