Dr. Farah Demachkieh

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Engineering – Civil Engineering

I have a Ph.D. in Construction Management from the American University of Beirut. Prior to pursuing my Doctorate degree, I have earned a Master’s degree in Engineering Management as well as a Bachelor’s in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the same university. Moreover, I was also honored to be the recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award, which is an annual honorary award made to a graduating student from each of the undergraduate majors for outstanding academic achievement, character, and contribution to the department, I have maintained a 4.0 GPA through a well-balanced program of study.

As a PhD scholar, my dissertation has primarily focused on the employability of Earned Value Management (EVM) method as an underlying platform of project controls. The objective of my research study was to investigate several decision-aid frameworks that can systematically guide the construction contract engineer in making the EVM tool better accustomed to and suited for exercising project controls and administrating construction contracts, while making use of the enhanced capabilities of the techniques that are widely spread in the archived literature.

My previous research work mainly focused on (i) construction Law, (ii) claims and disputes resolution on projects, and (iii) project controls in construction projects.

My main research interests are:

  • Project controls and Earned Value Management (EVM) Method: EVM application to different project delivery approaches and contract types
  • EVM employability for aiding in contract administration and claim substantiation
  • The advancement of project management (PM) models and its relationships with change and complexity (Project manager types vs PM model classifications)
  • Responsibilities, authorities, and competencies of the professional (e.g. initial decision maker, engineer, architect, contract administrator, or project manager) involved in claims and disputes resolution.



  1. Demachkieh, F., Khalife, S., Abdul-Malak, M.-A., and Hamzeh, F. (2020). “Considerations for Filing Global Construction Claims: Legal Perspective.” Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction, 12(3), 05020003.
  2. Demachkieh, F., and Abdul-Malak, M.-A. (2019). “Administration of Construction Contract Interim Payments Based on Earned-Value Reduction Techniques.” Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)LA.1943-4170.0000309.
  3. Demachkieh, F., and Abdul-Malak, M.-A., Emergent EVM Techniques for Construction Schedule Performance Measurement and Control, 2019 AACE International Transactions, EVM-3271, AACE International, Morgantown, WV, 2019.