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Kashiwagi honored for achievement as educator

November 18, 2009

Arizona State University professor Dean Kashiwagi has won the International Facility Management (IFMA) Association 2009 Distinguished Educator Award, recognizing numerous accomplishments in research as well as in teaching.

Kashiwagi is a professor in the Del E. Webb School of Construction, a part of the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment in ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

The IFMA is the world’s largest international association for professional facility managers, supporting more than 19,500 members in 60 countries. The association’s members manage more than 37 billion square feet of property around the world.

The organization particularly cited Kashiwagi’s use of resources provided by a prestigious Fulbright Scholar grant he was awarded in 2008 to develop a project to bring state-of-the-art facility and project management research and practices to Botswana, Africa in the past year.

For details on the Botswana project, see

The award also honors Kashiwagi’s work to establish a “groundbreaking” Facilities Management Model of the Future graduate program at ASU.

Kashiwagi is the director of ASU’s Performance Based Studies Research Group. It focuses on applying concepts for improving efficiency and performance, and minimizing risk, in project management, as well as for organizations and businesses.

Winners of the IFMA’s Awards of Excellence were presented in October at the organization’s annual banquet, part of IFMA’s World Workplace 2009 Conference & Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

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