Matt Syal

Matt  Syal
  • Professor
  • Construction Management
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • School of Planning, Design and Construction
  • 213 Human Ecology Building
  • 552 W. Circle Drive
  • East Lansing MI 48824
  • 517-432-2951



Matt Syal serves as a professor of Construction Management in the School of Planning, Design and Construction, as well as coordinates the CM master's program. He is a LEED® accredited professional and received his PhD in Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Management) from Penn State University. Prior to joining the academic world in 1988, he worked in the construction industry in the U.S., India, the Middle East and Africa. Professor Syal has conducted research and outreach projects, and published extensively in the areas of Construction Project Management, Housing and the Sustainable Built Environment. He has been involved in more than 50 research and outreach projects funded by the industry, U.S. state and national government agencies, foundations and international agencies. Professor Syal has published more than 100 refereed/professional papers and more than 50 project reports/monographs. In addition, he has served as an advisor or consultant to more than 25 industry and government organizations in the U.S. and worldwide.


  • Construction project management
  • Housing
  • Sustainable/green construction
  • International aspects of construction, housing and sustainability