Asaad M. Ahmad
Construction Systems Management
Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
2020 Distinguished Senior Award Celebration Program (.pdf)
Asaad Ahmad had already earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Basrah (Basrah, Iraq) and spent many years working in the construction industry in multiple countries before beginning his undergraduate experience at The Ohio State University in 2018. Asaad is results-driven and knows how to persevere, particularly in learning. He has navigated moving to a new country, maintaining employment, and raising a family, all while excelling in the classroom. His future is bright, and he has benefitted greatly from his time as a Buckeye.
Asaad identified group project work as his most rewarding experience as an undergraduate, noting that he enjoyed the opportunity to learn from and alongside his other colleagues. He particularly values this experience, as collaboration is a crucial element to success in the construction industry. When considering what he found to be his greatest sense of accomplishment, Asaad notes that he was honored to be recognized as a CFAES Distinguished Senior. In light of the challenges he faced overcoming cultural and language barriers, managing responsibilities at work and at home, he is proud that his hard work paid off, as evidenced by his 4.0 GPA. He shared that reading the nomination form submitted from his mentor Anastasia Britt afforded him time to reflect on his accomplishments, and gratitude for the connection he was able to form with his faculty advisor. She understood the challenges he faced experiencing a new culture and contributed positively to his experience here. He knows that the relationship they began will continue as he remains connected as a graduate of the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
As a current full-time employee with Elford, he has been a project manager for Ohio State projects while enrolled as student. In addition to this work commitment, Asaad is the proud father of three girls and husband to Heba. Not all students work on a degree while being employed full time, and Asaad has committed to doing whatever it takes to support his family while furthering opportunities for all of them in the future.
Academic honors received by Asaad include: Dean’s List | Central Ohio Associated General Construction Scholarship | The National Society of Leadership and Success | CSCC Dean’s List.
After graduation, Asaad plans to apply his education and professional experience to work with one of the major engineering and construction companies in the country. He aspires to one day run his own construction company. He hopes to make an immediate impact to any team he joins and will share his passions, hard work, dedication, and success.
Without his mentors, Ms. Anastasia Britt and Mr. Jeff Suchy, Asaad says he wouldn’t be where he is today. They have supported and encouraged him to continue his academic career at OSU. They provided him with assistance and advice to reach his goal of graduating while maintaining an exceptional GPA in all of his classes. He is grateful for their support.